A lot is happening with the FACES team these days! Leah Bachhuber (previously Olson), our past Executive Director has had a lot of exciting life changes in the last year. Most importantly, she and her husband Daniel welcomed their new daughter Ava Lucille into the world on March 24, 2014. To make life even more exciting (if that was possible) she will be starting OHSU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the end of September. Due to these circumstances Leah has stepped down from her role as ED, but will continue to be involved in the organization. In the mean time, we’ve hit the jackpot – we’ve recently hired on our wonderful new Executive Director Angela Jensen David! Angela has been working with FACES since 2013 and has already been on two trips with FACES, the cleft screening trip in November 2013, with the Portland Lions Clubs, and the 2014 surgical trip. She helped in a number of capacities, including acting as a medical translator between the FACES medical staff and patients (she is fluent in Spanish!). We are so thrilled to welcome Angela to our team. Please see the below paragraphs to learn more about Angela, in her own words.
I first volunteered with FACES as a medical interpreter in 2013… I had just finished interpreter training in Boston and was excited to join the team. During the surgical trip, I learned how a cleft palate complicates basic functioning like nursing, eating and speaking. I was overwhelmed by the results of the surgeries, and I understood the difference FACES was making in the lives of these children.
This summer I moved back to the Northwest, and I knew that my proximity to FACES headquarters would allow me to get more involved. My move coincided with a visit from the members of the Lions Club of Lambayeque, Peru: the very people who facilitate patient care by FACES. Their visit reminded me of their dedication to improving the lives of their fellow Peruvians, and their service is inspiring.
I am thrilled to once again associate with such wonderful people in a cause as meaningful as this. I hope to increase local understanding of the FACES mission, here in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Once you understand the life changing surgery these children receive by the hands of FACES surgeons, you will view life with new appreciation and renewed determination to make a difference in your community, whether that be local, national, or global.