Originally from Nashville, TN, Spence has been working with kids since 1976, over 33 years on this farm. He is a Vietnam Vet, attended the School of Education at UNC,and has been riding horses since he was 10. His Uncle Joe Dickinson mentored him through high school at his camp, Camp Natchez Trace, in Franklin, TN, where Spence was challenged to be the most improved camper. Spence was inspired by his uncle’s contribution to children and to his community.
Heather is a local. Born and raised in Cary. Her career has taken her to exciting places, from many years as the Education Coordinator at the Duke Lemur Center to owning her own bakery. Heather spent time at the Farm a few years back before leaving to obtain her Masters Degree. She returned recently to continue bringing quality work at Spence’s Farm.
Social Media and Communications Director/Mentor
Matthew is Spence’s nephew and grew up in the NorthEast. He spent many years in the U.S. Army before going to NYU Film School and spending 20 years working in the film and television industry in New York City. He recently relocated to Chapel Hill to work on the Farm helping Spence create a fun and educational environment for children.
Barn Manager/Horse Lesson Instructor/Mentor
Originally hailing from Northern California, Anthony spent much of his childhood on fishing boats. He relocated to the Chapel Hill area 23 years ago and spent 9 years working at UNC Hospitals. During his 3 years at Spence’s Farm Anthony has developed strong, lasting bonds with the horses under his care. He feeds and exercises them daily and enjoys sharing this time with the children, teaching them beginning horsemanship, and the proper care and handling of horses.
Born in Sainte Therese Quebec, Canada. Tom is a Nashville trained musician, published country song writer. He is also a trained seminar leader for Landmark, education contractor, and handyman, co-owning 5 construction businesses. He has expertise in direct marketing, sales in concrete asphalt weatherization, people management, and motivation and personal coaching. Tom is an invaluable asset in keeping the farm running smoothly.
Alexis was born in Morehead City, NC and moved to Chapel Hill in 2001. She attended Chapel Hill High School and went to Spence’s Farm when she was 6 years old. In her spare time she rides horses and is active in the community. Alexis shares a special bond with the children in her care.
Davis was born and raised in Chapel Hill and is a huge Tar Heel basketball fan. He does his best to attend all the home games. Davis studied biology at Campbell University and holds numerous PADI scuba certifications. His hobbies include camping, hiking, playing the ukulele, and collecting vinyl. He spends much of his time with the children at the baby chicks and chickens and bunnies. He also instructs the children in the garden showing them how to grow vegetables.