Austin Smiles Staff

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Renée Hanson Malone
Executive Director

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Ellise Perry
Programs & Communications Director

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Allison Janos
Medical Coordinator

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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
Programs & 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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Allison Janos
Medical Coordinator

Allison Janos joined Austin Smiles as Medical Coordinator following a recent trip with the team to Guatemala, where she developed a love for the organization, and everyone involved. A graduate of Villanova University, she has nursing experience in Critical Care, Cardiac Cath Lab, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her favorite thing about Austin Smiles is how passionate the staff and volunteers are, and to see first-hand the profound impact this organization can have on the children and families who receive care.

In her spare time, Allison enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and a Boston Terrier named Emma. She loves live music, exploring the outdoors, adventure, and traveling. She believes in exploring every opportunity you are presented in life and is excited to be a part of this amazing crew!

Allison Janos
Medical Coordinator

Allison Janos joined Austin Smiles as Medical Coordinator following a recent trip with the team to Guatemala, where she developed a love for the organization, and everyone involved. A graduate of Villanova University, she has nursing experience in Critical Care, Cardiac Cath Lab, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her favorite thing about Austin Smiles is how passionate the staff and volunteers are, and to see first-hand the profound impact this organization can have on the children and families who receive care.

In her spare time, Allison enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and a Boston Terrier named Emma. She loves live music, exploring the outdoors, adventure, and traveling. She believes in exploring every opportunity you are presented in life and is excited to be a part of this amazing crew!

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Juanita Lizbeth Rocha
Global Public Health Coordinator

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Sofia Jimenez
Global Public Health Work Study

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Juanita Lizbeth Rocha
UTHealth School of Public Health – Austin

Major: Master in Public Health, Epidemiology with Certificates in Health Disparities and Genomics

Favorite Quote: “Your hard work and dedication will ease the troubles of others.”

Public health is not a linear field, it encompasses an array of diverse fields and individuals with health and well-being as an end goal. Austin smiles works endlessly to bring justice to that statement, they bring together doctors, public health professionals, donors, and volunteers to contribute to the lives of the children with oral clefts and their families. Coming from Brownsville, Texas, a border town, and experiencing some of the effects that lack of financial support and resources brings about to the health of your community, I hope to play a part in Austin Smiles’ mission to serve beyond a border and bring my experience to the table. My goal is to contribute to communities that encounter health disparities beyond their control and serve to mend the bridge that equity has created. I know that I will have the team and support at Austin Smiles to continuously push my goal beyond its limits

Major: Master in Public Health, Epidemiology with Certificates in Health Disparities and Genomics

Favorite Quote: “Your hard work and dedication will ease the troubles of others.”

Public health is not a linear field, it encompasses an array of diverse fields and individuals with health and well-being as an end goal. Austin smiles works endlessly to bring justice to that statement, they bring together doctors, public health professionals, donors, and volunteers to contribute to the lives of the children with oral clefts and their families. Coming from Brownsville, Texas, a border town, and experiencing some of the effects that lack of financial support and resources brings about to the health of your community, I hope to play a part in Austin Smiles’ mission to serve beyond a border and bring my experience to the table. My goal is to contribute to communities that encounter health disparities beyond their control and serve to mend the bridge that equity has created. I know that I will have the team and support at Austin Smiles to continuously push my goal beyond its limits

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Sofia Jimenez
UT Work Study

Sofia Jimenez is our Work-Study from the University of Texas at Austin

Major: Public Health

Favorite Quote: The path is long and there are many twists and turns in the forest. They are intentional, you are not lost.” -V Spehar

Hi everyone! I am a third-year Public Health Major with a Minor in Business at UT Austin from El Paso, TX. I plan to pursue a Master’s in Public Health and a Doctor’s degree in Internal Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy painting, trying new restaurants in Austin, and kayaking. I am very excited to be part of this team, and I look forward to what we can accomplish together.

Sofia Jimenez is our Work-Study from the University of Texas at Austin

Major: Public Health

Favorite Quote: The path is long and there are many twists and turns in the forest. They are intentional, you are not lost.” -V Spehar

Hi everyone! I am a third-year Public Health Major with a Minor in Business at UT Austin from El Paso, TX. I plan to pursue a Master’s in Public Health and a Doctor’s degree in Internal Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy painting, trying new restaurants in Austin, and kayaking. I am very excited to be part of this team, and I look forward to what we can accomplish together.

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Valentina Salazar
UT Work Study

Valentina Salazar is our Work-Study from the University of Texas at Austin

Major: Public Health

Favorite Quote: What you do makes a difference. And you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall

I am a 4th year Public Health student with hopes of becoming a doctor one day. I am very excited to be working at Austin Smiles, as they combine my two passions- medicine and global health equity.  I know I will learn a lot from this incredible team and experience, and I am very blessed to be able to help carry their mission forward. 

Valentina Salazar is our Work-Study from the University of Texas at Austin

Major: Public Health

Favorite Quote: What you do makes a difference. And you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall

I am a 4th year Public Health student with hopes of becoming a doctor one day. I am very excited to be working at Austin Smiles, as they combine my two passions- medicine and global health equity.  I know I will learn a lot from this incredible team and experience, and I am very blessed to be able to help carry their mission forward.

Austin Smiles Interns – Fall 2022

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Miriam Daniel
Westwood High School

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Naomi Sanchez
The University of Texas at Austin

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Reeya Patel
UTHealth School of Public Health

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David Aguilar
Sam Houston State University

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Miriam Daniel
Westwood High School

Favorite Quote: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

Hi everyone! My name is Miriam Daniel and I am currently a senior at Westwood High School. Service and Health Science are two of my passions, so I feel blessed to be interning with Austin Smiles and getting to join their wonderful work. In my free time, I love dancing, reading, and playing with my dog. I am so excited to become a part of this wonderful team!

Favorite Quote: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

Hi everyone! My name is Miriam Daniel and I am currently a senior at Westwood High School. Service and Health Science are two of my passions, so I feel blessed to be interning with Austin Smiles and getting to join their wonderful work. In my free time, I love dancing, reading, and playing with my dog. I am so excited to become a part of this wonderful team!

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Naomi Sanchez
The University of Texas at Austin

Major: Management Information Systems

Favorite Quote: “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” – Jana Stanfield

I wanted to intern at Austin Smiles because not only will I be gaining transferable professional skills, but I will also be helping communities in need who do not have accessible health care. I’m excited to work on the projects and missions that lie ahead that help to make a life-changing impact on people who really need it.

Major: Management Information Systems

Favorite Quote: “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” – Jana Stanfield

I wanted to intern at Austin Smiles because not only will I be gaining transferable professional skills, but I will also be helping communities in need who do not have accessible health care. I’m excited to work on the projects and missions that lie ahead that help to make a life-changing impact on people who really need it.

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Reeya Patel
UTHealth School of Public Health

Major: Master in Public Health in Epidemiology

Favorite Quote: “Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Today more than ever, the importance of public health is being recognized. Not only do I want to spread awareness of this importance, but I also want to be a part of the group of individuals that make a significant impact on global health today. Austin Smiles creates a sustainable surgical environment for children born with a cleft lip which is a huge step forward in diminishing health disparities around the globe. With both my passion and experience, I hope to bring a lot to the table at Austin Smiles!

Major: Master in Public Health in Epidemiology

Favorite Quote: “Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Today more than ever, the importance of public health is being recognized. Not only do I want to spread awareness of this importance, but I also want to be a part of the group of individuals that make a significant impact on global health today. Austin Smiles creates a sustainable surgical environment for children born with a cleft lip which is a huge step forward in diminishing health disparities around the globe. With both my passion and experience, I hope to bring a lot to the table at Austin Smiles!

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David Aguilar
Sam Houston State University

Major: Health Care Administration

I wanted to spend my time with Austin Smiles because I admire their mission of providing patients with strategic personal care and culturally competent services. As a Hispanic, I understand the importance of tailoring health care to patients’ cultural, social, and linguistic needs; Austin Smiles is doing an excellent job, and I am excited to be a part of this team.

Major: Health Care Administration

I wanted to spend my time with Austin Smiles because I admire their mission of providing patients with strategic personal care and culturally competent services. As a Hispanic, I understand the importance of tailoring health care to patients’ cultural, social, and linguistic needs; Austin Smiles is doing an excellent job, and I am excited to be a part of this team.

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Georgia Quiroz
Concordia University

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Sam Mendez
Baylor University

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Georgia Quiroz
Concordia University

Major: Behavioral Science B.S., Masters of Public Health

Favorite Quote:  “The biggest dreams aren’t fueled by belief. They’re fueled by doubt.” – Kobe Bryant

I want to spend my time with Austin Smiles this fall because I have a passion for helping people. I feel Austin Smiles allows me to see people change lives and help lives first-hand. It brings passion and fire to my heart and mind to see Austin Smiles change the world and create better lives for children and families all over.

Major: Behavioral Science B.S., Masters of Public Health

Favorite Quote:  “The biggest dreams aren’t fueled by belief. They’re fueled by doubt.” – Kobe Bryant

I want to spend my time with Austin Smiles this fall because I have a passion for helping people. I feel Austin Smiles allows me to see people change lives and help lives first-hand. It brings passion and fire to my heart and mind to see Austin Smiles change the world and create better lives for children and families all over.

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Sam Mendez
Baylor University

Major: Masters of Public Health

Favorite Quote: “Intentional days build a life on purpose.” – Adrienne Enns

This is a quote I like to strive for in life because it can be so easy to go through routines. I believe this resonates with Austin Smiles because this organization must work every day with intention regardless of what position you hold to ensure you are purposefully helping these children, families, and communities. I value Austin Smiles’ mission, and it is so inspiring to see all the individuals that make this organization possible work with passion and intention. I hope to add value to this team of intention, so we can bring a ton more smiles on purpose!

Major: Masters of Public Health

Favorite Quote: “Intentional days build a life on purpose.” – Adrienne Enns

This is a quote I like to strive for in life because it can be so easy to go through routines. I believe this resonates with Austin Smiles because this organization must work every day with intention regardless of what position you hold to ensure you are purposefully helping these children, families, and communities. I value Austin Smiles’ mission, and it is so inspiring to see all the individuals that make this organization possible work with passion and intention. I hope to add value to this team of intention, so we can bring a ton more smiles on purpose!

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Our History

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

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