A Board member since 2009, Jen served as the Smile Power Treasurer from August 2009 through March 2013. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta with a B.S. degree in business economics and a minor in English. She also earned an MBA degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jen, who works at Amazon.com, has over twenty years in finance, accounting, and strategy with companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals. Jen and her husband Richard recently served as VolunTourists on behalf of Smile Power in Bolivia. An advocate for medical access for all, she is thrilled to merge her extensive for-profit experience with her calling to serve with International Smile Power.
Paula Kooistra - Treasurer & VP of Marketing and Development
Paula has been in the dental field for over 30 years and is currently working as a dental assistant. Her first trip with Smile Power was in 2007 to Uganda. She fell in love with working with the Ugandan people and has returned there every year since. Dentistry and volunteering has been a lifelong calling for Paula and she is thrilled to join Smile Powers board. "Smile Power is an amazing organization that helps transform so many lives around the world. I am honored to be a part of the team."
Becky Miller - Secretary
Becky is a pre-dental student who just finished her bachelor’s degree in biology and is currently applying to dental school. She works as a dental assistant for two local dentists. Her first trip with ISP initiated a strong desire to help others. The variety opportunities Smile Power offers allows her to give back locally while still in school. When she's not working, studying, or volunteering, she likes to hike, sew and ride her motorcycles.
Ellen Reh, DDS - Co-VP of Local Dental Outreach
Ellen graduated from the University of Washington Dental School in 2000, and now owns a practice in Bellevue, Washington. Ellen became involved with Smile Power in 2004, and her first trip was to Jamaica in 2005. She enjoyed it so much, she went back in both 2006 and 2007! Ellen then traveled to Uganda in 2007, and Kenya in 2009. Ellen co-leads our local Tent City outreach programs. She looks forward to continuing to serve Smile Power at home and abroad: “My involvement with Smile Power has been full of incredible, life-changing experiences.”
Jeff Zent, DDS - Co-VP of Local Dental Outreach
Arezoo Holdaway -
Jeff graduated from the University of Washington Dental School in 1999, and now practices dentistry in Issaquah. He joined the Board of International Smile Power in 2010, and is the Co-Leader of the Tent City and Camp Unity Outreach programs. Jeff loves what Smile Power stands for and that all donations go directly to the people we serve. The Tent City experience has enriched his life and that of his family.
Arezoo is a pre-dental student who recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is a registered dental assistant and is currently working in a local dental office where she can gain more experience and learn valuable skills to help prepare her for graduate school. She joined International Smile Power in 2014 to pursue her passion of dentistry and helping others. “I am honored to be part of this amazing organization, and am ready to change the world one smile at a time”
Jerri Shinn, Co-Founder, Honorary Board Member
Jerri is a registered nurse. She graduated from the University of Washington with her bachelor’s degree in nursing, and received a certificate in public health nursing. During the late ’60s and early ’70s she assisted in the development of the Holly Park Neighborhood Health Center grassroots medical clinic. She is the cofounder of International Smile Power and has traveled to many developing countries, providing medical and dental assistance to people in underserved communities. Her passion is to help local health services achieve their own independence.
In Memoriam: Judy Chambers, Past President
Judy was a retired school teacher. She was with International Smile Power since it's beginnings and traveled to Nepal, Cook Islands, Yap, Bolivia, Jamaica, Uganda, and Xcalak. Judy worked wherever she was needed; sometimes teaching oral hygiene, other times sterilizing instruments or distributing gifts from Seattle area youth to youth around the world (BBF's). She demonstrated how to truly love each person that was in front of her from the clerk behind the counter to the child in a remote area teaming with worms. She was an inspiration to all she met and is dearly missed.
September 05, 1946 - August 20, 2014