Staff Members

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Brittany Spence - Executive Director

Brittany, along with her husband David, founded the Forrest Spence Fund in memory of their son Forrest. Brittany was born and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee. She graduated with a Masters degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from The University of Tennessee. She worked as a school teacher and youth director for several years before becoming the Executive Director of the Forrest Spence Fund.  Brittany currently serves on the Family Partners Council and the Parent Mentor Program at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. She is also serving on the Nurse-Family Partnership Community Advisory Board.  She loves to spend time with her husband and three children, Austin, Miller, and Maggie.  She also enjoys reading, traveling, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Brittany at brittany [at] forrestspencefund [dot] org

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Abby Cooley - Program Director

Abby is a native Memphian and 2010 graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in Communications. As a former Child Life Specialist at Le Bonheur Children's hospital, Abby has a passion for serving and supporting hospitalized children and their families during their most difficult days. Abby remains involved at Le Bonheur through serving on the Staff Education Committee and as a Parent Mentor. Abby loves spending time with her husband, David, son, Noah and two dogs, Lola and Izzy. Abby is a dog lover and is passionate about caring for abused and neglected animals as a foster parent for Woof River Animal Rescue. Abby also enjoys watching and attending sporting events, cooking and spending time with family. Abby knows on a first hand basis the importance of the work done by the Forrest Spence Fund as Abby's son spent three weeks in the NICU following his birth. Abby looks forward to providing the same services and support to families that was provided to her family during their son's hospitalization.

Contact Abby at abby [at] forrestspencefund [dot] org

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Janie Williams - Business/Office Manager

Janie grew up in Memphis, TN. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Managerial Finance. Janie attends St. Louis Catholic Church. She enjoys practicing yoga, hanging out with her friends, and spending time with her four nephews. Janie is the youngest of four girls. One of her sisters, Mary Grace, was born with spina bifida. One year, Mary Grace spent more days and nights at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital then she did at home. Janie understands the importance of the work done by the Forrest Spence Fund, and she is excited to give back to families just like hers. 

Contact Janie at janie [at] forrestspencefund [dot] org

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Iman Kabir - Intern

Iman was born in Harar, Ethiopia but grew up in Southaven Mississippi. She is currently a sophomore at Christian Brothers University and hopes to go into Healthcare Administration one day. Iman has a thrill for volunteering, working with kids, and photography. She has been involved with the Forrest Spence Fund since 2016 and has loved every minute of it. 

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Luis Marquez - Intern

Luis grew up in Southaven, MS. He has a deep passion for film, music, and new experiences. Luis is currently attending Northwest Mississippi community college. He finds joy in helping others feel better by volunteering or just simply by being a friend. With an overall goal to make the world a better place, Luis looks forward to joining the Forrest Spence team!