Staff & Directors


Brooks H. Rohlen, MD

Founder, Board of Trustees

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Brooks H. Rohlen, MD has a Medical Doctorate from the University of Utah. He completed residency in anesthesia at Stanford University, and fellowship in Hospice Palliative Medicine at the University of Nevada. Brooks currently practices anesthesia in Reno, Nevada, Brooks founded CHARITYSMITH Nonprofit Foundation in 1994, in memory of his father, Douglas F. Smith.


Rachel Ward Rohlen

Board of Trustees President/Secretary

Rachel Ward serves as the President for CHARITYSMITH and has her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington. Rachel has been involved with CHARITYSMITH since 2006 and previously served as the Director of Foundation Affairs. In addition to her work with CHARITYSMITH, Rachel works as a Marketing Consultant for the Medical Device Industry. Rachel lives with her husband, two sons and two dogs in Truckee, CA.


Stacey Spain

Executive Director

Stacey Spain
After a successful career in non-profit administration for Sierra Arts Foundation as their Program Director and then Executive Director, working as the Grant and Fund Development Manager and Public Art Specialist for the City of Reno, and as the Grant Program Coordinator for the Nevada Arts Council, Stacey joins CharitySmith with grantmaking, grantwriting, administration and fundraising skills. Stacey has led many successful special events and understands how to balance the work required to raise the funds and remembering why the funds are being raised. 


Ilissa Curry

Development Director

Illissa Curry CharitySmith
Ilissa has a B.A. in Telecommunications and Business from Indiana University.  She spent 8 years in Los Angeles managing and coordinating in the production of television commercials.  Ilissa has been working as a tax preparer and bookkeeper since returning to the Lake Tahoe area in 2011. She joined CharitySmith in the fall of 2016 and is now able to focus full time on the growing needs of our organization by becoming Development Director. Her free time is family time, spent with her husband and two lovely daughters enjoying the great outdoors where she lives.


Board of Trustees

Phelps Kip, MD

Board of Trustees Treasurer

Kip has served on the Board of Trustees since 2005. He is a Spinal Surgeon at the Sierra Regional Spine Institute in Reno, NV, an Orthopedic Surgeon for the US Ski Team, and spends his weekends with his family in Squaw Valley. Kip’s contribution to CHARITYSMITH as a generous financial donor is only exceeded by his contribution as a volunteer. His predisposition to look toward the future is invaluable to the advancement of CHARITYSMITH. Most recently, Kip and his wife Krista have started the Lake Kip Memorial Fund.

Brad Zampa

Board of Trustees


Brad Zampa leads CBRE Capital Markets Institutional Properties in San Francisco in placing debt and equity on all product types of commercial real estate throughout the nation. During the course of his twenty-year career, Mr. Zampa has completed well over $10 Billion of structured debt placements. Predominately focused on transactions above $25 Million, Mr. Zampa has established a noteworthy institutional and high-net-worth client base. Prior to mortgage banking, Brad practiced real estate law with Wild Carey & Wife, and Sheppard Weisberg and Miller in San Francisco, California. He currently resides in Marin County with his wife and 3 boys.

Former Members of the Board of Trustees

Tim Meadows, Michael Hassey, Tamara Seiter, Bruce Riddle, Matthew A. Golson, Jesse Thurgood, Glen Griffin, Peter Woodring, Garth Garrison, Frederica Rohlen, Max Webber, Brian Roberts, Jeff Sensenig, Douglas S. Rohlen, Matthew Ferguson, Billie Buck, Kevin Flanagan, Josh Perkins, Brian Foster

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From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing I do know: that we are here for the sake of each other, above all, for those upon whose smile
and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.
Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of others, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must
exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.”

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