WHAT DOES FACES DO?
Out of every 1000 babies born in the U.S., 1 or 2 will have craniofacial disorders. Parents of these children need somewhere to turn for information and support. For more than five decades, FACES: The National Craniofacial Association has been helping these families. With your support, we will continue spreading hope through these needed services.
Financial Assistance for Medical Travel
Whether from birth, accident, or disease, facial disorders often are accompanied by the need for specialized medical care. One of the core missions of FACES is to provide financial assistance for the cost of travel to out-of-town medical treatments, helping families who would otherwise be financially unable to go.
Awareness & Understanding
True human equality springs from understanding one another and recognizing value in every person. FACES and Face Equality International, of which FACES is a founding member, are striving to bring about public awareness of facial discrimination and the need for equality. By providing information and resources online and educating about facial equality, we are at the forefront of the charge to end discrimination based on appearance.
Current Information & Resources
FACES provides free and unbiased information about providers and resources. Although FACES does not refer clients to specific doctors or hospitals, we provide valuable up-to-date information on specific craniofacial disorders and available resources, so that each family can make informed decisions.
Encouragement for Teens and Children
Each summer, FACES Camp helps children with facial differences foster independence by engaging socially and making friends with other children experiencing similar medical issues. The camp features typical camp activities including talent nights, arts and crafts, archery, canoeing, ropes course, zip line, rock wall climbing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding and more.
Contact with another family sharing a similar medical situation is a valuable means of support for persons with craniofacial disorders and their families. By connecting people to one another, FACES helps to alleviate the emotional isolation that is often felt by patients and their families. “You are not alone” is the primary message of FACES, and to those who need it, it is a message of great comfort.
KIM TEEMS FOX
Kim discovered FACES around 2005 while working as a graphic designer at The Print Shop. She was assigned to design a new FACES' brochure and in the process fell in love with FACES and its mission. It wasn't long before Kim helped FACES start a motorcycle ride in Chattanooga, TN called Ride 4 Smiles. A year or so later she was invited to join FACES Board of Directors. She always found it quite amusing that a bluejeaned clad, motorcycle riding woman would be on the Board of Directors of FACES, but it all worked perfectly. In 2012 Kim became the Program and Communications Director, and in January 2019 Kim became FACES President. Kim's passion for people with differences of all kinds makes her the perfect match for the job.
AVA RYMER YOUNG
Ava discovered FACES when her mother created a mask for FACES UnMasked in 2012 and Ava was attending college in Knoxville. Soon after graduating with a Marketing Degree from the University of TN in Knoxville, she moved back to Chattanooga where she worked in customer service and pursued her passion in photography. Ava has always wanted to be in a position to help others, so when the opportunity to intern at FACES came along she could not say no. Ava fell in love with the mission of FACES, and it was only natural for her to move into the Communications Director position in January 2019 where she could use her creativity and marketing knowledge to help FACES grow.
FACES CAMP DIRECTOR
Ashley Rhodes was born with Crouzon Syndrome and worked full time with FACES in her twenties. Today, she is a middle school counselor in South Carolina where she lives with her husband, Patrick, and son, Jack. Ashley was instrumental in developing the concept of FACES Camp and pioneering its success. During the summer, there is no place she would rather be than at FACES Camp!
Mark discovered FACES through family. His step-father, John Sellers, was on the FACES board and had spoken often about the important work they do. When Mark and his wife Angie, moved to Chattanooga in 2017 to be closer to family, she joined the board as well. He learned more about the great work FACES does when he volunteered at the FACES 50th anniversary event.
Mark had a career in retail for 35 years, 27 of which for Bath & Body Works/Limited Brands, where he worked his way up from an entry level position to an analyst. In 2014 Mark decided to leave the corporate world behind to start his own business framing art and managing a catalog of art left to him by his father.
When he moved to Chattanooga Mark decided to sunset that business and lived in semi-retirement working some time for Amazon and Mars. When Mark heard that FACES was looking for a Part-Time Office Assistant he jumped at the chance to be involved in doing “good” and helping an exceptional organization like FACES.