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!




The Faces Behind the Scenes


The FACES Board of Directors meets often throughout the year. The Surgical Campaigns are the pinnacle event, yet many processes must be managed along the way. The board members hail from a variety of professions and industries, each one bringing unique expertise and perspective to the FACES Mission: provide high quality care for medically isolated patients in a locally sustainable manner.

The core processes range from patient outreach, surgical trip staffing, speech services, communications, fundraising, marketing, financial management, strategic planning, governance and compliance, and education. Click here to get know them individually.



Career-changing, Life-changing

FACES Foundation takes pride in the ability to provide life-changing surgeries for children in Peru. The children, however, are not the only ones to have their lives changed: members of the FACES Surgical Team often remark on the impact their service has on their personal lives. Two young team members in particular had very meaningful experiences.

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Makena Kerr and Julia Davis are both high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine. Their service with FACES has given them a vision of the impact they can make as trained medical professionals.


Dr. Jessyka Lighthall (left) shows Makena the details of a cleft repair

Makena Kerr joined the team in the position of Patient Representative. She herself has undergone several cleft surgeries, allowing her to empathize with the patients on a profound level. Her mother, Barbara, also supported FACES by traveling with her daughter and speaking with the patient’s families, comforting them and providing valuable insight from a mother’s perspective.

Makena hopes to be a surgeon, and in a recent interview with the Columbian about her experience with FACES, she said, “It really touched me how one surgery could touch a child’s life. It makes me want to be a surgeon even more. I really want to go on medical missions as a surgeon.”  Click here to read more.


Julia Davis learned of FACES Foundation from her Aunt, Beth deLaney, a recovery room

Julia observes bedside manner from her aunt, Beth, who is the FACES Team Lead for recovery nursing

nurse who has volunteered with FACES for the past three years. Last summer, Julia traveled to Panama for a month of community service and language immersion.  She joined the FACES team in Peru this year as an interpreter. Of her experience, she wrote the following:

“This trip inspired my heart and my mind. My appreciation and knowledge of other cultures grew in just one week. I learned more then I ever thought I could have: solidifying my aspirations to become a nurse, no longer shying away from my dreams, and finding a passion and respect to those on the team who have dedicate their lives to helping others. I am so appreciative for the relationships formed with the inspired medical team, dedicated family members of the brave patients, and supportive community members. I will never forget the gratitude felt by the families, hugging and kissing us as they left the hospitals with mementos of photographs.”



FACES Surgical Team 2016



Dr. Tom Albert, President & 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




Angela J. David, Executive 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 6th trip to Peru.




Delia Delgado, Peruvian Coordinator

Delia 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.





Kelly T. Jensen, VP International Relations

Kelly T. Jensen, B.A., M.B.A, 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.




Dr. Dana Smith, Lead Surgeon

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.



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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.




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Dr. Tom Wang, Surgeon

Dr. Wang’s practice is centered on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face. He is currently the director of the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department at OHSU. He is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents, and he is an excellent mentor to the surgeons on the team. His professionalism and standards of perfection are wonderful qualities that we value immensely. This will be his third trip to Peru with FACES.




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 third medical mission with the FACES Foundation.





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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 second trip to Peru with the FACES Foundation.





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Dr. Dane Barrett, Surgeon

Dr. Barrett is a surgeon in the department of Head and Neck Surgery at OHSU. He has recently moved to Oregon from Virginia and has brought with him a wealth of experience in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This is Dr. Barrett’s first trip with the FACES Foundation, and we are honored by his participation.






Anesthesia Team

Dr. Berklee Robins, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Berklee Robins 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 10th 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. Dr. Robins has been instrumental in organizing the 2016 Anesthesia Team. This will be his second trip to Peru with the FACES Foundation.



Brian Ryder, CRNA

Brian was born and raised in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He completed his undergrad work at University of Pennsylvania and then the Anesthesia program at Lankenau Medical Center in Philadephia, PA. Brian has worked at Kaiser for the 14 years, 8 of which he was the Chief CRNA. Brian has worked with Operation Smile for the past 14 years and this will be his sixth mission with the FACES Foundation.




Dr. Uma Parekh, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Parekh completed medical school and anesthesia training in India. She completed her residency in the United Kingdom, and her fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia in Canada. She currently practices at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as an anesthesiologist. This year, Dr. Parekh will be adding Peru to her long list of countries benefited by her skill and passion. We are excited to have her join the FACES Team this year.




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.”  Welcome to FACES, Dr. Loveland Baptist!




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Dr. Ona Dachsangvorn, Fellow

Dr. Dachsangvorn grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. She commenced and completed her medical schooling in Texas, her residency in Virginia, and is in the middle of her fellowship at OHSU. Earlier this year, Dr. Dacnsangvorn returned to Thailand with Operation Smile for a medical mission trip. This will be her first year with the FACES team, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have her with us!

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Dr. Sarah Deverman-Ayoroa, Fellow

Dr. Deverman is new to the FACES Team, but she is a seasoned professional who has studied in Houston, Chicago, and now Portland. During medical school, she spent a month in Beijing, China working at Xuanwu Hospital. Her husband is a native of Bolivia, and he will be joining us this trip as an interpreter. We are so pleased that she is joining us in Peru this year!

Dr. Luis Sauceda-Cera, Resident

Luis is a new member of the FACES Team this year, but enjoys the association of many FACES team members at OHSU. As a medical student, Luis volunteered with SMILE Network, and spent a week in rural Guatemala as both an interpreter and an anesthetist.  He will certainly be a valuable member of the FACES Team, and we are grateful for his willingness to serve.

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Chris Baylis, CRNA

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. Chris has been on medical mission trips before, but this is his first year joining the FACES Surgical Team. Welcome, Chris!

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David Steinhardt, Medical Student

David is the winner of the Thompson International Fellowship, which sponsors 4th year medical students pursuing careers in anesthesia. Although new to the FACES team, this is not David’s first mission trip. In 2013, he spent three months in Honduras promoting public health and volunteering at a rural medical clinic. We are grateful that is he is bringing his passion to Peru.

OR Nursing Team

Thersea Nera, RN

Theresa is an operating room nurse at OHSU’s South OR. She is been on multiple international mission trips, and over 5 medical trips with FACES (she’s losing count!) We are grateful for the enthusiasm and skill she brings to the team.

Jenn Ploeger, RN

Jenn has been a perioperative RN for the past five years, focusing on ENT/Facial plastics and OMFS surgeries. She is passionate about volunteer work and is an energetic team member. This is Jenn’s third year volunteering with the FACES Foundation.

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Heather Bemrose, RN

Heather brings 4 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.

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Julie Syverson, RN

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. She comes highly recommended by her colleagues, and we are thrilled to have her on our team!

Tawnya Bradfield, RN

Tawnya is a talented nurse who currently works in the South Operating Rooms at OHSU. Before joining the OHSU team, Tawnya worked at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. She is not only volunteering to give of herself and her talents during the FACES Surgical Campaign, but she has invited her husband Wade to also participate! We are very grateful to both of these remarkable individuals for their service.

Pre/Post-Operative Nursing Team

Beth deLaney, RN

Beth has been a PACU RN for 9 years and currently works at Kaiser Westside. This year, she has taken the lead of the pre/post operative nursing team for the upcoming trip. She is very generous with her time and talents, and we count ourselves lucky to have her on the team. This is Beth’s 4th trip to Peru with the FACES team.

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Janet Nash, RN

Janet is a talented and compassionate recovery room nurse at OHSU. Her work in the pediatric unit makes her a wonderful asset to the team. This is Janet’s third trip with the FACES Foundation. We are so glad she has returned for 2016!

Heather Foster, RN

Heather is an incredible source of skill, experience, and kindness. She has worked at Kaiser Permanente for 36 years, and currently serves as the Pediatric Department’s Team Lead. She has volunteered in a number of capacities on over 14 medical mission trips. This is her second year with the FACES Foundation, and we are so grateful to have her on the team.

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Morgan Luke, RN

Morgan is employed as a PACU 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. This will be Morgan’s second medical mission with the FACES Foundation.

Support Staff

Gabe Ayoroa, Interpreter

Gabe’s expertise is finance, international business, and marketing. He has most recently worked as an investment analyst, but marriage to his wife Sarah has given him a first row seat to the medical world. Gabe has generously agreed to help the FACES team with interpreting and tech support. Welcome to the team, Gabe!

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Wade Houck, Photographer

Wade has an academic background in Anthropology, with a focus on influences and consequences on Developing World cultures by disease, childbirth practices/mortality, and poverty. He has a penchant for photography, and the perspective of a non-medical professional. He will be a great asset to the team!

Makena Kerr, Patient Representative

Makena is an ambitious high school student who has made volunteering an integral part of her life. From the Key Club to the Red Cross to the Special Olympics, Makena’s influence blesses many lives. Makena is a cleft patient of Dr. Dana Smith’s. She will be a wonderful resource and inspiration to the families of the patients in Peru. Thank you for joining the team, Makena!

Barbara Kerr, Patient Representative

Barbara is bringing a wonderful perspective to the team as a mother of children with born with clefts. Both of her daughters are adopted from China, and both were born with cleft lip and cleft palate. They are patients of Dr. Dana Smith, FACES Lead Surgeon, at OHSU. Her experience as a mom of a cleft patient makes her uniquely qualified to offer support to the patients of FACES and their families. We are so grateful that she will join us in Peru this year.

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Julia Davis, Interpreter

Julia is a very bright high school senior who will join FACES team as a medical interpreter. Six months ago, Julia traveled to Panama for a summer of community service and language immersion. Her love of people and passion for cultures grew, and she continues to seek ways to use her talents to enrich the lives of those around her. She will be a very valuable team member.

Dispatches from the Road – Day 1 in Peru

The FACES team is off and running on their annual winter trip to Peru! A small team, this year consisting of Dr. Tom Albert, Executive Director Angela Jensen, and board member Kelly Jensen are now in Peru with Peru director Delia Delgado. They will be conducting screenings to select which patients will be getting cleft lip and/or cleft palate surgery from the entire surgical team come January.
The FACES team is accompanied by a core group of Lions Club members from the Portland area. As usual, the Peruvian Lions met the group at the Chiclayo airport with much pomp and circumstance! “There must’ve been 30 yellow vests giving us hugs and kisses,” said Angela. “Everyone should experience that sort of hero’s welcome.”
Dr. Tom, Angela and Kelly left the day after Thanksgiving, with barely enough time to let the turkey digest. They traveled all day on Friday and arrived on Saturday. After settling down to the hotel, Delia took the FACES group to Belen Hospital (where surgeries are held in January). They met with Lucy, the hospital social worker, Romy, the pharmacist, and several other hospital personnel to go over details for the screening clinics. Both Romy and Lucy made a visit to Portland, OR, this past summer and were inspired by their visit to Oregon Health Sciences University (where many of the surgical team works). Since their trip, they have dedicated much more energy to the organization Belen Hospital, and they were quick to praise the systems they saw and proud to show their improvements. Angela was impressed by Romy and Lucy’s ‘call-to-action’ from their trip to visit the team in Portland.
“They are incredible women, and I saw very clearly an intangible result of international travel,” said Angela.

FACES Welcomes New Executive Director

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.

Angela_DavidI 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.

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FACES/Lions Featured in the Portland Business Journal

FACES Foundation and our friends, the Portland and Peruvian Lions Clubs, have been busy this week! Yesterday, the Lions spent time touring Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. We’ve spent years working at Belen Hospital in Lambayeque, so it was great to show the Lions our “home turf” so to speak. The Lions have a major focus of working with sight and hearing issues, so while on the OHSU campus, they paid a special visit to the Casey Eye Institute.

Check out this story about the visit featured in the Portland Business Journal! “Peruvian Lions Visit OHSU


FACES/Lions Club Welcomes Peru Lions to Portland!

A long time coming – our wonderful parters, the Peruvian Lions Club, have come for a visit to the lovely Portland, Oregon! They were welcomed by FACES and the Portland-area Lions Clubs on Tuesday, August 19th at the Portland airport. The Portland Lions have a packed schedule for their Peruvian friends!

After their arrival on Tuesday afternoon the group gathered on Wednesday and by 9:15 were taking pictures on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem. Their tour guide, Jim, showed them all the highlights, including the State Seal, the House of Reps room, the Senate room, and even the golden pioneer at the top of the dome.

The afternoon was rounded out with a hike at Silver Falls State Park outside Salem! The Peruvian Lions loved the gorgeous Oregon green scenery! We are so thrilled the Lions are here and that we are able to show them a little bit of Oregon after spending so many wonderful trips on their home-turf in Lambayeque, Peru!

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