Founder and President

Brittany Leighton

Brittany oversees the operations of Children’s Smiles. She founded Children’s Smiles as  a mission to ensure children grow up knowing the importance of love and stability. Brittany has a background in Real Estate and Law. She has been a key asset in several fortune 500 companies. Brittany is a mother of a 7 year old son, Landon. As Brittany’s passion for children started, she was able to quickly involve many companies in the Children’s Smiles organization. The very first organizations that joined Brittany and committed their time and resources were: Century 21, Equity Residential, The Metro Link, and the Dodgers. The organization grew from a very small collection of stuffed animals that needed a home, into an organization touching thousands of lives per year. Brittany can be reached at






Executive Committee Director

Ediza  De Los Santos

Ediza has been a committed supporter of Children’s Smiles since its founding in 2008. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Administrative Studies with specialization in Finance from the University of California, Riverside. Ediza has also earned a Certificate of Achievement in Labor Studies. She has been an active participant and volunteer in multiple student organizations such as Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children and Kids in Need.  Ediza’s lends her education and extensive experience in community enrichmemt programs to the success of Children’s Smiles. Ediza has a corporate legal background, working in the corporate legal department of Qualcomm Incorporated. Ediza can be reached at






NuicoleEvents & Sponsorship Coordinator 

Nicole Darrough

Nicole is a San Diegon native. Currently she is an undergraduate at Northeastern University, located in Boston, Massachusetts. She’s working toward her bachelors in Business Administration with a minor in Pre-Law and concentration in marketing. Nicole is involved in many entrepreneurship, marketing, and networking organizations. She has an enthusiastic attitude and enjoys using that passion to foster the development of Children’s Smiles to better the lives of others. She has been consistently active in community service events, projects, and organizations since 2008. Nicole’s determination, positive attitude, and dedication are exactly the combination that make Children’s Smiles events touch the lives of children everywhere. Please e-mail to find out more information on how to get involved with Children’s Smiles events.


Committee Member 

Kristen Martin


Kristen Martin, originally from San Diego county, has over 10 years experience in the Motion Picture Industry, with a strong background in Script Supervising and Continuity. Currently, Kristen is working towards her A.A. in Legal Studies, B.A. in Communications, and attaining a Paralegal Certificate. Aside from her contiued growth in education, Kristen was an original board member for the San Diego Filmmakers non-profit organization for four years striving to expand their social network through her years of experience, and knowledge of film. She also volunteered with the non-profit group The MovieMakers’ Connection mentoring students seeking a career in the film industry. Kristen’s expertise and passion for educaton shines through all that she contributes at Children’s Smiles. Kristen can be reached at