About Us

In the span of less than a year, two Spring Hill students decided to take their own lives. We are a group of parents in Spring Hill who decided “not again.” We came up with a four point plan that included monthly events, mentoring programs, a teen center and outdoor recreation facility, and a teen talk line. We are here to listen, to love our teens, and to let them know that we are listening when they need to talk.

Our events each month are always offered free of charge for teens to attend and enjoy– no teen should be turned away from SHIFT for Teens events based on ability to pay. Events range from karaoke nights to minute-to-win-it type challenges, movie nights, dances, and more. These are always open to teens in the 7th to 12th grades in our community.

Candy Schoenberger is the mother of two and a grandmother of one. She has lived in Spring Hill most of her life, including her childhood. In her free time, she is a passionate soccer fan and loves to spend time with her family and in her various volunteering pursuits to make her community a better place. She founded SHIFT because she saw a need for the teens to have something to do in the community, so they’d understand how much the community loves them and see the number of people who are here to support, listen, and care about them.

Annie McMahon is the mother of four children. After seeing heartbreak in her teenagers after the loss of close friends who had committed suicide, she knew that she needed to be a part of the changes that would make a difference to teens. In addition to volunteering with SHIFT, she works part-time for the Spring Hill Recreation Commission. When she isn’t working or volunteering with SHIFT, she is often seen at a ball field watching her children play everything from softball to soccer, and is an avid Sporting Kansas City fan.

Alyssa Masters is a junior at Spring Hill High School and is serving as a Social Media Intern for SHIFT. She joined as an intern to show others how much fun SHIFT events are! She’s very passionate about everything she does, including her education and the other organizations that she is involved in. She volunteers at the Spring Hill Food Pantry and loves horseback riding and teaching others how to ride horses as well.

Bonnie Wilson is the mother of three teenagers, and enjoys fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family. She has spent time coaching youth sports and serving as an Adult Scout Leader along with her husband Shawn.

Abby Starkey is a sophomore at Spring Hill High School and loves a wide variety of activities like theatre and volleyball. She is passionate about literature. Abby joined SHIFT because she loves to make people happy and help them through hard times, and SHIFT fits into these goals.

Elizabeth Woolsey is a mother, grandmother, and wife. She’s a long-time resident of Spring Hill and loves to spend time with her family. She loves being involved with SHIFT because it feels like creating an extended family for the youth in the community, which helps with their self-esteem and relationship building.

Christian Tucker is a senior in high school and enjoys acting in the school drama department. Outside of school, he spends his free time working and spending time with friends. He loves being a part of SHIFT because he can help give teens a direct voice through someone who knows what it’s like to be a teenager in Spring Hill. He is also excited for the leadership and learning experience he will get as a youth Board Member.

Shawn Wilson is the father of three teenagers and has spent 11 years coaching youth soccer and basketball. He serves as an adult scout leader. In his free time, he enjoys boating, camping, and fishing. He enjoys helping and mentoring youth in the Spring Hill community through his service with SHIFT and in other endeavors.

Jim Jim Nemer has five kids with his wife Liz and has enjoyed supporting them in scholastic and extracurricular activities for over twenty years and counting. Outside of school sports, teams, and clubs, they’ve been active in Scouting. He loves SHIFT for the common ground that it can provide for teens to celebrate their differences and help them interact with those they may not otherwise get to know in academic or athletic pursuits.

Shawna Masters is a stay at home mom and volunteer. She is married and has three children, a boy, and two girls. She enjoys traveling, creating crafts, scrapbooking, and socializing with her friends and family. She loves kids and has a true passion for teens being equipped with the necessary tools to navigate the challenges the world presents them with. She wants teens to know that they are not alone and that others are experiencing the same struggles they may be facing.

Elisa Garcia Herrera is a freshman at Spring Hill High School and is serving as a Social Media Intern for SHIFT. She is passionate about her faith and family and does competitive cheerleading. She is a positive person and tries to keep that positivity even during tough times. When she isn’t volunteering with SHIFT, she is volunteering at the City Union Mission.