Smile Train Announces Nicole Bell as VP of Public Relations

A seasoned communications expert with 25+ years of experience  

Nicole Bell Smile Train

NEW YORK — Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, announces Nicole Bell, former Senior Media Strategist at 1st Degree Marketing and Public Relations, as its new Vice President of Public Relations. This addition will help enhance Smile Train’s ability to expand visibility and foster public awareness of global cleft solutions and health systems strengthening.

Bell comes to Smile Train as a seasoned communications expert with 25+ years of experience as a journalist, professor, and public relations strategist. She has secured top-tier national and international media coverage resulting in increased donated dollars, heightened brand awareness and corporate partnerships for numerous clients and organizations. As a PR veteran, Bell has created crisis communication plans, campaigns, media strategies, and has led global media training sessions for colleagues and clients.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nicole to the Smile Train team,” said Susannah Schaefer, President & Chief Executive Officer. “For 21 years, we have remained committed to providing safe and quality cleft care for children around the world, and Nicole’s addition comes at a critical inflection point as we work to uplift the stories and work of Smile Train’s in-country staff and the lives of children we are impacting every day.”

 “I am honored to join this team of passionate professionals who strive to secure sustainable and comprehensive cleft care for children globally,” said Bell. “As the world’s largest cleft organization, Smile Train changes countless lives, and I am eager and excited to help tell these inspirational stories. It is an honor to be part of an organization that continues to provide a better future of care for children born with a cleft condition.”


About Smile Train
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit

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