The 2022 Campaign in Peru will include volunteer medical professionals from the United States and Peru.
Presenting the wonderful volunteers of the 2022 Surgical Team!
This is truly a special campaign, our first back to Northern Peru since the pandemic began. We have been hard at work preparing every detail and being ready for every contingency, with the help and support of our friends and allies in Peru. We are thrilled to return to the patients and their families who have been waiting over two years for surgery…
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. To date, he has led 14 medical mission trips to Peru.
Kelly Jensen is a business leader and management consultant with over 30 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 systems to improve their performance. In his role as Managing Director for FACES, he builds relationships in Peru with essential partners for the cleft campaigns including the medical community and the Lions Clubs. In addition to supporting FACES, Mr. Jensen provides leadership in faith-based organizations and alumni associations of Harvard University. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and conversant in German and Tzotzil Maya.
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 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 8th surgical campaign with FACES Foundation
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. 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 will be Dr. Morris’ 6th surgical trip to Peru with FACES and she is looking forward to working with such an energetic, caring and phenomenal group of people.
Dr. Quintanilla-Dieck is Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Fluent in Spanish and English, she began her medical education in In Monterrey, Mexico and continued her specialization at Mass Eye and Ear (Massachusetts), OHSU (Oregon) and Vanderbilt (Tennessee). She has traveled to Peru with the surgical team on multiple occasions and currently leads FACES’ Speech Therapy program. We are so happy to be travelling once again with her to Chiclayo!
Dr. Xu is an anesthesiologist at Kaiser Permanente in Portland. Dr. Xu, along with campaign veteran Justin Ramos, has been integral in the coordination and planning with the OR team at our host hospital “Las Mercedes” in Peru for this year’s trip and we are grateful for her leadership. This is her first trip with the FACES team to Peru, contributing her talent, expertise, and warmth on this very special trip. We are excited to welcome her this year as our lead anesthesiologist.
Operating Room Nursing
Meghan McIntyre is a surgical technologist at OHSU and has spent much time working alongside the facial plastics team. We value Meghan’s enthusiasm and commitment to our patients and the mission. Meghan is excited to be back with the FACES team and says she finds the work to be very rewarding and meaningful. This will be her third trip with FACES, and we are excited to have her on on board once again!
Pre / Post-Op Nursing
Tammy Berks has been a nurse more than for 34 years, now with the Infusion Department at the Mount Scott Clinic of Kaiser Permanente. This will be her 13th mission trip with FACES Foundation, a true hero for the FACES mission and ally of our Peruvian partners and friends! Tammy delights in the ongoing relationships she has formed with her patients and their families in Peru. We are so be back in Peru with Tammy!
Heather is an incredible source of skill, experience, and kindness. She retired after 40 years of nursing at Kaiser Permamente. She has volunteered in a number of capacities on over 15 medical mission trips. This will be her 6th year with the FACES Foundation, and we are so grateful to have her (and her Spanish skills) on the team!
Carina is joining FACES for the first time this year and we are thrilled to welcome her to the team. She has been waiting since 2019 to join in on a campaign , so we are thrilled to have her along. Along with native Spanish fluency, Carina has a wealth of experience in critical care for adults and children and has worked alongside FACES team member Tammy Berks for many years at Kaiser Permanente – now the two will be together in Peru! Carina’s energy and enthusiasm are going to be a true asset to the 2022 nursing team.
Hannah Sanford-Keller, MS, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor and Speech-Language Pathologist at the Institute on Development and Disability at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Hannah works in the Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Disorders Program at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center providing parent coaching, assessment, and intervention services to support the communication skills of children with craniofacial differences. This will be her fifth campaign with the FACES Foundation.
Chelsea Sommer, MS, CCC-SLP is a bilingual Spanish-English speaking speech and language pathologist and a doctoral student at the University of Utah. She is in the department of communication sciences and disorders and the global health program. Chelsea is researching speech skills in Spanish speakers with and without cleft palate. She has been on medical missions and educational training missions in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Ghana. This is her second trip with FACES.
Natalie Galvan is a bilingual CCC-SLP Natalie is a bilingual SLP working at a pediatric therapy clinic in the Portland, Oregon area. ASHA certified, and with fellowship training at OHSU in Portland, Natalie has a passion for language learning, bilingualism and serving families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This is Natalie’s first trip with FACES, but noy her first tripnot to Peru! She has spent time in Northern Peru and enjoys all-thing-Peru, including the food, culture, geography and, of course, the people! We are so happy to have Natalie join us this year.
Paul is a long time supporter of the FACES Foundation and a talented photographer. He first joined the team in Peru in 2017. We are thrilled that he is returning to Peru with us to help capture clinical information and photo memories.
We welcome Katy to our team and are grateful for the support in our first trip back since the pandemic began. Katy is currently a student at Harvard Dental School and has a passion for public service and health. This is Katy’s first trip to Peru with FACES and we know she will be a valuable member of our team!