Joe Paulo

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.

Elaine Welcome

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.

Jon Hull

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.

Steven Thompson

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.

Shawn Farrington

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.

Desiree Gonzalez

Desiree Gonzalez

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

Consistently certified as a “Best Christian Workplace,” KSBJ is a ministry of integrity governed by a group of volunteer men and women from across the Greater Houston area, who serve as the Board of Directors. The board members represent diverse denominations, backgrounds and professions to provide oversight, direction and accountability for the ministry.

Chris Martin

Chair

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. ​

Alex Suescun

Vice Chair

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.

A founding member of the firm, Dr. Chapman’s primary role and responsibility is devoted to contract negotiation and due diligence analysis of potential and suitable vendors for Chapman Schewe customers. In addition, Dr. Chapman works with all of the joint venture partnerships that represent Chapman Schewe across the United States in its national benefits practice as well as Chapman Schewe Inc. subsidiary companies. He occasionally consults with provider organizations that deliver medical services such as HMOs, insurance companies and PPOs, to assist them in developing and operating managed care strategies. He has also presented at entrepreneurial, managed care and employee benefit seminars.

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.

Jeff Heard

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.

Kim (Kossie) McKee

Kim (Kossie) McKee is a native Houstonian and has over 25 years of non-profit experience. She has worked professionally as well as volunteered in various organizations including: Star of Hope, KSBJ, Somebody Cares International, Pray the Word Ministries, First Time at the Beach, Youth Specialties and currently at The WorkFaith Connection. She is a Lay Chaplain through Houston Methodist Hospital and a graduate and national trainer for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, an organization that provides support and training for emerging leaders throughout the inner-cities of America.

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

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.​

Hugh Urbantke

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 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.

Glenn Gilchrist

Advisor

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

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.

Eric Anderson

Houston Metro Director & SW International Coordinator, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ministry

Dr. Hernan Castaño

Director of Hispanic Church Development, Texas Area Pastor Council

Ennie Hickman

President, Adore Ministries

Gregg Matte

Senior Pastor, Houston’s First Baptist Church

Sharleen Walkoviak

VP, CFO and co-owner of Covenant Technology Services, LLC

Bill Brown

Community Outreach Executive, Houston Astros

Chris Dollins

Co-founder and Co-CEO, Employer Flexible

Stephen Ives

President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Houston

Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D.

Founder, Peace of Mind foundation

Julie Waters

Director and Founder, Free the Captives

Joshua Brown

Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Judge Ed Emmett

Former Harris County Judge

John Jacobsen

Founder & CEO, RTIC Coolers

JJ Moses

Former Director of Player Engagement, Houston Texans

Melissa Wilson

Anchor and Health Reporter, Fox 26

Pierce Bush

CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lone Star

Rick Figueroa

First Vice President, UBS Financial Services

Elizabeth Killinger

President, Reliant and NRG Retail

Justin Reid

Safety, Houston Texans

Susan Caldwell

Marketing Director, Caldwell Companies

Irma Galvan

Owner, Irma’s Mexican Restaurant

Dr. Carol Lewis, Ph. D.

Director of the Center for Transportation Training and Research, Texas Southern University

Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora

Superintendent, Tomball ISD

Suzette Caldwell

Associate Pastor, Windsor Village United Methodist Church

Adrian Garcia

Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 2

Rania Mankarious

Executive Director, Crime Stoppers of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor, City of Houston