Meet Our Team
Sarah is a native East-Tennessean and fellow loss mom. She is the co-founder and president of Heard and Held. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from Carson-Newman University. She worked as a nurse for four years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom to her son, Caleb. Sarah enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing games in her admittedly limited spare time!
Brendan is a father and is the husband of Sarah Dunn. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy as well as a Master of Arts in Applied Theology from Carson-Newman University, and he works fulltime in HR Technology as a Product Owner.
Brendan caught the vision for Heard and Held from Sarah and lends his support as the Secretary and web admin for the organization. His hobbies include reading, writing, gaming, disc golf, and rambling walks through the woods with his son.
Spenser Smith, MBA
Spenser Smith serves as the Treasurer of Heard and Held. He and Brendan were college roommates, and he has years of experience working with nonprofits. He lives in Talbott, TN with his wife Ali, his baby Everett, their dog Fitz, and their cat Azari.
Spenser holds an MBA and works as the Director of Graduate Admissions for the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In his spare time he enjoys photography, videogames and board games, and outdoor activities, especially beating Brendan at disc golf!
Muriel grew up in East Tennessee but relocated to Wilmington, NC in 2017 after graduating from Carson-Newman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. Although she has no children of her own, Muriel feels passionately about women and children's healthcare and services. She currently serves as a Guardian ad Litem in New Hanover County and is honored to serve on the Board for Heard and Held. She works full-time as a litigation paralegal and her hobbies include spending time with her husband and dog, reading, and caring for her plants.
Hannah Yoder, CNM
Hannah went to nursing school in Knoxville, TN before earning her Master's in Midwifery. She relocated to South Bend, IN to work at a hospital-based midwifery practice in the middle of the city. She believes strongly that the heart of midwifery is to "be with women" through all the stages of womanhood, joys and hard times and is honored to serve on the board of Heard and Held. When she is not present at deliveries or in the clinic, Hannah enjoys exploring trails around Lake Michigan, frequenting coffee shops, and cultivating relationships with friends.