Meet The Staff


Carmen Hubbs has been the Executive Director of Rise Above Violence since 1998. After receiving her degree in Psychology and Family Studies, she worked with at-risk youth. Time and time again, these troubled teens were victims of abuse. Violence was a theme in their lives. This ignited Carmen's passion for ending family and interpersonal violence. 

Carmen's other passions - family and FUN!  

Chrsitine Soria, in from the Peace Corp, joined Rise with expansive experience and expertise in the fields of domestic and sexual violence, with an emphasis on human trafficking.  While a new transplant to Colorado, Pagosa has had her heart since she visited with her family for many years enjoying our majestic mountains.  She knew she needed to be back in Colorado and when not managing all our client services, you will find her enjoying the great outdoors and all the adventures Pagosa has to offer.


Nancy Fryer serves Rise as a Court Advocate, and when not in court, Nancy actively works on state legislation to improve our court systems and laws in favor of victims rights and needs. Nancy enjoys the small town atmosphere in Pagosa and has lived here for over two decades. Nancy supports victims through the difficult and confusing court processes.  Oh, and she LOVES cats!


Cheryl Bowdridge, our Youth Advocacy & Education Coordinator, strives to prevent violence through her interactive workshops, support groups, and community education projects. She can be seen working with area youth, running with a group of girls, acting on stage, or talking with YOU on how we all can create communities of change that encompasses peace and safety.

 When not presenting, you'll see her cheering on our Pagosa Pirates! 


Ashley Wilson, MPH.  The only one in our staff who loves numbers, works to manage all the statistical and grant data needed so we can get our money to do all our great work.  You'll also see her coordinating our many fundraising events throughout the year, and working hard to make sure Rise deserves the 2015 Nonprofit of the Year title.  

Ashley grew up in Pagosa and is excited to be back raising her two girls here.  She graduated in 2016 with her masters in Public Health from the University of California Berkley.




 Multicultural Coordinator and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.