Staff & Board

Our talented staff is comprised of individuals working together for the sake of orphans around the world, and Show Hope’s Board of Directors guides and protects the mission and purpose of the organization, ensuring we carry those out with excellence, integrity, and accountability.

Meet Our Founders



David Cecil


David Cecil is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development of Southwestern Energy Company. He is responsible for guiding SWN’s strategic direction and identifying and capitalizing on growth opportunities, including corporate and business development prospects.

David joined SWN in 2017.  Most recently he was Managing Director and Head of Lazard’s North American E&P group, where he served from 2012 to 2017. David has extensive experience advising corporate boards of directors and executives on strategy, business development and capital allocation. Previously, he was Managing Director of Scotia Waterous (USA), the oil and gas arm of Scotiabank, where he led the U.S. energy investment banking practice. Earlier in his career, he served as Managing Director of BMO Financial Group.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Duke University.

Donna Daniel


Donna and her husband Dan are adoptive parents and long-time supporters of Show Hope. She moved to Nashville from Raleigh, North Carolina, and brings the heart and passion of an adoptive mom. Her husband Dan is a partner at Bristol Development. She has two daughters, three sons, and two grandchildren.

Palmer Williams


Palmer Williams is an attorney who specializes in international law and government affairs. She earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School and her B.A. in Political Science and Community Development from Vanderbilt University. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt, Palmer spent a year in South Africa serving orphans. While living in South Africa, Palmer met her future brother, Aphiwe, who her parents adopted when she returned to the states. Palmer also previously worked at Show Hope as the Advancement Coordinator. She and her husband, Joseph, have two sons, Jack and Henry, and live in Nashville, TN.

Leslie Maclellan


Leslie is a lawyer with a focus on all types of corporate business practice, which including securities, private equity and tax-exempt organizations. Representative matters include general business formation and structuring, commercial contracts, equity compensation and employment contracts, private equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities compliance and general corporate representation. Her practice also includes representation of a range of tax-exempt organizations including public charities, private foundations, secondary schools, universities and social enterprises. Ms. Maclellan has committed a significant portion of time to pro bono work in the area of domestic and international adoptions. She lives in Nashville with her husband and four children. Ms. Maclellan earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1988. In 1993, she received her law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and was associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Don Orr


Don is the president and CEO of Nashville Machine Company and Cumberland Valley Enterprise. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from Vanderbilt University . Don received his BSME from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Vanderbilt s Owens school of management executive program. He has been with Nashville machine for 35 years. He and his wife Edee have three children; Don Jr, Miller and Mollykate. Mollykate was adopted by Don and Edee from China, where she was a Show Hope care center child living at Maria’s Big House of Hope.