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



Mike Davis


Mike Davis is a husband and father of five children and one grandson. His family’s passion for adoption has been lived out through the adoption of their two  youngest children from China. Mike is an experienced energy professional with an international trading firm. Mike resides in Houston, TX.

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, 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. Don 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 cared for at Maria’s Big House of Hope.

Scotty Smith


Scotty Smith, a native of Graham, North Carolina, is a graduate of The University of North Carolina (BA in Religion), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div), and Covenant Theological Seminary (D. Min). After planting and pastoring Christ Community Church, Franklin, TN, for 26 years, Scotty assumed a position on the pastoral staff of West End Community Church as Teacher in Residence. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Covenant Seminary, Westminster (Philadelphia), RTS Orlando, and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Scotty has authored ten books, including, Unveiled Hope (with Michael Card), Objects of His Affection, Restoring Broken Things (with Steven Curtis Chapman), Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to Gospel Centered Faith, and most recently, Every Season Prayers: Gospel-Centered Prayers for the Whole of Life. Scotty also invests time mentoring, coaching, and encouraging leaders in many different contexts. Among his hobbies, Scotty enjoys photography, fishing, cooking, and exercise. Scotty and his wife of 45 years, Darlene, continue to live in Franklin, TN.