A Registered 501(c)3 Public Charity

Staff & Directors

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”   Albert Schweitzer

Brooks H. Rohlen, MD Founder, Board of Trustees

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.

Brenda Zimmerman Executive Director

Brenda Zimmerman has spent much of  the last 8 years working on varied US based and International disaster relief projects, as well as helping run a few start-ups, small businesses, and incorporate some local nonprofits.  She brings a unique blend of experience across all facets of management and administration, with experience from accounting to construction project management.

One of her favorite roles to date was leading an international medical relief foundation in Haiti.  While not a medical provider, she found the reward in managing all of the documentation, logistics, and ground support to allow the medical volunteers to be really meaningful and successful with their time in Country.  She is excited to get to know all of you and support you in your fundraising to honor your loved one, while offering terrific administration and customer service.  



Naomi Arcand, Accounting Clerk

Naomi Arcand has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She specializes in biogeography, forest ecology, and the study of ferns. Naomi is experienced with data management and advanced statistical analysis. She has worked and volunteered with several non-profits while completing her M.A. at University of Hawaii, and B.A. at University of Wisconsin. Naomi lives in Reno, has two cats, and likes to garden. She is excited to assist the clients of  CHARITYSMITH in honoring their loved ones and helping others achieve their dreams.  

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.

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.