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.
Tina Smith joined Alley’s House as the Program Director in July 2017. From April – July 2017, she worked as a graduate intern at Alley’s House, providing counseling and support services to teen mothers.
Previously, Tina worked as a Therapeutic Childcare Specialist at Helping Hand Home for Children in Austin, a residential treatment facility and foster care program providing a safe haven for children healing from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect or abandonment. While in Austin, Tina also interned and volunteered at The BeHive, a non-profit organization providing free afterschool and summer programs dedicated to providing a safe haven and academic support to at risk youth.
Tina graduated with her Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University after graduating with her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in educational psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Tina is a LPC-Intern under the supervision of Dr. Roger Copeland, LPC-S.