The Smile Never Fades is guided by the efforts of our esteemed Board. They give their time and energy in pursuit of our mission.
Bill Bastas, Founder & Executive Director
After photographer Bill Bastas lost his wife, Michelle, to breast cancer in 2006, he decided to use his passion for art to pay tribute to Michelle’s memory. Camera in hand, Bill invited breast cancer survivors to sit for a portrait showcasing their smiles. He then chronicled their personal journey of survival and compiled the inaugural edition of The Smile Never Fades book. Bill donated the proceeds of the book to the local chapter of a breast cancer charity. It is with this simple act, that The Smile Never Fades – A Breast Cancer Charity was born.
As president of Marquee Event Group, Damon Holditch brings decades of experience and a savvy sense of purpose to TSNF team.
As a local realtor, Joe Beaver knows Austin. He dedicates his time and energy to TSNF initiatives large and small and always manages to do so with a sense of humor and humility.
Managing Partner of The Butler Firm, Clay Butler has been lending his considerable legal experience and enthusiasm for all things Austin to the Board of The Smile Never Fades since its inception in 2009.
Larry Kille, president of Sterling Events Austin (formally Sterling Affairs Catering & Events), knows how to add spice to The Smile Never Fades special events. His extensive network of resources and business sense is a huge asset to the organization.
Mr. Terry Belt, Lawyer is a Founding Member of the Board of The Smile Never Fades, Inc., and has been instrumental in every major decision which moved us to being the best we can be since 2007. After a brief absence from the Board he is now rejoining the active board (as of 01/01/16) to help propel us to even greater heights in 2016 and beyond. Mr. Belt has merged his practice with The Fowler Law Firm, which promises to give him a bit more time to help steer The Smile Never Fades, Inc.
The Smile Never Fades Advisory Board is composed of former Board Members, while moving on to additional areas of interest, still maintain a fervent love of the mission. They provide non-binding but informed guidance and serve as a tremendous ally in the quest for optimum corporate administration.
Linda Waggoner, breast cancer survivor and Founder of Austin Woman to Woman, is an integral member of the Central Texas breast cancer support community, her first-hand experience is a vital and driving force behind the mission of The Smile Never Fades.
Salome Stevens is an independent publishing professional with a knack for fundraising. Her efforts on behalf of TSNF continue to propel our organization to higher and higher levels.