Hugh and Jill Freeze have always had a heart for orphans. Ever since being at Ole Miss, they have had the idea of starting a foundation but weren’t sure where to begin. After praying and learning about foundations from Tim Tebow, they decided to officially begin the process. It was officially filed on November 19, 2014. The Freeze family took a trip to Haiti over spring break in 2015 and the burden placed on their heart for orphans and other needy children was confirmed. They knew their decision to start a foundation was the right one. The mission of the Freeze Foundation is to express God’s love by improving the quality of life for orphans and needy children around the world. While the Freeze Foundation is especially geared towards orphans, the underlying mission is for needy children in general. Whether it is a sick child in America or an orphan in Africa, the Freeze Foundation wants to make an impact.
Board of Directors
Hugh Freeze was born in Oxford, Mississippi and grew up in Independence, Mississippi. A 1988 graduate of Senatobia High School, Freeze received an associate’s degree from Northwest Mississippi Community College in 1990 and was a two-year letterwinner on the Ranger baseball team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in coaching and sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992.
It was while attending USM that he became active in mission projects, serving as a missionary in Houston, Salt Lake City, St. Petersburg, Russia and Australia. Freeze also served as the state president for the Mississippi Baptist Student Union.
He began his coaching career at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was a girls’ basketball coach. He was the head football coach for nine years before going to Ole Miss to be the recruiting coordinator and then wide receivers coach. He has been the head coach at Lambuth University, Arkansas State University, and is now entering his fifth season at Ole Miss. Hugh and his wife, Jill, are the parents of three daughters: Ragan (18), Jordan (16) and Madison (13).
Jill Freeze grew up in Louisville, MS and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education, as well as her M.Ed in Secondary Education. She spent 10 years serving in education where she taught various high school grades during her tenure.
Jill and Hugh Freeze were married in 1992 and are the proud parents of three daughters, Ragan, Jordan, and Madison. Jill is actively involved in the Ole Miss & Oxford community where she leads Bible studies for Coaches wives and pours her faith and encouragement into others within her community and beyond. Jill’s strong passion for missions and her obedience to serve the Lord has been pivotal in the founding and operation of the Freeze Foundation.
Jack Nichols is a tax attorney at Nichols Group, LLC and is the chief executive officer of M & J Management, LLC, a single family office for a high net worth family. He is a former partner of Butler Snow, LLP where he focused his practice on trusts and estates, taxation, and business transactions. He has been named a rising star by Mid-South Super lawyers and was awarded the 2002 gold medal for the highest score on the CPA exam in Mississippi. Jack is a past president of the Taxation Section of the Tennessee Bar Association and a past president of Memphis Tax Watch. Jack and his wife Sage have triplet girls and a son.
Chad Spencer, of Memphis, TN is President of the Dufresne Spencer Group, co-founded with his father in 2002. They began with one Ashley Furniture HomeStore and have grown to 38 stores in 9 states with over 1,300 employees. DSG is #36 on Furniture Today’s Top 100 Furniture Retailers and was named one of the top 10 fastest growing furniture retail companies in the country and also named as one of the fastest growing companies in Memphis, TN. DSG received AFI’s Chairman Award for Top Ashley Furniture HomeStore licensees in the USA. Chad and his wife Kelley have been happily married since 1999 and are the proud parents of three children.
Ben Crane was born in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Beaverton High School in 1994 and attended Baylor University. He then transferred to the University of Oregon and played golf. He graduated in 1999 and turned pro that same year. He is married to Heather Crane and they have three children.
Alice Blackmon, Executive Director
Alice joins the Freeze Foundation with a heart of faith and a strong passion for serving God’s Kingdom. Alice is responsible for maintaining the vision of the foundation and overseeing all aspects of the organization including fundraising, outreach initiatives, brand management and operations.
A native Mississippian, Alice graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Hospitality Management. Prior to joining the Freeze Foundation, Alice spent the past 4 years in the event planning industry, most recently as the Director of Catering & Special Events at Chickasaw Country Club in Memphis, TN. In her spare time, Alice enjoys fitness, cooking, Ole Miss Football, and serving within her church and community.