Joe Paulo, President & Chief Executive Officer of KSBJ, most recently served as Director of Stewardship and Communication for K-LOVE and Air1 Educational Media Foundation. Before that, he called Columbia International University home for 20 years where he was the Director of Broadcasting, managing WRCM in Charlotte, NC (“New Life 91.9”) and WMHK in Columbia, SC. Joe also volunteered for eight years on the board of Christian Music Broadcasters and completed a three-year term in September as Chairman of the Board. “To me, working in a ministry context is not about having a job,” says Joe. “It is a calling because it is about contributing to an organization that seeks to reach people with the life-changing hope and love only found in Jesus Christ.” Joe has been married to his wife, Kelly, for 27 years. They have three daughters and two sons, ranging in age from 22 to 9. The couple is passionate about marriage, parenting and adoption and have hosted or spoken at numerous marriage and parenting events in recent years. Additionally, Joe received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in 2014.
As Chief Financial Officer, LaRanda Burke oversees all areas of Accounting, Finance, Legal and Compliance for KSBJ, NGEN radio, Special Events and TicketServant. She has been with the ministry since September 2005. LaRanda is a Texas licensed CPA with over 20 years experience in accounting and finance. She has held accounting positions in several industry sectors including banking, education, hospital, federal government, offshore communications, and commercial property management. LaRanda been married to her husband Chris for 21 years, and they have a son who is serving in the US Air Force and a daughter in college at the University of Houston. They also have a new grand-daughter. Having recently moved from the suburbs to downtown, LaRanda and Chris enjoy living the downtown life, attending the theater and concerts, and being part of the H-Town Takeover while cheering on her daughter who is a Houston Cougar cheerleader. LaRanda also manages her own prayer blog encouraging others to take their prayer life to a deeper level.
There aren’t many people as appropriately named as Elaine Welcome. Born the day after Christmas in the great state of Texas, Elaine is a welcome member of the KSBJ family serving as the Chief Operating Officer. Her many responsibilities range from Human Resources to strategy and prayer initiatives, volunteer and front desk organizer and mentoring. Elaine may wear a lot of hats around the KSBJ offices, but her favorite hat to wear comes with a kayak or a paddle-board. If she’s not at work she’s either spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, Steve, her son, Brandon and his wife Maura, or her fur-babies Bailee, Bella, and Sadee. With her first grandbaby on the way, she’s excited to add one more hat to her collection – ‘grandbaby-spoiling grandmother’. Her church in Pearland also benefits from Elaine’s talents and gifts as she and her husband lead their prayer ministry and their Life Group – Hot Rods-N-Hogs. Elaine’s life reflects the truth of the words in her favorite verse – Matthew 19:26. With God, nothing is impossible; and through Elaine, the impossible is accomplished on a regular basis.
Jon Hull’s love for Christian radio goes back to 1976 when he got his start at WCVC in Tallahassee, Florida. His 40 year career has taken him all over the US and finally to the KSBJ team in 1996 where he serves as the Senior Director of Mentoring. Jon has been widely recognized by numerous publications like CRW Magazine, Radio & Records Magazine as well as the recipient of countless awards and accolades like the Scott Campbell Award, Major Market Program Director of the Year and the R&R Christian Radio Programmer of the Year, just to name a few. When he’s not leading KSBJ in its mentoring efforts, you’ll find Jon spending time with his family (his wife Karen, their two daughters, sons-in-laws, and three grandchildren), gardening, cooking, and playing drums and percussion in his church’s worship team. After 40+ years of award-winning experience in Christian radio, Jon Hull’s service to the KSBJ team and to Christian radio in general cannot be overstated.
Jennifer joins KSBJ as the Senior Director of Special Events and Ticket Servant. With an extensive background in tour management and event promotion, Jennifer brings great experience to the KSBJ SETS department. Jennifer started her career in 1995, and in 2004 she made a move to Tour Management. She has managed tours with talent including Third Day, Toby Mac, Relient K, Jars of Clay, Casting Crowns, Switchfoot, Jesus Culture and Crowder. She worked long term for the bands Third Day and Switchfoot. She also stuck her toe into the country music scene and began working for Arista recording artists. This last year she wore multiple hats: Tour Managing the spring Outcry Tour for Premier Productions, working the Switchfoot Fan Getaway, road managing Matthew West and running her own travel agency that specifically serves the entertainment industry. Jennifer and her husband Dale moved to Houston from Nashville to be part of the KSBJ family. Despite the fact they had to leave behind great friends and an AMAZING hockey team in the Nashville Predators, they are truly looking forward to a new chapter and all the tex-mex food that Texas has to offer!
Steven Thompson came to KSBJ from CNN where he worked as their Engineering Manager for nine years. Today, Steven puts his talents to work as KSBJ’s Senior Director of Technology providing leadership, vision, and direction for our Engineering, IT, and Facilities departments. Steven’s heart belongs to his wife, Melanie, his three adult children (Jeremiah, Nathanael, and Hannah), his first (and only, so far) grandchild Daniel, and his fur-babies Petra and Jitters. When he’s not spending time with his family, you can find him in the mountains of Georgia, Oregon, or Colorado doing everything from hiking to camping to kayaking. He also serves as the Worship Pastor and Media Ministry Director for his church as well as the Tribe of Judah Motorcycle Ministry. Proverbs 3:5-6 is the passage that governs Steven’s life and he’ll be the first to tell you that it is by God’s grace that he is where he is today. With his God-given talents and experience, the KSBJ family is equally thankful for God graciously leading Steven to lead our technology team.
After holding several HR executive leadership positions at Royal Dutch Shell, Glenn built his own consulting practice. He continues to advise and coach senior executives, domestically and internationally in Business, Human Resources and Labor Relations strategies and tactics. He has served on the Board of KSBJ since 2009, and recently as a Director for Serve Houston and Stonebridge Church. He and his wife, Victoria reside in The Woodlands, Texas. They have raised three sons, gained three wonderful daughters-in-law and have been blessed with two grandchildren.
Mr. Martin is one of the most recognized insurance attorneys in Texas. He is the author of three legal treatises on Texas Insurance Law, a frequent speaker at state and national insurance programs and conferences, and previously he served as the professor of Insurance Law at the University of Houston Law School for 10 years. He has tried numerous insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits in Texas and in 14 other states and he has received multiple recognitions for his skills in trying insurance lawsuits.
Michael Bench is part owner and serves as President of Jake’s Finer Foods, his family’s foodservice distribution company based in Houston, Texas. The company, established in 1946 by Michael’s Grandfather, sells protein and grocery items to restaurants, hotels, country clubs, retail grocery stores, schools and other foodservice establishments throughout Texas and Louisiana.
Michael and his brother-in-law partner in running the company. In his role, Michael is responsible for the company’s strategic planning process, accounting & finance, warehouse & transportation operations, human resources and information technology. Jake’s also owns its own meat processing company, Gourmet Ranch, and he has oversight responsibilities for that company as well. Michael grew up working at Jake’s during summers and holidays and officially joined the company in 2001.
Prior to joining Jake’s, Michael had 4 years of experience in corporate finance with Arthur Anderson (2) and Quanta Services (2). He served as a financial analyst in both of his prior roles. Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management from Texas A&M University in 1997 and his CFA designation from the CFA Institute in 2003.
Michael has been a member of C12, a national Christian Business Owner’s group, since 2012. He is active in the community serving on the Board of KSBJ as well as KSBJ’s Finance and Strategy Committees. Also, he is an active member at Faithbridge Church. He and his wife, Kristi live with their three children, Taylor, Jacob and Caden, in Tomball, TX. Michael’s greatest passions in life include being the best husband and father that God has called him to be, loving and encouraging others in the name of Jesus and helping run his family’s business to the glory of God.
Rebecca Harrington graduated from East Carolina University and holds a Master of Science in Accounting. Has been a CPA for 25+ years working in public and private sectors including various industries from service to manufacturing. Served on the advisory board of KSBJ and also volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and supporting committees.
Jeff has spent the last 15 years in Wealth Management (over 30 years in financial services), and has earned both the CFP® and CIMA® designations. Both he and his wife are graduates of Texas A&M, and are actively involved in their church. They have a daughter (TAMU ’14, TAMU ’15), and three sons (one at Texas Tech, one pursuing his baseball career at Panola College, and one in high school). He enjoys baseball with his sons, and camping, fishing and hunting with his family.
Dr. Joseph (Joe) Parle is the Academic Dean, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Bible Exposition at the College of Biblical Studies. Dr. Parle has an MABS from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Baptist Bible Seminary. He is currently a volunteer lay elder at Community of Faith Bible Church. Joe appears on his daily program We Speak Inglés y Español as well as on the Up with the Son Program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Joe is happily married to Suzan Parle is the proud father of two children: Faith and Joseph Jr.
Tracy is an oil and gas regulatory attorney with TransCanada Pipelines USA.
Alejandro Suescun is part owner and serves as CFO for Pulido Transport, LP. The company, established in 1995, is a bulk liquid transporter for the downstream energy industry. In his role at Pulido Transport, LP, Alex is responsible for the financial, administrative and safety & compliance aspects of the company. He has 17 years of banking and corporate finance experience with JPMorgan Chase (12 years), Wells Fargo (3 years) and Sabre Holdings (2 years). He served as an analyst, underwriter and relationship manager to middle-market and mid-corporate companies. Alex earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Houston and M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis as a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow. Alex is active in the community serving on the board of the KSBJ Educational Foundation as Chair of the Strategy Committee. Also, he is an active member at Northeast Houston Baptist Church. He and his wife, Mariela, live with their three children, Jeshua, Maranda and Ezra, in Humble, TX.
John is the President of Lion & Stutz, a boutique strategy and operations management consulting firm based in The Woodlands. Previously, John was employed by Booz & Co. for 15 years and consulted in over 30 countries. John’s passion is helping oil & gas, energy and industrial companies to achieve their full potential. He often assists client in transforming their business including providing seminars for senior executives in Lean operations. John holds an MBA from Chicago Booth, an MSEE from the University of California, Berkeley and a BSEE from the University of Washington.
Mr. Van Leeuwen has served with the KSBJ Board and on multiple committees since 2011.
John married his sweetheart, Ramona, 15 years ago and has two children, Katrina and Luke. The Van Leeuwen’s are members of Faith Bible Church and active with their son’s Scout troop. John enjoys cycling, diving, skiing and travelling as well as applying his business experience to serve in the community.
For the past 13 years Eric Anderson has served as Houston Metro Director and now the Southwest International Coordinator for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ministry. As the Regional International Coordinator, Eric serves FCA staff in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and FCA Teammates in 20 Latin America Countries. He has traveled to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala City and Mexico to lead ministry initiatives, vision trips, sport trips, reverse trips and training trips. He is also involved in initiatives on racial healing and reconciliation.
Eric is also the founding Pastor of Global Outreach Community Church in Atascocita.
Susan received her B.B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M University. She currently oversees the strategic branding initiatives for Caldwell Companies, a full-service commercial real estate firm.
Susan serves in ministry alongside her husband of thirty-four years, Fred, at the company, JH Ranch, Outback America and at their home church, The Church at Cross Lake. Together, they have a strong passion for serving families. They have two daughters, Amanda Grace and Lindsey.
Susan is very involved in her community and has held board positions in local faith based organizations. In her free time, Susan enjoys oil painting and spending time at their farm in Brenham. Susan and Fred reside in Northwest Houston, Texas.
In 1986, Suzette graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Caldwell’s professional career as an environmental engineer in the public and private sectors spans over 17 years. As an entrepreneur, she owned TC Consulting Group, Inc., an environmental consulting company. In September 1997, Governor George W. Bush appointed Caldwell to the University of Houston System Board of Regents. Caldwell is also included in the ordained ministry process of the United Methodist Church. Presently, she serves as Board Chair and President for The Prayer Institute, a non-profit community-based organization that prays for the Houston metropolitan area and has taught thousands of people, nationally and internationally how to pray based on the Model Prayer (the Lord’s Prayer). Caldwell is the Team Lead for The Bible Study in North Houston and the What-a-Study in Memorial Houston. She has prayed for and taught thousands of people from all walks of life how to command God’s will for their lives by praying using the Lord’s Prayer and has witnessed miraculous answers to prayer. Under her leadership, The Prayer Institute has actively carried out its mission to take the world by prayer through its participation in local and national events, including the Greater Houston Partnership Annual Business Luncheon, the Global Day of Prayer, and two presidential inaugurations.
On July 5, 2016, Caldwell launched The ONE Project, a global prayer initiative sponsored by The Prayer Institute. Her goal is to unite one million people in prayer for the purpose of seeing God’s plans implemented on earth as it is in heaven.
Caldwell serves as Associate Pastor for Windsor Village United Methodist Church, which has more than 17,000 members. Her service to the community, in addition to her technical career, has better equipped her to empower people to fulfill God’s promises for their lives.
Joel Cowley was announced as the president and chief executive officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Cowley joined the Show staff in 2005 as the executive director of agricultural competitions and exhibits.
Prior to joining the Show, Cowley worked for Certified Angus Beef LLC, the not-for-profit division of the American Angus Association, where he began as executive account manager in the international division and finished as assistant director of the foodservice division. Before his employment with CAB, he was a faculty member at Michigan State University, where he served as an extension beef cattle specialist. Prior to that, he was employed by Texas A&M University as a lecturer and livestock judging team coach. \
Cowley holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University, a master’s in animal science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Michigan State University.
Cowley and his wife, Tammy, have two daughters.
Chris Dollins is a co-founder and Co-CEO of Employer Flexible, which provides outsourced HR and technology services, in addition to other related interests. He has a BBA from the University of Houston in Management, an MBA from Sam Houston State University, and has also earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. Chris is a life-long Houstonian and has been married to his high school sweetheart for sixteen years and has nine children, and, along with his wife, started an accredited, certified University-Model, Classical School in 2012 located in the Spring Branch area of Houston. He has attended Second Baptist Church since 2001, where he serves in Pre-School Worship and as a Deacon.
Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.
A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.
Judge Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.
County Judge Emmett, working with the county commissioners, manages the nation’s third largest county. He also is director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.
Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.
Judge Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.
Judge Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 42 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.
Native Texan Rick Figueroa is a First Vice President with UBS Financial Services in Houston, Texas and Partner with the Caton Figueroa Group which provides financial strategy, solutions and reviews. With over 25 years of experience in the financial sector, Rick received his B.A. in Accounting and M.S. in Land Economics from Texas A&M University in 1991 and 1992, respectively. He has since earned numerous certifications, including CPA, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), and Certified Special Needs Advisor (CSNA) with the Private Client Group.
His life journey has taken him from political consulting to a few years as a bull-riding cowboy. He’s always had a passion to reach his generation with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. That dream became a reality through Hope City in Houston, TX.
After 15 years in ministry together, Jeremy and Jennifer launched Hope City in Houston and God has consistently moved in an amazing way. This new church has already impacted thousands with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jeremy also travels and shares leadership principles, inspires congregations and equips teams for next level leadership. His honest, open and humorous delivery style appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Carol Lewis, Ph.D., educates students in fundamentals of transportation and urban transportation issues, as well as conducts operational and policy related transportation research. Prior to joining Texas Southern University in 1992, Lewis spent 15 years as manager and director of planning at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO). Lewis currently serves as appointee of Mayor Annise Parker to the Gulf Coast Rail District. She served as a METRO Board Member from 2002 to early 2004 and as Executive Assistant to Mayor Bill White for Transportation Planning 2005 to 2009. Lewis holds a Master’s degree in planning and the Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy and Public Administration.
Lewis belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Red Cross Transportation Advisory Committee and has served for more than 10 years on the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee of the local metropolitan planning organization (HGAC). Lewis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Political Science and M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Iowa.
Boston native Rania Mankarious was chosen to head Houston’s leading public safety non-profit organization, Crime Stoppers, in March of 2013. Rania received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence completed at the University of Houston Law Center. She boasts an extensive resume with experience consulting for national companies, non-profit organizations and private public relations clients alike. Citing a personal mission to serve families and engage the public to better society, Rania began consulting with Crime Stoppers in 2006. In addition to expanding the reach of the Safe School Program, the topics covered by the Safe Community Program, the launch of Parents Against Crime and the critically important Fallen Hero Program, Rania is most proud to have built the first-ever Crime Stoppers headquarters, anywhere in the world, right here in Midtown. The Dave Ward Building, Crime Stoppers of Houston was officially opened January 2017 and is the first public safety, crime prevention facility of its kind.
Gregg Matte is the senior pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church and the founder of Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University, one of the largest college Bible studies in the nation. Gregg holds a marketing degree from Texas A&M and a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an author of numerous books, the latest being “Unstoppable Gospel.” Gregg has been married to his wife, Kelly, since 1997, and they have a son and daughter, Greyson and Valerie.
Craig McAndrews is an accomplished business executive with 27 years of experience in sales leadership, corporate education and C-level responsibility. Most recently, Craig served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Houston based Mattress Firm, where he was responsible for developing strategic growth plans for stores and online businesses. Prior to that, he served in a variety of senior leadership roles including Chief Merchandising Officer, and Chief Learning Officer. Before joining Mattress Firm, he was a sales leader at Sealy Mattress Company and Simmons Bedding Company. Craig also lived the life of an entrepreneur as co-founder and operator of a retail consulting firm, and a chain of mattress retail stores. Currently, he shares his experience at the University of Houston, as an adjunct professor in the Marketing Department while also operating CMAC Capital Group, a small business investment firm. Craig is passionate about leadership development, writing, and teaching. He has written frequently for publications such as Sleep Saavy, Ministry in the Marketplace, and Coach’s Corner. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin, and lives in Friendswood, Texas with his wife April, and their two boys, Ben and Nate.
Elizabeth is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder also known as OCD. Elizabeth was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 12 and she underwent treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy and continues to engage in outpatient therapy to manage her OCD on a daily basis. Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with a mental illness. Elizabeth and her family were once told her OCD was too severe to be treated but today she stands before you as someone who successfully manages her illness. She was the first ever national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and is a licensed therapist in Texas. Elizabeth received her bachelors and masters in social work from Loyola University Chicago and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston. Elizabeth proudly serves as an assistant professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work and assistant professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. Elizabeth spends her time doing advocacy, clinical work, research and teaching related to OCD, mental health and social work. Elizabeth is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness and mental health stigma. Elizabeth is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless; being a social worker allows her to continue her work in the field and to stamp out the stigma of mental illness every day.
The Honorable Frank Rynd is the general counsel for the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston. Admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979, Judge Rynd is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and University of Texas School of Law.
Previously, Judge Rynd served as the Administrative Judge of the 309th Family District Court in Harris County (2008-2010), Associate Judge from 2001-2010, and of the 257th Family District Court from 1998-2001.
Judge Rynd is a member of the Houston Bar Association, where he served as director of the Corporate Counsel Section from 1989-1996. He has served on a number of community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston as director from 1986-1990; he currently serves on the following boards: Casa de Esperanza Foundation, Santa Maria Hostel, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Harris County Drug Court Foundation, Child Advocates, and Magnificat House Board of Directors. He also serves on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.
Hugh is a Houston native and attends Houston’s First Baptist Church. He has been married for over thirty years and has two adult children. He actively supports a number of charities including KSBJ, The Source for Women, Show Hope and Cure International. Hugh travels extensively for work and pleasure and lived overseas in Indonesia and Singapore for ten years.
Professionally, Hugh has almost forty years of experience in international business development and operations. As SVP/CFO of Freeport LNG Development, L.P., Hugh has built an exceptional team responsible for commercial operations, LNG marketing, finance, accounting, information systems, corporate communications, tax and office administration.
Julie Waters is the director and founder of Free the Captives, an anti-human trafficking 501(c)3 non-profit. After practicing family law and child advocacy as an attorney, she brings her legal expertise to human trafficking issues. Julie speaks at both the local and national level on human trafficking and is published academically on this topic. Free the Captives focuses on (1) providing direct services to teenage trafficking victims including jobs, mentoring, tutoring and material assistance, (2) educating the community about human trafficking, (3) reducing the demand created by buyers, and (4) pursuing legal remedies and effective public policies to combat trafficking.
Julie is a native of Texas and attended Texas A&M University, where she received a BA in Speech Communication. She also graduated from Boston University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Texas and Massachusetts. Julie recently received her Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.