RisnerUp Team

Dalton Risner


Far more than just a professional football player, Dalton has always had a passion for helping others and making them smile. Raised in the small town of Wiggins, Colorado, his work on the family farm and involvement in the lives of friends and neighbors, molded Dalton into who he is today. Even as a highly decorated collegiate player for the Kansas State Wildcats, Dalton was perhaps better known for his work off the field, through Special Olympics, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, Camp Hope, and his own volunteerism with area schools and hospitals. Dalton believes life is measured by the joy you bring to others – not your own individual accomplishments. That’s why he started RisnerUp.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms.
— 1 Peter 4:10

Mitch Risner


Mitch is Dalton’s Father and serves as Treasurer of the RisnerUp Foundation.  Mitch has been very involved in his children’s lives, focusing on helping them build strong relationships, excel in academics and athletics, and encouraging them to become respectable men. Mitch has been active in his local community from the time his 5 children were young.  He started coaching youth football, basketball, baseball, and wrestling when he moved to Wiggins in 2000.  Mitch actually started the Wiggins Youth Football program and is currently the head coach of the High School Football program.  In his professional life, Mitch is an executive for a Software company that focuses on the well-being of employees.

Melinda Risner


Melinda is Dalton’s mama and serves as secretary of the RisnerUp Foundation. Melinda raised Dalton and his four brothers mostly in their small hometown of Wiggins, Colorado. Melinda built the Risner home on two foundational principles: love and discipline. She raised her children to be kind to others and to try and put other people first. Melinda worked hard to instill Godly values within her home and helping build her family’s faith. Melinda has volunteered in many community programs and has also served beside her husband with Wiggins football since 2001.

Taylor Risner


Taylor is one of Dalton’s older brothers and serves as a Director of the Risner Up Foundation. Taylor’s role is strategic in nature and he focuses on strategic investing, resource planning, and related matters. Taylor currently works for GoSpotCheck as a Strategic Analyst. He hails from the University of Northern Colorado, where he met his amazing wife Mallory and played Safety for the Bears. Taylor is passionate about encouraging and challenging people of all ages and walks of life to lead by example in their personal, professional, and spiritual environments.

Kaeson Risner


Kaeson is one of Dalton’s younger brothers and also serves as a Director of the RisnerUp Foundation. Kaeson currently lives in Manhattan, Kansas, where he is a full time student at Kansas State University. Kaeson is studying Management Information Systems and works as an Operations Analyst for HCI Hospitality. Kaeson’s role on the board is managerial in nature. He helps to create connections within the community, and orchestrates and informs the public about the foundation’s events. Kaeson is passionate about working with a unique and diverse range of people who he can help achieve their personal, academic, and spiritual goals.