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LIFT Team

STAFF

Tina Pinkston

Co-Founder
Executive Director

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

Chrissie Brown

Co-Founder
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

PROGRAM
ASSISTANT

Emily Momberg

Front Desk
Clerk

Tonita Stickney

Office
Manager

board of directors

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Babs Bell

Retail Manager /

Entrepreneur 

“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.”

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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.”

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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

Attorney

Melody Nichols

Retired educator /

Former cea president

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