Our Leaders

Our Board of Directors

Board Photo Edited

From left to right: Jack Moore, Carole Wilson West, Bob Wilson, Betty Wilson Moore, Susan Cooper WIlson, Rebecca Wilson Macsovits, Eliot Morris, Tate Simpson WIlson, Carrie Wilson Snider, Kem Wilson Jr. 

  • Robert A. Wilson
  • C. Kemmons Wilson, Jr.
  • Betty Wilson Moore
  • Carole Wilson West
  • Tate Simpson WIlson 
  • Susan Cooper Wilson
  • Carey Wilson Snider
  • Kevin Geshke
  • Eliot Morris

Betty Wilson Moore currently serves as President and Board Chair.

Robert “Bob” Allen Wilson

Bob Wilson is the second eldest of the children and is married to Susan Cooper Wilson. He graduated from Southern Methodist University and went on to Harvard Business School to complete the Small Company Management Program. He serves as Vice Chairman and Board of Directors of the Kemmons Wilson Companies and he is President of Wilson Air Center, LLC. Other community activities and business associations of special note include:

  • Southern Methodist University – Business School Executive Board, Edwin L. Cox School of Business
  • One of three recipients of the Legends in Aviation Award voted on by the local aviation community
  • Current member of the National Business Aviation Association Security Council
  • Past Board of Directors – Pilatus Owners and Pilots Association
  • Lt. Colonel Retired/ Pilot/Operations Group Commander: Tennessee Air National Guard

 

Charles Kemmons Wilson, Jr

Kem Wilson Jr. is the third eldest of the five children and married Norma Thompson Wilson. Together they have 5 children (Carey Wilson Snider, C. Kemmons Wilson, III, Katherine Wilson Blackney, McLean Wilson, and Elizabeth Wilson Pelly). They are also proud grandparents of 13 grandchildren. Kem serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kemmons Wilson Companies and Chairman of the Board, Wilson Hotel Management Co. He graduated from the University of Alabama and went on to the Harvard Graduate School of Business (OPM). Notable community activities and business associations include:

  • University of Alabama – Board of Visitors, President’s Cabinet
  • Presbyterian Day School – Board of Directors
  • Hope Christian Community Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Fogelman College of Business & Economics – University of Memphis – Board of Trustees
  • Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation – Board of Directors
  • DownLine Ministries – Board of Directors
  • NEXUS – Board of Directors
  • Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management – Board of Advisors
  • Country Place Ministries – Board of Directors
  • HalfTime – Board of Advisors
  • Fellows Program – Second Presbyterian Church – Chairman
  • Lead Like Jesus – Board of Advisors
  • World Presidents’ Organization
  • Certified Property Manager – Institute of Real Estate Management
  • Campus Crusade for Christ

Past Associations:

  • Young Presidents’ Organization – Chairman, Rebel Chapter
  • Liberty Bowl Classic – President
  • Baddour Center – Board of Directors
  • University of Memphis – Board of Visitors
  • Memphis Literacy Council – Board of Directors
  • Regions Financial Corporation – Board of Directors
  • Furman University – Board of Trustees
  • Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau – Board of Directors
  • St. Joseph Hospital – Board of Directors
  • Boy’s Club – Board of Directors
  • Hutchison School – Board of Trustees
  • Emmaus – Board of Directors
  • CEO Organization
  • Leadership Foundations of America – Board of Directors

Elizabeth “Betty” Wilson Moore

Betty Moore married Jack Moore, her college sweetheart from the University of Alabama. They have been married for almost 34 years.

She graduated with a BS degree from the School of Education at AL and taught elementary school students in Memphis and Nashville.  With great pleasure and excitement, Jack and Betty raised 3 children - Jackson, Wilson, and Shellye and now enjoy 10 grandchildren (6 in Nashville, and 4 in Memphis) Life NEVER has any dull moments.  With a  great network of friends and her ever growing family, she stays relationally involved.

Tennis, Gardening, biking, walking, kayaking, Pilates, and Barre are her most fun exercise options . 

Studying God's living word and teaching it on occasions along with many church involvements fills the spiritual side of her walk with the Lord. Betty is a past Young Life Board member, former founding board member of Follow One International in Orlando , FL,  and currently serves on the Reynolds Wilson Council for the Kemmons Wilson Center for Good Grief

Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation, Board of Directors Chair

Carole Wilson West

Carole West lives in Memphis with her husband, Dr. Bill West who founded The West Clinic and the UT West Institute for Cancer Research. Together they have two daughters, both living in Memphis.  Her firstborn daughter Lee is the Director of Programs for KWFF.  Lee is married to Eliot Morris, talented musician and portrait artist.  Together they have five children:  Susan, Madison, Eliot, William and Mary James.  Her youngest daughter is a pediatrician with Pediatric Consultants, Dr. Margaret West Hodges.  Meg is married to Reese Hodges who works with Lifesign's Healthy Here Company.  Board service includes:

  • Co Chair, Memphis Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation  
  • Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Crime Commission 
  • Methodist Healthcare Foundation, Board of Directors

Tate Wilson

Tate Wilson is a community advocate who is proud to serve on the board of the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation. She also currently serves on the board of Teach for America - Memphis, the board of trustees for Memphis College of Art, and the board of Memphis Delta Prep Charter School. A native of Memphis, she attended Hutchison School and the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, Tate worked for Sally Shy Events as an event planner and Carlisle Corporation as an event planner and marketing coordinator. In 2009, Tate opened her own event planning firm, Eliza Tate Event Design, that focused on private and nonprofit event planning. Tate is married to D. Webb Wilson and they have three sons, Webb Jr, Sims, and Brant.

 

Susan Cooper Wilson

Susan Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Southern Methodist University in 1967.  She received a certificate in Physical Therapy from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in December 1968.  She completed her Master of Arts in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary in May 1998 and graduated Summa Cum Laude. 

Susan worked as a physical therapist primarily with children with developmental delays for twenty five years.  She has also been a board member for the Special Olympics, Wesley Senior Housing Foundation, Memphis Theological Seminary and Baptist Rehabilitation (Germantown).

Among Susan’s interests are activities which include children, animals and all things outdoors.  Her greatest joy is loving and serving God throughout her daily life.  She is married to Bob Wilson, who was her college sweetheart, and together they live in a suburb of Memphis.

 

Carey Wilson Snider

Carey W. Snider (daughter to Kem and Norma Wilson) lives in Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Alabama.  She is married to Brad Snider and together they have three children Gaines, Bradley and Charles.  Carey recently rolled off The Children’s Museum of Memphis board after 6 years of serving.  She consistently serves on volunteer committees at Presbyterian Day School where her two boys (Bradley and Charles) attend.  She participates in Bible Study Fellowship and plays tennis and their family regularly volunteers with the Neighborhood Christian Center. 

Kevin Geshke

Kevin Geshke, a native of Memphis, attended Evangelical Christian School (ECS) before receiving his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Since 2020, Kevin has been a Principal at May Creek Capital, the family investment office of Betty and Jack Moore. Prior to May Creek Capital, Kevin, a certified public accountant (CPA), had served at Ardent Health Services as Vice President and Controller as well as Ernst & Young as an auditor for the previous 17 years.

Kevin is married to Shellye Moore and lives in Nashville, Tennessee with their 3 boys. Kevin is active with several local Nashville non-profit organizations and keeps busy with his kids’ activities, schools and sports in his free time.

Eliot Morris

Eliot Morris is an acclaimed singer song writer who has toured with the Counting Crows, John Mayer, and James Taylor. He is best known for his albums What’s Mine is Yours and All Things in Time, which includes the hit Up From the Bottom.

For a number of years now he has been touring almost exclusively with New York Times best seller and internationally acclaimed speaker Matthew Kelly.

Eliot is a graduate of Auburn University.  In addition to music, Eliot spends his days painting and chasing babies.  He is married to Lee Morris and they have 5 children. 

KWFF Advisory Board

We prepare the next generation of leaders by having family members serve on the KWFF Advisory Board. These family members review and make recommendations on all grant applications. In order to be considered for a KWFF Board of Director, it is preferable a member has served on the Advisory Board.

The current members include:

  • Shellye Geshke
  • Wilson Moore
  • Stephanie Wilson
  • Reese Hodges

KWFF Staff

Staff Photo Fall 2018

From left to right: Lee Morris, Carrie Burke, Alison Buccini

Carrie Burke

Carrie Burke, Executive Director, joined the management team of the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation in 2014 as the Director of Grant Relations. She brings over 10 years of project management experience to her position having worked with both the Kemmons Wilson Companies and the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation. Prior to her career with the Wilson family, Carrie held administrative and management positions with Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation and Union Planters Bank. She currently serves on the boards of Momentum NonProfit Partners and P.U.R.E. Youth Athletic Alliance as well as the advisory board of Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management. 

Alison Buccini

Alison Buccini, Interim Director of Programs, joined the team in 2018 as the Programs and Office Administrator. Receiving a B.A. in International Business and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Memphis, Alison spent her undergraduate years as an event coordinator and served as a development intern at local non-profit organizations such as Agricenter Memphis, MIFA, The Child Advocacy Center, and ALSAC/St. Jude. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Memphis, working towards a Master in Public Administration and Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership. Taking on the position of Interim Director of Programs in 2020, Alison support's the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation's mission of transforming the Greater Memphis Community through grant-making and special programs, with a strategic focus on enriching education, inspiring youth, promoting health, and building strong families. Alison manages the foundation's four special programs; Wilson Scholars, Wilson Society, NexGen, and Wilson Speaker Series. In this role, she serves as a liaison for The KWFF Board of Directors, Kemmons Wilson Companies, KWFF partner organizations and the Greater Memphis Community. Alison believes that the collaboration of philanthropic investors, the non-profit community, and government agencies in using innovative thinking, smart strategies, and proven result, is critical in igniting the change towards a greater Memphis. In her free time, Alison loves to travel, enjoy the outdoors through hiking, biking & camping, and support local artists and community-focused initiatives. 

Lee West Morris

Lee West Morris, Director of Programs (on Haitus), was born in Washington DC, but grew up in Memphis, TN. Her parents are native Memphians: Dr. William Hoath West, founder of West Clinic, and Carole Wilson West, daughter of Kemmons and Dorothy Wilson. Lee graduated from Hutchison High School and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Auburn University. She is married to Samuel Eliot Morris and they have five children. Lee was a stay-at-home mom until 2008 when she and her family moved back to Memphis. Lee currently serves on the board of LITE (Let's Innovate Through Education). 

Contact us here:

Carrie L. Burke, Executive Director: cburke [at] kwff [dot] org

Alison Buccini, Interim Director of Programs:  abuccini [at] kwff [dot] org

You need to take charge of change, or else change will take charge of you.
Kemmons Wilson