For today’s Throwback Thursday post, we’ll...
Icing Smiles is more than an organization. We are parents. We are spouses and partners. We are employees. We are friends. We are VOLUNTEERS committed to service and Baking a Difference.
TRACY QUISENBERRY – Founder/Executive Director
Tracy’s expertise is in the field of accounting and tax. She is a licensed CPA and has a master’s degree in tax. Her experience includes work in the public sector and more than a decade of tax experience with Marriott International. She currently works part-time as an international tax consultant. Prior to founding Icing Smiles, her experience in the baking industry was limited to watching the TV challenges and absorbing as many techniques as possible to create cakes for her two children. Tracy started Icing Smiles during a brief relocation to Columbus, Ohio where for the first time since college she was not working outside the home. What she thought would be a great thing to do while the kids were in school has grown to a full-time job that has exposed her to all aspects of running a company.
ROSE CARVALLO – Operations Manager
As a bakery owner and with a backgrond in social work, volunteering with Icing Smiles was the perfect fit for Rose Carvallo. Rose graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a degree in sociology. She spent the next several years working as a social worker for several nonprofit agencies. Rose took a break from work to raise her family and decided to go back to school to study pastry. Rose then started her own cupcake business. Rose loves working with the Icing Smiles’ families and helping their children have the best birthdays ever! “I have never seen such brave and inspirational young people, as I have since volunteering with Icing Smiles. I am impressed and motivated to be a better person because of these kids, each and every day.” Rose currently lives in Chicago with her husband, Steve. She has two children, a son who attends college in Los Angeles and a daughter who is going to college in Brooklyn.
CHER BORK – Development Manager
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Cher grew up around a community that embraces the value of philanthropy to change lives. With the backdrop of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis provided Cher with a passion to help children and families. Though her career path led her through the entertainment industry, she consistently devotes her time to enriching children’s lives serving as Board Member for the Boys & Girls Club, teaching at inner-city after school programs and hosting several large-scale fundraising events for families in need. Her most important job has been mother to her two amazing children. Making her son’s second birthday cake, a self-proclaimed Cake Wreck, drove her to hone her decorating skills. After countless hours in the kitchen and in the classroom, Cher gathered a local following that grew into a cake decorating business. Always wanting to give back, Cher was led to Icing Smiles where she is able to channel her passion for helping children and families through her love of cake decorating.
KIM HEARN – Technology Manager
Kim graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Supply Chain Management and International Business. Kim first worked for UPS then moved to a supply chain planning software company, Manugistics, where she worked as a consultant, trainer and product manager. Kim is excited to find new ways to leverage her technology skills to support Icing Smiles in their Mission. By implementing some of the latest web-based solutions, Kim can make the most of a dedicated and largely volunteer team. Kim lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband Andrew and her two sons.