Founder of Smile Network International
In 2003, Kim Valentini stepped away from a career as a high-powered corporate public relations and marketing executive to evaluate what was missing in her life. Fueled by the desire to find meaning and to be a voice for people who didn’t have one, she launched a 5-hour a week project that would quickly become a global force in the healthcare industry.
Fourteen years and 144 passport stamps later, Kim’s “project” otherwise known as Smile Network International, has resulted in 80 surgical missions on five continents and more than 3,500 children have received the gift of a life-alerting surgery.
Kim has received many honors for her work with Smile Network including the KARE-11 Eleven Who KARE award, Minneapolis Business Journal’s Women in Business and Inkadacescent Magazine named Kim one of the 100 Amazing Women who are changing the world
In addition to her charitable work, Kim travels the country speaking to all types of corporate and civic organization and at educational institutions and conferences. She tells stories of her life experiences and inspires audiences to dream big, take risks and listen to that little voice inside of yourself to identify your true purpose.
Maureen has been involved with Smile Network for the past ten years, having served as a board member and volunteering on missions. In September 2012, Maureen followed her passion and joined the organization full-time as Executive Director. Maureen oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, strategic planning, marketing, fundraising and public relations.
Maureen has more than 25 years of experience in business management, leadership, marketing and public relations. She was co-founder and partner of McFarland Cahill Communications, a public relations agency specializing in national and local media relations for ten years working with corporations, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Prior to that, she was the Director of Public Relations for Mall of America and worked in TV news for media outlets including KSTP-TV and the NBC Today Show.
Rachael manages the world-wide logistics for Smile Network International, coordinating pre-mission details, travel itineraries, and works with medical volunteers and our global partners.
Events and Administrative Coordinator
Ali joined Smile Network in January 2017 after returning from three years living and working abroad with nonprofits in Nicaragua and Panama. Attracted to the undeniable impact Smile’s work has on children in multiple countries, she was excited to join a team with such enthusiasm for their mission and strong support from their donors and volunteers. She now supports the team in the day-to-day operations, with a special focus on event coordination, donor engagement, and office administration.
Ali graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with a Masters of International Business Administration as well as a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish.