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 wiener dogs.


Program Coordinator- Lisa Orrison

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


Program Coordinator- Shaelee Mendenhall
Shaelee began as Youth and Communications Program Coordinator in 2020. She facilitates our youth leadership program by working with students at HMS 7, HMS 8, and HHS. Those students often prepare activities for area grade schools. She also assists with advertising and marketing for Rise Up Reno. When she’s not at work, she paints hearts for Spread the Love Hutch and other art pieces for her personal business, Marmalade.