President and Co-Founder


Dr. Tom Albert is a professor at Oregon Health Sciences University in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well a Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery in Portland, Oregon. He 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.

Board Chair and VP International Relations


Kelly T. Jensen, MBA. Management Consultant in healthcare operations and information systems. As a management consultant for 30+ years, Kelly assists organizations to improve strategy and operations.  He brings to FACES business experience from Kaiser Permanente, Baxter Healthcare, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and state and federal agencies. As a FACES board member, he guides long term planning, serves as an interpreter on surgical trips, and builds community relations in Peru and the U.S.

Board Treasurer

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Dr. Sharon Higgins has served as President of Northwest Permanente, P.C., and Executive Medical Director of Kaiser Permanente Northwest.  Prior to this, she served as Chief of Otolaryngology from 1987 to 1999, Vice President and Operations Medical Director for Specialty Care from 1999 to 2005, and most recently as Assistant Medical Director for Business Affairs.

Board Member and Surgical Lead


Dr. Dana Smith is a Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Northwest Permanente P.C. and currently directs the FACES Cleft Surgery Team for Peru.  In 2015, he traveled to Peru upon invitation to present at an International Plastic Surgery Conference, where he gained the respect of his colleagues in Peru through excellent medical research presented in excellent Spanish.

Board Secretary

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Dr. Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck began her medical education in In Monterrey, Mexico and continued her specialization at Mass Eye and Ear (Massachusettes), OHSU (Oregon) and Vanderbilt (Tennessee). She has traveled to Peru with the surgical team on multiple occasions and currently leads FACES’ Speech Therapy program.

Board Member


Anna Garwood collaborated with FACES Foundation while serving as the Latin America Program Manager of Green Empowerment. Of her involvement, she states, “I met the FACES team and saw not only their dedication to making profound changes for individual children, but also their commitment to broader public health. I am excited to contribute my 15 years of non-profit management and program development to the FACES board and continue to stay connected to Peru.”

Board Member


Dr. Joe Campbell is a retired Emergency Dept. and Family Practice physician.  He has volunteered on many disaster and other medical missions to Sri Lanka, New Orleans,, Peru, Guatemala, and South Sudan. In 1977 he and his wife Pat helped found the Oregon Wine Industry by establishing Elk Cove Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon.

Coordinators and Directors

Executive Director


Angela Jensen first volunteered with FACES as a medical interpreter in 2013. During college, she spent time in Latin America as an exchange student, where she grew to love the people and their culture.  Angela manages the electronic health records, the social outreach, and the international trips.

US Organizational Coordinator

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Trish Spinar joined the FACES Team in April 2017 as the foundation’s first US Organizational Coordinator. Prior to FACES, she was the assistant to the Operations Medical Director and Vice President for Specialty Care Services at Northwest Permanente. Trish is enthusiastic and brings 20+ years in healthcare administration experience to the team.

Peruvian Coordinator


Delia Delgado Maldonado is FACES’s Peru Patient Coordinator, working with patients, families and partners  in Peru. In addition to working with FACES, she is also an English teacher in Chiclayo, Peru, and studied languages at university.

 Advisory members

John and Doris Platt, Owners of Peruvian Restaurant Andina in Portland

Myriam Loyo, MD, Facial Plastics Surgeon, Assistant professor at OHSU

Leah Bachhuber, RN, Communications Specialist, former Executive Director of FACES

Mark Wax, MD ENT Head & Neck Surgeon, OHSU

Jesse Rader, RN, MPH. Nurse at OHSU and long-time Surgical Team member

Ernesto D’Angelo, MD Plastic Surgeon, Hospital Regional (Peru)

Steve Griffith, JD. Trial lawyer with the firm of Stoel Rives in Portland, OR.

Jerome List, MD, DMD. ENT surgeon and Electronic Health Record systems specialist.

Lisa Morris, MD – Otolaryngological/Craniofacial Fellow – Syracuse University

Nathalie Croft – Retired Spanish Teacher (Tigard High School) & campaign participant

Rob Nicholson, MD – Emergency Room Physician in Bellingham, Washington. Rob has been on several of the FACES trips to Peru.

Harry Schwartz MD, DMD – Maxillofacial Surgeon at Kaiser in Southern California.

Mei Ling Schwartz, MPH – Director Health & Physician Education for Kaiser Permanente, Southern California.