Chrysalis Director, Krystal Ayers, Grateful for CSF Recognition


Recognizing Chrysalis as the largest residental provider in Utah and Nevada delivering a continuum of around-the-clock care care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it was time for the Christopher Smith Foundation to honor the staff and management for their dedication and selfless work on behalf of the special people they serve.

Krystal Ayers is the Reno/Carson City Area Director for Chrysalis, and has an obvious affection for the dozens of people served by the organization, as well as for her staff. She says she is grateful to be recognized by the Christopher Smith Foundation, and for Linda and Jason Smith’s work on behalf of people with disabilities.

“I first learned about the Christopher Smith Foundation after Jason reached out to the CEO of Chrysalis.” We were surprised and pleased that we were chosen for this unsolicited recognition, and so thankful that they wanted to recognize our staff for the hard work they do.”

For the 15 staff members recognized, each received a certificate of appreciation, a $100 gift card and a gift bag from the Foundation.

Krystal is very modest about taking credit for the work she performs in her 24/7/365 position. “Having our staff recognized is really what it’s all about,” she said. “We couldn’t do this without them. I think it’s absolutely wonderful what the Christopher Smith Foundation does, recognizing caregivers across the State. To not only be recognized for their work with Chrysalis, but by important organizations like the Christopher Smith Foundation, and shown that appreciation, I think is fantastic. What Jason and Linda are doing is amazing.”

A native of Susanville, California, Krystal has been with Chrysalis for nine years, and has grown with the company. With four associate directors assisting her, Krystal finds that no two days are alike. “Some days are always going to be harder than others, and the phone calls don’t go away. But it’s worth it at the end of the day to be able to see the accomplishments that our individuals are able to make, see the difference being made in their lives, and be recognized by Foundations like this one.”