J.T. Olson, Founder and Executive Director
JT Olson is the founder and Executive Director of the Both Hands organization. He was previously the president of an executive search firm, Haystack, Associates, Inc., for ten years. Prior to that, JT spent 23 years with the Southwestern Company in sales and sales management.
The journey leading to Both Hands has been decades in the making. When both of his parents passed away in a car accident, JT and his four siblings found themselves orphaned. He was taken in and raised by an aunt and uncle, and now completely understands the need for millions of children in orphanages all over the world to find loving families and homes. He has a passion and a drive to help make that dream a reality, as well as to help the widows living right in our own communities who need a helping hand. JT and his wife Sara have been married for 29 years. They have four biological children, and adopted Gracie, their fifth.
Derek Bell, Chairman
Derek Bell is currently running on two rails—pastor and president of a strategy-consulting firm. As Community Group Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, Derek leads and develops the lay-leaders of their North Region. In this role, Derek has the opportunity to release leaders into their Ephesians 2:14 work and shepherd an extraordinary group of individuals who are making an impact on local and global fronts.
As the president of Mosaic Trust, LLC a boutique strategy-consulting firm, Derek utilizes his experience in the business and faith-based publishing industry. Mosaic Trust, LLC works with nonprofits and content creators such as Bob Buford, Leadership Network, The Drucker Institute, and numerous publishers. Derek is an associate of The Buford Foundation founded by Bob Buford.
Derek and his wife Jennifer have three children--the oldest of whom was adopted from Guatemala. Adoption is something very near and dear to the Bell's heart and they are active in helping families adopt through various ministries.
Mary Meyer, Secretary
Mary Meyer has known the Olsons for over two decades, as JT was her first business manager with the Southwestern Company while she was still a college student. She and her husband, Don, were the recipients of the inaugural Both Hands project. The unbelievable amount of money raised from that first project was enough to bring home a family of four children from Moldova (a country between Romania and Ukraine). Since their adoption five years ago, Mary has been quite busy raising their seven children. Mary believes in the inherent God-given value and potential that is evident in the life of every child. She is excited for the chance to help other families on their adoption journey.
Greg serves as the Director of Connections for the Halftime Group (www.halftime.org
) an organization he helped launch with Bob Buford 14 years ago. The Halftime Group was established to inspire and equip business and professional leaders to embrace God’s calling on their lives and move from success to significance. Greg will be forever thankful to his mentor, 78 year old Harry Crow, who believed in him at a young age and introduced him to Bob Buford for what has become an opportunity of a lifetime. Greg’s personal mission is to actively connect and resource high capacity people to live a more full and purpose filled life.
Greg is excited to serve on the Board of Both Hands because he believes James when he states in chapter 1 verse 27, “Religion that God our Father believes is pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows, etc.” He believes that the work of Both Hands is pure and faultless.
Greg and his wife of 18 years, Tracey, live in Brentwood, Tennessee with their 10 year old son Jackson Cole and their dog, a 5 year old Labradoodle named Jaggie.
Marty Roe has been a musician for the past 27 years. He and his wife Robin struggled for several years while chasing their dream. Their prayers were finally answered in 1991 as Marty and his band Diamond Rio were offered a recording contract. Shortly thereafter, they enjoyed a number one single “Meet in the Middle.” Throughout the past 18 years of blessings and success, they have both been very active in many charitable organizations, including Mid-Western Children’s Home, American Lung Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Family Dynamics. Marty and Robin are both very excited about the ministry of Both Hands and this journey God is leading them on, realizing that to whom much is given, much is expected.
Ty Osman is a proud father of three and husband to his wonderful wife, Nancy. They reside in Brentwood, Tennessee. He is the founder and president of Solomon Builders, Inc., a Nashville based commercial general contractor. “My passion has always been to make my work and ministry one in the same. Both Hands is an extension of what I want to be about in helping the less fortunate, especially deserving widows and orphans.”