Staff

Executive Director- Carla Smith
Carla began as a Strengthening Families facilitator and part time employee in 2005. After coordinating family programs, Carla guided CTC Youth Leadership Groups for 8 years. Now as the Executive Director of Rise Up Reno she has the joy of working with great people, youth and volunteers while learning something new every day.  In her free time, Carla enjoys traveling, crafting and hanging out with her husband Gary, their foster boys and her dogs.


Program Coordinator- Lisa Orrison

Lisa started facilitating Strengthening Families Classes in 2009.  She is the Mobilizer for the Reno Co. Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Program Coordinator for suicide prevention. Lisa has been a Prevention Specialist with Rise Up Reno since October of 2012.  In her spare time she enjoys birdwatching, long motorcycle trips and spending time with her family.


Program Coordinator-John Young

John is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. He worked as a foster care recruiter and as a counselor for several years. Most recently, he was a human services specialist, a match support specialist and a program coordinator. John joined Rise Up Reno in the summer of 2022 and is currently the Program Coordinator for the School Based Mentoring program. John and his wife, Amy, have three daughters. In his free time, John coaches his daughters' competitive softball teams for the Central Kansas Crushers Softball Club. As a family, they enjoy sports, outdoor activities, fishing and hunting.


Program Coordinator- Ashley Wyche
Ashley graduated from Wichita State University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and went on to teach Early Childhood Special Education for 2 years. She joined Rise Up Reno Prevention Network the summer of 2022 as the Youth Leadership Program Coordinator. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her daughter, Olivia, going to the movies, and trying new recipes.


 

Intern- Brea Keller
Currently a part time student at Hutchinson Community College, working towards degrees in both Psychology and Speech Communication. Passionate about helping the community, and loves to connect with people. Looking forward to a great start in her professional career as an intern here at Rise Up Reno. In her free time she enjoys exploring in nature, road trips, and spending quality time with her daughter.