Hope Rising Staff
Found & Executive Director
Case Manager, BA
Precious is pursing a Master degree in Sociology at Prairie A &M University. She specializes working with children with disability and mental health. She has also worked with juvenile girls and boys ages 13-18, helping to guide children on the right path. Precious works diligently to make sure that they are all seen and heard.
Director of Equine Facilities & Certified Equine Specialist
Gail is a World Champion and professional rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee, and an EAGALA certified Equine Specialist. She oversees all equine facilities, and equine therapy sessions for the residents of Hope Rising. “Hope Rising is combining a safe, family oriented environment, along with Christian values, and an equine therapy model like no other is succeeding in rebuilding the young mind and spirit into a productive, and balanced member of society.”
Cynthia has an acute understanding to the journey of freedom. She is a survivor from being trafficked as a teen in the 1970’s. Cynthia shares her story with first responders, church staff, teachers and parents serving as a lead educator on how to identify and prevent sex trafficking.
RN Clinical Compliance Manager
Johanna received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M, and ADN (Nursing) from Blinn College. She has worked as a nurse with organ transplant, in the operating room, and most recently, 11 years as a compliance nurse for the state of TX. Hobbies are playing with her two kiddos, Natalie (8) and Chase (5), and spending time with her amazing husband Will!
Renee Calder Encinias, BS, LCPAA
Renee has been working in the child welfare field since 1997. It was intended to be a stepping stone, but God quickly revealed that this was what she was meant to be doing. Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of children and families. She feels like God’s plan for her is to leave this world a better place than she found it. With that in mind, she tries to plant seeds with each child, and with each family that will help them in their journey.
Case Manager, Foster Home Developer
Ashley earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Texas A&M in 2019. Ashley has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of foster care as a result of spending six years in the Texas Foster Care System as a child. Ashley also has experience as a caregiver, and joined Hope Rising because she recognized it as an agency who cares about the most vulnerable and truly desires to give them a bright and happy future.
Creative Services Director
Leanna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication at Oral Roberts University, majoring in Drama, Television, and Film. Leanna is the daughter of a survivor, and has been producing a 7-year documentary called “Another Child” about child sex abuse and domestic child trafficking. Her love for film has caused her to merge her passion with one of the issues closest to her heart. She loves being a part of the Hope Rising team