"I can't think of a more beautiful thing than loving a person who feels unlovable."
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.”
Morgan Wright, MSW
"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."
"Adolescence is the time to discover and begin to develop into the person you hope to become. I am honored to be part of a place fostering this type of growth in each of our students."
"Adolescence and young adulthood is a vast ocean; Difficult to navigate, frightening, and constantly shifting with the tides. I, along with LIFT as a whole, aim to be the lighthouse that may guide our youth through it all."
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, MSW
LIFT BOARD Vice President /
Masters in social work /
“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.”
LIFT Board Treasurer /
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.”
LIFT Board secretary /
Owner of a fern and a feather
“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.”
Owner and Founder
United Karate Studio, Inc.
“I think LIFT’s mission speaks mostly of acceptance. It is inclusive and offers hope.”
Retired educator /
Former cea president
“After retiring from the public school system, LIFT has given me the opportunity to remain involved with our greatest asset, our young people. “
Marlin Gines, PE
Department Manager /
Burns & McDonnell
“If we can identify the challenges and problems facing today’s youth yet offer no possible solutions, then we are part of the problem. I believe that LIFT provides a viable solution to help address some of the challenges facing today’s youth in a safe space.”
John Francis, MSSW
Retired Executive Director
“‘When you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow.’ LIFT’s legacy will, in part, be in writing the history of our community.”