The People Behind Smile Train

Susannah Schaefer
Executive Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer

Susannah joined the management team of Smile Train in February 2013, after being a member of the Smile Train Board of Directors since 2003.

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Mohamed Fakhreldin Attia Hassan
Chief Programs Officer

Mohamed joined Smile Train in 2012 and is the Chief Programs Officer overseeing all aspects of global program development and implementation. He also focuses his time and efforts to build awareness about cleft and Smile Train around the world.

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Troy Reinhart
Vice President, Development

Troy joined Smile Train in 2001 and currently serves as Vice President of Development. He manages the organization’s relationships with Smile Train’s supporters. He is also responsible for working with Smile Train’s Goodwill Ambassadors.

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Shari Mason
Vice President, Marketing Communications

Shari joined Smile Train’s team in November 2005 and is currently the Vice President of Marketing Communications. She is responsible for Smile Train’s brand identity and messaging and oversees all aspects of the organization’s global PR initiatives, social media efforts, and content curation.

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Dr. Shell Xue
Senior Vice President and Regional Director, North Asia

Dr. Shell Xue joined Smile Train as Chief Project Officer for China in 2006 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Director for the North Asia region.

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Mamta Carroll
Vice President and Regional Director, South Asia

Mamta joined Smile Train in 2006 managing the largest program area in India and is currently the Vice President and Regional Director for South Asia.

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Dr. Ashish Sabharwal
Vice President and Regional Director, Southeast Asia

Dr. Ashish Sabharwal joined Smile Train in 2006 and steered Smile Train’s programs in North, West and Central India to record more than 100% growth in the most resource deprived areas of the country.

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Pamela Sheeran
Vice President, Comprehensive Cleft Care

Pamela joined Smile Train in 2007 and is currently overseeing Smile Train’s global efforts to provide comprehensive cleft care to Smile Train patients. 

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Dr. Esther Nyambura Njoroge
Vice President and Regional Director, Africa

Dr. Esther Joined Smile Train in 2008 as a volunteer and has worked her way up the ranks to Regional Director for Africa. During her tenure the programs have grown in number and scale, increasing access to cleft care in the poorest of poor communities.

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Mackinnon Engen
Vice President, Programs

Mackinnon joined Smile Train in 2010 and serves as Vice President of Programs, helping to develop and strengthen Smile Train’s programs around the world to reach more children in need of cleft care.

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Elyse Taub
Vice President, Direct Marketing

Elyse joined Smile Train’s team in May 2011 and leads the direct marketing strategy and implementation, overseeing the offline and digital initiatives across global markets.

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Beatriz Gonzalez Day
Vice President, Finance

Beatriz joined Smile Train in 2011 and currently serves as Vice President, Finance. She manages the organization’s Finance and Accounting department and works closely with the Fundraising and Grant Management departments.

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Bill Horan
Vice President, Principal and Planned Giving

Bill joined Smile Train in August of 2012 and is responsible for principal and planned giving, encouraging impact giving from Smile Train’s top benefactors and trust and estate giving from the organization’s most committed donors.

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Rich Confrey
Senior Director, Development

Rich joined Smile Train in December 2013 and is the Senior Director of the Development team. He works with individuals, family foundations and corporations to assist donors in realizing their philanthropic goals.

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Erin Stieber
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Erin joined Smile Train in 2013 and serves as Vice President, Strategic Partnerships.  She has more than eight years of experience working with cleft lip and palate surgical programs around the world and oversees Smile Train’s medical programs and innovative projects in education, training and comprehensive care. 

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Masha Feiguinova
Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships

Masha joined Smile Train’s team in July 2014 and serves as Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships. Strong partnerships with corporations are essential to helping Smile Train fulfill its mission and perform one surgery every five minutes.

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The Board of Directors

Charles B. Wang, Founder and Chairman, Smile Train
Susannah Schaefer, Executive Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Smile Train
Robert T. Bell, Executive Director, Charles B. Wang International Foundation
Michael J. Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health
Ed Goren, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Goren Media Group
Arthur J. McCarthy, Alternate Governor, New York Islanders
Roy E. Reichbach, President and Chief Executive Officer, NeuLion, Inc.
Richard A. Ruderman, President and CEO, Krieger Ruderman & Co., LLC

The Medical Advisory Board: Commitment To Patient Safety

The World's Most Respected Cleft Medical Professionals. The Smile Train Medical Advisory Board is comprised of the best and the brightest cleft experts in the world, from maxillofacial surgeons to anesthesiologists to speech pathologists. Led by world-renowned cleft surgeon, Dr. Larry Hollier, Jr., M.D. (Professor of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, and Chief, Plastic Surgery Service, Texas Children’s Hospital) this board sets the standards for safety and quality for every Smile Train partner and program.

Larry Hollier Jr., MD, FACS
Professor of Plastic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital

Ian Jackson, MD, DSc(Hon)FRCS, FACS, FRACS(Hon)
Chairman Emeritus
Emeritus Craniofacial Surgeon
Ian Jackson Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Clinic
Beaumont Health System

Shi Bing, MD
Vice President
West China Stomatology Hospital of Sichuan University

Philip Kuo-Ting Chen, MD
Director, Craniofacial Center
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Alvaro Figueroa, DDS, MS
Rush Craniofacial Center
Rush University Medical Center

Eric Hubli, MD, FACS, FAAP, FICS
Medical Director of Craniofacial and Cleft Services
Cook Children's Medical Center

Ethylin Wang Jabs, MD
Vice Chairman
Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
Mount Sinai Medical Center

E. Heidi Jerome, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Department of Anesthesia
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Randy Sherman, MD, FACS
Director, Division of Plastic Surgery
Vice Chair, Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery

S. Anthony Wolfe, MD
Chief of Plastic Surgery
Miami Children's Hospital

US Staff

Janet Blackwood, Director, Grants Management
Adina Wexelberg-Clouser, Director, Community Fundraising
Justin Twardy, Director, Administration and Human Resources
Maryan Newbury, Manager, Grants Database
Priya Desai, Director, Strategic Partnerships
Kim Strauss, Director, Donor Database
Emily Zoller, Manager, Grants Management
Caitlin Roarke, Manager, Community Fundraising
Samantha Arciuolo, Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Ewa Rumprecht, Director, Technology Projects
Jacob Chavira, Senior Associate, Development
Deb Silver, Manager, Development and Special Events
Shannon Lambert, Director, Program Development
Phillip Johnson, Creative Director
Kevin Scally, Director, Digital Marketing
Taina Miranda, Director, Finance
Amanda Flowers, Manager, Development
David Riordan, Southeast Region Development Director
Sarah Coulam, Director, Team EMPOWER
Justin McCarthy, Western Region Development Director
Joel Alcala, Senior Manager, Digital Marketing
Jasmine Wang, Senior Associate, Marketing Communications
Ellyn Harris, Midwest Region Development Director
Brandon Lawson, Manager, Digital Marketing
Kristina Kelkenberg, Associate, Team EMPOWER
Robert Casey, Associate, Digital Marketing
Nijha Diggs, Director, PR
Patrick McCarthy, Jr. Graphic Designer
Charlotte Schallenberg, Associate, Donor Database
Emily McAuliffe, Senior Manager, Direct Marketing
Michelle Sun, Accountant
Jessica Lelling, Accountant
Michael Horowitz, Senior Manager, Digital Fundraising
Ryan Puglia, Accountant
Ewa D'Silva, Manager, Programs
Henry Yeager, Associate, Video Production
Austin Ruckstuhl, Manager, Community Fundraising
Bryan Klipsch, Manager, Community Fundraising
Cassandra Ramhap, Receptionist
Jake Tolan, Manager, Direct Marketing
Juan Mendoza, Manager, Accounting
Julie Bengis, Associate, Team EMPOWER

UK Staff

Amerjit Chohan, Director, Fundraising UK
Hannah Weston, Manager, Community and Events Fundraising UK
Sarah Curtis, Manager, Direct Marketing UK
Maria Dumitrescu, Senior Donor Development Officer UK
Nooranna Sikder, Manager, Corporate Fundraising UK 

North Asia Staff

Robert He, Program Director, China
Grace Ma, Office Secretary
Yang Jiao, Senior Program Manager, China
Kevin Li, Senior Program Manager, China

Africa Staff

Nkeiruka Obi , Program Director, West Africa
Jane Ngige, Program Manager, East Africa
Honorine Namukara, Program Assistant, Rwanda
Victoria Awazie, Program Assistant, Nigeria
Violet Taku Tanyi Mbiaynor, Program Assistant, Cameroon
Sesnie Zemichael, Program Manager, East Africa
Mohamed Samna, Program Manager, West Africa
Yvonne Kavuo, Program Manager, DR Congo
Dr. Jaime Alves Gomes, Program Assistant, Angola and Mozambique
Joseph Kariuki, Program Assistant, Africa

Southeast Asia Staff

Dzung T. Nguyen, Country Manager, Vietnam
Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Country Director, Philippines
Deasy Larasati, Country Manager, Indonesia
Ruth Advencya Monalisa, Program Manager, Indonesia
Aji Suryanto, Program Manager, Indonesia
Dr. Zin Ko Aung, Program Manager, Myanmar
Jeane Niode, Manager, Fundraising and Administration, Indonesia

South Asia Staff

Renu Mehta, Country Director, India
Leela Imam, Program Director, India
Anjali Katoch, Director, Communications and Business Development, India
Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman, Country Manager, Bangladesh
Neeraj Bali, Director, Communications and Fundraising, India
Sanjana Sikri, Program Manager, India
Sheila Koyyana, Program Manager, India
Ravi Kumar, Manager, Finance, Accounts, and Administration

Americas Staff

Monica Dominguez, Regional Director, Central America & Caribbean
Mariane Goes, Regional Director, South America
Dianne Erquiaga, Program Manager, South America
Andrea Anaya, Program Manager, Mexico
Camila Ferreira, Program Assistant, Brazil

Middle East & North Africa Staff

Afaf Maki, Office Manager, MENA