Creating Smiles, Improving Lives
Austin Smiles Leadership
CEO of Cornerstone Hospital
Founder of A3 Creative Inc.
Real Estate Investor, CPA
Real Estate Professional
Over the last 20 years, he has been fortunate to hold various senior leadership positions in acute care hospitals, physician practices, and long-term acute care hospitals. He is currently the CEO and Market Executive of Cornerstone Hospitals of Austin and Round Rock. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He was introduced to Austin Smiles by Dr. Jim Cullington and is thrilled to be a part of such a worthy and inspiring cause. Curt is married to Tiffanie and they have two rambunctious boys, Jonathan and Henry, who keep them on their toes.
Dee Dee Ritzinger was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and grew up living in many places as her father was a flight surgeon in the Air Force. She went to Texas State University for design and communications and holds a marketing certification from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Dee Dee was the founder and CEO of A3 Creative Inc. from 1996 -2019. She launched her consulting practice in April 2019, helping people across the globe with health and wellbeing, as well as personal and business matters.
Dee Dee understands her purpose and passion is to help people. At age 16, she volunteered for Amigos de las Americas. She was placed with one other young woman in the remote village of La Masica, Honduras where she vaccinated locals there and in nearby villages for Diphtheria Pertussis Tetanus (DPT). She saw many diseases that were fatal or debilitating for young children and adults.
Dee Dee was recruited by Forest Cook to join the Austin Smiles Board of Directors in 2009 and became Vice-Chair in 2015. She has been in the operating rooms of missions and has seen the dedication and professionalism of our medical team experienced in the process of transforming the lives of cleft-lip palate patients.
Virgilio Altamirano is from Nicaragua and came to UT to study engineering and business in 1973. He earned a BS in Architectural Engineering (1977) and a BA in Accounting and Finance (1981). He obtained his CPA license in 1985. He began his professional career in 1982 as a Bank Examiner, and later held Senior Accounting and Financial positions with several banks and other industries. Virgilio currently manages a family-owned Real Estate Investment Company in Central Texas. He has been a Board Member of several non-profits.
He was introduced to Austin Smiles in 2000 thru Dr. Jim Fox. As a co-founder of the Friendship Cuba organization, he has facilitated several Austin Smiles medical missions to Havana, Cuba. Virgilio is married to Tricia and has two daughters working in Manhattan.
Sheri Gallo studied biology and architecture at Trinity University and the University of Texas at Austin. She owns her own residential real estate company. Her professional experience also includes work as a mortgage loan officer for Mortgage Pros and a property tax arbitrator for Travis County. Gallo is a former City of Austin elected Council member who served District 10 (2015-2017). Sheri Gallo has served as the president of the Austin Apartment Association and the Doss Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association and the chair of the University of Texas School of Social Work Advisory Board, the Austin Housing Authority, and Project Graduation at Anderson High School.
Sheri has also served as a member of the University of Texas Development Board, the Settlement Club Executive Board, the University of Texas School of Social Work Dean Search Committee, and the Real Estate Council of Austin and now serves on the Board of Austin Smiles. She has served as a volunteer for Austin Smiles in Veracruz and El Salvador. Sheri is also an experienced tennis player and she enjoys snorkeling.
Registered Nurse & Owner of Synergy Plastic Surgery
Craniofacial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon at Texas Children’s Specialty Care
VP, Latin America Development at Macquarie Capital
Andrea is passionate about child development and helping underserved children. Andrea spent several years teaching catechisms and leading faith formation for children in the various congregations she has been a member of. Andrea sought to become actively involved with Austin Smiles as a way to give back not just to local children in need but to find ways to bring aid to children in the region that she is originally from, where the need is exponentially greater and the resources are extremely limited. Andrea is focused on expanding Austin Smiles’ international missions to include Honduras.
Andrea is married to Edmundo and they have resided in Austin since 2016 with their two sons, Sebastian and Gael. The Toro’s were introduced to Austin Smiles by Curt and Tiffanie Roberts.
Ashley’s passion is to inspire women to look and feel their best. After 10 years in the industry, she has the confidence to help patients do just this. Training and education are very important to her. She is constantly attending training sessions and educational conferences. Ashley has started training local Plastic Surgery practices on advanced PRP, Skincare, Injectables, Micro-needling, and Sculptra.
Dr. Sarah Frommer was adopted from Seoul, South Korea by an Army family. She went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study Biomedical Engineering and earned her BS degree, Magna Cum Laude, in 2000. After RPI, she was accepted into the MD/PhD program at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Here, she earned her medical degree and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering studying adult stem cells and graduated in 2010. Fortunately, she was able to take a 1 year international medicine elective between her 3rd and 4th year of medical school; she did medical work and research in Israel, Belgium, Guatemala, Tanzania, and India during this time. She then moved to Providence, RI to start a Plastic Surgery Residency at Brown University. During her residency, she earned resident of the year for 2014. She also had many opportunities to travel internationally during residency – she received a Regan Fellowship to participate in an Operation Smile mission in Paraguay; she also did observerships at SickKids in Toronto and the Children’s Hospital at Seoul National University. After graduating from residency in 2016, she moved to Austin to do a fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Dell Children’s Hospital. During her fellowship, she was able to travel to El Salvador with Austin Smiles to do surgical work.
After fellowship, she is happy to stay in Austin and is currently employed by Texas Children’s Hospital. In her spare time, she loves exploring new restaurants, cooking, doing crafts, and spending time with friends. She is excited to get to work with Austin Smiles again and try to make a difference in patient’s lives.
Edmundo is married to Andrea and they have resided in Austin since 2016 with their two sons, Sebastian and Gael. The Toro’s were introduced to Austin Smiles by Curt and Tiffanie Roberts and they are focused on expanding the organization’s missions in Latin America to include their native Honduras.
Attorney at Law Offices of Forest Cook
Associate Professor of Global Health and Economic Development
Plastic Surgeon at Seton
Forest is passionate about philanthropic work in the local community and has served on the Board of Directors for organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin, the Austin Theatre Alliance, Zachary Scott Theatre, and The University of Texas Club. He has served on the Austin Smiles Board of Directors since 1997, including as both Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board. Forest is the proud grandfather of grandsons Taso and Phil.
Glendene has presented at major international conferences all over the world and has been published in a variety of journals and newspaper editorials. Her most recent publication, “Global governance and the role of non-state actors in improving the social and economic development of growing economies: A conceptual approach using a global public health framework on violence prevention,” is a chapter in the book Civil Society: The Engine for Economic and Social Well-Being (Springer International Publishing, 2018). Dr. Lemard-Marlow holds a Ph.D. in International Economics and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Miami and a Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Jim’s guiding principle has always been to offer services where needed regardless of any reward and to treat all patients to the best of his ability regardless of ability to pay. Jim is proud of the Austin community of doctors, nurses, surgical technicians, support staff, and countless volunteers for being so generous of their time and deed for Austin Smiles.
Kevin has been supporting Austin Smiles over the years as a donor, mission volunteer and most recently as a newly elected Board member. Kevin also volunteers on the City of Lakeway Citizens Committees and civic organizations as well as serving on his community HOA Board. Among other activities, Diane and Kevin enjoy global travel including traveling to multinational venues with their three grandchildren and they recently completed the Seven Continent Circuit with a trip to Antarctica.
Plastic Surgeon & Owner of Synergy Plastic Surgery
Anesthesiologist with Austin Anesthesiology Group
Vice President at Frost Bank
Senior Hospital Surgical Representative at AbbVie
Dr. Mahlon Kerr – After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in biology, Dr. Kerr went to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where he earned his medical degree. Following a general surgery internship at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, he completed 5 years of combined residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He has received more than a dozen honors and awards from medical societies and organizations and been instrumental in several medical studies. Together with his wife Ashley he opened Synergy Plastic Surgery in 2010. The practice has grown to multiple locations and surgical facilities throughout the greater Austin area.
Dr. Kerr is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of multiple local and national plastic surgery societies, and actively teaches medical students through his clinical position with Texas A&M Medical school. Dr. Kerr has a passion for international plastic surgery and has been involved with many cleft trips over the last 15 years. Outside of work he spends time traveling and puttering around his ranch in Fredericksburg with his lovely wife.
He is active with Austin Smiles, both as a volunteer and board member, because of the great opportunity to improve the lives of affected children and families and to positively impact the perception citizens of other countries have of Americans. Stan is married to Brenda and is the proud father of two daughters, one of whom has been on two Austin Smiles mission trips. “I think Austin Smiles the most worthwhile organization with which I have ever been involved.”
Michael Collier is a vice president in Frost’s private banking group. He joined Frost in 2018 and has nine years of experience in the banking industry. Michael is a General Securities Representative, an Investment Adviser Representative and a Certified Wealth Strategist. He also holds his Texas General Lines for Life, Accident, Health and HMO insurance license. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Michael was introduced to Austin Smiles by David Landry. He has lived in Austin for over 30 years, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Elyse, and their two children Hudson and Addie.
Laura North graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1990. After 5 years of teaching 5th-grade students, she moved into the healthcare industry and has spent the last 20 years working in various areas of the industry from pharmaceuticals to medical devices. She is currently a Senior Hospital Sales Representative for Allergan Aesthetics. Laura was introduced to Austin Smiles through the Austin Plastic Surgery Society and Dr. James Cullington. Since going on a mission trip in 2017 to Veracruz with Austin Smiles, she has been a volunteer and advocate for the organization. Laura has two amazing daughters, Macy 17, and Madison 21.
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