Board of Directors
David Spence - President
David, along with his wife Brittany, founded the Forrest Spence Fund in memory of their son Forrest. David was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated with his BA from the University of Tennessee, received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee and completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is employed as a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon with Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN. He currently serves on the Family Partners Council at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and as a medical advisor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He loves traveling, fishing, music, and spending time with friends and family.
William C. Martin - Secretary
William was born in Houston, Texas, and moved to Memphis at the age of eight. After graduating from Evangelical Christian High School, he received an Engineering Science and Mechanics degree with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering and a Business minor from the University of Tennessee. William’s first job and only job is in the financial industry as a money manager, analyst and broker in the Futures Markets. He continues in that capacity today and has recently earned his CFA charter. William enjoys hunting, fishing, Tennessee football, exercising, friends, family, promoting the Forrest Spence Fund and spending time with his wife Ashley and daughters Carlisle, Hattie, and Margot.
Gregg Smith - Treasurer
Gregg has been married to Valerie Hyde Smith since 1998. They have a son, Witt, and a daughter, Emily. Gregg grew up in Blytheville, Arkansas and graduated from Ole Miss with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting. He has worked in various accounting and finance roles for a number of private and public companies with a focus on start-ups. He also experienced the Le Bonheur Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit when he lost his first daughter, Mary Witten, in a car accident in 1996 that also took the life of his first wife, Laurie. He loves cooking, traveling, cycling and spending time with his family.
Originally from D.C., Richard’s family moved to Memphis in 1972 and has stayed put ever since. Richard is a graduate of Memphis University School (‘90) and the University of Alabama (‘95). After graduation, he returned to Memphis to work with family at Vining-Sparks, IBG first as Assistant Vice President of Marketing, but later as a member of the Investment Strategies Group. In 2000, Richard Co-Founded Revenue Assurance Professionals, LLC and helped grow the business until its sale to Methodist Hospital in 2005. Later in 2005, Richard took a position with Streets Ministries where he assisted with the raising of funds for a $4.2 million dollar capital expansion of the ministry. After the completion of the campaign, he stayed on as Business Director for the next nine years. Currently, Richard is President of The WiseHeart Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee and serves as Principal of Vining Legacy Management, LLC. He and his wife Kristen have three daughters and are members at Independent Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, he enjoys working on old cars, even older houses, hanging out at Horseshoe Lake, and maintaining the peace between his pet chickens, cat, fish, and turtle.
Leah is a Memphis native and Evangelical Christian School alumna. She earned a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University, a JD from Texas Tech University School of Law, and an LLM in Health Law from University of Houston Law Center. She lived and worked in Houston from 1999 until 2016 and was named Junior Partner at a medical malpractice defense firm. While in Houston, she volunteered with Bo’s Place, which provides free of charge grief counseling for families who have lost a child or parent. Outside of work, Leah spends time with her family, runs and enjoys movies.