About Us

Our Story

Charlise Smith knows first-hand how trauma can affect a person. As a young child, Charlise’s mother, Willissae, was brutally murdered. As an adult, Charlise found herself once again the victim of severe trauma. On October 23, 2012, as a housing Regional manager, Charlise was stabbed five times by a severely distraught tenant who suffered from mental health issues while being evicted.

Although her physical wounds healed, Charlise had to face her emotional wounds that stemmed back to her childhood. Knowing first-hand how trauma can affect a person’s life, Charlise knew she needed to accept the WAVE of hope that God sent to her. She knew there had to be a path that helped her move from the traumatized fear toward a successful, progressive life. Charlise’s path led her back to serving the people and the communities that needed her the most…and by founding an organization named after her mother, Willissae’s Agency for Vision and Empowerment or WAVE

Our Founder

Charlise Smith

Charlise is a strong, successful, compassionate business woman. She has been in the real estate industry for 15 years and is a real estate broker of record in the State of Pennsylvania. Never one to stop learning, Charlise received her Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) Designation, Certified Tax Credit Compliance Professional (C3P) Designation, and Public Housing Management Certification. Charlise holds an Associate Degree in Computer Science.