Board of directors
Lois GallardoLois first became involved with Neverthirst on a trip to Cambodia in 2013 after reading David Platt’s book Radical. Personally seeing the daily living conditions of the women in Cambodia and the impact that clean water makes in the lives of the villagers every single day was an eye-opening experience.
Lois lives in California where she keeps busy volunteering with her church, teaching women’s Bible Study, and working as a CPA at her husband’s accounting firm. She has been married to her husband, Tom, for 33 years, has 2 children and 1 grandchild.
Jeremy LongJeremy Long is currently the Vice President of Commercial Risk Services at S.S. Nesbitt & Company. He graduated from Auburn University. Jeremy lives in Hoover, AL and is married to his wife Michelle. They have 2 children, Emmie and JJ. Jeremy has a passion for the Lord and is grateful for his relationship through Jesus Christ. He is actively involved in many local charities including the United Way, Gateway Social Services, Neverthirst, Mountain Brook Community Church, after-school Bible clubs, and many others
Heather PlattHeather Platt is wife to Dr. David Platt, President of IMB, former pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, and best selling author. She is mother and homeschool teacher to 4 beautiful children (two of whom she and David have had the joy of adopting): Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah. She enjoys serving preschoolers on Sunday mornings, mentoring and discipling young women, and leading a small group of incredible ladies. Most of all, Heather loves serving the Lord alongside her husband, wherever He may lead, in travels around the world and in simple everyday life.
Chris PrierChris is co-founder and President of Prier Construction Inc., a regional commercial general contracting firm. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he met his wife Jen. Chris, Jen, and their five children live in Birmingham where they are active members of The Church at Brookhills.
Greg SankeyGreg Sankey became the eighth commissioner of the Southeastern Conference on June 1, 2015, after serving on the SEC staff for 13 years in various leadership positions.
Sankey joined the SEC staff in 2002 as Associate Commissioner and was elevated to Executive Associate Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the league office in 2012.
Prior to joining the SEC staff, Sankey was Commissioner of the Southland Conference for nearly seven years. He joined the Southland Conference staff in 1992 where he served as both assistant and associate commissioner before he was named commissioner in 1996.
Prior to his term at the Southland Conference he was director of compliance and academic services at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Previous to his tenure at Northwestern State, he was the director of intramural sports at Utica College in upstate New York.
A native of Auburn, New York, Sankey earned his master’s degree from Syracuse University and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland. Sankey and his wife, Cathy, reside in Birmingham, Alabama, and have two daughters, Hannah Michelle (22) and Moriah Elizabeth (19).Greg Sankey, in his thirteenth year as a member of the Southeastern Conference staff, was promoted in March 2012 to Executive Associate Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. He has been an integral part of Commissioner Mike Slive’s efforts to reshape the SEC’s governance, enforcement and compliance program. Sankey oversees the SEC’s personnel and internal operations, works closely with Commissioner Slive on supporting the progress of the Conference, and is active within the NCAA committee structure, which includes his current service on the Division I Legislative Council, Football Recruiting Subcommittee and as a member of the Division I NCAA Committee on Infractions.
Prior to joining the SEC staff, Sankey was Commissioner of the Southland Conference for nearly seven years. Sankey joined the Southland Conference staff in 1992 where he served as both assistant and associate commissioner, prior to earning the Commissioner’s title in 1996. He joined the Southland Conference office in 1992 after working as director of compliance and academic services at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. While at Northwestern State, Sankey also coached the Demons’ golf teams for two years, earning the Golf Coaches Association of America District VI Coach of the Year award in 1991. Before moving to Louisiana, he was the director of intramural sports at Utica College in upstate New York.
A native of Auburn, New York, Sankey earned his master’s degree from Syracuse University and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland. Sankey and his wife, Cathy, reside in Birmingham, Alabama, with their two daughters, Hannah (22) and Moriah (18).
Forrest WaldenForrest has been in the fitness industry since 1996 and he is famous for saying that he “can’t imagine doing anything else.”In 2001, he opened his first Fitness Together personal training studio. He eventually grew that into six studios that he owned and operated right in Birmingham. After success with those six, he decide to sell them for the chance to purchase the franchise rights to develop the Fitness Together franchise brand in Alabama, Florida and North Carolina.
Despite a great deal of success in this endeavor developing Fitness Together in these three states, in late 2007, Forrest had been unable to shake the feeling that I just had to get more directly back in the fitness industry and help people transform their lives.
And that, is the spark that lead to the creation of the Iron Tribe brand.
In 2013, Forrest published a book about the Iron Tribe story, documenting this very story of deciding to get his friends together in his garage to workout throughout 2008 and 2009, which lead to the opening of the first Iron Tribe gym in 2010.
At the heart of this story is a community of people who are all aligned around the same purpose of creating communities where lives are changed. It is that purpose that lead to the establishment of this brand and is the true passion that lead Forrest to move away from his previous ventures in fitness to this one with Iron Tribe.
Forrest’s wife Mendy is not only an avid Iron Tribe athlete, but as he says, “she keeps the house running like a swiss watch!” Forrest and Mendy have four children; two older girls in Caroline (12) and Brooke (10), and two younger boys in David (7) and Benjamin (4), who they adopted from Ethiopia in 2011.
Mark WhiteheadCo-Founder and Executive Director. Hearing a sermon preached by David Platt in 2006 called the Ultimate Disconnect literally challenged Mark to rethink his life and priorities going forward. Prior to Neverthirst, Mark was in industrial sales for over 20 years. Mark oversees all the daily US operations as well as all the Neverthirst programs oversees. He’s been married to Sherri for 20 years and has two beautiful daughters.