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A group of dental professionals harnessing the power of a
smile to change lives.
Power of a Smile
To provide the gift of a restored smile to women and men who have been formerly incarcerated or are survivors of domestic violence and are committed to rebuilding their lives.
To build and grow a strong community of supporters who share our vision and sustain our ability to provide oral health services and resources until every formerly incarcerated individual or domestic violence survivor without access to dental care has been provided with this opportunity.
Smiles and beyond is the Hub in the Wheel of Care where all participants, dental professionals, partnering organizations, and supporters are connected. To be the source where those that need help meet those that can help.
A changed smile can change a life. A changed smile can provide a second chance. A changed smile can improve health. A changed smile can renew a person’s dignity. A changed smile can restore hope.
Founded, Supported, and Led by Dental Professionals.
Smiles and Beyond* was founded in 2009 by Linda Parker Smith, a dental industry professional, who after attending a moving presentation held by Alongside Ministries, “felt the hands of God on her shoulders urging her to take up the mission of helping the underserved by “Giving Them a Smile”. From that time until her retirement at the end of 2020 she worked to create an extensive network of volunteer dentists, specialists, labs to support Smiles by making the gift of a smile possible.
In 2018, A. T. Still University, joined us as a partner provider. In 2019, Dr. Maureen Perry, Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University, School of Dentistry & Oral Health was named President of the Smiles Board of Directors.
In 2020, Dr. Lori Riedel, a Registered Dental Hygienist, with years of experience in promoting oral health and program administration, joined Smiles as the Executive Director to lead the next era of growth. Lori’ s mission is to continue the work started by Linda. Her personal mission is to help those in need “find their smiles both on their face and in their souls”.
*Originally founded as Smiles Beyond the Bars, the name was changed to Smiles and Beyond in early 2019 to reflect added programming to address the needs of the survivors of domestic violence and stress ‘Beyond’ as the power of a smile that could lead to opportunities for change beyond current conditions.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMANTHA PLAMANN – PROGRAM SERVICES
Sam developed a passion for helping others and building strong communities through her 8 years of non-profit work at the YMCA in Membership and Program Director roles. She believes in the power of mission-driven work and is excited to have an intentional and positive impact on those we serve through the Smiles and Beyond program. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Purdue University Fort Wayne and is a current Graduate student of Education at Arizona State University.
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.
SUSAN SANTILENA – STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
The Mission of Smiles and Beyond is to provide healthy, restored smiles to program participants now
and in the future. To do so, the design and implementation of a foundational platform for sustainable
growth is crucial. With over 25 years of experience in the corporate sector and ten years in the
nonprofit sector, Susan has developed the skills necessary to do just that. She earned a Master’s in
Business Administration and a BA in Marketing and Economics at CSU, Chico, California.
HEIDI ROWLAND – MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MAUREEN PERRY, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED ORAL HEALTH, A.T. STILL UNIVERSITY
Dr. Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA, MAEd is a Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. She is a fellow of the Council of Dentistry for People with Disabilities and is a diplomat of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and past president of the Special Care Dentistry Association. Dr. Perry has served as the U.S. council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health. She completed a 3-year hospital residency focused on treating patients with medically complex conditions, behavioral health issues, developmental disabilities, and geriatric patients. She is a graduate of the NYU College of Dentistry. Dr. Perry completed her Masters of public administration at Long Island University and earned a Masters in dental education at the University of the Pacific.
Brian brings over 35 years of professional experience in corporate management, strategic planning, intellectual property, and business development. He is the founder of Solavera Development Group (SDG), an investment firm specializing in next generation technologies. He served as an executive for NASA and a Research Physicist at the Air Force Materials Laboratory where he worked on SDI (Star Wars) projects. He has over 100 publications and patents in the areas of microgravity science, laser glass cutting, solar, and semiconductor processing. He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Dayton majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics, and Electro-optics.
ROD VAN BEBBER
Rod has invested nearly 40 years in the Supply Chain industry. By creating and enhancing distribution networks, he has enabled companies to increase production performance, enhance customer satisfaction, reduce expenses and increase profitability. His analytical skills to quantify problems and opportunities, and his sales ability to clearly and effectively communicate to key decision makers makes him key in the development of Smiles’ master plan for sustainable growth.
As Treasurer, Mark brings more than 40 years of diverse financial and operational experience from closely held small and medium size entities to large public companies serving as a CFO, CPA, and Project Consultant. His expertise provides direction and support for the stability and growth of Smiles and Beyond. He is a partner with B2B CFO in Phoenix Arizona.
FRANCIS TESMER, PRESIDENT OF ROLFS SALON
Rolfs believes “by sponsoring important causes and events, raising awareness, donating resources, time and talent, they can make a difference in the lives of many”. For Smiles, Francis does all that and more. She makes sure, when all our recipients are flashing their new Smiles, they get a makeover in the salon. The female recipients have their hair and make-up done and the men, a new hair style. She has been a generous sponsor of Smiles and Beyond providing financial support and beauty swag bags for our Gala luncheon guests. Francis is deeply committed to supporting the issue of domestic violence in the Valley and nationally.