LINDA PARKER SMITH – FOUNDER
Linda is the Founder of Smiles. In 2009 she pledged to “Give them a Smile” and has been doing just that for 11 years. Linda works tirelessly with a network of dentists and labs, builds referral relationships with other nonprofit collaborators, and engages community leaders and donors to support Smiles. She also finds time to give each recipient her personal attention making sure that they overcome any fears and feel comfortable with their new dental team.
LORI RIEDEL – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lori is known to turn visions into reality. Creating flexible strategic plans and motivating teams to embrace the organizations’ mission and vision are two of her superpowers. Both will strengthen Smiles’ ability to create and deliver programing that continues to improve the quality of life for our recipients. Lori’s unique combination of education, experience, and skill make her the right person to lead our organization to the next level. She holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, an MEd from Northern Arizona University, and is a Registered Dental Hygienist, RDH.
CARLA SORRELL – CASE MANAGER
With over twenty years of experience in the dental field, Carla joined Smiles as our Case Manager. She provides personalized care and attention for the recipients throughout the entire treatment journey from application to their last visit with the dentist. Coordinating the network of dentists, labs and collaborating partners, Carla tracks and manages the many details involved in each case as well as reporting patient outcomes and impact to support our Mission.
PENELOPE GILLIAM – ACCOUNTING
With 22 years of accounting and operations expertise in profit and non-profit business, it’s the mission of the organization that drives her to capture the special financial nuances that make-up both corporate arenas. She has a BA in Economics from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Penelope came to Smiles with an enthusiasm to serve the specific needs of our recipient population.
HEIDI ROWLAND – SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
A Graphic Designer with over 20 years of experience and a diverse background in print advertising, custom websites, logos, packaging and social media marketing. Heidi is passionate about helping share the mission of Smiles and Beyond with her experience as a designer. She earned her degree from the Art Institute of Phoenix.