Leadership

Board of Directors

Karl Wustrack, MD

Karl Wustrack, MD

Chairman of the Board

I have been serving on cleft missions for 35 years now. My passion and dedication to this cause started after...

Anita Stangl

Anita Stangl

Special Adivisor

I became involved with cleft lip and palate repair programs in 1994 when I volunteered for a medical mission to...

John Dean

John Dean

Director

My wife Susan and I are both “retired”, although we keep busy with a variety of volunteer and community projects....

Chih-Chen Fang, MD

Chih-Chen Fang, MD

Director

I was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Canada when I was 17 years old. I went to medical school...

Benjamin Lam

Benjamin Lam

Director

For me, AfS has been a breath of very fresh air since I joined the board more than 10 years...

John O’Connor

John O’Connor

Director

I joined the AfS Board as a result of my friendship with, and admiration for Dr. Karl Wustrack, who has...

Jim Patrick

Jim Patrick

Director

Jim Patrick is a third generation owner of Patrick & Co. founded by his grandfather in 1873. Jim found his calling to help others when...

Honorary Board Members

In-House Staff

Paul Vazquez

Paul Vazquez

Director of Operations

After working for many years in the for-profit world, I was looking for a change – hoping to do something...

Medical Directors

Chih-Chen Fang, MD

Chih-Chen Fang, MD

Director

I was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Canada when I was 17 years old. I went to medical school...

Karl Wustrack, MD

Karl Wustrack, MD

Chairman of the Board

I have been serving on cleft missions for 35 years now. My passion and dedication to this cause started after...

Rosemary Welde, RN

Rosemary Welde, RN

Vice Chair

I was born in Philadelphia and went to nursing school there. I have lived in California since 1980. I have...

Mission Directors

Anita Stangl

Anita Stangl

Special Adivisor

I became involved with cleft lip and palate repair programs in 1994 when I volunteered for a medical mission to...

Quality Assurance Committee

About Alliance for Smiles

Our Heroes

Our Founders

Alliance for Smiles was formally founded by five individuals: John Uth, John Goings, James Patrick, James Deitz and Anita Stangl. However, Alliance for Smiles wanted to recognize individuals who made a leap of faith in the concept of the work of Alliance for Smiles and decided to donate a minimum of $20,000 during the first four years of operation. They are also founders of Alliance for Smiles and will be recognized in perpetuity as such. The following individuals receive the honor of this unique position:

Mr. Burton BerryMrs. Debbie Jefkin-Elnakave
Mr. Bill BenterMr. Benjamin Lam
Mr. Wilber BresemanMrs. Noime Liangco
Dr. Wallace Chang, M.D.Dr. Thomas Mack, D.V.M.
Ms. Cecile ChiquetteMr. Donald Parachini
Dr. Scharleen Colant, Ph.D.Mr. James Patrick
Dr. James Deitz, Ph.D.Ms. Esther Rebizzo
Ms. Barbara FisherMs. Dee Dee Ricks
Mr. John GoingsDr. Alan Stormo, M.D.
Allan and Nancy HerzogMr. Eng-Rung Tsai
Mr. Howard HoMr. John Uth
The Family of TaipeiTai and Tony Wang (W.A.C. Lighting)
Mr. Joseph HoffmanDr. Colin and Mrs. Silvana Wong

Rotary Clubs who supported the work of Alliance for Smiles during its first four formative years with donations of $25,000 or more received the honor of being Founding Rotary Clubs. Alliance for Smiles recognizes three Rotary Clubs with this title and they will be recognized in perpetuity for their faith in the work and dreams of Alliance for Smiles.

The Rotary Club of San Francisco

The Rotary Club of Chicago

The Rotary Club of Wanchai, Hong Kong

Alliance for Smiles wishes to thank the above individuals and Rotary Clubs for their support which has helped Alliance for Smiles to not only facilitate medical missions during its first four years but to prosper and grow.

Legacy Club

In 2009 Alliance for Smiles launched its Legacy Campaign to encourage individuals to make a minimum $5000 one-time donation; or to make multiple donations through-out the year adding up to $5000. Participation in this campaign is recognized by membership in a special Legacy Club that will be publicized on the website, at the Gala and in literature. Everyone who donated a minimum $5000 by December 31, 2009 became a Charter Member of this very special Club.

Legacy Club Charter MembersLegacy Club 2010-2011
Burt BerryBurton Berry
Wilber BresemanWilber Breseman
Tai Can -WangTai Can-Wang
Dr. Wallace ChangCecile Chiquette
Cecile ChiquetteDavid De Roode
David De RoodeJim Deitz
James DeitzJohn Goings
John GoingsAllan Herzog
Allan HerzogSilvia Iselin
Bing Shin HoMary Jensen
Howard HoBenjamin Lam
Joe HoffmanDr. Quentin Li
Benjamin LamAnna Marie Marcias
Edward LauDr. Thomas Mack
Jojo and Noime LiangcoJames Patrick
Dr. Thomas MackAngelo Rebizzo
Gary MitchellDr. Colin Wong
James PatrickEdith Richter
Stacey QuoRobert and Kathryn Smith
Eng Rung TsaiJohn Uth
John UthDr. Karin Vargervik
Karin Vargervik
Dr. Colin Wong
Choi Chung Yuen

Individuals are inspired to volunteer and donate because of their belief in the work of an organization. Especially when considering humanitarian programs, the emotions felt because of participation in a program that changes lives can have a sincere and long lasting impact.

For many, what an individual accomplishes during his or her lifetime is totally satisfying and fulfilling. Involvement in family, friends and work create a sense of well being. However, for those who want to make a mark in another way and share more of their talents and wealth with humanitarian concerns, involvement in a cause can be extremely rewarding. When they pass, they will have left a humanitarian legacy.

Those people involved in the work of Alliance for Smiles, whether as volunteers or donors, are leaving a legacy that goes beyond the lives of the children receiving surgery. It extends to the patients’ families and to their villages. Alliance for Smiles heals tens of thousands of lives when considering the extended community affected.

To carry on the work of Alliance for Smiles, funding is crucial. Therefore, those individuals who are willing and able to make significant donations are core to program sustainability. These individuals have the opportunity to allow the work of Alliance for Smiles to progress, building on an impressive past.

Therefore in 2009 Alliance for Smiles launched its Legacy Campaign to encourage individuals to make a minimum $5000 one time or multiple time donation to the work of AfS. Participation in this campaign will be recognized by membership in a special Legacy Club that will be publicized on the website, at the Gala and in literature. Everyone who donated a minimum $5000 by December 31, 2009 became a Charter Member of this very special Club.

Volunteer Awards

YearVolunteer of the YearDistinguished ServiceJohn Uth AwardLifetime AchievementChildren's Champion
2008Barbara Fisher
2009Dave FowlerDr. Colin Wong
2010Wilber BresemanDr. Wally Chang
2011Dr. Quentin LiJohn Goings
2012Dr. Karin VargervikJohn Uth
2013Tina HollcroftBarbara FisherBurton Berry
2014Dr. Chih-Chen FangTina HollcroftRotary Club of Wanchai
2015Mary JensenRotary International
2016Dr. Billy De ShazoSTOP Cleft International Alliance
2017Rosemary WeldeDavid FowlerShanghai Ciguang Skin Health Foundation
2018Dorothy FerreiraTai Wang & WAC LightingDr. Colin Wong
2019Becky Steed, RNDr. Karl WustrackDr. Chih-Chen FangDr. Karin Vargervik
2020Mary LiuDr. Deinde ShogaTina FischlinJohn Goings
2021Nan MaddenRosemary WeldeJean and Dave RosenblumBurt and Joan Berry
2022Pat LaRoccoLinda Stewart & Doug BerryDr. Chih-Chen Fang
2023Dr. Susan TaylorBarbara FisherTina Fischlin
2024Rochelle StacksSusan & John DeanDr. Karl Wustrack

Special Rotary Recognition Awards

  • Rotary Club of Gulshan Lake City
  • Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam Counties
  • Rotary Club of San Francisco

20 Years of Leadership

On our 20th Anniversary we would like to celebrate two of our founding board members who have served AfS faithfully for our entire twenty years.

  • James Patrick
  • Anita Stangl

Decade of Leadership

In order to celebrate dedication to AfS on the occasion of our 10th Anniversary, the Decade of Leadership Award was created to honor four remarkable individuals who have given of their skills and talents from the beginning days of Alliance for Smiles.

  • Barbara Fisher
  • John Goings
  • Dr. Karin Vargervik
  • Dr. Colin Wong
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