Cis of mid-America - OTTAWA STAFF


rACHEL SMITH - Area director & Resource Development Specialist

Rachel comes to CIS with over 19 years of experience in non-profit work.  Her passion for seeing students succeed aligns perfectly with the mission of CIS.  She served on the on the Board of Directors for CIS of Ottawa from 2008-2014.  Through her work in the Ottawa community and as a member of the Franklin County Leadership class, Rachel worked to secure new community partners and volunteers for the new affiliate.  In 2014 she was asked to serve as the Executive Director for CIS of Ottawa and continued in that role until June of 2017 when CIS of Ottawa merged with CIS of Mid-America. 

Prior to CIS, Rachel served as the Director of Annual Giving at Ottawa University and provided additional support to Alumni Relations and Prospect Research for 16 years.  Rachel holds her BA in Business Administration from Ottawa University and is a Certified Fund Raising Manager, through the Center of Philanthropy, Indiana University, Purdue University, and Indianapolis.

She has been married to Wendell for twenty years and they have two children Westen (16) and Erin (13).  Rachel loves to spend time with her family playing games, watching movies, hiking and traveling.   


Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc.

2721 W. 6th Street, Suite E

Lawrence, Kansas 66049

(785) 856-5190