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Our Founders

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Nancy Hungerford

Founder & Board Member

Nancy is the devoted wife and mother to Nick and Elizabeth Hungerford. She is based in Washington, DC.


Nancy is grateful for the opportunity to help other families navigate the stress and heartache of living with a loved one with a terminal illness.

Nancy worked as a news anchor, reporter and producer for CNBC International across Europe and Asia. She is now a conference moderator and media consultant, and aspiring media-tech entrepreneur. Nancy received a Master’s Degree in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia.

Nick Hungerford


Nick, who died in July 2023, co-founded Elizabeth's Smile to ensure that a parent's illness wouldn't condemn a child to a lifetime of grief and lost opportunity. Prior to this, he was an advisor at Portage Ventures, where he invested in early-stage fintech businesses.


Previously, Nick founded Nutmeg (now part of JPMorgan), Europe’s largest online investment management service, and led the company from an idea through development. Nick obtained an undergraduate degree from Exeter University in the UK and held an MBA from Stanford University.

To read the messages posted about Nick when news of his death was shared, please click here

Our Team

Jeff Kimball

Group President

Jeff's is a story of loss, love and resilience. Widowed at 38, during a time when he lost both his parents, his only grandparent and his 9-year old niece, Jeff raised his daughters, Lexi and Elyse, putting aside a career that began in the US Senate. 


Jeff previously served as CEO of the United Way, Chief Possibilities Officer at Experience Camps for Grieving Children and CEO of Circle of Care, an organization that supports children in treatment for cancer.


Jeff is a former press aide for Sen. Joe Biden, Washington campaign manager for Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV and communications advisor on Wall Street. He is the author of The Power of Conviction, the authorized biography of James Tillman, who spent 18 years in prison wrongfully convicted. He's an avid painter and writer. 

Amy Ganz

Content Director

Amy is a former associate producer for CNBC and Fox News. She obtained a master's degree in Communications from Syracuse University's Newhouse School Of Public Communications in 2022, and a bachelor's degree in Digital Communications & Media from NYU in 2019.

She is passionate about building communities across social media and The Smile Network to help support children going through the unimaginable.

Board of Directors

Dedicated. Experienced. Passionate.

Our board brings a wealth of experience and diverse views to their work as stewards of the organization.

Scientific and Product Advisory Groups 

The Scientific Advisory Group ensures that our work is aligned with the latest data and research. They will provide advice on when and how to insert our research into our programmatic work, when research topics need further exploration or funding.  

The Product Advisory Group provide advice on the development of our Playbooks and Smile Network, and ensure they are operating to their full potential.

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