Teammate Spotlight: Carol Smith

Carol Smith serves as Relationship Manager for the Forefront Living Foundation (FLF) and has been with the organization since July of 2017. In her role, her primary responsibility includes fundraising to advance the mission and support the goals of each member within the Forefront Living family. Carol is dedicated to sharing the mission with the community and inviting them to be a part of the Foundation’s work. We sat down with this outgoing and genuine teammate to get to know her better through a fun question and answer session. Read more about Carol below.   

What are you passionate about regarding your professional role?
I have a deep passion for the Faith Caring Fund. This fund provides essential services such as massage therapy, music therapy and grief support services to Faith Presbyterian Hospice (FPH) home-based patients and their loved ones, as well as those at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center (TBPHC). Distinguishing FPH from other local hospice providers, these services help us deliver compassionate and dignified end-of-life care to patients who may otherwise be unable to afford hospice services.

What makes you feel proud?
I am most proud of my work on the endowment campaign for the TBPHC. This endowment plays a vital role in maintaining the beauty of the TBPHC and the entire campus, ensuring that it will continue to serve families for many years. Our team raised nearly nine million dollars for the endowment during the pandemic.

On the weekend, you can find me:
On the weekend, you can find me spending time with my family. My three kids are so much fun, and they still like to hang out with their parents! We attended Family Camp at Pine Cove in Tyler, Texas, for 14 years. Unfortunately, the kids are now too old for us to continue that family tradition, but we still have great memories of our time spent there. My daughter and I love to spend Saturdays shopping at thrift stores and antique malls.

Tell us about your hobbies:
I love anything related to true crime: books, TV shows, podcasts, etc. One day when I retire, I might become a private detective or a genetic genealogist.

Tell us about your family:
I have been married for 27 years to my husband, Kevin. Kevin is an amazing history teacher at Richardson High School. We have three children: Cameron is a sophomore at Oklahoma City University, where he is majoring in Theater Design and Production. Garrett is a freshman at Richland College and hopes to enter the Fire Academy in the next year or two. Sheridan is a senior at Richardson High School. In the fall, she will attend Hendrix College in Arkansas where she plans to major in Creative Writing.

How would your friends describe you?
I think my friends would describe me as honest, loyal and curious. While my commitment to honesty may occasionally get me in hot water, I believe that my transparency plays a pivotal role in establishing deep connections with friends, teammates and donors.

Diane Fullingim, FLF Executive Director, shared the following complementary accolades about Carol: “The Foundation is so fortunate to have Carol as a teammate, she brings years of experience to our organization as well as a unique skill set. Her insights on donors and down-to-earth, fun personality are such assets. She is a superb researcher and super sleuth – traits that also benefit us greatly.”