Creating Smiles, Improving Lives

Austin Smiles Staff

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Renée Hanson Malone
Executive Director

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Ellise Perry
Communications Director

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Renée Hanson Malone
Executive Director

Renée Hanson Malone has 15 years of management, resource development, and communications experience, raising millions of dollars and community support for underserved populations in Austin, TX. Her greatest strengths are donor development, communications, corporate giving, special events, grant writing, program development, and public relations.

Renée received her M.A. in Latin American Studies and was employed as a Lecturer by the Latin American Studies and Spanish Departments at the University of Kansas. Much of her work in Austin has been dedicated to strengthening and diversifying funding sources in order to expand services to underserved populations.

Before joining Austin Smiles, Renée served as the Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Before that, she was the Director of Development for the Austin Child Guidance Center, the Grants Development Specialist at Easter Seals Central Texas and the Education Program Director/Grant Writer for Manos de Cristo.

She currently serves as the Board President of LOLA-Local Opera Local Artists. In addition, she is a current Board member for Vela and serves on the Non-Profit Advisory Council forI Live Here I Give Here. Renée was a member of Impact Austin from 2015-2017. She volunteered as the international matching grants coordinator for the Rotary Club of Austin Downtown and is a past board member of Austin Cops for Charities.

Making a difference in the world and inspiring others to support humanity is her life’s work. She has always admired Austin Smiles’ work in the community. She is honored to join the team and be a part of our life-changing work for so many children in need.

Renée Hanson Malone has 15 years of management, resource development, and communications experience, raising millions of dollars and community support for underserved populations in Austin, TX. Her greatest strengths are donor development, communications, corporate giving, special events, grant writing, program development, and public relations.

Renée received her M.A. in Latin American Studies and was employed as a Lecturer by the Latin American Studies and Spanish Departments at the University of Kansas. Much of her work in Austin has been dedicated to strengthening and diversifying funding sources in order to expand services to underserved populations.

Before joining Austin Smiles, Renée served as the Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Before that, she was the Director of Development for the Austin Child Guidance Center, the Grants Development Specialist at Easter Seals Central Texas and the Education Program Director/Grant Writer for Manos de Cristo.

She currently serves as the Board President of LOLA-Local Opera Local Artists. In addition, she is a current Board member for Vela and serves on the Non-Profit Advisory Council for I Live Here I Give Here. Renée was a member of Impact Austin from 2015-2017. She volunteered as the international matching grants coordinator for the Rotary Club of Austin Downtown and is a past board member of Austin Cops for Charities.

Making a difference in the world and inspiring others to support humanity is her life’s work. She has always admired Austin Smiles’ work in the community. She is honored to join the team and be a part of our life-changing work for so many children in need.

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Ellise Perry
Communications Director
Ellise Perry is a 2018 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She studied and got her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in Speech Pathology. During her college career, Ellise found Austin Smiles while searching for a cleft centered organization to get involved within Austin. She, having been born with a cleft lip and palate herself, fell in love with Austin Smiles, attending events like Camp Amigo and the Spring Picnic for local kids.

Ellise currently owns a family and child photography business in Austin, known as Ellise Nicole Photography LLC. She has been on a mission to El Salvador and Guatemala and loves being able to capture the smiles, tears, and love between patients, their families and Austin Smiles volunteers with her camera.

Ellise has a passion for photography, working with children, and volunteering. She is interested in communications, social media marketing, non-profit management, and bettering the lives of children born just like her!

Ellise Perry is a 2018 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She studied and got her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in Speech Pathology. During her college career, Ellise found Austin Smiles while searching for a cleft centered organization to get involved within Austin. She, having been born with a cleft lip and palate herself, fell in love with Austin Smiles, attending events like Camp Amigo and the Spring Picnic for local kids.

Ellise currently owns a family and child photography business in Austin, known as Ellise Nicole Photography LLC. She has been on a mission to El Salvador and Guatemala and loves being able to capture the smiles, tears, and love between patients, their families and Austin Smiles volunteers with her camera.

Ellise has a passion for photography, working with children, and volunteering. She is interested in communications, social media marketing, non-profit management, and bettering the lives of children born just like her!

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Erika Wey-Acuna
UT Work Study

Major: Advertising with a Business Foundations minor and a Business Spanish certificate.

Favorite Quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

Growing up in a developing country showed me the hardships people face in their day to day, things that I now take for granted. Because of that, my parents have always taught me the importance of giving back to my community. Hearing the mission of Austin Smiles inspires me to do just that. I am passionate about helping others and creating change in a community that has given me countless opportunities to grow.

Major: Advertising with a Business Foundations minor and a Business Spanish certificate.

Favorite Quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

Growing up in a developing country showed me the hardships people face in their day to day, things that I now take for granted. Because of that, my parents have always taught me the importance of giving back to my community. Hearing the mission of Austin Smiles inspires me to do just that. I am passionate about helping others and creating change in a community that has given me countless opportunities to grow.

Austin Smiles Interns

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Veronica De La Fuente
Concordia University Texas

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Chloe Craig
University of Arizona

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Renata Aldrete
The University of Texas at Austin

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Sophia Viola
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

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Jose Sandoval
Concordia University Texas

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Stephanie Whitney
Baylor University

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Veronica De La Fuente
Concordia University Texas
Veronica’s Major: Global Public Health with a Healthcare Administration Concentration and Behavioral Science minor

Favorite Quote: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou

I am very excited to be interning with Austin Smiles for the summer! When I heard about this organization and learned more about what they do for families and children, that is what stood out to me. I have always known that I have wanted to help people in life, and I know Austin Smiles will allow me to do that. I truly am looking forward to learning more about working with a nonprofit and making a difference in the community.

Veronica’s Major: Global Public Health with a Healthcare Administration Concentration and Behavioral Science minor

Favorite Quote: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou

I am very excited to be interning with Austin Smiles for the summer! When I heard about this organization and learned more about what they do for families and children, that is what stood out to me. I have always known that I have wanted to help people in life, and I know Austin Smiles will allow me to do that. I truly am looking forward to learning more about working with a nonprofit and making a difference in the community.

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Chloe Craig
University of Arizona

Chloe’s Major: Public Health and Biochemistry

Favorite Quote: “In this new season there will be highs and there will be lows, and there also will be a thousand opportunities for you to learn and to grow.”
– Morgan Harper Nichols

I am so excited to be interning with an organization that focuses on providing sustainable care and life-changing opportunities to communities both abroad and in Central Texas. As a pre-medical student hoping to one day work in the global health field, I cannot wait to learn more about Austin Smiles and how I can better support their mission.

Chloee’s Major: Public Health and Biochemistry

Favorite Quote: “In this new season there will be highs and there will be lows, and there also will be a thousand opportunities for you to learn and to grow.”
– Morgan Harper Nichols

I am so excited to be interning with an organization that focuses on providing sustainable care and life-changing opportunities to communities both abroad and in Central Texas. As a pre-medical student hoping to one day work in the global health field, I cannot wait to learn more about Austin Smiles and how I can better support their mission.

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Renata Aldrete
The University of Texas at Austin

Renata’s Major: B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology

Favorite Quote: “If you have a gift, it is called a gift for a reason: you have to give it away.”
– Simon Sinek

There is no better way to spend my summer than being involved with Austin Smiles. It is inspiring how Austin Smiles has had a positive, long-lasting impact on the lives of children and families in Central Texas and Latin America. I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference in my community through the organization’s mission and be a part of a team that performs life-changing work.

Renata’s Major: B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology

Favorite Quote: “If you have a gift, it is called a gift for a reason: you have to give it away.”
– Simon Sinek

There is no better way to spend my summer than being involved with Austin Smiles. It is inspiring how Austin Smiles has had a positive, long-lasting impact on the lives of children and families in Central Texas and Latin America. I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference in my community through the organization’s mission and be a part of a team that performs life-changing work.

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Sophia Viola
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Sophia’s Major: Health Behavior and Health Education with a concentration in Public Health Genetics

Favorite Quote: “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they would die for.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Being a part of the Austin Smiles mission to change the stigma surrounding oral clefts and help those around the world and the Austin community is truly an honor. I am thankful to the Austin Smiles team for supporting my passions for global health and public health education. I feel that working with this amazing team will help me achieve my goals to help those in need and work towards equitable medical care for all. I am really looking forward to learning everything I can from this wonderful organization and gain valuable knowledge regarding non-profit function and purpose.

Sophia’s Major: Health Behavior and Health Education with a concentration in Public Health Genetics

Favorite Quote: “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they would die for.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Being a part of the Austin Smiles mission to change the stigma surrounding oral clefts and help those around the world and the Austin community is truly an honor. I am thankful to the Austin Smiles team for supporting my passions for global health and public health education. I feel that working with this amazing team will help me achieve my goals to help those in need and work towards equitable medical care for all. I am really looking forward to learning everything I can from this wonderful organization and gain valuable knowledge regarding non-profit function and purpose.

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Jose Sandoval
Concordia University Texas

Jose’s Major: Global Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences

Favorite Quote: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
– Dr. Maya Angelou

I can’t wait to work with an incredible team at Austin Smiles and learn so much from every member this summer and see how I can help to give back to the community and other communities around the world by working with professionals that change the lives of individuals for the better.

Jose’s Major: Global Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences

Favorite Quote: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
– Dr. Maya Angelou

I can’t wait to work with an incredible team at Austin Smiles and learn so much from every member this summer and see how I can help to give back to the community and other communities around the world by working with professionals that change the lives of individuals for the better.

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Stephanie Whitney
Baylor University

Graduate student: Masters in Public Health

Favorite Quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

I want to complete my internship this summer with Austin Smiles because I am passionate about serving communities in need. I am impressed by all the services Austin Smiles provides and the key partnerships they have formed with other organizations. I want to contribute to the work Austin Smiles is doing to help the community and learn more about Global Public Health through the medical mission trips. I am so excited to help with all that they do!

Graduate student: Masters in Public Health

Favorite Quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

I want to complete my internship this summer with Austin Smiles because I am passionate about serving communities in need. I am impressed by all the services Austin Smiles provides and the key partnerships they have formed with other organizations. I want to contribute to the work Austin Smiles is doing to help the community and learn more about Global Public Health through the medical mission trips. I am so excited to help with all that they do!

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