Brooke Hira – Founder and President
Brooke is a rising sophomore at Duke University and founded Just A Smile (JAS) in 2016 as a way to raise funds and awareness for children with cleft lip and palates. An active member in her community, she is also a teen advisor on the City of Mission Viejo’s Community of Character Committee, which encourages character traits through community activities. Over the years, Brooke’s love for writing and art has led her to author and illustrate two children’s books– A Million Small Things and Una Bishop–donating her proceeds to JAS. Brooke loves playing tennis and soccer, and in her spare time, she enjoys painting, reading, and modeling polymer clay figurines.
Samantha Gugliuzza – Ambassador – UCLA Chapter
Sam is a rising sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles and has been actively involved with JAS for the past two years, helping to start the San Juan Hills High School chapter. Sam’s interest in business led her to win several awards, including being Top 5 in the National Marketing Plan competition as well as winning Top 2 in the Youth Business Summit for her video commercial. Sam enjoys surfing, cooking, and baking in her free time.
Faith Nguyen – Ambassador – UCLA Chapter
Faith is a rising junior at the University of California, Los Angeles and is a Biochemistry major hoping to attend medical school. She is also an amazing goalkeeper on the nationally ranked UCLA women’s soccer team. Faith has always been a role model for kindness, continuing her dedication to helping others. Faith’s hobbies include playing piano and other musical instruments, surfing, and skateboarding.
Kimberly Van – Vice President
Kim is a rising sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy and has been a dedicated member of Just A Smile since middle school. She served as Co-Vice President of the Tesoro High School chapter for the past two years and has helped in raising, donating, and collecting resources for JAS. Kim is also an extremely active member within her church and dedicates her time to teaching bible study in addition to assisting as an alter server. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with her friends.
Jenna Huff – Ambassador – University of Pittsburgh Chapter
Jenna is a rising sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh and has been involved with JAS for several years. She has served as President of the chapter for the past two years, leading and organizing events at the high school. Her love of baking led Jenna to start her own baking business and she donates half of the proceeds to JAS as well as donating baked goods to her local senior center. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking, and playing piano.
Allison Lundgren – Ambassador – Colorado School of Mines Chapter
Allison is a rising sophomore at the Colorado School of Mines and served as Co-Vice President of the Tesoro High School chapter since her freshman year. She has been actively involved with Just A Smile and has helped with many fundraising and community events. She is also part of the Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteer Organization, and loves to volunteer for food pantries and youth events. In her free time, she loves to play the ukulele, watch cartoons, and spend time with friends and family.