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Liz Buechele is the Founder and Executive Director of The Smile Project. 

In 2011, Liz Buechele started writing down what made her happy. One "Happiness is" at a time. This practice of daily joy grew into The Smile Project. With a professional background in the nonprofit industry, Liz feels very lucky to bring her personal experiences and professional expertise to The Smile Project. 


Liz is passionate about youth empowerment and kindness. She enjoys writing, running, traveling, and watching the dogs at the Union Square Dog Park in New York City. Connect with Liz here or be in touch through Smile Project social media. 

Jackie Schultz is the contributing Graphic Designer for The Smile Project brand.

In addition to freelance design work for friends, weddings, and small businesses, Jackie works full time as Multimedia Graphic Design Coordinator for Heart of Florida United Way in sunny Orlando, Florida. Prior to entering the nonprofit design world, she worked in marketing for a private country club in North Carolina. She also previously performed as a PhotoPass Photographer for the Walt Disney World Resort, and photography remains a hobby for her, as does wearing Mickey ears.

Jackie hopes to continue expanding her knowledge on design and social media, and enjoys bright colors, iced coffee, and eating pizza every Tuesday. 

Connect and collaborate with Jackie on Instagram (@applejacks_27) or view her portfolio here

Kristen Parry is the contributing Creative and Program Manager.

Kristen is beyond excited to join The Smile Project as a contributing creative and program manager.


With a professional background in communication and public relations and personal experience with the power of choosing joy, Kristen feels honored and equipped to join The Smile Project and build out a program or two. 


Kristen is passionate about animal welfare and positivity. She enjoys traveling, dancing, cycling, and learning languages. Connect with Kristen here

Taylor Simcox Deckant is the contributing Program Manager.


In everyday life, Taylor is an engineer working in the telecommunications industry. When she took a personality test for work, the results surprised the entire office: a dominant personality with an extreme amount of positivity and empathy.


These personality traits have led to a lot of public outreach and kind deeds throughout her entire life and Taylor is honored to be joining the team at The Smile Project. 


Taylor is looking forward to contributing ideas and positivity. She loves animals, future generations, and the environment.  Connect with Taylor here

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