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

kjensen-photoKelly 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 Member

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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 Member

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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



Nick Wobbrock has a background in engineering, sustainability and business with an emphasis in international development and technology. He works for Blue Forest Conservation, a startup dedicated to financial innovation to fund social and environmental problems.



Board Member

loyo-myriamDr. Myriam Loyo is an assistant professor at OHSU and a surgeon in the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery division. She has accompanied FACES on multiple Surgical Campaigns, assisted in screening trips, and in 2015, presented at the International Plastic Surgery Conference in Lima, Peru.



Board Member

Leah and kid.jpgLeah Bachhuber is a long-time friend of FACES. Her background in community service and social outreach launched the foundation forward in her three years as the FACES’ Executive Director. Inspired by the work of the surgical team, Leah completed her nursing degree at OHSU and now works at a gastrointestinal clinic in Tualatin.


Coordinators and Directors

Program Director


Angela David  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 record, 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 P.. 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

Dr. Mark Wax, MD ENT Head & Neck Surgeon, OHSU

Dr. Alejandro Chira, MD – G.I. Specialist, Belen Hospital (Peru)

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

Dr. Walter Guralnick, DMD – Professor Emeritus of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard Medical and Dental Schools.

Dr. Michael Kim, MD – Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at OHSU

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

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

Rob Nicholson, MD – Emergency Room Physician in Bellingham, Washington. Rob has been on several of the FACES trips to Peru. He is passionate about white water kayaking, climbing and windsurfing.

Rodney Norton, JD – Attorney with Hoffman, Hart & Wagner in Portland, Oregon. Previously Head of Risk Management for OHSU.

Jacob Reiss, MD – Pediatric Geneticist at Kaiser NW.

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

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

Gay & Garth Smith – Founders and directors of the Café Femenino Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women coffee producers.

Greg Spehar, MBA. Managment Consultant

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