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 the School Based Mentoring program. Lisa has been a Prevention Professional 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- Daysja Phillips
Daysja began her career in the non-profit sector, working with individuals experiencing homelessness.  In 2019, she started her work as an Addictions Specialist at a treatment facility for young men. She joined Rise Up Reno, Prevention Network the summer of 2021 as the Youth Leadership Program Coordinator.  In her spare time, Daysja enjoys knitting, reading, and hanging out with her husband, Christian and their cat and dogs.


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.