Doug grew up in Dandridge, Tennessee. The summer before his 16th birthday Doug had a diving accident and became a C5-6 quadriplegic. Leanne grew up in Clovis, New Mexico.
Doug and Leanne met while in college in Nashville, TN through a mutual friend. Doug attended Vanderbilt University and earned a BA in Economics and Leanne attended neighboring Belmont University and earned a BBA in Music Business. In 1991, the year after graduation, they married and moved to Dallas, Texas for Doug to attend SMU Law School while Leanne worked in advertising for Weir’s Furniture.
After law school Doug entered the corporate world working in sports marketing and product development eventually becoming Vice President of Product Development for Donruss Playoff. Leanne managed a retail store and then started her own catering business.
In 2003 Doug and Leanne became involved on a local level with the international ministry, Joni and Friends. They volunteered at Family Retreat and served on the local board for the area ministry. In 2007 they moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to work full-time for Joni and Friends; Doug as the area director for the state and Leanne as the program coordinator.
In 2010 an opportunity to establish a new ministry presented itself and Access-Life was born. Doug and Leanne are the co-founders/directors of Access-Life. Access-Life is a ministry which develops and executes programs and events for people living with disabilities that share the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as connect them to Christ honoring churches, organizations, resources and people within their community.