2017 Surgical Team

Presenting the magnificently talented volunteers of the 2017 Surgical Team.





Thomas Albert, President and Co-Founder

Dr. Tom Albert is a professor at Oregon Health Sciences University in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Albert was involved in an extensive medical education effort concerning cleft care with Project Hope in China from 1983-1993 and has continued to be involved independently since then. His interest has been to develop ways to extend truly comprehensive cleft care beyond surgery alone to difficult to reach populations. He is President and Co-Founder of FACES Foundation. He has led 12 medical mission trips to Peru and visits at least twice a year.



Kelly Jensen, Board Chair

Kelly Jensen is a business leader and management consultant with over 25 years experience introducing new technologies and management practices in the United States and Latin America. Specializing in healthcare, Mr. Jensen has worked with over 300 hospitals and health care systems to improve their effectiveness. In addition to supporting FACES, Mr. Jensen provides leadership for volunteer programs in faith-based organizations and alumni associations of Harvard University. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and conversant in German and Tzotzil Maya. Kelly has traveled to Peru with FACES over a dozen times.



Delia Delgado Peruvian Coordinator

Delia Delgado Maldonado is an accomplished English teacher in Chiclayo, Peru and studied languages in university. She enjoys meeting new people and visiting new places and, when not working, her favorite free-time activity is walking. Delia loves her work with FACES because she is in direct contact with people, which she says is always a learning experience. She finds great satisfaction in seeing people’s health and lives improve.





Angela J. David, Program Director

Angela has served as the foundation’s director since August 2014. She manages patient health records, team travel logistics, and the social media and fundraising branches of FACES. Her experiences living abroad in Argentina, Switzerland and France have prepared her for a lifetime of international involvement. Angela is also a certified Spanish-English medical interpreter. This will be her 4th surgical campaign with FACES Foundation.





Dr. Dana Smith, Surgical Team Lead

Dr. Smith is a Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who is currently Director of the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Cleft Palate Clinic in Portland, OR. He is an Otolaryngologist at Kaiser and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at OHSU. Dr. Smith has been to Peru several times for cleft surgery trips, cleft screening trips and international medical conferences. He has also traveled to Russia for a facial reconstructive surgery trip. Dr. Smith has been our lead surgeon for several years: he is a true asset to the FACES Foundation.




Dr. Myriam Loyo, Surgeon

Dr. Loyo is an assistant professor at OHSU and a surgeon in the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery division. She completed her medical education in Monterrey, Mexico and continued her specialization at Johns Hopkins Hospital and OHSU. Dr. Loyo accompanied the FACES team in November for a medical conference and patient screenings. We are thrilled that she is joining the team in Peru for the surgical campaign. This will be her fourth surgical trip with the FACES Foundation.




Dr. Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck, Surgeon

Dr. Quintanilla-Dieck is a surgeon in the department of Head and Neck Surgery at OSHU. She began her medical education in In Monterrey, Mexico and continued her specialization at Mass Eye and Ear (Massachusettes), OHSU (Oregon) and Vanderbilt (Tennessee). She is a talented surgeon and a compassionate doctor. This will be her third trip to Peru with the FACES Foundation.






Dr. Jessyka Lighthall, Surgeon

Dr. Lighthall is an assistant professor of surgery at Penn State MSH Medical Center and the department director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is recognized for her medical talents as well as her compassion for each one of her patients. Dr. Lighthall appreciates the value of collaboration and mentor-ship, and we are so grateful to have her on the team. This is Dr. Lighthall’s fourth medical mission with the FACES Foundation.





Dr. Lisa Morris, Surgeon

Dr. Lisa Morris is a Craniofacial Surgeon who went to OHSU for Ear, Nose and Throat residency and then did 2 years of fellowship training in New York and Salt Lake City.  She is currently working with the Craniofacial Foundation of Utah in Salt Lake City as a craniofacial and facial plastic surgeon. This is Lisa’s fourth surgical trip to Peru with FACES and she is looking forward to working with such an energetic, caring and phenomenal group of people.




Dr. Jeff Markey, Surgeon


Jeff Markey is the current Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellow at OHSU in Portland.  Jeff has long held a passion for humanitarian surgery – including trips to Zanzibar, Guatemala, and Ecuador.  He is honored to work with the FACES organization to serve those with cleft lips, palates and more in Chiclayo, Peru.




Dr. Lauren Moneta, Surgeon

Dr. Moneta is in her fourth year of Head and Neck Surgery residency at OHSU.  She is a NW Native but lived in London, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, DC before returning to Portland for medical school at OHSU.  She has a long-standing interest in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is currently applying to fellowship programs.  In the future her goal is work as an academic surgeon with a focus on facial reconstruction and hopes to make humanitarian surgical trips an integral part of her practice.  She is very excited to head to Peru for her first trip with the FACES team!




Dr. Shivani Shah, Surgeon

Dr. Shah has volunteered abroad in Costa Rica, Mexico, and now to Peru. Dr. Shah was introduced to the work of FACES via her colleague, Dr. Lighthall at Penn State MSH Medical Center, where Dr. Shah is pursuing her career in Head and Neck Surgery. She has concentrated her studies on medical ethics, philosophy of systems of health care, and local cultural anthropology. We are excited to welcome her to the FACES team.





Dr. Berklee Robins, Anesthesia Team Lead

Berklee is pediatric anesthesiologist at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital/OHSU. Originally from NY, he has been living in Portland for the past 20 years. This will be his 11th medical mission. His academic interests include global health and global anesthesia issues and resident education. He recently completed a graduate program in Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University in Chicago. Berklee has been instrumental in organizing the 2017 Anesthesia Team and is a true leader for FACES. This will be his third trip to Peru with the FACES Foundation.





Dr. Lindsey Loveland Baptist, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Loveland Baptist works with children full time as a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist, and as a mother of four young children. During her undergraduate studies, she spent two months at an eye hospital in India, which she describes as one of the best experiences of her life. After several years of training and practicing, she says, “the time has finally come again for me to give back and spend some very meaningful time in another country and culture.”  This will be her second trip with the FACES Foundation.





Chris Baylis, CNRA

Chris Baylis is a certified nurse anesthetist at Northwest Permanente. He brings with him the experience of tending to patients of all ages in all types of surgery and has practiced in 4 states. This will be Chris’ second year as a member of the FACES Surgical Team.




Dr. Justin Ramos, Anesthesiologist

Justin is an Anesthesiology resident graduating in 2017, and will be continuing on as a Pediatric Anesthesiology fellow in the 2017-18 academic year. In college, Justin lived for two months in Madrid, Spain as part of a study abroad program and minored in Spanish. We are excited for the talents he will bring as a new member of the FACES team.




Dr. Philip Yun, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Yun is new to the FACES team.  Originally from the East Coast, he has spent time in Florida, Connecticut, and now Oregon for his medical training. He is currently pursuing a post graduate pediatric anesthesia program at OHSU.  This is his first mission trip and he is excited for the opportunity.





Dr. Jared Hylton, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Hylton is originally from Northern California and  completed medical school at UC Davis and residency training at California Pacific Medical Center – UCSF and UC Davis.  He is currently completing his fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at OHSU.  Previously, as a medical student, Dr. Hylton served as a medical director of a free clinic in downtown Sacramento.  We are excited to have him join the FACES team.





Dr. Danielle Claypool, Anesthesiologist


Dr. Claypool is a pediatric anesthesia fellow at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She was introduced to FACES through Dr. Loveland Baptist and is excited to participate in her first cleft campaign. Welcome to the team, Danielle!





Sarah Click, Medical Student


Sarah Click is a fourth year medical student and aspiring anesthesiologist at OHSU. She is sponsored by the Thompson International Fellowship to join the FACES team in Peru. This is her first time on an anesthesia/surgical trip but last year she spent a month volunteering at a clinic in rural Uganda. She anticipates incorporating international work in her future career in anesthesia.



OR Nursing Team


Julie Syverson, Team Lead

Julie is a pediatric operating room nurse who, like many of our team members, does not shy away from international service opportunities. In 2005, she traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she provided much needed basic medical care and public education. Julie has stepped this year as the OR Nursing Team Lead. We are grateful for her organization in the sorting and packing of surgical supplies.




Heather Bemrose

Heather brings 5 years of operating room experience to the team, with a background in a number of specialties. Currently, Heather leads the nurses of the pediatric general surgery service at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She is an active volunteer in her community at home, and we are happy she is extending her sphere of influence. This will be Heather’s second year serving with FACES.





Catherine Parkinson

Catherine has been an RN for 10 years and has worked with a variety of different patient populations. She currently works in the Operating Room at Doernbecher’s. Catherine has lived and studied abroad and even built houses in Mexico, but this will be her first Medical trip.






Angela Slack

Angela has been an operating room nurse for over ten years at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, WA.  Her experience ranges from pediatric to geriatric surgeries in a variety of specialties. This will be her first international medical mission, and we are excited to have her on the team!



Pre / Post-Op Nurses


Tammy Berks

Tammy Berks  has been a nurse with Kaiser for over 25 years working in pediatrics and day surgery. She has been involved with fundraising efforts for FACES and this is her seventh mission trip to Peru with FACES. Tammy has formed ongoing friendships with both staff and patients in Peru, and we feel lucky to have her with us this year!




Morgan Luke

Morgan Luke is also a PACU (post-anesthesia-care-unit) nurse at Kaiser Permanente. Since 2008, she has practiced as an RN at Kaiser, where her skills have been cultivated and fine-tuned, and her kindness has touched the lives of many people. She stays involved with FACES year-round as a fundraiser and a friend-raiser. This will be Morgan’s third medical mission with the FACES Foundation.



Heather Foster

Heather is an incredible source of skill, experience, and kindness. She has worked at Kaiser Permanente for 37 years and currently serves as the Pediatric Department’s Team Lead. She has volunteered in a number of capacities on over 15 medical mission trips. This is her third year with the FACES Foundation, and we are so grateful to have her on the team.





Melissa Mazdzer

Melissa is a pediatric PACU nurse at Doernbecher. Melissa has a passion to care for children and their families and is excited to bring that to the team. She loves to travel and has been to many countries, but this will her first trip with FACES and her first time in Peru.





Sue Ross

Sue Ross practices as a nurse at Kaiser and was introduced to the FACES mission by colleague Heather Foster. She has been on multiple medical missions to the Caribbean, to Mexico, and to Central and South America. We feel lucky that she has volunteered to accompany FACES to Peru this year.





Laura Rash

Laura Rash is both an experienced nurse and an experienced traveler. She has lived in Germany, traveled to Mexico several times and served as a volunteer in Guatemala. Her nursing skills have been put to use in the ER, Endocrinology, Day Surgery, Pre-Op and PACU. Welcome to FACES, Laura!



Speech Therapists

We are happy to welcome two new speech therapists to the team: Monica Kemp and Hannah Sanford Keller. They will work with FACES patients in Peru, past and present, representing our commitment to comprehensive care with a complete cleft team.



Monica Kemp


Hannah Sanford-Keller




Kristopher Luke


Kristopher’s educational background includes studies in business, communication, and cardiac sonography. He holds a bachelor of Echocardiography degree from Oregon Tech and is currently employed at the Portland VA Medical Center as an Echocardiographer. This will be his first year with FACES and we are grateful for his willingness to serve as our patient photographer.





Paul Foster

Paul Foster will serve as our second photographer, focusing on the patient’s stories and even conducting interviews of the patients, their families, and the hospital staff. We are excited to have him join the team!