Board of Directors
David Ward is President and founder of David Ward & Associates, LLC, a national executive placement firm that specializes in senior level placements within the financial services industry. Prior to David Ward & Associates, Mr. Ward spent 28 years in the banking industry serving ultimately as Chief Operating Officer for the mortgage lending division for a national bank. His background includes operations, sales and capital markets leadership on a national level. Mr. Ward is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Over the years he has served on both local and national boards in his industry and for charitable organizations.
David and his wife Debbie relocated back to Nashville in 1999 after 20 years and became members of Brentwood Baptist Church. It was through serving on the Missions Committee that he learned of the Sweet Sleep’s ministry and was overwhelmed by the needs of the orphan population around the world, and by the drive and determination of this group to make a difference in the lives of these children. In January of 2010, David worked with Jen Gash and her team to create an immediate and effective response to the earthquake in Haiti. He helped coordinate the collection of bedding and other items at Brentwood Baptist and drove the first truck to Miami to deliver these provisions to the port for shipping. This one event reaffirmed to him that God calls us to be his hands and feet to those in need on a continuous basis.
David and his wife Debbie live in Brentwood, Tennessee and have two married daughters, Lori and Kelley, as well as five grandchildren.
Samantha Sapp has successfully run her own freelance design business for the past seven years and has worked with clients such as Target, Wrangler and Yamaha, to name a few. She grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee, where she had an active membership at Brentwood Baptist Church since the age of six. After participating in many mission trips and leadership roles during her upbringing in the church, she attended Watkins College of Art and Design and earned her BFA in Graphic Design in 2006.
Shortly after her son was born in 2008, she felt God calling her to do something bigger with her work, and she felt that joining the Sweet Sleep team was the perfect opportunity to contribute her design work to a great cause.
Samantha currently lives in Nolensville, Tennessee with her husband, Aaron, and 3-year old son, Elijah. Her desire is to follow God’s will for her life, and not her own; to travel the world, caring and ministering to the unreached and the less fortunate, and most importantly, to share with them the hope and joy of Jesus Christ.
Jamie Lambert is a CPA and is passionate about orphan care and the ministry of Sweet Sleep. Most recently, Jamie worked for Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC, a large local CPA firm in Nashville, as a senior auditor where she gained significant experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Frasier, Dean & Howard, Jamie worked for Arthur Andersen LP as a staff auditor. Mrs. Lambert holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University and a Master of Accountancy from The University of Tennessee.
In 2005, Jamie and her husband, Clark, welcomed their first child, Russ. At that time, Jamie felt called to leave full-time employment to stay home with her son. After several mission trips to various countries in Asia, Jamie and Clark felt God calling them to adopt an orphan from Nepal. After a lengthy process, Jamie and Clark welcomed their second child, Bella, into their family at the age of 18 months. This experience has fueled her fire to help the helpless and spread the love of Jesus to children around the world, especially orphans.
Jamie and her family actively attend The Church at Station Hill in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee and their local adoption support group.
Sam DavidsonPast-Chair, Director
Sam Davidson is best known for co-founding Cool People Care. Cool People Care (www.coolpeoplecare.org) is a lifestyle and media company that shows people how to live a more caring lifestyle.
He is currently the program manager of Inconvenient Youth (ICY), a program of The Climate Project. ICY is designed to mobilize millions of teens to make a difference in order to help protect the planet and fight climate change.
Sam is an avid writer and his thoughts have been syndicated on various Web sites, including his own (SamDavidson.net). His favorite topics include the potential of the next generation to change the world for the better. He has written three books, his most notable being “New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours."
Sam believes strongly that impacting one's world is believable and, even more importantly, doable and is looking forward to making a global impact through serving on Sweet Sleep’s Board of Directors. Sam is eager to help spread the word about Sweet Sleep’s mission, help expand its reach and assist in strategically planning for the organization’s future.
Sam lives in Nashville with his wife Lynnette. Sam lives in Nashville with his wife Lynnette and their one-year-old Lindley.
Susan Earl HosbachDirector
Susan is the executive director of The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and international vice chair of the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Foundation for Philanthropy. And as if that didn’t keep her busy enough, she’s recently joined the Sweet Sleep board of directors as well.
At The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, Susan is responsible for providing overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization, as well as leading all fundraising and community relations initiatives. She’s previously served in executive roles at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, and Second Harvest Food Bank—bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars to those organizations over the past twenty years. In 2011, she was named one of the Nashville Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” and earned the international “Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership” from the AFP. In the years before that, she’s won too many awards to list them all.
Gary Howard is the Director of Emergency Services at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to Vanderbilt, Mr. Howard was in management at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama.
Mr. Howard brings to Sweet Sleep's Board a background of leadership and management, as well as a passion and heart for Sweet Sleep's ministry to orphaned and abandoned children. Gary recognized his calling for this type of ministry when began working with at-risk Hispanic youth with a church he previously attended. He began to truly realize the importance of having Godly parents or a Godly adult influence in the lives of children and teenagers. He also currently works with the Division of International Healthcare through the department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical Center, and he currently has several active service projects both in Haiti and South America.
Gary is an active member of Brentwood Baptist Church, he is a volunteer firefighter for the Nolensville Fire Department, and he also serves on Brentwood Baptist's Mission Committee. Gary has one daughter, Lauren, who is a freshman in college at the University of North Alabama.
Donna Keel is a Project Manager for Connecticut-based CIGNA Healthcare and will complete 20 years with CIGNA in 2011. She most recently managed vendor operations for CIGNA in Manila, Philippines and Chennai, India and is currently leading the data integration of the healthcare professional network of a recent acquisition.
Donna, a native of Nashville, and her husband, Marlin, have been married for 41 years and both attended Vanderbilt University. They are new members of Brentwood Baptist Church after 31 years of active membership and service at First Baptist Church of Joelton in a variety of leadership and teaching roles. Donna’s passion for service has been children’s ministry, and she and her husband have served on the support team for Mike and Pam Talley Missions where Donna has served as Chair since 2006. It is through working with Scott Harris in Brentwood Baptist Missions that Donna first learned of Sweet Sleep and the opportunity to become part of the Sweet Sleep team.
Until recently, Donna and Marlin lived in northwest Davidson County but moved to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee in August 2010. They have two married children and six grandchildren in the Nashville area. Donna enjoys reading, painting and spending time with her family.
Tony Harold Nunn is a retired educator from Kentucky and for 30 years was a teacher, counselor, principal and administrator in the community and technical college system.
Tony and his wife Barbara, also a retired educator who taught at G.C. Burkhead Elementary, are now members of Brentwood Baptist Church. Previously, they were members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for over 30 years.
Tony and Barbara first heard about Sweet Sleep at Brentwood Baptist Church where they met Stuart and Jen and felt moved by the Holy Spirit to join God in His work there.
Tony and his wife live in Franklin, Tennessee near their son, Troy, his wife Kim and their three grand children, Olivia, Tyler and Stella. Tony’s desire is to serve God and the “least of His children,” the orphans of the world.
Todd Ramey currently serves as an artist manager with Sandbox Entertainment -- an artist management firm based in Nashville, Tennessee – representing artists including Sandbox flagship artist Shania Twain.
Prior to Sandbox, Mr. Ramey served in numerous capacities in music business over 9 years – most often working in artist management with artists like Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson and SHeDaisy. He became involved with Sweet Sleep in January 2010, when he was deeply moved hearing about the plight of orphans in quake-ravaged Haiti and found an opportunity to serve with Sweet Sleep. Mr. Ramey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Music Business Management from Belmont University (2002).
Todd is a member of and serves as an ordained deacon at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. Todd is originally from Bolivar, Missouri and currently lives in West Nashville with his wife Laura and their dog, Albert.
Scott is a new addition to the Sweet Sleep board of directors. As a Certified Public Accountant, his professional life centers around transaction service consulting and financial due diligence, but the rest of his life revolves around his wife Joy and their two young sons.
An avid learner and teacher, Scott has been an instructor at various technical training sessions and has presented at numerous professional associations, including local Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) chapters. He currently serves corporate controller for Foundations Recovery Network, a premier organization for treating persons with a dual diagnosis of substance addiction and mental health disorders. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial reporting process as well as various operational initiatives.
Scott and Joy are both avid runners, and we would guess their two boys aren’t far behind.