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About

Share My Smile has been a growing part of our community since its inception in 2010. We were founded to serve as a supportive organization for foster and adoptive families and children for Southwest Iowa.  We currently serve 17 counties in Iowa and Douglas County in Nebraska.  We serve over 500 foster and adopted children and their families.

Our founder, Chelsea Best, has been involved with foster care and adoption in some fashion or another for fifteen years and is devoted to providing the best overall service to the families and children we are honored to help
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We are committed to continuously evaluating our programs to grow, evolve, and become more effective as the years continue. We believe in building community partnerships and making family connections to best serve our families and our community at large. 

Our funding: We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.  We are funded through fundraiser proceeds, individual donations, business sponsorships, and grants.  We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law. IRS Form 990

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SMS DREAM TEAM

From left to right:
Michelle Irions, Executive Director
Chelsea Best, President
Michaela Harrington, Program Specialist

Share My Smile was founded in 2010 to support foster and adoptive children and bring true, honest, and happy smiles to their faces. Through no fault of their own and for safety reasons, children from infancy to age 17 are placed in a foster home; sometimes placed with relatives and other times placed with complete strangers. Our foster families have the desire to provide love and care and they work hard to help these children. Share My Smile supports foster and adoptive families by providing supportive services and care programs. While we do partner with state agencies to best serve our families, we do not receive any government funding. Our program is financially supported by individuals, businesses, grant organizations, and fundraising. 

We need your support today to continue providing services for these deserving children. Please explore the auction items and become involved in changing lives!



But we have you!!  Please click the Donate button to learn exactly what we do and how you can help!

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide family strengthening events and care programs for foster families to encourage true, honest, and happy smiles in children. 

Our Core Values: 

S - Support our Communities
M - Make a Difference
I - Inspire Children
L - Lead with Integrity
E - Encourage Families

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Our Vision

Our vision is that foster care families have the resources to become successful which encourages more individuals to become foster parents and positively impact a foster child’s life. 

Our board and staff are committed to our mission, our vision,

our purpose, and our goals.

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Chelsea Best

Board President

Chelsea, the founder and President of Share My Smile, designed and created the plans for the organization while in high school.

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Michelle Irions

Executive Director

Michelle comes from a rich background in training, training
development and management, human resources,
strategic planning, marketing, IT, and website/social media
creation and management.

Michaela "Mickey" Harrington

Program Specialist

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Michaela Harrington

Program Specialist

Michaela "Mickey" joins Share My Smile as our program specialist. She is a Nebraska native and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Wayne State College and earned a master of arts degree in communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Board Secretary

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Stephanie Little

Board Secretary

Stephanie is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Association of People Supporting Employment First, and The Iowa Coalition for Integration and Employment.

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Theresa Edwards

Board Tresurer

​Theresa Edwards works at US Bank.  Most recently, she is a Business Banking Specialist in Council Bluffs where she works with small businesses in the community to meet their banking needs. 

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Mikaela Marshall

Board Member

Mikaela Marshall is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background in military and healthcare.

Frank Barrett

Board Member

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Michelle Berry

Board Member

Michelle graduated from UNO with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English and graduated with her MBA at the University of Phoenix.

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Sara Wallin

Board Member

Sara’s involvement with Share my Smile reflects her commitment to sharing her unique background of growing up in foster homes.

Staci has been an IT professional for over 17 years.  She just recently completed her Master’s Degree in Management of Information Systems with an emphasis in Data Analytics.

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Staci Hodge

Board Vice President

Staci has been an IT professional for over 17 years.  She just recently completed her Master’s Degree in Management of Information Systems with an emphasis in Data Analytics.

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Jill Stone

Board Member

I have 39 years of experience working in the Child Welfare field. 

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Samantha Walk

Board Member

Samantha has been active in human services/mental health for 7 years. Samantha was in foster care from the ages 10 – 18 and foster after care from 18-21. 

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Melissa Groves

Harrison County Ambassador

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Connie MacDonald

Page County Ambassador

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Elizabeth Boger

Crawford County Ambassador

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Staci Hodge

Board Vice President

Staci has been an IT professional for over 17 years.  She just recently completed her Master’s Degree in Management of Information Systems with an emphasis in Data Analytics.

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Staci Hodge

Board Vice President

Staci has been an IT professional for over 17 years.  She just recently completed her Master’s Degree in Management of Information Systems with an emphasis in Data Analytics.

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Staci Hodge

Board Vice President

Staci has been an IT professional for over 17 years.  She just recently completed her Master’s Degree in Management of Information Systems with an emphasis in Data Analytics.

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