Our Team


TASHA LOCKS- Founding Executive Director tasha@youthrising.com

Tasha felt drawn to stand up for the underdog from a very young age as she experienced the effects of alcoholism, neglect, & mental & verbal abuse growing up. In high school she was continuously kicked out of her home. Tasha was a top athlete, dancer, and musician but she began to struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts, insomnia and binge drinking as things took a toll.

In her late teen years a counselor advised her to get emancipated, but instead her parents forced her to go to an abusive wilderness boot camp in the middle of winter in Northern Idaho (Ascent) which has since been forced to shut down. After coming home and missing too much school she chose to attend a small alternative school that promoted life skills and employability skills through half-work days and half-school days.

After graduation, as a 19-year-old single mother, she became a top Realtor and purchased her first home by age 20. She has since managed many youth-serving agencies, developed coalitions, and organized community-wide campaigns. She has obtained millions in grant awards and contracts in an effort to help sustain those agencies and programs.

Today, Tasha finds great personal value in being a part of a movement which empowers young people and rural communities to conquer through their hardships and attain the quality-of-life they deserve. She believes the “underdogs” have the most potential when they realize their inner power, strength, and purpose.




A native Oregonian, Hallie Winchell grew up on the Southern Oregon coast on a small family farm and comes from a very large family. She is passionate about providing more opportunities to youth in order to break the cycle of substance abuse and poverty, due to personal and professional experience. Hallie was homeschooled by her parents through high school and was the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Hallie has over 10 years of professional experience working with three statewide and regional nonprofit organizations on youth advocacy, housing issues and services for low-income families at Oregon Coast Community Action, Kentucky Child Now, and Kentucky Habitat for Humanity. Prior to accepting her current position at Youth Rising, Hallie worked for an international finance-technology corporation, Fiserv, as a business and technical writer for over 6 years. In addition to her dedicated work with nonprofits, Hallie has also worked as a journalist for two daily newspapers, and was published in national magazines. She has also received many honors and awards for her high-quality writing. She holds a BA in English-Communications and a MBA from Southern Oregon University.

She is very excited to bring her skills, experience and talents to serve Youth Rising – and hopes to provide new opportunities to children and teens in the Klamath Falls area

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