Brenna comes to us from The Salvation Army Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Command where she served as the Program Services Director, responsible for 15 centers across five counties in North Texas. In her role, Brenna empowered a diverse team aimed to identify gaps in service provision to clients and increase effectiveness of service delivery. During her tenure, Brenna also served as a Steering Committee member for a national initiative aimed to break the cycle of generational poverty.
Brenna’s previous experience includes time as an adjunct professor at University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work and management of a Restorative Justice Youth Diversion Program within the Sixth Judicial District of Iowa Department of Correctional Services. As a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW, Texas Chapter) she has a passion for advocacy and social justice and stays informed of best practices, developing trends, available funding and social policy issues impacting individuals and families seeking opportunity through social services organizations.
Originally from the Midwest, Brenna attended the University of Iowa and received a B.S. in Psychology. She earned a Master of Social Work with focus on nonprofit administration from the University of Kansas, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Texas. Brenna is skilled in nonprofit administration, fundraising, social services, youth development and program evaluation.
“The Dallas community is fortunate to have a place like Alley’s House, which aims to break the generational, economic, and social impact of teen pregnancy. Through our comprehensive services, moms at Alley’s House move their lives forward with dignity and hope,” says Wriston. “I’m very excited to lead Alley’s House and meet the needs of the future,” she added.
Maddie joined Alley’s House as the Program Manager in August 2018 and brings an extensive background in curriculum writing, program evaluation, and strategic planning. Maddie is a recent Master of Social Work graduate from Boston College’s School of Social Work. She has spent the last two years in Boston, MA, working with BEST (Boston Education Skills & Training) Hospitality Training Center and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). Her primary functions included internal capacity building, grant writing, budgeting, and other special projects. She is also experienced in case management and counseling services, as well as program impact and outcomes evaluation. She hopes to bring a fresh set of skills to help Alley’s House reach its full potential as a one of a kind organization in North Texas.
What Maddie values most about Alley’s House is the holistic approach to serving young moms. She believes the knowledge, skills, and support the organization provides to program participants helps set them and their children up for long-term success. Further, she is most excited to assist in the growth of Alley’s House and elevation of the program so it can be replicated in communities that need it the most.
Maddie holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Texas Christian University. During her time in North Texas, she served at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, the Tarrant County Women’s Center, and Project Transformation North Texas. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Maddie is a lifelong learner with a passion for serving others in the most competent ways possible. Maddie knew she would eventually return to her favorite community to continue to serve those in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.