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 and beyond. 

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, Hugh Brewster, Executive Director

Hugh Brewster

Executive Director
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Transforming Faces, Abdon Aguillon, Program Director
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, Susana Munarriz, Finance

Susana Munarriz

Financial Officer
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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:

ArgentinaAsociación Civil Simi Sumaq, Fundación Gavina, Hospital Andres Isola

Bulgaria – Assocation ALA

ChileFundación Gantz

Costa RicaAsociación Pro Niño con Labio y/o Paladar Hendido

Ethiopia – CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital, Operation Smile (Jimma University), Project Harar Ethiopia, Yekatit 12 Hospital

Uganda – CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital



IndiaAkila Bharatha Mahila Seva Samaja (St. Joseph’s Hospital, Shree Jain Hospital, Rangadore Memorial Hospital), Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research

Peru – Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño – Breña, Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño – San Borja, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Madagascar – Clinique Santé Plus

Myanmar – Northern Women’s Development Foundation (NWDF)

Thailand – Northern Women’s Development Foundation (NWDF)

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.

Read TF’s Accountability Statement

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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