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Tina Pinkston

Executive Director

"I can't think of a more beautiful thing than loving a person who feels unlovable."

Chrissie Brown

Marketing & Development Director

“Growing up as a latch key kid, I remember the feeling of isolation — I wish to provide a healthy alternative that fosters a feeling of belonging.”

Lilian Villafuerte

Program Coordinator

“There is beauty in diversity, but it is essential to produce a culture of inclusion where people's differences are respected, and collaboration creates strong communities - I believe that LIFT can foster this positive growth.” 

Morgan Wright

Support Coordinator

"LIFT is a force for good in Catoosa County and I am excited to be a part of such a loving and positive center that is empowering students."

Taitlyn Chesser


Emily Momberg

Front Desk

Tonita Stickney


board of directors


Brandon Bell, MJA

LIFT BOARD President/          

Chief Law Enforcement Officer /          

Adjunct College Professor

“As a public safety professional I see many youth who are at a disadvantage and need LIFT to help mitigate their challenges.”


Sherry Vaughn

LIFT BOARD Vice President /

Masters in social work / 

Yoga instructor

“Being a mother of a son on the autism spectrum with severe anxiety, I know a youth center will help him and others feel accepted, find friends and have a place to go.”


tammy thatcher

LIFT Board vice president of

finance /

high school teacher

“Yes, my students need help with school work, but if they found that help in a safe place full of love and support, so much more than grades would improve.”


Babs Bell

Retail Manager /


“Suicide is a real and scary issue for those who struggle to find happiness — I want to offer a light of hope to the younger generation.”


Jessie Thornton

Owner and Founder         

Jessie Thornton’s         

United Karate Studio, Inc.

“I think LIFT’s mission speaks mostly of acceptance. It is inclusive and offers hope.”


kristy pennington

RMS/RHS Band boosters /

Student Advocate 

“Kids need a place to feel safe being themselves with no judgements, just love and a willingness to listen and be there for them.”

Alma Estrada

Financial Center Manager

David Dunn


Melody Nichols

Retired educator /

Former cea president

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