At RISE UP! meetings, Jenny loves to lead, laugh, teach and make things messy! She believes following Jesus is a blast, and she is passionate about creating an environment where people from all backgrounds can see what it looks like to follow Him. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Jenny attended Duke University where she earned her Bachelors’ degree in History and English with a minor in Education. She was also a member of Duke’s Track team and Volleyball team.
Jenny’s heart for mission work has sent her travelling to Spain, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, the Dominican Republic, Cambodia and the Philippines. But it was here, in Georgia, that Jenny recognized that there are children in our own communities who may never hear of or experience the love of Christ. God began tugging on Jenny’s heart in 2011 about starting a children’s Bible group. After a year of praying, she started the group in her backyard and it grew into a ministry! Jenny is married to her college sweetheart John and is a mother to four children, Jordan, Courtney, Justin, and Kennedy.
Director of Marketing and Branding, Chapter Leader
Kelli is RISE UP!’s “Jill” of all trades! Kelli's creativity and talents are amazing and such a blessing to the RISE UP! ministry team as well as to the school chapter she leads!
Kelli has effectively filtered many years of experience in a variety of roles into fulfilling her calling to help kids love loving Jesus. She desires to teach Jesus in a way that may seem radical, but that draws children into His love and plan for their lives.
Born and raised in Georgia, Kelli attended Pope High School and Kennesaw State University. And although Kelli is fully committed to her southern roots, she has dared to venture out of the country to travel to Israel, Germany, France, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and others as part of her ministry efforts.
Kelli married her best friend since childhood, Chanel, and they have two boys, Tucker and Tate.
Director of Information Technology
Lindsay is native to Atlanta, grew up in Marietta and attended Georgia Tech where she received her degree in Industrial Engineering. She is a full-time mother to 3 children: Trey, Ryan, and Caroline. Lindsay married her high-school sweetheart and best friend, Paul.
Before kids, Lindsay worked for IBM and gained skills that she never imagined would be useful when starting a ministry!
Lindsay is a self proclaimed nerd who loves to problem solve and make things run efficiently. She uses these talents to help make RISE UP! run smoothly with the help of technology solutions.
Lindsay is passionate about serving in a Christ-centered ministry with her husband where they can impact the lives of their own children and the families in their community!
Launch Team Coordinator
Jenny is an Alabama girl who loves Jesus, her family and everything Auburn. She graduated from Auburn in 2000 with a marketing degree and worked for Johnson and Johnson as a pharmaceutical sales rep through 2006. Jenny is married to Sam, and she is a full time mom to Trace and Kate. In her spare time, you may find her teaching aerobics or playing tennis.
Jenny says that RISE UP! has been one of the best blessings in her life, and she loves working with new schools. Her RISE UP! story began in 2015 when she was the Chapter Leader at Crabapple Crossing Elementary. In 2017, Jenny joined the ministry team as the Launch coordinator. Jenny now takes her passion for bringing Jesus to elementary students and assists schools through the process of launching new chapters.
Stacy Van Tyle-Damico
Stacy is a South Carolina girl at heart, who moved to Atlanta while in high school. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Criminal Justice. Stacy worked as an Officer and Investigator for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles for seven years, until she came to the realization that true restoration and healing can only come through Jesus Christ. She then began working with women in recovery through Sonflower Ministries.
In 2012, she joined a friend on a journey to share the love of Jesus in the public school. Through divine appointment, they met the RISE UP! ministry team. Soon after, the first RISE UP! Chapter in Fulton County began at Mountain Park Elementary school. Stacy served as a Chapter Leader at MPE for 5 years before joining the ministry team.
Stacy lives in Roswell with her husband Chris and two children Hannah Rose and Reed.
Communications Coordinator, Launch Team & Chapter Leader
Jennifer is a Georgia native, grew up in Alpharetta and practices part-time in her hometown as a dental hygienist. She and her husband Gary reside in Roswell, the town of her husband’s family business, and together they have been blessed with 2 wonderful children, Gavin and Kalynn.
Jennifer felt God call her to help start the first Cherokee County RISE UP! Chapter at Little River Elementary. She has served there for 2 years as a Chapter Leader and now serves as their Regional Coordinator. Jennifer joined the ministry team in 2017 and is responsible for Public Relations & Communications.
Jennifer finds great joy in serving the Lord through RISE UP! by using her God-given talents to help with social media, communications, and technology as well as helping the Launch Team with new chapters.
Ministry Administration, Chapter Leader
Samantha is a southern girl born and raised in Birmingham, AL who discovered that God just loves her - period. She earned a civil engineering degree from UAB. She worked in the
telecommunications industry for several years where she met her husband, Ryan.
Samantha and Ryan are parents to three boys - Rhett, Tyson, and Scott Wyatt.
God continues to surprise her by using her in ways she never imagined. She has co-led a sewing ministry, taught a bible study on Loss, written guest blogs, served at a local pregnancy crisis center and homeless shelter, and taken short term mission trips to Nicaragua and Thailand.
Samantha loves God's Word and RISE UP! allows her a place to passionately teach kids about Christ, and also use her organizational talents on the ministry team.