Our Key Staff Team
Please pray for all our staff and their various responsibilities.
Kevin first visited Romania in 1990, a few months after the revolution. He wanted to do something that would make a lasting change. This involved establishing a number of projects to help the people while also sharing the Love of God so many could find Hope & Salvation in their life. Having trained as an Accountant, Kevin then spent 25 years in management of Christian Artist Ministry. He now spends most of his life in Romania, at least 8 months a year, with three months or so in the United Kingdom and normally up to one month a year in America.
Dawn has worked for Kevin since 1987 when he was involved with 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 and just about anything else that needs to be done! Clearly a devoted person to the work of Smiles and an exceptional individual to work with the boss for over 30 years! Please contact Dawn with questions on any aspect of Smiles.
UK: 0113-276-5060 (9am – 6pm GMT)
USA: 423-239-9525 (please leave a message and we will call you back)
ROMANIAN EXECUTIVE TEAM
Having joined Smiles in 2002 as Personal Assistant to CEO Kevin Hoy, Maria quickly established herself as a devoted hard working team member who was passionate to do so much more than was expected. Maria went 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. In 2021, she becomes Director of Missions to oversee the development of the new Smiles Pillar.
Before joining Smiles in 2009, Adi had 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 Simona under the leadership of the CEO. In 2021, Adi becomes Director of the new Outreach Pillar, overseeing Church and Pastoral Care, Children’s and Community Outreach, plus activities at Dezna
A management graduate who worked in Commerce before coming to Smiles in 2011 to head up the new Enterprise Initiative ‘Sminro’. Simona has worked hard to understand the inner workings of business in Romania – with specific focus on the Glasshouse. She has given tremendous commitment and hard work to realise the potential which we are now beginning to see, and the results will support the work of Smiles significantly in the years ahead. In 2021, Simona becomes Director of the Enterprise Pillar whilst remaining a valued member of the Executive Management Team.
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 her employment in 2015 where she quickly moved to a senior management role since Smiles opened the Tileagd Assisted Living facility in 2017.
Carmen joined the Smiles Team in January 2020 to manage the Elderly Care Facility in Oradea. Having studied medicine, Carmen is now completing a degree in Psychology and was working as Chief Executive of a Professional Training company before accepting the position in Smiles. Managing such a large residential facility comes with many challenges, but Carmen has proven her ability and from 2021 will add Managing JFL in Salonta to her responsibilities.
Monica is a young, intelligent and focused person, who has proved a great blessing to the important responsibilities at the Smiles Nursery since joining in 2016. Initially sharing her time between the Nursery and the After-School programme for Grades 1-8 we found Monica had even more to offer. The importance of the administrative role at the Nursery in liaison with the State required a focused approach with the time to execute. From September 2018 she become the full-time Director of the Nursery in Tileagd.
SOCIAL ASSISTANTS AT RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
Mioara started work 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.
Andrea joined Smiles in 2021 at our Residential Care facility in Salonta – The Joint Facility of Love. Recently graduated with a degree in Speech Therapy, Andrea has a special love for those with challenges and special needs. As she masters the skills and experience for her responsibilities as Social Assistant, we believe Andrea will be a wonderful asset for our desire to see JFL serve the needs not only of our residents, but also the day visitors we have from Downs Syndrome and other special groups.
Dr Diana has wonderfully served Smiles Residential Facilities since 2014 when we opened ECO in Oradea. For 5 years she served the medical needs of all three facilities with Salonta and Tileagd added to her responsibilities in Oradea. Having 12 nurses under her management, Diana’s schedule was very demanding through the working day visiting all three facilities but well into the evening and night-time as she made herself available 24/7, demonstrating the total professional and caring person she is. We have been delighted to appoint Dr Timothy to now share the responsibilities by him taking on Salonta JFL.
Dr Timothy is originally from Indonesia but studied medicine in English and met his wife in Romania, where is now lives and works speaking all his languages fluently. Dr Timothy joined Smiles in January 2020 to serve the needs in Salonta at our Joint Facility of Love residential facility. In addition to his love for people and medicine, Dr Timothy enjoys being part of the Worship Band at his home church in Oradea. We are thrilled to have an additional doctor on staff to assist Dr Diana and serve the specific interests at JFL.
Joined Smiles in 2014 as pastor for Tileagd Community Church. He quickly moved into providing pastoral support in other projects, notably Elderly Care Oradea, the 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. From 2021, as an integral part of the Outreach Team, Pastor Vasile will be actively involved with Community Outreach in addition to his regular responsibilities of Church and Pastoral Care.
A qualified Social Worker with a huge heart for those she works with. Originally 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. From 2019, Ioana expanded her role in leadership at the Dezna Outreach Centre, during Camps. A role we expect to see developed along-side Children’s Outreach for the future.
Ruben studied theology in Cluj and then Evangelism at the Eastern European College in Oradea. Experienced working within various areas of outreach, Ruben has also had considerable experience working with Gypsy Communities during his practical experience at college in Oradea. Coming from a supportive Christian family, Ruben’s desire has always been to serve God through sharing the Gospel and encouraging people through scripture and prayer. He has already proven to be effective as a team-player and enjoys work with COP’s, CAMPS, and sharing in ministry at Church as well as Families and the Homeless.
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 moved into Financial Accounting at the Cihei office to assist with a rapidly growing organisation. Now Nina directly assists the CEO as Management Accountant for much of Smiles and Sminro finances.
Joined Smiles in 2005 as Financial Accountant at Romanian HQ in Cihei. Corina added more Financial Accounting for Smiles Enterprise Business, with establishing Sminro in 2010. Her many responsibilities are assisted by working very closely with Nina to provide cover for all accounting work within the Organisation. Her long and 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.
Having previously 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 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.
Ioan joined Smiles in 2011 as Maintenance Manager for the Glasshouse project in Arpasel. Discovering his greater talents and all-round ability in Construction, Ioan has gone on to serve through a variety of Projects with significant construction and finishing work at JFL Salonta, Rapa, Tileagd Assisted Living and the Dezna Outreach Facility. Skilled in many areas and dedicated to the task as Ioan sees all his work dedicated to God, he now serves across the range of Smiles Projects in Construction and Maintenance and we are delighted to have such talent available each and every day.
Many will know Dan through his work at the Gepiu Community Centre, but Dan’s main responsibility within Smiles is the management of our Romanian Website and Social Media platforms. He has been working with Smiles since 2008 and loves to interact with the Gepiu kids and the many visitors we have year round through Mission Trips. If you don’t know Dan, he’ll be the one with a camera in his hand which is always useful when pictures are needed for the promotional material he works on.