About Us


Who we are and what we do

Mission Statement

At the RISE Foundation of Wyoming, our goal is to break the mental health stigmas that perpetuate our culture and bring our military members, veterans, and their families together to build a better sense of community.


Our Vision

Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the members of our military, past and present, that can never be repaid. Our vision is to champion the mental and emotional well-being of veterans, military members and their families, by raising awareness, providing education, and fostering community engagement. Through inspiring events and collaborative partnerships, we aim to empower veterans and military personnel on their journey to resilience, self-discovery, and healing, honoring their service and sacrifices for our country.


Meet The Board

Our board is an all volunteer group who share the same passion and desire to help veterans, military, and their families. Our collective mission is to create a community that honors and empowers those who have selflessly served our country. We strive to provide access to comprehensive programs, resources, and assistance that address the unique challenges faced by veterans and military members. Our vision is to foster resilience, inspire hope, and facilitate positive change in their lives. Together, we are dedicated to creating a brighter future where every hero thrives and receives the support they need. With unwavering commitment and shared values, we stand united in our mission to uplift and make a meaningful impact in the lives of those who have served.

Dan Young, President

Alex Blackshaw, Vice President

Heather Coughenour, Secretary

Jennifer Nelson, Treasurer

Emily Collins, Social Chair

Founding Members

Jacob Roth

Austin Sanders

Holly Klink

What We Do

Provide Comprehensive Support

We offer access to a wide range of programs, resources, and assistance tailored to the unique needs of veterans, military members and their families, including mental health support and access to vital resources.

Fostering Community

We are striving to create a supportive and inclusive community where veterans and military members can connect and find a sense of belonging within the community. Through events, outreach, and networking opportunities, we aim to build a strong support system for those who have given so much for our freedom.

Empowering transformation

Our organization is committed to empowering veterans and military members to overcome challenges and achieve personal growth. We provide resources for education, assist with access to providers, and events that bring our current and past military members together to facilitate the sense of community and belonging that so many are missing.

Why We Do It

Military families’ lives are generally very different from others. Service members may be subject to frequent relocations, deployments, and stressful experiences due to combat and time away from their families. Families cope with additional stressors when their loved ones are deployed, managing family life on the home front.

Mental Health symptoms can become increasingly problematic and may result in family discord, divorce, social dysfunction, significant substance use, employment difficulty, physical health difficulties, legal problems, and more. Not only that, but veteran suicide rates are at the highest level in recorded history, with annual deaths by suicide at over 6,000 veterans per year. Approximately 30% of completed suicides and around 20% of deaths due to high-risk behavior were attributable to alcohol or drug use. Approximately 1 in every 10 Wyoming residents are veterans, over 10% of the state population. Wyoming, remains the highest rate of suicides per capita in the Unite States remaining in the top 3 high risk states for suicide.

If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be experiencing mental or emotional challenges, you are not alone. Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, yet mental illness affects millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, most people experiencing these challenges do not receive the mental health services that they need.

Do what feels right for you.

There isn’t one way to think or feel or act. The important thing is to take advantage of all mental health care resources. Remember that every moment in time can affect you and others differently.

Help is available, and we are here to help you or your loved one connect with the services you need.

Get In Touch

Let us know if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, volunteering, or would like more information.