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Position: US Organizational Coordinator

Position Description

FACES is seeking a US Organizational Coordinator to implement fundraising efforts, administrative tasks and volunteer coordination. This is a position in a small non-profit organization that continues to develop and progress. The job position will evolve with the new hire and there may be opportunities for growth. A successful candidate will be flexible, self-managing, and passionate.

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Lifelong Friend

Dr. Tom, Lisi, Tammy and Kelly at the beginning of surgery week.

Lizbeth or “Lisi,” is like many young adults: She’s moved from her small town to study at the university, has a part-time job, and loves to take selfies! She’s smart, social, and self-confident.


lisiShe’s also a former FACES patient.


During the most recent surgical campaign, Lisi traveled 12 hours by bus to meet the FACES team members at the hospital in Lambayeque. And she didn’t come for another surgery: she came to say, “Thank you.”

“Gracias por tanto al DR.TOM y todo su equipo quirurgico. Uds hacen que nuestra vida sea mejor y que la sociedad nos acepte. Jamas dejen de venir; su ayuda es fundamental para seguir mejorando la vida social de todos los labioleporinos .”

English Translation: “Thank you to Dr. Tom and the Surgical Team for everything. You make our lives better and society now accepts us. Never stop coming. Your help is fundamental in improving the social life of everyone born with clefts.”

Lisi, with her brothers, at home in Eastern Peru

She continues to reach out to FACES team members throughout the year, having formed friendships with her surgeons and nurses. Below is a birthday greeting to Dr. Tom Albert, President of FACES. A part from studying accounting, she continues to practice her English.



What a Team!

The 2017 Surgical Campaign was a marvelous success!

The patients are recovering beautifully, and the team members have finally been able to catch up on sleep!

This global effort was made possible by countless individuals: In North America, FACES recognizes and thanks all of the medical volunteers and their families, the year-round donors, and the administrative team that supports this mission. The Surgical Team was able to provide life-changing surgeries for 49 patients, who otherwise would never have access to surgical care.

FACES also expresses gratitude to the individuals in Peru who support the mission: The Social Services department meticulously registered and coordinated the pre-operative care for each patient. The Pharmacy Staff stocked the necessary medications for both during and after the surgery. And, as in years past, the local Lions Clubs brought food for the patients, their families, and the surgical team.  The surgeries would never happen without the support from the South American colleagues.


Click Here to view the photo highlights from the campaign.

Here we come!

Our 2017 Surgical Campaign to Lambayeque, Peru is right around the corner. Click here to meet the team!



2016 Screening Trip: 70 patients evaluated

Once again, the FACES Team returns home from Peru happy and humbled.

On November 13th, members of the FACES leadership team, in collaboration with local partners, conducted patient evaluations in preparation for the 7th  Cleft Surgical Campaign in Lambayeque, Peru.


The patient screening enjoyed wonderful support from Hospital Belen and the Lions Clubs. FACES Surgeons Dr. Tom Albert and Dr. Dana Smith screened nearly 70 patients born with clefts, many of whom were returning patients following up for continued care and evaluation.



The surgeries will take place in January, at Hospital Belen in Lambayeque and Hospital Regional in Chiclayo. The FACES team will work with the staff of both hospitals to provide surgeries for about 50 patients.

The November trip is a wonderful opportunity to meet with local leadership and coordinate public health efforts. Dr. Robles of Hospital Mercedes, who specializes in restorative dentistry, orthodontics, and related surgery, continues to collaborate with us for pre and post-patient care. Dr. Moises Rosario, director of Hospital Belen, and Dr. Enrique Altamirano, director of Hospital Regional, are preparing their OR equipment and staff to accommodate the influx of patients during the campaign. They are an indispensable component in preparing the cleft patients for surgery.


Part of the trip, when possible, is dedicated to reaching the patients in the most remote areas of the country; patients who are unaware of the screening campaigns. The FACES team traveled to Inkawasi this year, assisting the Lions Club in a vision campaign and reviewing a few babies with clefts.

Photos from the Fall Fundraiser

This year’s Benefit Dinner at Andina Restaurant was a tremendous success. We ate exquisite Peruvian cuisine, connected with dear friends, and broke fundraising records!

Thank you to everyone who participated and donated. Your support makes this work possible.

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Congratulations to the Raffle Winner!

We are thrilled to announce that Marianne Mandry of Terrebonne, Oregon is the lucky winner of the Maui Vacation package! Her ticket was drawn the night of the benefit auction on October 10th, 2016 at Andina Restaurant.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s raffle! Together, we raised $10,000 for FACES Foundation. The team will be traveling to Peru in a few short weeks for the patient screenings. These funds will directly benefit children born with cleft lips and palates who, without international medical campaigns, would have no access to healthcare.

Enjoy the sun for all of us, Marianne!



Patient Evaluations in November

In preparation for the surgical campaign, FACES team members will travel to Chiclayo, Peru for patient evaluations. The screening will take place at the Belen Hospital on Sunday, November 13th, 2016. The surgeries are scheduled for mid January, 2017.




FACES Benefit Auction right around the corner

On Monday, October 10th, the generous Andina Restaurant will be hosting the annual Benefit Auction to raise funds for surgeries for under-served children in Peru. The FACES medical team will be returning to Lambayeque for patient screenings this November.

The dinner will be a culinary delight, prepared by Chef Yen Tejada (see bio here) and presented by owner Doris Platt. Their Peruvian heritage and love of homeland enhance the gastronomic experience and remind diners they are supporting a wonderful cause for a wonderful people.
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After an incredible Peruvian Feast, the live auction will commence
and the Maui Raffle Drawing will take place. All guests will have the opportunity to support the mission of FACES during a time of Special Appeals.


Take a look at this year’s Auction Items!

(Absentee bidding allowed. Send us a message if you are unable to attend but are interested in bidding on any of these items).

1) Custom Dining Experience at Andina for Eight people.
Donors: John, Doris, and Peter Platt. Value $800

Featuring a welcome cocktail, a four course tapas tasting menu and wine pairings.

2) Cannon Beach Food Vacation, Three Nights for Eight People. 
Donors: Kathy and Tom Albert. Value $1025

Take friends or family to Beautiful Cannon Beach and experience some of its delightful Culinary Pleasures.

Spend three nights with family or friends at this unforgettable vacation home located at the north end of Cannon Beach near Ecola State Park.  This two story 4 bedroom home features a spacious, ocean-facing deck with sweeping views of the Oregon Coastline from Chapman Point to Arch Cape. It is excellent for stargazing, storm watching, and sun soaking and only a 5 minute walk to the beach. Sleeps 8.  No Smoking or pets.

Package includes the following gift certificates:
  • EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School Gift Certificate to be Sous chef of the Day

Spend a typical day with Chef Bob Neroni making the artisan bread and dessert and doing all the prep-work for that night’s dinner show menu. Start at 10:00am work and have family meal (lunch) with our crew and finish about 5:00pm.

  • Sweet Basil’s Café –Enjoy lunch or dinner ,tapas, wine and  live music
  • Cannon Beach Chocolate Café:

For a chocolate pick up-Offers Moonstruck Truffles, Chocolates from around the world, French Press Coffee, Hot Chocolate, milkshakes, and chocolate desserts.

  • Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market

3) Wine Connoisseurs
Donors: Jarek and Beata Cymorek. Value: $640

Double Magnum (3L) Bottle of the ST Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005. Signed by winemaker Mark Vlossak (90.6 on the winemakers scale).  Only nine such bottles made and this is marked with number eight. 2005 was an exceptional vintage in the Willamette Valley and wines from that vintage are t their peak right now.
Gift Certificate to  “The Painted Lady Restaurant” in Newberg. Superb dining in a Romantic Victorian Setting. You will experience inspired Pacific NW cuisine sourced from neighboring farms, ranches and vintners. Gift Certificate $200.
Wine Tasting for 4 at Stoller Vineyards and a bottle of Stoller wine.

4) Wine Country Tour
Donors: Tom and Vanessa Bunker. Value: $1060

Tours for eight of stunning wine country in the Willamette Valley, featuring Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Purple Hands Winery and the Stoller Family Estate.