Advisory board


EARTHSPEAK advisory board

  • Anne Plummer Bedwinek, PhD
  • Elizabeth Dakin
  • Pam Davison, PhD
  • David Dingman, MD, FACS
  • Charlotte Ducote, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Suzanne Falces, MEd
  • Leonard Furlow, MD, FACS
  • Haskell Gruber, DDS
  • David P. Kuehn, PhD
  • Ann W. Kummer, PhD
  • Maria Lundberg, Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Patricia Pattison, RN, MSN
  • Stephen Schendel, MD, DDS
  • Marshall Shoquist, PhD
  • Nick Sieveking, PhD
  • Hale Tolleth, MD
  • Judith Trost-Cardamone, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Lance Tsugawa, Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Lars Vistnes, MD, FACS
  • David Werner, Director of Healthwrights
  • F. Eugene Yates, MD

Biographical information

Anne Plummer Bedwinek, PhD

Anne Plummer Bedwinek is a specialist in cleft palate and craniofacial disordersat the Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Deformities Center,St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, MO,and a consultant in speech-language pathology. She has been a member of the American Speech-Language-HearingAssociation (ASHA) since 1970. Bedwinek has an AB degree from University of Michigan,an MA from Northwestern University, and a PhD from Union University in Cincinnati, OH.

Elizabeth Dakin

Liz Dakin has been a member and officer of the Reconstructive Surgery Foundation Board and the EARTHSPEAK governing board for a number of years. She has also been ex officio president of the California Historical Society, and trustee of the Sunnyhills Junior Auxiliary, the Branson School in Ross, California, and a day care center in Stuttgart, Germany. Dakin has also been the Head of the Amigos de las Americas program in Marin County (California), and a member of Nueva Progresso in Guatemala. She has also worked with Interplast and Care Medico on surgical missions.

Pam Davison, PhD

Dr. Pam Davison was born and raised in England, where she earned an undergraduate degree in physiology and biochemistry from the University of London. She received her PhD from Stanford University where she also worked as a research associate for a number of years. She is helping EARTHSPEAK in research design and also publications and presentations.

David Dingman, MD, FACS

It was while being a member of the 1963 American Mt. Everest expedition that Dr. David Dingman developed what has become a lifelong interest in the plight of deformed children in the developing world. For his heroic rescue of four stranded climbers on the 1963 expedition, Dr. Dingman received the Hubbard medal from President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Dingman conducted a successful practice in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Salt Lake City and rose to the rank of Professor at the University of Utah Department of Surgery. He was also named Teacher of the Year at that institution. Dr. Dingman is a member of the medical Advisory Board of Smile Train, a New York-based foundation specializing in providing cleft surgery to poor children in developing countries.

Charlotte Ducote, PhD, CCC-SLP

Charlotte A. Ducote earned her master's degree in speech and hearing sciencesfrom Vanderbilt University, and her bachelor's and PhD degrees from Louisiana State University. She has worked in both clinical and academic settings. Dr. Ducote has been with the Ochsner Clinic Foundation as Director of the Division of Communicative Disorders since 1994. She provides services to pediatric and adult patients with a wide range of communication and oral-pharyngeal swallowing disorders. Her professional memberships include the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. She received awards of clinical achievement from state and national organizations in 2001 and 2002. On a volunteer basis, she coordinates speech pathology for Operation Smile's international missions.

Suzanne Falces, MEd

Suzanne Falces spent many years teaching in the public schools of Massachusetts and California. She has served as the vice president and project director of the Reconstructive Surgery Foundation. Falces has also served as president of the board of directors of the Reconstructive Surgeons' volunteer program in Chicago, Illinois, and has been on the board of Friends of Reconstructive Surgery Research and Medical Aid for Afghan Children.

Leonard Furlow, MD, FACS

Dr. Leonard Furlow served on the faculty of the University of Florida after finishing his plastic surgery residency. He then spent the next 17 years in private practice in Gainesville, Florida. His primary clinical interests have been hand surgery and cleft lip and palate surgery. His interest in palate surgery and the associated speech problems led him to develop the double opposing z-plasty palate repair. His first article on z-plasty received the James Barrett Brown award. Dr. Furlow has done surgical work on 43 volunteer overseas surgery trips with various organizations.

Haskell Gruber, DDS

Dr. Haskell Gruber is a clinical professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the San Antonio Dental School. He has enjoyed a long and productive career both in training others and in volunteer work for cleft palate populations overseas. Dr. Gruber is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, American Cleft Palate Association, International Association for Dental Research, Foundation for Orthodontic Research, Craniofacial Biology Group, American Association of Dental Schools, Society of Craniofacial Genetics, and the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Gruber has lectured extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. The major focus of his lectures and research is cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. He has traveled extensively with Interplast and been a team member in Chile and Vietnam.

David P. Kuehn, PhD

Professor Kuehn has worked with individuals born with cleft lip and palate for over 30 years. He received his PhD degree from the University of Iowa, after which he remained at Iowa for several years working on a cleft palate research grant. He has been active in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, for which he was the first coordinator of Special Interest Division 5, Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, and is a past Vice President for Research and Technology. Dr. Kuehn has also been active in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, having served as Historian, Vice President, and President. He is currently Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at Carle Clinic in Urbana, Illinois, and hasparticipated in many educational and surgical missions in developing countries. Professor Kuehn has published over 90 articles and has presented over 140 papers at scholarly meetings.

Ann W. Kummer, PhD

Ann W. Kummer, PhD, is senior director of the Speech Pathology department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The department is one of the largest and most respected pediatric speech pathology programs in the country. With over 90 on staff, the department provides inpatient, outpatient, and home-based services at the main location, and outpatient services at eight satellite locations. Dr. Kummer specializes in cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies. She lectures extensively on this topic, has many publications, and is author of a book titled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: The Effects on Speech and Resonance, Delmar-Thomson Learning, 2001. She is an ASHA fellow.

Maria Lundberg, Speech and Language Pathologist

Maria Lundberg is a speech and language pathologist and member of the cleft palate team at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. Her primary responsibilities include meeting with parents of newborn children with clefts, and doing evaluations and therapy for patients with cleft palate speech. Lundberg was the first speech therapist to travel with EARTHSPEAK. She was a founding member of the pilot project done in Honduras, and she has also worked in Ecuador and India.

Patricia Pattison, RN, MSN

Patti Pattison is the director of the Education and Program Development for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California. She has 10 years of experience as a university faculty member. For over 20 years Pattison has participated in annual trips to provide medical education to the people of Micronesia through the Reconstructive Surgery Foundation. In 1998 she received the Rotary International Distinguished Service Award.

Stephen Schendel, MD, DDS

Stephen Schendel attended St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota, and obtained his Diploma Assistant Etranger from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Nantes (France). He did postgraduate training in dentistry at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, and also studied at Baylor and Stanford universities. Dr. Schendel is currently active in the department and is director of the Craniofacial Anomalies Center at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. His focus during his entire career has been in the field of craniofacial surgery. Recently he has been involved in computerized virtual surgery in a joint project with NASA. He is developing an electronic sensor to measure and demonstrate nasal escape in cleft palate speech. Much of his work has been done internationally.

Marshall Shoquist, PhD

Marshall Shoquist received his BS degree from Moorhead StateCollege in Moorhead, MN, and his MS degree from the University of Utah.Dr. Shoquist holds a PhD in audiology from the University of Washington.His primary interest is in the development and application of ampflication to hearingloss in children and adults.Dr. Shoquist has taught audiology at the university level and since 1977 has beenin private practice.

Nick Sieveking, PhD

Dr. Nick Sieveking has worked for 35 years as a practicing clinical and consulting psychologist and in university settings. He has served as a management and human resource consultant in multiple industries, primarily health care and civil forensic psychology. Dr. Sieveking has worked extensively on programs related to selecting, preparing, orienting, and monitoring individuals working in cultures other than their own. Dr. Sieveking is director of the Psychological and Counseling Center for students, faculty, and staff and clinical associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Hale Tolleth, MD

Dr. Hale Tolleth's primary emphasis of practice has been cleft lip and palate. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed his plastic surgery training at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. He served a fellowship in plastic surgery with the African Medical and Research Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Tolleth's academic activities include serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery, University of California, Davis. He has been on the board of directors of Interplast, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, PLASTIKOS, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery, and the California Cleft and Craniofacial Coalition. Dr. Tolleth's overseas work includes the countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Western Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, the Phillipines, Mexico,
Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and the Republic of Palau.

Judith Trost-Cardamone, PhD, CCC-SLP

Judith Trost-Cardamone is Professor of Communications Disorders and Sciences at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and speech pathology consultant for the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) cleft palate team. She received her BS, MA, and PhD degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Post-degree positions at Northwestern included team coordinator, speech pathologist and clinical supervisor at the Cleft Lip and Palate Institute, and tenured Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department and the medical school. Also in the Chicago area, Dr. Trost-Cardamone was Director of Communicative Disorders at the Neurological Institute and speech-language consultant at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Dr. Trost-Cardamone brings 30 years of clinical practice experience to the assessment and treatment of congenital and acquired organic speech resonance, voice, articulation and language disorders in children and adults. She has given over 100 courses and workshops on these topics and is nationally and internationally recognized for her clinical expertise and educational contributions.

Lance Tsugawa, Speech and Language Pathologist

Lance Tsugawa earned degrees in business from the University of Oregon, international business from the Netherlands Institute for International Affairs, and in speech and language pathology from Portland State University. He has worked as a clinician in public schools, Home Health Rehabilitation Center, and in acute care in Kaiser hospitals. He currently works as a consultant in early intervention to Migrant Head Start and Head Start. Because of the large number of Spanish-speaking children in those systems, this connection has allowed him to pursue his interest in the speech and language disorders of Spanish-speaking children. He has a special interest in cleft palate and associated speech disorders. Tsugawa has made several trips to Latin America with Rotoplast to offer speech service to cleft palate children there.

Lars Vistnes, MD, FACS

During Dr. Lars Vistnes' tenure at Stanford he held the positions of Chairman, Department of Functional Restoration; Acting Chairman, Department of Surgery; Chief and Program Director, Plastic Surgery; Chief of the Medical Center; and Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is a member of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Vistnes has also been the Editor-in-Chief and Editor-Emeritus of the Annuals of Plastic Surgery, and consulting editor of the journal, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Vistnes is board certified by the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has worked with Interplast, the San Francisco Free Clinic, and the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

David Werner, Director of Healthwrights

David Werner is co-founder and director of HealthWrights (a work group for people's health and rights) and a visiting professor at Boston University International School of Public Health. A biologist and educator by training, he has worked for the past 35 years in village health care, community-based rehabilitation, and child-to-child health initiatives in developing countries, mainly Mexico. Werner, who has a physical disability himself, is very active in this program,
as well as in a sister program that designs and constructs personalized children's wheelchairs at low cost. Werner has authored and illustrated the handbooks titled "Where There Is No Doctor" (now in 87 languages), "Helping Health Workers Learn," "Disabled Village Children," and "Nothing About Us Without Us: Developing Innovative Technologies For, By and With Disabled Persons." Werner has worked in more than 50 countries around the world.

F. Eugene Yates, MD

Dr. F. Eugene Yates is Professor of Medicine (Emeritus) at UCLA, Ralph and Marjorie Krump Professor of Medical Engineering (Emeritus), and a scientific advisor at the John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation. Dr. Yates is helping EARTHSPEAK find partner scientific organizations to further the study of the neurobiological basis for CORRECTIVE BABBLING. With Dr. Yates's help, results from the many EARTHSPEAK endeavors around the world provide data and research opportunities for PhD candidates working in various areas of cleft palate speech.