Who We Are

Our Mission


We equip local teams to provide comprehensive cleft lip and palate care that is accessible for all. Together we are building happier, healthier lives for children and families in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. As you can see, we’re so much more than a smile charity.

Our Vision



Our vision for children with cleft lip and palate is full inclusion into their community, so they can pursue their hopes and dreams.

Our Team

Transforming Faces, Cari Siebrits, Communications & Engagement Manager

Neeti Daftari

Program Manager, Global Initiatives
Transforming Faces, Cari Siebrits, Communications & Engagement Manager

Rachel Winer

Marketing & Engagement Manager
Transforming Faces, Melanie Meloche, Administration

Melanie Meloche

Administrative Officer
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Our Board of Directors:


  • Jackie Elton, Chair and Co-Founder of Transforming Faces
  • Rev. Dr. Nan Hudson, Former Executive Director of ICA Canada
  • Cindy Guernsey, Coordinator of Cleft Lip & Palate Program at the Hospital for Sick Children
  • Jill Martin, Former Director of Finance at Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
  • Dr. Ronald Zuker, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with the Cleft Lip & Palate Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Professor at the University of Toronto Department of Surgery
  • Dr. Michel Grupper, Co-Founder of Health-Co, a medical consulting firm based in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Elsa TesfayDirector of Finance, Administration and Operations at Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Transforming Faces, Board of Directors

Our Medical Advisory Committee:

We are grateful to these dedicated members, who help ensure that all TF projects meet the highest standards of patient care:
Dr. Bryan Tompson, D.D.S., D.Paedo, D.Ortho; Dr. Tim Bressmann, Ph.D.; Ms. Cindy Guernsey, RN, BScN; Ms. Farah Sheikh, MSW, RSW, Dr. Karen Wong, MD, MSc, FRC SC

Our Partners:

In 2020, Transforming Faces became a member of the Face Equality International Alliance, an alliance of Non-Governmental Organizations, charities and support groups which are working at national, regional or international levels to promote and campaign for ‘face equality.’

Transforming Faces, Jackie Elton, Mekonen Eshete

Accountability in Action

Annual Reports & Financials

We are committed to upholding the highest standards of accountability, transparency and efficiency in all aspects of our work.

Our 100% Promise to Donors

We direct 100% of all donations to comprehensive cleft care for children and families, thanks to a private foundation that covers our administrative costs.

To get in touch with our team, email info@transformingfaces.org or give us a call at (416) 222-6581.

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