Welcome to the Albanian Smiles Foundation. We are dedicated to offering dental services to Albanians in acute need and who are unable to access or afford the procedures they need. The Foundation was established by two young natives of Albania — one from Berat and one from Tirana — and an American who saw a need and want to help as best they can.
President and Founder of the Albanian Smiles Foundation
Ms. Allajbeu was born in Berat, Albania and lived most of her early life there and in Tirana. She emigrated to the United States in 1998 to live with her two sisters, while her parents remained in Albania. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, but always had a strong passion for dentistry.
Following school, she worked as a licensed Dental Assistant in Dallas, Texas for many years until recently entering graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas where she is pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree. She continues to work towards her goal of working as a dentist or the field of dentistry. She is the original founder of the Albanian Smiles Foundation, which she began in order to help those in her home country that need significant dental care that is out of their reach.
Igli was born in Tirana, Albania but emigrated to the United States in his teens. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he earned a triple-major Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Finance, Economics, and Public Policy. He completed his degree through the distinguished SMU Honors Program. He currently serves as the President of the Young Albanian Professionals in Dallas and serves on the board of the Albanian American Cultural Center in Texas. He is also a member of the Adam Smith Society.
His current position is Pricing and Profitability Finance Manager for PrimeSource Building Products, a portfolio company owned by Platinum Equity. There, Igli manages a team of analysts focused on designing pricing across the company’s portfolio to deliver profitable margins for the organization. Previously, he served as the Sales Finance Analyst for PepsiCo in its Frito-Lay Division, supporting and delivering analytics to target profitable sales growth initiatives.
As an Albanian-American he has a strong passion to contribute to his home country and through his participation in the Albanian Smiles Foundation, seeks to leave a larger and positive impact on his homeland.
Victor L. Vescovo
A native of Dallas, Texas, Victor holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Business School. He is co-founder of Insight Equity, a private equity firm that focuses on enhancing growth and revitalization of mid-sized industrial firms headquartered in North America. He also served for twenty years in the US Navy Reserve, retiring in 2014 with the rank of Commander. It was during his direct involvement in the Kosovo War of 1999 that he became very familiar with the people and culture of Albania, and great admirers of their cultural strength and spirit.
He joined with Ms. Allajbeu and Mr. Laci to establish the Albanian Smiles Foundation in order to bring more quality dental care to people in need in Albania, and has provided the initial financial support for its efforts. He serves as the Foundation’s Secretary, responsible for the administration of the charity while his colleagues identify cases in Albania to support, along with other initiatives to bring quality dental care to Albania.
How To Contact Us
Albanian Smiles Foundation
5959 Royal Lane
Post Box 670162
Dallas, Texas 75367