Creating Smiles, Improving Lives

Austin Smiles Staff

Austin Smiles - Communications Director - Renee Hanson-Malone Photo
Renée Hanson Malone
Executive Director

Read Bio

Austin Smiles - Communications Director - Ellise Perry Photo
Ellise Perry
Communications Director

Read Bio

austin-smiles-staff-erika-wey-acuna photo
Erika Wey-Acuna
UT Work Study

Read Bio

Austin Smiles - Communications Director - Renee Hanson-Malone Photo
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.

Austin Smiles - Communications Director - Ellise Perry Photo
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!

austin-smiles-staff-erika-wey-acuna photo
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

austin-smiles-intern-prarthana-pilla photo
Prarthana Pilla
The University of Texas at Austin

Read More

austin-smiles-intern-rachel-nguyen photo
Rachel Nguyen
The University of Texas at Austin

Read More

austin-smiles-inten-whitney-chaney photo

Whitney Chaney
The University of Texas at Austin

Read More

austin-smiles-intern-anastasia-bradburn photo

Anastasia Bradburn
Concordia University at Austin

Read More

austin-smiles-intern-emily-gift photo
Emily Gift
The University of Texas at Austin

Read More

austin-smiles-intern-anna-vallejo photo
Anna Vallejo
The University of Texas at Austin

Read More

austin-smiles-intern-prarthana-pilla photo
Prarthana Pilla
The University of Texas at Austin
Prarthana’s Major: B.S. in Human Biology with a Minor in Social Work, Pre-Med Track

Favorite Quote: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
― Sigmund Freud

I am thrilled to be a Social Work and Community Studies Intern at the Austin Smiles Plastic Surgery Foundation this fall. In this role, I will be able to uphold the Austin Smiles mission and thereby facilitate the provision of resources and community services to families both in Austin and across the world. Working in this organization is an incredible opportunity to gain practical experience alongside professionals who have dedicated their careers to bettering the lives of children with craniofacial anomalies from under-resourced communities. Throughout this internship, I hope to learn about the intersection of social work and medicine, which would be an invaluable addition to my current understanding of healthcare operations.

Prarthana’s Major: B.S. in Human Biology with a Minor in Social Work, Pre-Med Track

Favorite Quote: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
― Sigmund Freud

I am thrilled to be a Social Work and Community Studies Intern at the Austin Smiles Plastic Surgery Foundation this fall. In this role, I will be able to uphold the Austin Smiles mission and thereby facilitate the provision of resources and community services to families both in Austin and across the world. Working in this organization is an incredible opportunity to gain practical experience alongside professionals who have dedicated their careers to bettering the lives of children with craniofacial anomalies from under-resourced communities. Throughout this internship, I hope to learn about the intersection of social work and medicine, which would be an invaluable addition to my current understanding of healthcare operations.

austin-smiles-intern-rachel-nguyen photo
Rachel Nguyen
The University of Texas at Austin
Rachel’s Major: Biology and Advertising

Favorite Quote: “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

In searching for ways to contribute to my community, I stumbled upon Austin Smiles and admired the work they do both locally and abroad. I felt like Austin Smiles improves not only children’s physical health but also their spirit through lasting impact and it was a perfect fit that intersects my interests. The team has such an admirable goal and I excited to intern this semester!

Rachel’s Major: Biology and Advertising

Favorite Quote: “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

In searching for ways to contribute to my community, I stumbled upon Austin Smiles and admired the work they do both locally and abroad. I felt like Austin Smiles improves not only children’s physical health but also their spirit through lasting impact and it was a perfect fit that intersects my interests. The team has such an admirable goal and I excited to intern this semester!

austin-smiles-inten-whitney-chaney photo

Whitney Chaney
The University of Texas at Austin

Whitney’s Major: BSA Biology, Pre-Dentistry

Favorite Quote: “Let us be certain of who we want to be. Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.”
– Emilie du Chatelet

From the time I discovered Austin Smiles, I was both touched and fascinated by the work of this organization. I knew that I wanted to be involved in any way that I could, so I am grateful for the opportunity to be an intern! Being a pre-dental student, it is inspiring to see professionals in the field selflessly serving not only their own community but those abroad as well.

Whitney’s Major: BSA Biology, Pre-Dentistry

Favorite Quote: “Let us be certain of who we want to be. Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.”
– Emilie du Chatelet

From the time I discovered Austin Smiles, I was both touched and fascinated by the work of this organization. I knew that I wanted to be involved in any way that I could, so I am grateful for the opportunity to be an intern! Being a pre-dental student, it is inspiring to see professionals in the field selflessly serving not only their own community but those abroad as well.

austin-smiles-intern-anastasia-bradburn photo
Anastasia Bradburn
Concordia University at Austin
Anastasia’s Major: Business Administration with a concentration in Global Health and Management, and Minor in Communication

Favorite Quote: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
-Walt Whitman

I truly wanted to get involved with Austin Smiles this Fall, because I love the mission this non-profit stands for. A smile is one of the first features people see when they look at you and in creating smiles for these children, Austin Smiles is improving their lives dramatically. I love how the mission doesn’t just stop here in Central Texas but extends to Latin America. The time and dedication that goes into this non-profit from all the medical professionals and volunteers speak volumes of all these people’s huge hearts, and I can’t wait to work alongside every one of them.

Anastasia’s Major: Business Administration with a concentration in Global Health and Management, and Minor in Communication

Favorite Quote: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
-Walt Whitman

I truly wanted to get involved with Austin Smiles this Fall, because I love the mission this non-profit stands for. A smile is one of the first features people see when they look at you and in creating smiles for these children, Austin Smiles is improving their lives dramatically. I love how the mission doesn’t just stop here in Central Texas but extends to Latin America. The time and dedication that goes into this non-profit from all the medical professionals and volunteers speak volumes of all these people’s huge hearts, and I can’t wait to work alongside every one of them.

austin-smiles-intern-emily-gift photo
Emily Gift
The University of Texas at Austin

Emily’s Major: Radio-Television-Film

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

I am so glad I will be spending my semester interning for Austin Smiles because of the significance of the organization’s mission. As a film student, I believe it is imperative to educate, normalize, and put into different mediums the representation of all identities.

Emily’s Major: Radio-Television-Film

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

I am so glad I will be spending my semester interning for Austin Smiles because of the significance of the organization’s mission. As a film student, I believe it is imperative to educate, normalize, and put into different mediums the representation of all identities.

austin-smiles-intern-anna-vallejo photo
Anna Vallejo
The University of Texas at Austin

Anna’s Major: Public Relations

Favorite Quote: Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
– Wilma Rudolph

I am excited to work with amazing people to help achieve greater goodness for children at Austin Smiles. Whether it be through communication with the public or creating graphics for social media, I know I will be contributing to an impact that will positively change the lives of children.

Anna’s Major: Public Relations

Favorite Quote: Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
– Wilma Rudolph

I am excited to work with amazing people to help achieve greater goodness for children at Austin Smiles. Whether it be through communication with the public or creating graphics for social media, I know I will be contributing to an impact that will positively change the lives of children.

Austin Smiles - local services banner photos
Austin Smiles - local services Camp Amigo photo

Our History

Since 1987 Austin Smiles has changed lives one smile at a time

Austin Smiles - local services spring picnic photo

Intern with Austin Smiles

Make a difference locally and globally

Austin Smiles - local services sponsor locally photo

Our Supporters

We are grateful for our philanthropic partners