Meet Our Board
Founder and Vice President of Springs of LIfe
The Founder and Executive Director of Springs of Life. Cliff’s passion for meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the community has been seen through his involvement with Seeds of Hope food pantry. Cliff also serves on the advisory board for Campbell County Enhancement Fund, TCAT and Jellico Housing Authority. His involvement with community development efforts are ongoing as he demonstrates and an overall commitment to seeing restoration within rural East Tennessee and Kentucky. Cliff’s involvement with Seeds of Hope led to the birth of the Springs of Life Recovery Center, which was fueled by a passion to serve the less fortunate children of his community. In addition, Cliff knows all too well the impact addiction can have on a young person’s life and is committed to helping prevent addiction as well as serving the needs of those caught in its grip.
President and CEO of UBank
President and CEO of UBank in Jellico, Tennessee. Allen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1982. He also graduated from the LSU Graduate School of Banking in 1990. Allen currently serves on the boards of Jellico Community Hospital, Dayspring Family Health Centers, Seeds of Hope Food Pantry and Springs of Life Recovery Center. Allen also served on the Jellico City Council for 11 years and the Jellico Planning Commission for 3 years. He also previously served on the board of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. Allen has seen first-hand the destructive nature of drug addiction in the Jellico community and is passionate in assisting Springs of Life in providing a forum where the power of Jesus Christ can change lives.
Founder and President of Seeds of Hope food pantry
The founder and president of Seeds of Hope food pantry in Jellico, TN. Steve is also known for sharing his testimony of God’s power and love to those in spiritual need and can be seen daily meeting many other needs in the community.
Founder of Christ in Action and Board President
Program Director for Planned Systems International, Derek has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from King University and holds an MBA from the University of the Cumberlands. Derek has served on the board of Springs of Life Recovery Center from the beginnings. Previously, Derek served as Ministry Leader of Celebrate Recovery for 10 years in Jellico, TN. Derek has a passion for ministry in the region due to God’s redemption in his own life and is wanting others to experience the same. Derek and his wife have both struggled with addiction in the past and God rescued them both from the same struggles that are ongoing in the current community.
Vice President of pyro shows
Michael Walden is the Vice President of Pyro Shows, Inc. Located in LaFollette, Tennessee. In addition to his leadership role at Pyro Shows, Inc., Mr. Walden was named President of Pyro Shows of Texas in 2013 and Vice President of Pyro Shows of Alabama in 2016. Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Biology, and Chemistry. Michael currently serves on the boards of Springs of Life, LaFollette Medical Foundation and the Campbell County High School Relief Fund. Michael enjoys leading a weekly bible study at Springs of Life. Michael also plays a very active role in his home church, New Life Ministry Center, Jacksboro.