Our Key Staff Team
Please pray for all our staff and their various responsibilities.
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
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’.
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.
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.
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 which quickly moved to a senior management role supporting Georgi our Deputy Director in managing our residential projects. When Smiles opened the Tileagd Assisted Living facility, Ligia took Management responsibility for it and starting September 2018, is providing management support for the Educational Projects in Tileagd, namely the School and Nursery.
Alina joined Smiles in October 2017 to serve the Rapa Community with a Literacy programme and teaching Life Skills.
For an illiterate Gypsy community, the challenges in life are extreme, with little prospect of work and the income needed for the family. Alina is working to change this desperately difficult situation for the better. Having adapted so well to the challenges of impoverished communities, we are delighted to see Alina join the Field Project team to assist with other difficult situations within Smiles.
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 facility and the After-School programme for Grades 1-8 Students, 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. Monica was the right person. From September 2018 she has become the full-time Director of Nursery with a teaching role each morning. A perfect combination.
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.
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.
Diana is a young lady, passionate about people and music. Having been raised in a wonderful Christian family she has a strong desire to serve God and share His love with vulnerable people. Since a young age Diana had a heart for people in need, working as a volunteer for various social projects in Oradea and now she is fully qualified as a social worker, she is very eager to learn and serve. We are blessed to have her in our Smiles team serving the elderly at our Facility in Tileagd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joined Smiles in 2005 as Financial Accountant at Romanian HQ in Cihei. Corina recently added Financial Accounting for Sminro to her responsibilities and works 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.
ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE – SMINRO
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.
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.
Levente joined the full-time staff at the Glasshouse in February 2018 and we are delighted to have him part of the team. Married for 3 years he is now living in Salonta with his wife Voichita and two year old son – Levente Jnr.!
Levente is not new to us having worked with his wife and grandmother at the Glasshouse on a Daily-Work basis for more than the past couple of years. He is studying Horticulture at university and has plenty to offer the rapidly growing business in Arpasel.