Meet the Spring Up Tobacco Valley Team

Tobacco Valley has an incredible spirit of selflessness and a strong commitment to strengthening families. We work to expand opportunities for young people to learn, grow and thrive.

Our Mission

To elevate the well-being of youth and families in our community.

Spring Up Tobacco Valley envisions connecting youth and families to local resources, programs, and activities that promote healthy lifestyles, elevate well-being, and inspire them to reach their highest potential.

Our Story

Spring Up Tobacco Valley

Our highest priority is to connect community resources in ways that support youth, serve and strengthen families, and expand opportunities for safe, healthy, meaningful engagement.

Our Community

Youth Engagement Groups

We partner with remarkable individuals, agencies, and organizations who share their time, talents, resources, and connections. Together we ensure our kids have greater access to people and places that encourage and inspire them to do and be their best. And have greater access to helpful resources and positive relationships.


Seven Core Principles

Our Seven Core Principles keep us connected to our organizational “why” – the true spirit and purpose of who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

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Be Positive

We support, encourage, and inspire each other to see and grow the good in our community.

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Be Present

We honor the voice and experience of our youth and community and listen respectfully to concerns and ideas.

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Be Perceptive

We identify and correct misperceptions as a way to move ourselves and our community forward.

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Be Purposeful

We connect community resources in ways that support youth, strengthen families and expand opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.

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Be Perfected

We strive to do and be our best - continually adapting and improving.

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Be Proactive

We anticipate potential challenges and work together to seek positive and creative solutions.

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Be Passionate

We enthusiastically support and celebrate youth, families and community.

Our Team

Vel Shaver

Lincoln County Unite for Youth Project Director

Maggie Anderson

Spring Up Project Coordinator, CTC Facilitator

Josh Brown

CTC Process Facilitator and Project Coordinator

Parent and Faith Sectors

Joel Graves

Core Team – Spring Up Tobacco Valley Champion, Community Board Maintenance Work Group

Education Sector

Marissa Hepner

Core Team – Community Outreach and PR, Work Group Lead

Parent, Healthcare, and Community Based Organization Sectors

Denikka Miller

Core Team – Community Resource Assessment, Community Outreach and PR Work Groups

Parent and Education Sectors

Deanna Hanley

Community Resource Assessment, Community Outreach, and Youth Involvement Work Groups

Parent Sector

Cari Lucy

Core Team – Community Resource Assessment and Community Outreach Workgroups

Parent and Education Sectors

Michael Lancaster

Core Team – Youth Involvement, Community Outreach and PR Work Groups

Parent and Business Sectors

Josh Letcher

Community Board Maintenance Work Group

Government Sector

Contact Spring Up Tobacco Valley

Get in touch with our team