As co-founder of the Wing 2 Wing Foundation, Alys supports and facilitates many philanthropic activities that increase access to education, open entrepreneurial doors and preserve and promote the natural environment of Appalachia. Additionally, Alys is passionate about her role and platform as the First Lady of Marshall University supporting women’s equality and empowerment. Her goal is to empower women in Appalachia and beyond to realize their full potential on whatever path they may choose.
As a certified mediator and licensed attorney, Alys Smith seeks justice for all, regardless of social or economic status. Since 2005, she has worked with several non-profits focused on education and adolescent counseling, served as a mentor and as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for young women. She also serves on the board of the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea, Kentucky.
Alys received her B.S. from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law. As an attorney, her career included working for the Ohio Attorney General, several law firms in Ohio, Connecticut, and New Jersey and is in process of seeking admission to practice law in West Virginia. As a mediator, she is the founder of Better2Mediate, a firm that provides mediation services to people seeking conflict resolution as an alternative to litigation.
The Wing 2 Wing Foundation provides increased access and support for education, entrepreneurship mentoring and investment, and works to help residents preserve and enjoy the natural beauty of Appalachia. Alys co-founded Wing 2 Wing in 2019 alongside her husband, Brad D. Smith. Alys is also a dedicated mother of two adult children, Devon and Payton.