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ADTH's Board of Directors

As a nonprofit organization, A Door To Hope deeply values the trust that has been placed in us. Sponsors and donors trust us to use their funds to advance our mission to be the living love of Jesus; government and private entities trust us to serve people; and partners trust us to carry out joint projects. To safeguard this critical trust, A Door To Hope is committed to best practices in governance, accountability and transparency. This commitment exists at all levels of the organization.

Kris Kelso

Chairman of the Board

A 2-time entrepreneur who now works as an executive coach and keynote speaker.  He is a faculty instructor at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, an advisor / instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and is a contributing writer for publications including Fast Company Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the Nashville Business Journal. Kris and his wife are active members and elders of Cornerstone Nashville.

Rick Barnette

Board Member

Rick is in sales. He is married to Judy, dad to McKenzie (Grant) and Haley. Roo Roo to Kate.
Rick wins the award from most trips to Haiti of all of our board members! (He is also our construction project manager in Haiti… whether he likes it or not.)

Cathy Bell


BGM charter member and apparently life long secretary of the board. For the past 10 years, Cathy has been employed as Systems Administrator for Staff Counsel of GEICO. She enjoys telling Brent what to do and when to do it.

William Horton


William Horton has spent most of his 35-year career in manufacturing and equipment related businesses.  Currently the Owner and President of Utility Equipment Service, Inc., William has grown and sold a few other companies in the middle Tennessee area. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Belmont University and is involved in a number of civic and Christian missional organizations.  William and his wife, Shelley, live in Spring Hill, TN, have 2 daughters and attend Harpeth Christian Church in Franklin, TN.

Kent Shingleton

Board Member

Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church in Smyrna, TN. Married to Shawnah, dad to Jared, Maci, Molly, and Sarah.  Papa to Shiloh, Judah, and Noah!