About Us

Impact Montevallo

About Us

Sarah Hogan M.Ed., NCC

Program Director


Sarah Hogan earned a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counseling at her beloved alma mater, the University of Montevallo.  During her tenure as a student, she developed a passion for the Montevallo community and is happy to call Montevallo her home.  She has had the pleasure of working in the field of higher education, event management, local government, marketing, non-profit organization, counseling, and secondary education.  Sarah is an enthusiastic life-long learner, resiliently committed to excellence and devoted to contributing to the achievement of others.

Maurice Valentine

Youth Coordinator


Maurice is grew-up in Montevallo and has a heart for the people and youth of Montevallo.  


Impact Montevallo is a collaborative partnership of concerned citizens raising awareness of youth substance use issues in the City of Montevallo and educates youth and adults to take action to prevent youth substance use.


Empower the Montevallo community to create healthy habits and live drug-free lifestyles through the establishment of all-inclusive relationships, open dialogue, family events, education and city-wide actions.

Drug-Free Communities Grant

Impact Montevallo was awarded a Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grant by a collaboration of The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) on October 30, 2019.  The matching funds grant provides $125,000 each year for up to 5 years. Impact Montevallo was 1 of 150 grant awards across the nation in 2019. Click here for more information on the grant itself.

Community Assessment

Each year, our volunteers come together to create our Montevallo Community Assessment. Our Community Assessment is data-driven and guides our work by identifying the problems facing our young people. Based on our Community Assessment, we are addressing:

      •  Youth Alcohol Use
      •  Youth Marijuana Use
      • Youth Tobacco Use (Including Vaping)
      • Youth Medication Misuse


The City of Montevallo held its first youth drug prevention team meeting on February 13, 2018. Since our first meeting, our volunteers named our coalition, and we are now serving the City of Montevallo, Alabama as Impact Montevallo. Our coalition was formed after the city became a partner of Compact2020, a county organization that conducts juvenile substance use investigations with the aim to help youth access help instead of ending up in the juvenile justice system. After joining Compact2020, Mayor Hollie Cost established the city’s prevention team to engage the community in preventing youth from ever starting to use substances.

School Resource Officers

Impact Montevallo works closely with our School Resource Officers, who work diligently to provide safety, mentorship and education to students everyday at our local schools.  The Montevallo Police Department has shown a dedication to building community relationships and providing resources.  Impact Montevallo helps to provide anti-substance and violence curriculum for SROs to teach along with peer groups at each school, also provides activities and events such as mentoring groups, video series, red ribbon week engagement, surveys and much more.

Officer Holloway

Montevallo High School SRO


Officer Wilhite

Montevallo Middle & Elementary Schools


Sector Representatives

The DFC program requires funded coalitions to include active participation from 12 sectors of the community.  These identified sectors ensure that the coalition has a diverse group of perspective and participation to establish meaningful and successful strategies to create positive lasting change in our community. The following community members have committed to be an active member in the Impact Montevallo coalition to represent the sector in which they serve.


Dani, Montevallo Junior City Council


Amanda Fowler, Shelby Emergency Assistance


JiJi Davis, University of Montevallo

Law Enforcement

Officer D. Holloway, City of Montevallo


Adele Nelson, Montevallo Chamber of Commerce


Julie Smitherman, Bradford Real Estate Group, LLC

Youth Serving Organization

Shane Baugh, Montevallo Parks & Recreation

Religious & Fraternal Organizations


Civic & Volunteer Groups

Courtney Bennett, Montevallo Main Street

Healthcare Professionals

Nicole Heaton, Montevallo Drug

State, Local, & Tribal Agencies

Rusty Nix, Mayor of Montevallo

Other Organizations

Zina Cartwell, Central Alabama Wellness

Coalition Members

Impact Montevallo has over 75 members, with an average of 12 attendees per monthly meeting. Active coalition members attend at least one meeting per year and receive information via our email distribution list and participate virtually in surveys and volunteer for the organization in a number of different ways.  The coalition members are vital to the success in the community. Input from coalition members is critical to identifying the needs and challenges as well as strategies that are working well.  We invite you to join us. 

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