UK: 0113 276 5060 USA: 423 239 9525
info@thesmilesfoundation.org

Key Staff

Our Key Staff Team

Please pray for all our staff and their various responsibilities.

UK HEADQUARTERS

Dawn Wilson
Administrator & Personal Assistant to Kevin (CEO)

Dawn has worked for Kevin since 1987 when Kevin was involved in Christian Music Management, and so was with Smiles at its formation. Based at the Leeds office, currently Dawn’s main responsibilities include Mission Trip co-ordination, Donation administration, Office management, Website maintenance,  … but includes anything else that needs to be done!! (For UK and US).
Please contact Dawn with any questions.
UK: 0113-276-5060 (9am – 6pm GMT)
USA: 423-239-9525 (6am – 1pm EST)


ROMANIAN EXECUTIVE TEAM

Maria Hava
Director of Operations, Romania

Joined Smiles in 2002 as Personal Assistant to CEO Kevin Hoy but quickly established herself as a devoted hard working team member who was passionate to do so much more than was expected. Maria has gone on to become Director of Operations in Romania, a Trustee of the Romanian charity whilst continuing to be PA to the CEO for all the work in Romania.
Please read ‘From Maria’s Desk’. 

Georgi Opreanu
Deputy Director of Operations

Joined Smiles in 2005 as Mission Guest representative at the newly built facility in Cihei. Best friends with Maria having studied the same degree (International Management) at the same University in Oradea, Georgi soon proved to be an exceptionally talented and devoted individual who was committed to building a strong team. Georgi worked through leading several projects on her way to becoming Deputy Director of Smiles Romania and now responsible for all the Residential projects in Oradea, Salonta and Tileagd.
Please read Georgi’s News.

Adi Matis
Assistant Director

Joined Smiles in 2009 having been director of a Family Support charity in Oradea. With broad experience and a Masters Degree in Psychology, Adi is part of the Executive Management in Romania, serving with Maria and Georgi under the leadership of the CEO. Adi is active in supporting several projects in the field but takes direct responsibility for Outreach Projects, Emergency Housing and Sponsorship Coordination.
Please read Adi’s Reports.


MANAGEMENT & PROJECT LEADERS

Ligia Mitra
Management Assistant to Georgi

Having qualified as a teacher in Romania, Ligia moved to England to attend Bible College and then worked on staff supporting students and other aspects of college life. Following her Call back to Romania, Smiles were fortunate to secure Ligia’s employment in 2015 which quickly moved to a senior management role supporting Georgi our Deputy Director in managing Gepiu Community Project and all our residential projects.

Nelu Cioara
Family Care Project Manager

Joined Smiles in 2009 to work within our Family Care project. Graduating in Theology helped to give Nelu a pastoral approach to the families we support and he became Project Manager of what is the Smiles Cornerstone project in 2012.

Raul Gherle
Homeless Project Manager

Joined Smiles in 2011 to head up the newly expanded project of the Container Village, a major investment established as part of the Smiles Homeless project. In addition to the challenging demands of the Homeless community, Raul also oversees support work at the Salard community.

Mioara Tarau
Social Worker at Elderly Care Centre, Oradea

Started working with Smiles in 2006 as a volunteer in the Children’s Hospital, before she had even finished her Social Work degree. Mioara continued work once qualified as a Social Worker for Family Care and then took primary responsible for our Children’s Centre for Abandoned, Neglected and Abused children. She then went on to pioneer our trial stage of Elderly Care in Cihei with 11 residents but now assumes all Social Work duties for the largest of our residential centres, ECO in the city of Oradea.

Rebeca Mariscas
Social Worker at Joint Facility of Love, Salonta

The youngest of our Social Workers but a wonderfully gifted and committed team member at the Joint Facility of Love (JFL) in Salonta. She joined Smiles in 2013 and has grown with the project through Phase 1 of Elderly Care and on into Phase 2 with specialist Dementia and Disability support. Devoted to her task and always wearing a smile, Rebeca is loved by all our residents and visitors at the Salonta centre.

Ioana Pop
Social Worker for Tileagd Assisted Living

The most recent Social Worker to join Smiles. Ioana came in 2017 to serve the needs of Family Care and Homeless projects but was soon found to have skills and commitment for even more. Ioana has accepted the position of Social Worker for the newest facility within Smiles at Tileagd Assisted Living – an adult centre for those needing extra help in life. She will continue serving Family Care and Homeless needs as Social Worker.

Pastor Vasile
Pastor to Tileagd & Rapa Churches, Pastoral Care to All Projects

Joined Smiles in 2014 as pastor for Tileagd Community Church. He quickly moved into providing pastoral support in other projects, notably Elderly Care Oradea, Homeless project and at the Rapa community. Since the Church was opened in Rapa, Pastor Vasile shares his time primarily between Tileagd and Rapa with a weekly visit when possible to the other projects.

Geta Maghiar
Administrator for Tileagd Projects

One of Smiles longest serving employees, Geta joined us as a teaching assistant when we opened the first School in Tileagd in 2003. She moved on to become Administrator for the school and assisted with the opening of the nursery in 2004. Since the Community Complex was built in 2006, she has been based at the complex coordinating all the projects based in Tileagd and will continue to do so with the addition of the Assisted Living facility at the Complex from July 2017.

Ioana Tamas
Social Worker at Gepiu

A Social Worker with a huge heart for those she works with. Appointed to be responsible for the Gepiu Community Centre in 2013 her special gift is building strong relationships with the children who attend the centre, largely from difficult families and therefore come to us with huge needs. Ioana always has time for them and provides after-school support as well as being a mentor in important areas of life for each child to benefit from.

Cornel Hava
Media and Cihei Site Management

Having worked in TV News filming, Cornel was a great addition to the Smiles team in 2013 where he began developing our Media department with photography and video production. This has greatly enhanced our promotional abilities and provides wonderful video memories for our visiting Mission teams. Cornel also manages the Cihei Site being responsible for the Security team and several of our vehicle needs as transport manager.

Nina Florea
Group Management Accountant to Smiles and SMINRO

After graduating in Management from Emanuel University in Oradea, Nina had a long spell working in Spain. She originally joined Smiles in 2009 working at the Leeds HQ in England on UK Accounts and Sponsorship administration. She returned to Romania to assist at the Mission Centre and ultimately into Financial Accounting at the Cihei office. Now Nina directly assists the CEO as Management Accountant for all Smiles and Sminro finances.

Corina Nemtut
Smiles Financial Accountant

Joined Smiles in 2005 as Financial Accountant at Romanian HQ in Cihei. Her long dedicated service provides a great grasp of the operational procedures which makes Corina a very important and trusted member of the team, covering finance, administration and legal responsibilities.


ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE – SMINRO

Simona Tosity
Project Manager for Sminro srl

A Management graduate who worked in commerce before coming to Smiles in 2011 to head up the new Enterprise Initiative ‘Sminro’. Over the years, Simona has worked hard to understand the inner workings of each area of the business – Farm, Glasshouse and Retail. With belief in a huge potential for business development in Romania, Simona has given tremendous commitment and hard work to realise that potential which we are really now beginning to see and the results will support the work of Smiles very significantly in the years ahead.

Dani Faur
Sminro srl

A young man who joined Sminro in 2013 after we built the Glasshouse. Dani learned fast and worked hard and now carries responsibility for the day to day operations and leads the small team based at the Arpasel site. Always willing to go the extra mile and do whatever is needed has been an important quality in Dani’s success.

Mariana Ivan
Sminro srl

Joined Sminro in 2015 as Financial Accountant, overseeing Group finances for Farm, Glasshouse and Retail. Mariana lived in Spain a number of years which broadened her experience and when her family moved back to Romania, buying a home in Cihei, working with Sminro at an office just minutes from the house was a welcome opportunity. Mariana doesn’t spend all the time with her head in the books as she will often be sorting and delivering stock to shops or working at Arpasel – the base for our Farm and Glasshouse.