HISTORY

Our friend, Chad Welch was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia on April 26th, 2005. He endured three separate relapses and two fully stem cell transplants during his 26 month long battle. Chad lost his courageous battle with cancer on June 24, 2007. Team Chad was inspired by Chad's friends and family in order to help "Continue Chad's Fight Against Leukemia".

Even though Chad was only with us for a short thirty years, Chad maximized every moment and had an incredible passion for life. This passion for life was evident in his many close friendships, his enthusiasm for all things associated with football (especially Big Orange Football), his zeal for his Christian values, and his love for his wife and family. During Chad 's two-year fight with AML leukemia, he also became passionate about the larger fight against leukemia.

This passion was displayed in several fashions through Chad's life, including his nomination and campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year Award (where he won Hero of the Year), his contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk and in his every day dealings with family and friends, as well as nurses, doctors and staff on the 11th Floor North at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Since 2007, Team Chad has been dedicated to helping patients and families of those effected by Leukemia. We've raised over $550,000 to help patients during their time of greatest need. We could not do this without the generous support of our sponsors and individuals. We thank you and invite others to join in and help continue Chad's fight against leukemia.

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Chad's story,

like many others diagnosed with leukemia, starts with some unexpected news. Chad Welch was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Following high school, he attended the University of Tennessee where he excelled in many different areas. After graduation, Chad moved home to Nashville and married his college sweetheart, Haley McWhorter.

Life was going according to plan until a routine doctor's visit in 2005 turned Chad's life upside-down. The cause? A diagnosis of an aggressive form of leukemia, Acute Mylogenous Leukemia (AML). After twenty-six months, he lost his courageous battle with cancer in June of 2007.

 Mission

We continue Chad’s fight against leukemia. 

  • We serve with compassion and a smile.

  • We raise funds with respect and genuine gratitude. And like Chad did, it’s okay if we have a little fun while we do it. 

  • We are committed to the efficient operation of the Team Chad organization and making the most of our resources. 

  • We are dedicated. Dedicated to helping and serving the patients and families who are directly affected by leukemia in Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region.

Our Board

David Callahan- President

David Callahan is the current President of Team Chad (his tenure expires December 31, 2019. David has been on the Board of Team Chad since 2010. Prior to joining Team Chad as a Board Member he assisted in raising funds and awareness for the charity through his efforts with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2010 David, in honor of Chad, ran and won the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year. His efforts during the 10 week fundraising competition raised nearly $40,000 and raised a great deal of awareness for Team Chad. Following this David joined the Board. In 2013 David, on behalf of Team Chad, completed 52 Triathlons in 52 Weeks. Traveling around the country spreading the word and message of Team Chad. This one year effort raised an additional $42,000 for Team Chad directly.


Craig Reavis- President Elect

Craig Reavis has been involved with Team Chad since its inception, participating in half-marathon running and fundraising, supporting the original Team Chad Tailgate, and ultimately chairing the annual wine event two years in a row along with his wife Elizabeth. When Elizabeth’s term on the Team Chad Board expired 18 months ago, Craig stepped in to fill her role. Having lost his own mother to cancer more than 30 years ago, Craig is uniquely poised to continue their shared legacy by serving economically vulnerable families and individuals impacted by the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma. Craig will succeed David Callahan as President of Team Chad in 2020.


Eric Hardesty- Treasurer

Eric Hardesty graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting and worked in public accounting out of college. He spent most of his career in Accounting related positions before becoming a broker in commercial real estate. Eric currently serves on Team Chad’s Board as Treasurer. He resides in Brentwood, TN with his wife Ellie and their three daughters.


Jessica Torres- Recording Secretary

Jessica Torres has called Nashville home since 2001. Originally from Jackson, TN, she made her way to Knoxville to the University of Tennessee to pursue her college degree. While there, she met Chad in 1997, while they both cheered on their Volunteers. Chad’s passion for UT was as big as his hear and why Team Chad is so important. Sharing Chad’s heart to those living with leukemia is such a critical purpose of Team Chad. Jessica joined the Team Chad board in 2017.

Jessica lives in Franklin with her husband Drew, and their 3 children; Kathryn, Tate and Mary-Drew. When not helping her real estate clients, Jessica enjoys various outdoor activities and spending time with friends.


Lissa Roussel

Lissa Roussel graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations in 2000. She started working for the Diamond Council of America in 2001 eventually serving as their Director of Operations until 2018 when she chose to leave the workforce and be a full time mom. Lissa completed the Young Leaders program in 2003 and served on the Board of the Green Hills YMCA until 2006 when she was nominated to participate in the Man & Woman of the Year campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society. During that ten week campaign she raised over $30,000 for the blood cancer organization. Lissa currently serves on the Boards of Team Chad and the Kenrose PTO. She resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Paul, daughter Lilly and son Max.


Brooke Ponder


Alex Jones


Holly McDaniel

Holly McDaniel lobbies at the Tennessee General Assembly to facilitate client interactions with relevant state agencies. She works with state legislators, key members of the executive branch and state agencies, as well as other public policy makers to protect and promote her clients’ interests. She advises clients in a range of industries, including health care, telecommunications, fuel supply distribution, transportation, liquor sales, and education.

She also works with clients to help them better advocate for themselves by showing them the various components of the legislative process and how, when and where they can influence it.


Josh Clark

Josh Clark serves as the Director of Production and Compliance for OnSite Fleet Management based in Franklin, TN. Prior to his current role he has served in a variety of Director positions in industries including Automotive, Insurance, and Multi-Family Development. Josh has served on the Team Chad board for 4 years and is passionate about continuing Chad’s fight as he, like most, have been effected by cancer touching somebody close to him.


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Bret Moore

Bret Moore, President & CEO of Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, took over store operations on June 3, 2019 along with four other owner partners – all local residents. Bret’s vision for the store includes significant renovations and modernization which will re-imagine what a wine and spirits store can be for customers across Middle Tennessee. 

Having spent time in retail, e-commerce and marketing for several major corporations, Bret brings a wealth of best practices with him to the store operations. When not at the store, you can most likely find Bret with his family sipping a great bourbon – a real area of emphasis for the store moving forward as well. He is a huge Predators fan, and an active community member serving on the board of Team Chad – an organization supporting the fight against leukemia, lymphoma, and blood cancers.

He and his wife Brooks have two adorable daughters ages 5 and 7, and soon will be welcoming a store dog to the family soon.


Brooks Moore


Ashley Klekamp

Ashley Klekamp graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in 1997. Following graduation she attended Physical Therapy School at Belmont University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2001. She worked in sales for both EBI Medical systems and EMPI following PT School. Following Chad’s cancer diagnosis, Ashley made a career change and pursued a Master’s degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She worked in a private practice and in multiple nursing homes prior starting her own business, UroCare. Recently she chose to leave the workforce to be a full time mom. Ashley currently serves on the board of Team Chad in multiple roles and recently accepted a co-chair position of the Flashes of Hope Program through Friends of Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Ashley resides in Brentwood, TN with her husband John and their 3 boys- Eli, Sam & Hank.


Emeritus Board:

Micah Lacher

Dave Morgan

Dave Morgan is the Vice President, Contracting for OMNIA Partners, the largest and most experienced organization in group purchasing serving the government, manufacturing and corporate markets, respectively.

Prior to joining OMNIA Partners, Dave spent 12 years at HealthTrust and CoreTrust Purchasing Group, where he was responsible for the development, management and growth of multimillion-dollar national agreements, ranging from clinical supplies and equipment to software licenses to commercial products and services.

Joe Goodman

Joe is senior partner with Goodman Callahan Blackstone, PLLC law firm in Nashville where he practices in family business matters, wealth planning, trusts and estates. He was Chad's step-father and instrumental in the founding and development of Team Chad. He retired from the Board in 2015 and continues to enthusiastically support Team Chad programs and activities in various ways. Joe and Chad's mother, Judy Goodman, reside in Brentwood, Tennessee where their primary interests are three grandsons, Richland Country Club, and gradually sliding into retirement mode with their friends

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