January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Thank you to all who have been part of our outreach and for helping to serve these children in need.

A year of challenge. And hope.

“Gracias por mi operación… los quiero mucho.” – Salvador


We all know that this has been a very difficult time in the U.S., in Peru, and globally. The adjustment to these times has been very challenging for all of us, but we have worked very hard with our Peruvian partners to help them reach out to the population they serve – many of whom are FACES patients in need of food and shelter – as this pandemic continues to unfold.

Our current goal is to return to Peru as soon as it is safe, picking up the work we do with our local partners, and continuing the efforts to reach out as best we can.

Thank you to all who have been part of our outreach and for helping to serve these children in need.

Dr. Thomas Albert, FACES President


The Foundation for the Advancement of Cleft Education and Services (FACES) Foundation is a 501c3 U.S. based non-profit that works in partnership with local organizations in Lambayeque, Northern Peru. FACES has performed hundreds of cleft lip and palate surgeries on medically isolated patients. FACES also provides speech therapy, social services, dental care, orthodontia, other general healthcare, and family support.

Surgical Campaign 2020

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Speech Therapy Sessions 2020

Speech Language Pathologists Chelsea Sommer and Hannah Sanford Keller prepared personalized instructional speech videos. Our Peruvian Patient Coordinator, Delia Delgado, assisted with outreach and technical support. We worked with parents to form a powerful team for children to excel with their condition and grow in the process.

Virtual, interactive sessions ensure that this important accompaniment will continue throughout the pandemic and into the future.

humanitarian support-lambayeque 2020

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STORIES & outreach 2020

Claudia first came to a FACES screening campaign when she was 8 years old. Her lip and palate had already been repaired by another international cleft team, but her speech was really compromised. She met with the surgeons and the speech therapists, who collaborated on a treatment plan that involved both surgery and therapy. The first step was a surgical intervention to close a hole in her palate, the second step has been a multi-year process of speech therapy, including evaluation sessions and at-home exercises with her mother.
She is now 11 years old.

In 2020, she sent the surgeons a video of herself playing the recorder. In a previous video, she excitedly told the team that she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. We are so happy with her progress, not only physically, but emotionally. This is the joy of returning to the same location year after year: to follow the progress of our patients and rejoice with their families as they grow up into lovely, healthy adults. 

Jesus was brought to the public hospital in Lambayeque by his parents last January. They had traveled from their coffee-growing village in the hills of Northern Peru after hearing about FACES’ surgical cleft campaign from a friend.  Even though the surgical calendar had already been filled, FACES surgeons evaluated their son and saw that his lip, which had been previously repaired by another team, had developed an infection and not held together. He needed a surgery to re-close the lip. Jesus’ father had to return to their home town, but his mother, Tatiana, stayed near the public hospital and waited for days for the chance that there might be an opening. On the last day of operating, there was a cancellation in the schedule, and FACES surgeons took care of 11 month old Jesus. His lip is now completely repaired.

Tatiana shared a video update, greeting, and images of little Jesus with us this year. He is growing and doing all the things a toddler should do! We love the video updates from his mother, and we look forward to seeing both of them when we return and schedule him for his palate repair. 

“Charla con un/a Cirjuano/a” (Talk with a Surgeon)

FACES sought to create new opportunities to maintain the strong connection with families and patients in Peru during the pandemic in 2020, providing information and support to patients.

We now offer “Talks with a Surgeon” via Zoom (and other formats in the future). Patients in remote areas can join in to share updates and ask questions. The first talk in December was well attended, with the presence of FACES board member and surgeon, Dr. Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck.

Fall benefit 2020

Review a video of the evening’s highlights

NEW FACE in 2020

thank you

Platinum: Machu Picchu – $10,000 + Chintimini Private Charitable Giving  

Diamond: Huascarán Sur – $5,000-$9,999
Dr. Tom & Kathy Albert
Dr. Sharon Higgins
Christadelphian Meal-A-Day Foundation
Dr. Joe & Patricia Campbell
Dawn Peront, MedConnect Pro

Gold: Sipán – $2,500 – $4,999
American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Elizabeth Kossler
Dr. Harry & Mei-Ling Schwartz

Silver: Yerupajá – $1,000-$2,499
David & Penny Rich
Craig & Layne BenBen
Edward Seldon
Doris & John Platt, Andina Restaurant
Rob & Brenda Nicholson
Merry Meek
Crooks & Company Financial Management
Mel Croner
Compelling Reason
Tom & Vanessa Bunker
Edward & Rebecca Bard
Allison Dobbie
David Aronson
José & Linda Barrera
Richard & Patsy Yeager
Christine Dickey  

Bronze: Coropuna – $500-$999
Stuart & Una Whitcomb
Mark Wax & Roberta Guild
Thuydung Trinh
Dennis & Judi Tichenor
Clark Taylor
Terry Schandel
Joseph Savage
Ellen & Scott Renfroe
Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck
Timothy Mosier
Bonnie Donham
Emmanuel & Patricia Cassimatis
Debra Weekley
Jeanne Tedrow
Katie Peront-Curtis
Mark & Kim McIntyre
Carolyn & John Hall
Charles Brod
Angela Jensen
Kelly Jensen
Nanette Wecker

Copper: Alpamayo – $101-$499
Dr. Steve Knox
Eartha Roulier
Jeffrey Mandel
Adam Godley-Campbell
Laura Jo Frizzell
Anna Campbell
Peter Andersen
Mary & Griffith Garwood
Barbara Blakeley
Robert & Marybeth Allen
Tammy Berks
Kerith Vance
Christian Stallworth
Deborah Smith
Dr. Carl & Joan Scharf
Austin Peters
John Murphy
Nancy Fuller
Jim Arnoux & Gwen White
Sara Sherwood
Tsunami Cabrera-Pérez
Kelly Mitchell
Leslie Warren
Rodney & Anne Smith
Charles Schwab
Mike Roberts
Steve Knox
Jeff & Pam Israel
Bruce & Madeline Donoff
Jerry & Glenda Cox
Kim & Debra Burchiel
Leah & Daniel Bachhuber
Anna Garwood
Elizabeth deLaney
Nathalie Croft
Stephen Lieberman & Virginia Hensen
Barbara Colleran
Walt Allen & Louise Zimmer
James Huntzicker
Thomas Albert

Kelly Jensen
Angela Jensen  

Dana Smith (Team Lead)
Lisa Morris
Tom Wang
Jessyka Lighthall
Allison Dobbie
David Chen
Natalie Krane
Tom Shorki  

Justin Ramos (Team Lead)
Austin Peters
Jamie Rubin
James Yawn
Patrick Baker
Christina Giblin
Viviana Ruiz Vy Le  

OR Nursing
Meghan McIntyre (Team Lead)
Alisa Valles
Richard Fowler
Mikayla Mendez
Hazel Mendoza
Erika Scott  

Tammy Berks (Team Lead)
Michelle Lesman
Heather Foster
Angel Volvovic
Sara Sherwood
Nanette Wecker
Sterling Berks  

Hannah Sanford Keller
Chelsea Sommer

Paul Foster

Nathalie Croft
Carlos Disner  

Daphne Peters  
Alessandro Mangili
Alexandra Hyman
Alice Beckman
Alicia Fettes
Alisa Valles
Alison Gilbert
Allison Watson
Amanda Herrera
Amanda Leigh
Amanda Rogers
Amy Cutshall
Ana Cristina Camelo-Jackson
Ashley Northam
Barb Ellington
Barbara Johnson Kerr
Barbara Ward
Belinda Davis
Ben & Katie Nelson Higgins
Berklee Robins
Birgit Knorr
Brenda Menzenberg
Brian Kochman
Brittany Rogers
Brittany Schneider
Carlos Disner
Carmen Lichtenstein
Carrie Crino
Casey & Micah Whythers
Cassie Taylor
Cathy Finn
Cesar Rodriguez
Charlie Vanderziel
Chasity Tiel
Chelsea Sommer
Cheryl Jensen
Chris Brehm
Christy Hunter & Debra Appelman
Cicily Haverson
Cicily Price
Cindy Lee Quale
Cindy Thompson
Craig Ludwig
Crystal Taylor
Cynthia Swanson
Dana & Molly Smith
Daphne Peters
David Blatchford
Debbie Gregory
Deborah & Bill Hedges
Deena & Paul Turner
Denise Kossover-Wechter
Diana Perez Colina
Diane & Wally Lafrenz
Diane Stone
Dr. Natalie Krane
Elk Cove Vineyards
Ellen Scott
Ellen Torres
Elsa Colleran
Emily Underwood
Eric Little
Eric McEwan
Erika Scott
Erminio Mangili
Ethan Higgins
Fernando Albujar
Frank Acosta
Gary Jones
Gary Wass
Ginny Duck
Gloria Palacios
Hanna Garbati
Hannah Albert
Hannah Sanford-Keller
Heather Chamberlain
Heather Foster
Helen Lindgren
Hollie Sallers Sharpes
Jackie Linstram
Jamie DeGeorge
Jen Gray/Hurley
Jennifer Manning
Jennifer Popma
Jess Firestone
Jessica Hickman
Joe Higgins
Judy Blondeau
Julie Sanford
Justin Ramos
Kaela Cummings
Kaitlyn Chock
Kali Albert
Kara Chanasyk
Kara Wright
Karen Bailey
Karen Lorentzen
Kate Messina
Katherine Foidel
Kathy Delapan
Kelli Lacey
Kelly Wallace
Kendal Miller
Kiana Atabaki
Kim Saunders
Kris Eubanks
Kris Soebroto
Kyle Muchlberg
Lani Matter
Laura Doering
Laura Rash
Laurene Howell
Linda Baugess
Linda Newbloom
Linsey Hagglund
Lisa Morris
Loren Peterson
Marcela Sandoval Garza
Marci Clark
Margaret Brenneman
Margaret Morrison
Margery Dogotch
Mari Miller
María Josefina Quintanilla
Melissa Jameson
Melissa Rehder
Michael Kuder
Michelle Gander
Mike Garbati
Misty Weaver
Myriam Loyo
Naomi Cordoza Stevens
Nicholas Blatchford
Nick Higgins
Nick Lunde
Nikki Fitch Deslauriers
Pam Alarcon
Panida Chaiong Khan
Pat & Yan Higgins
Pat Love-Guida
Patricia Carlos
Pedro Fand Quintanilla
Pedro Quintanilla Gomez-Noriega
Penney Hill
Piseth Pich
Rachel Sobota
Rae Latham
Remigio (Remy) Roque
Rhonda Flannery
Robert Moon
Robin Camex
Robin Plies
Russ Harris
Ruth Epstein
Scott Mitton
Shae Garwood
Shannon Allen
Sharon & Harvey Rubenstein
Sharon Susanka
Sherri Bourdage
Silvia Amaya
Stacy Cook
Stacy Letendre
Stephanie Spangler
Sue Ross
Susan Brookfield
Teddy Von Burg
Teresa Eggers
Tess Lehman
Theodore Oulman
Tim Carrol
Timothy & Dorothy Carroll
Tina Tamatisto
Tony Higgins
Tracey Naylor Gunderson
Tracy Stevens
Trish Spinar
Tuyet Wright
Ursula Barrus
Vanessa Jackson
Vicci Lee Martinazzi
Vy Le
Wanda Mangili
Wendy Reiter
Whitney Alexander
Wilson Real