Fred Smith, President
Fred Smith is a graduate of Denver University and Harvard Divinity School. He spent several years as teacher and administrator at Charlotte Christian School and The Stony Brook School before joining Leadership Network, where he served as President for 12 years. Fred is the President of The Gathering, an international association of individuals, families and foundations giving to Christian ministries. As well, Fred is the Chairman of Fourth Partner, a non-profit organization focused on Christian philanthropy and community development within the East Texas area. Fred and his wife, Carol, reside in Tyler, Texas and have two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson.
Melea Edwards, Conference Manager
Melea Edwards is a graduate of East Texas State University (now Texas A & M University - Commerce) and spent 10 years in the Human Resource Department at Buford Television, Inc. From there, she joined Leadership Network and spent 7 years as a conference and meeting planner. She is the Conference Manager for The Gathering and other regional events. Melea and her husband, Don, have two grown daughters and a son-in-law and reside in Tyler, Texas.
Leigh Vickery, Marketing and Communications Manager
Leigh likes to live on the creative side of the office, helping with the marketing and communications for The Gathering, Your Philanthropy, and The Women’s Fund of Smith County. She has worked with Fred Smith on a freelance basis for almost 20 years, and joined the staff fulltime in 2012. Leigh is a graduate of Baylor University and also attended Rice University for post-graduate studies. She is also the founder and president of Leigh Oliver’s, an all-natural food company with products in Whole Foods Markets, Costco and locally in FRESH by Brookshire’s. Leigh lives in Tyler with her two teenage sons, Will and Smith.