Kelly Orrico, Co-Founder and President: After miraculously surviving a massive stroke at the age of 39, Mrs. Orrico took time off from teaching to recover and support her family during their move to Knoxville. Mrs. Orrico’s passion is for God, her family, and all children. She has a masters degree in Education Administration, has volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in Knoxville, served as a Rotarian in Roswell, GA, and has over 6 years experience in working charity events with Givesmart, a fundraising technology company. Her favorite past time is playing games with and being out on the water with her four children and husband.
C.J. Orrico, Co-Founder: As a lifetime entrepreneur, Mr. Orrico made a career out of helping others, including raising billions of dollars for over 5,000 charities as an Equity Partner at GiveSmart. Mr. Orrico currently serves in his role as a Principal at Greater Sum Ventures. After supporting his wife, Co-Founder, Kelly, through miraculously surviving and eventually recovering fully from a massive stroke at the age of 39, he often thought how blessed he was and couldn’t imagine how he would have carried on as a widower. Mr. Orrico is excited for the opportunity to impact as many widows’ lives as possible going forward and hopes that many of those he has encountered throughout his life are prepared to join him.
Ellen Vargas, Board Secretary, has a Bachelor of Science in Sales & Marketing from Ball State University. She spent 29 years in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry working for Procter & Gamble and Bush Brothers & Company, Ellen’s experience spans the sales, forecasting & analytics disciplines, and managing internal and external partner work teams. In 2016, she left the CPG industry to pursue new interests, start a residential property management company with her husband, Martin, and volunteer in the community. They live in Knoxville, TN, and have one son. The biblical call to care for widows and orphans is the inspiration for her work with WPRP.
Amy Stuart, Board Vice President, has a masters degree in Counseling Psychology and worked for 14 years as an outpatient mental health counselor. One of the most rewarding aspects of her job was to partner with individuals on their journey towards emotional health and wholeness. Her passion to encourage and provide support to others during a time of need is what drew her to be a part of the Widowed Parent Relief Project. “We are called to care for widows and orphans and I am so excited to step alongside the courageous individuals that this organization serves.” Ms. Stuart lives in Knoxville, TN, with her husband of almost 20 years and their two children. Ms. Stuart is active in volunteering at her children’s schools and at her church. Some of her favorite pastimes are spending time with family and friends, enjoying nature any way she can and attending her kids sporting and school activities.
Matt Tuchband, Treasurer and Board Director, received his MBA from Northwestern University and has spent most of his career in finance and entrepreneurship. He has served as CFO of multiple startup and growth stage technology-focused companies, including GiveSmart, where he had the pleasure of working with Mr. and Mrs.Orrico, with whom he has been friends for over 20 years. Mr. Tuchband lives in Barrington, IL , with his wife and three children and is a firm believer in investing his time and energy into net positive impact endeavors, such as the Widowed Parent Relief Project. Most recently, Mr. Tuchband founded TipQwik, a mobile tipping platform facilitating gratuity payments to people in the service industry directly from a mobile device.
Angie Liske, M.D., Board Director, is a Family Medicine Physician who works at Cherokee Health Systems. She has served as the Medical Director of the Hope Clinic for Women Maternity Home in Nashville, TN, Co-Medical Director and board member of Choices Resource Center in Oak Ridge, TN, and volunteer at InterFaith Clinic in Knoxville. She has also volunteered extensively in all 4 of the Farragut schools. Dr. Liske has seen first hand the challenges that widows endure, and how a community who shows love has the ability to support, encourage, and empower widows and their children. She is happily married to Dr. Mike Liske, a pediatric cardiologist, and has 4 children. Her greatest joys are found in spending time with her family and friends, her walk with Jesus, and her passion for helping others.
Conner Patterson, Program Manager, is a Knoxville native. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and has over six years experience in the field, previously supporting youth and their families by connecting them with positive mentors and various community resources. As a wife and a mother of two young daughters, Conner is passionate about caring for others. In her free time, she cherishes spending time with her family, friends, and pets, as well as serving at her church. She looks forward to furthering her call of helping others at the WPRP.