Purpose and passion! Lee Marshall is answering her God given call to be a voice for children who wait! Born into foster care, and adopted at the age of 2, Lee knows first hand the difference a forever family can make. Through her Kids to Love Foundation, she is carrying out her purpose to find families for foster children, and meeting their immediate needs while they wait to be adopted. Since Lee founded Kids to Love in 2004, the foundation has impacted the lives of more than 265,000 foster children.
Lee is a 3-time Emmy award winning journalist. After 20 years in TV News, she signed off from the anchor desk in 2015 to launch her dream of the Kids to Love Center. Just like Lee, Kids to Love also got its start in television. Lee presents a weekly segment that aims to recruit “Forever Families.” Each week, Lee introduces a new child waiting in foster care to prospective families across the Tennessee Valley and to her more than 95,000 followers on social media. She has helped find permanent homes for more than 200 children through her weekly segment.
Lee’s vision and heart, especially for teen-age foster children who will age out of care, compelled her to dream big, and in March 2015 she launched the Kids to Love Center. The center is home to KTECH, a workforce training site for young adults, focusing on those in foster care, vets needing a skill set to reenter the workforce, and others who are underserved through traditional constraints of education. Launched in 2016, KTECH has awarded more than 100 certifications. In 16 weeks KTECH students earn 4 industry recognized certifications to meet the increasing demands of our manufacturing rich community.
Finding Forever Families is Lee’s heart. The cruel reality of foster care is not all children will be adopted. That’s where Davidson Farms comes in. Our doors opened in 2017 to provide a safe haven for children filled with Faith, Hope & Love. The 10,000 square foot home on more than 10 acres in Madison County is a home for girls like no other.
Taking Kids to Love from a grassroots to a global outreach has landed Lee on the list of the 500 Most Influential CEO’s in the World. Lee has been named an "Angel in Adoption" by Congress and honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her adoption awareness efforts. Kids to Love was named the Women-Owned Business of the year with the Huntsville - Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Lee has also been honored by the Alabama Broadcaster’s Association for her journalistic contributions and was named one of 2017 Women Who Shape The State. 2019 Entrepreneur of the year in Huntsville, 2019 Non Profit Executive of the Year and 2020 Woman of Impact Honoree.
Lee is a powerful motivational speaker, and uses her life story and music to share her faith. She encourages women to find their passion and pursue it. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Lee has 2 CDs to her credit. She has shared her music from Alabama to Australia.
Lee earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Murray State University. She’ll be the first to tell you her greatest accomplishment is her family. She and Jeff have been married for 25 years and have two daughters, Ella, 15, and Emma, 12, and a Maltese named Elvis.