President & Chief Executive Officer
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.
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Senior Director of Donor Engagement
Jon Hull’s love for Christian radio goes back to 1974 when he interned on a two-hour Christian music show on a local AM radio station. He got his “real” start a few years later at WCVC in Tallahassee, Florida. His 40+ year career brought him to KSBJ in 1996 where today he serves as the Senior Director of Donor Engagement. Jon has been widely recognized by numerous publications like CRW Magazine, Radio & Records Magazine and is 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 donor efforts, you’ll find Jon spending time with his family (his wife Karen, their two daughters, sons-in-laws, and four grandchildren), gardening, cooking, and playing drums and percussion on his church’s worship team. After many 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.
Vice President, Engineering, IT and Facilities
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 Vice President, Engineering, IT and Facilities, 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.
Senior Director of Content
Shawn wasn’t born in Texas (but he got here as quickly as he could). As the Senior Director of Content, he’s responsible for all content creation across the ministry, including the radio broadcasts and our newest digital brand, Hope On Demand. Shawn’s radio history includes nearly two decades at the K-LOVE & Air1 media networks, serving most recently as Director of Creative Services. He says, “KSBJ is an amazing team with incredible hearts, working to love one of America’s biggest cities. I pray that God uses our efforts to bring even more people closer to Jesus.” When he’s not at work, he spends time with his wife and three boys, in a quiet area North of Houston.
Vice President, Finance
Desiree Nicole Gonzalez, native of the Rio Grande Valley, moved to Houston with her husband Roger, in 2007. Although a job with PricewaterhouseCoopers brought Desiree to Houston, the Lord was orchestrating behind the scene for Desiree to be at KSBJ for such a time as this.
Desiree has over 12 years of audit, accounting and finance experience, of which six years have been spent serving the Lord at KSBJ. Though Desiree graduated with a Masters in Science of Accounting and holds a CPA license, it was in her time at AES where she recognized her passion for financial planning and analysis.
Desiree and Roger have celebrated over 10 years of marriage in May and have a daughter, Sophia. When together, they love to go for walks, have picnics and play together.
Desiree values the role of a spiritual leader in a child’s life so when she is not in the office, you will find her serving on the Humble Christian School board, where her daughter attends, or as a homeroom mom. In addition to serving alongside Roger in the college-age Life Group at NEHBC you will find Desiree serving in the children’s ministry during the third service. She loves to engage children at their level and considers it a privilege to be used in a child’s spiritual journey to loving Jesus.
Desiree gave her life to Christ when she worked as a lifeguard at the H. E. Butt Foundation camp in Leakey, Texas. That is a story for another day. And although Desiree does not lead worship, you will likely find her in any front row worshiping our Lord.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
Harry S Chapman, Ph.D.
Prior to creating the practice in 1992, Dr. Chapman served as a Corporate Senior Vice President and Managed Care Officer for CIGNA’s South Central Region with responsibilities for HMO and PPO plans is several states.
Dr. Chapman serves or has served on several non-profit boards where he has chaired the Board or Finance Committee including Houston Barnabas Board, Christ Clinic Board, Katy Cares Board, The Bible Seminary Board and The Grace Fellowship UMC Board.
Kim (Kossie) McKee
She is a graduate of The University of Texas (Austin) with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communications. Kim and her husband Kerry were recently appointed to serve as Sr. Pastors at the church of her birth founded by her father over 62 years ago, and located in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward.
Kim endeavors to live her life according to Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.”
John Van Leeuwen
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.
Professionally, Hugh has almost forty years of experience in international business development and operations. As Executive VP/Chief Commercial Officer 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.
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.
President’s Council is composed of a select group of individuals and leaders across the Houston area. The primary purpose of the council is to advise KSBJ on trends and needs of the Houston Community so together we can impact lives for Christ and make an even bigger difference in our great city.
Houston Metro Director & SW International Coordinator, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ministry
Community Outreach Executive, Houston Astros
Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank
CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lone Star
Marketing Director, Caldwell Companies
Associate Pastor, Windsor Village United Methodist Church
Dr. Hernan Castaño
Director of Hispanic Church Development, Texas Area Pastor Council
President and Chief Executive Officer, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Co-founder and Co-CEO, Employer Flexible
Judge Ed Emmett
Former Harris County Judge
First Vice President, UBS Financial Services
Pastor and Founder, Hope City Church
Owner, Irma’s Mexican Restaurant
Former Sheriff, Harris County
President, Adore Ministries
President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Houston
Founder & CEO, RTIC Coolers
President, Reliant and NRG Retail
Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Home Lending
Dr. Carol Lewis, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Transportation Training and Research, Texas Southern University
Executive Director, Crime Stoppers of Houston
Senior Pastor, Houston’s First Baptist Church
Principle, CMAC Capital Group
Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D.
Founder, Peace of Mind foundation
Director of Player Engagement, Houston Texans
Safety, Houston Texans
The Honorable Frank Rynd
Judge (ret.), General Counsel Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston
Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora
Superintendent, Tomball ISD
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Mayor, City of Houston
VP, CFO and co-owner of Covenant Technology Services, LLC
Director and Founder, Free the Captives
Anchor and Health Reporter, Fox 26