Meet Hope Media Group’s Leadership Team
Joe Paulo, President & CEO
Joe Paulo has been President & Chief Executive Officer of Hope Media Group since 2018. With an extensive background in media and leadership, he began at KSBJ as Vice-President of Operations in 2017 after serving at Educational Media Foundation (K-LOVE/Air1) as the Director of Donor Stewardship and Communications. He led a division of Columbia International University as Director of Broadcasting until 2014, overseeing the growth of successful radio stations in Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC. Joe has also provided volunteer leadership at the board of director level for other nonprofits such as Youth Commission International and Christian Music Broadcasters. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business with honors from Liberty University in 2014. In addition to speaking on leadership, fundraising and media, Joe and his wife, Kelly, have hosted or spoken at numerous marriage and parenting events to share their passion for marriage, parenting and adoption. Joe and Kelly have been married for 30 years and have three daughters and two sons.
Tim Dukes, Chief Operating Officer
Tim Dukes spent 24 years in secular media and markets that include Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego, and Tampa before answering God’s call to vocational ministry in 2011. After four years in para-church work, he joined WayFM in 2015 as General Manager of its new station in Dallas-Fort Worth to combine his media and ministry experience and added regional responsibility in 2019 for Way Media properties in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Indiana. In 2020, Tim was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and added interim CEO responsibilities a year later. Tim and his wife Susan were married in 1989 and live in Dallas, as does their adult daughter Macy.
Desiree Gonzalez, Chief Financial Officer
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 scenes for Desiree to be at Hope Media Group (HMG) for such a time as this. Desiree has over 14 years of audit, accounting, and finance experience, of which eight years have been spent serving the Lord at HMG. Though Desiree graduated with a Master of Science in 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 14 years of marriage in May and have a daughter, Sophia. When together, they love to serve and fellowship together.
Ron Harrell, Chief of Programming
Ron Harrell has been leading teams of passionate broadcasters and content developers for more than 30 years. From his earliest on-air job at age 15, he was fascinated with the concept of creating a passionate listening experience for the audience through music and conversation. His leadership roles in secular media started in Jackson, MS in the late 1980s, and continued in Nashville, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, and Seattle. Ron joined the Way Media team in January 2021 as the VP, Brand and Content for WayFM and Way Nation.
Jim Marshall, Chief of Media Operations
Jim Marshall began his media career as a teenager in the late 1970’s as the evening disc jockey at his hometown radio station in West Virginia. Since then, he has served in nearly every role in the industry, from production to technical to management to on-air, and worked in markets as small as Ashland, KY and as big as Chicago. Jim joined WayFM in 2005 as Southeast Regional Manager based in West Palm Beach, FL. In 2021, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations of WayFM, and relocated to Nashville, where the network’s operational headquarters are located. Jim is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, and he and his wife Reba have been married for over 35 years. They have four adult children.
Elaine Welcome, Chief of Administration/General Manager – Houston
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 Hope Media Group family serving as the Chief of Administration and General Manager Houston Market. Her many responsibilities range from Human Resources to strategy, volunteers, front desk, facilities, data science and community relations. Elaine may wear a lot of hats around the Hope Media Group offices, but her favorite hat to wear comes with a kayak or a paddleboard. If she’s not at work she’s either spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, Steve, her son, Brandon and her two grandsons, Cruz and Teal, or her fur-babies Bailee, Bella, Sadee, and Harley.
Shawn Farrington, Chief of Innovation
As the Chief of Innovation, Shawn is excited to lead in the discovery, incubation, and infusion of new ideas throughout the ministry – primarily developing new products and services that will engage people love Jesus, serve others and spread Hope. Already over the past several years, Shawn has led the team that developed the Spanish language content brand Vida Unida, as well as the all-digital brand HOPE ON DEMAND. In addition to the innovation process, his areas of responsibility include digital content, concerts & events, and the ministry & prayer teams. Shawn says, “We are going to be looking at all these areas through the lens of innovation – and creating world-class digital content, great events & experiences, and meaningful spiritual connection with our audience SO THAT they will become fully committed followers of Christ, bearing fruit in their lives and fulfilling the Great Commission.”
Paul Martin, Chief of Development
Paul Martin joined Hope Media Group as Chief Of Development. Martin, recently Senior Partner at DickersonBakker—a premier donor development consulting firm—brings decades of experience in donor engagement and business development in both radio and digital media. Paul helps donors and business partners discover the joy of participating in ministry through giving.
Paul founded Advocace Media (which combined with DickersonBakker in 2019) to help Christian radio grow funding from corporate sponsors, mid-level and major donors. He also was a leader of founding teams at KLTY (twice), Salem Media Representatives, Salem Radio Network, Popmail (a digital media solution for radio), Separate Account Solutions (a financial services firm for High Net Worth households), and Christian Broadcasting Network.
Paul and his wife Paula have three adult daughters and have a heart for the disadvantaged and disabled.
Meet Hope Media Group’s Board of Directors
Dr. Joseph (Joe) Parle, Chair
Dr. Joseph (Joe) Parle (Chair) is the Provost 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 has served as a volunteer lay elder at Community of Faith Bible Church and appeared 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.
Heather Puca thrives on guiding an organization through the development of vision and crafting strategy to support that direction. Her long career at JPMorgan Chase in corporate finance fueled that passion and provides a solid framework for her to challenge teams to stretch into uncharted territories while balancing financial implications. A Baylor graduate, she and her husband love living life with their sixteen and eighteen year old sons. Her husband’s career took them to The Netherlands where their family enjoyed living for a year and a half in a unique culture rich in heritage. Seeking to serve her community, in addition to functioning as treasurer for KSBJ SETS, Heather also invests in home educating her boys, serving on the board of directors for a private education ministry and in her church through the youth and music outreaches.
Elizabeth Killinger brings nearly 30 years of domestic and international experience in the energy and services industries. She currently works as a Section 16 Officer and Executive Vice President of NRG, which includes serving as President of NRG Retail and Reliant. In her role, Elizabeth is responsible for directing all aspects of the retail division, a $6 billion competitive energy company which includes the largest national competitive electricity business in the country and in Texas as well as the leading portable solar and power business in the U.S.
Elizabeth’s other community service highlights include serving the University of Houston on the Energy Advisory Board and Bauer College of Business Board of Directors, serving the Greater Houston Partnership on the Executive Committee, serving the Lutheran Education Association of Houston as Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors, serving on the Advisory Board of the credit union, TDECU. And, in 2017, she was honored to serve the Super Bowl LI Houston Host Committee as Volunteer Chair.
Elizabeth attended Houston Baptist University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She is also a homemaker, passionate about her role as wife and mother and enjoys spending time with her husband of nearly 25 years and three children who attend Rice University, Lutheran High North and Epiphany Lutheran School.
Dr. Harry Chapman
Dr. Harry Chapman is a founding member of Chapman Schewe Benefits Consulting, which merged with Higginbotham in 2013. He continues to steer the direction of the firm’s Houston practice. As a broker and consultant, his primary role is contract negotiation and due diligence analysis of potential and suitable vendors for customers. In addition, he works with all of the joint venture partnerships that represent the firm across the United States. 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.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Prior to opening Chapman Schewe 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 in several states. He also served as a senior vice president for EQUICOR, regional vice president for Lincoln National Life Insurance Company and regional manager for Lincoln National’s Employee Benefit Office in Houston. An entrepreneur, Dr. Chapman has started and sold many ventures that include mini-shopping centers, a grocery store chain, a pharmaceutical benefits management company, a third party administrator and an internet wellness company.
AFFILIATIONS Dr. Chapman serves or has served on several non‐profit boards, including Desire Street Ministries, Wind River Ministries, YMCA, Arc of Katy, Bear Creek United Methodist Church and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. His public and private board participation includes two Fortune 500 medical management companies and a New York Stock Exchange company. He was elected as City Councilor, School Committee Board Chairman and Mayor of Northampton, MA.
EDUCATION Dr. Chapman received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at Amherst College. He earned a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and a Doctorate in Business Management (Ph.D.) from the University of Massachusetts.
After 25 years volunteering in Latin America and Hispanic communities in the US, Nancy Overfield partnered with celebrity manager, Luis Balaguer, and actress, Sofia Vergara, to strategically focus on the Hispanic consumer. In 2010, they established Latin World Entertainment Licensing to address this growing and underserved market. As President of LatinWE Licensing, Nancy is responsible for developing and managing the successful Sofia Vergara Lifestyle Brand with partners such as Walmart, Rooms To Go and Foster Grant.
Prior to joining Latin World Entertainment, Nancy managed her own retail/licensing consulting business where she oversaw product and retail development for a variety of children’s entertainment properties, including Barney and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. Nancy also served as the Sr. VP of Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising. While at Fox, she managed multiple departments within the consumer products division, including: sales, creative, product development, endorsements and retail development for properties such as The Simpsons, Home Alone 2 and the Alien franchise.
Nancy began her career in licensing and brand development at JCPenney as the Manager of Publicity and Special Events for the Children’s Division. While at JCPenney, she developed multi-million dollar merchandising programs for licensed properties such as The Land Before Time, Barney, The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sesame Street and New Kids on the Block. Before transitioning to entertainment marketing, Nancy focused on tourism promotion and business development–serving as the Public Relations Director for both the Reno-Tahoe and Daytona Beach Chambers of Commerce.
Mark H. Maxwell
Mark H. Maxwell is an entertainment lawyer and music business veteran with over three decades of experience. Throughout his career, he has been committed to counseling and connecting creatives who shape culture. Mark is unique in the entertainment law world. He is a passionate advocate and lover of the arts, music and film. He is dependable and easy to trust. As a former record label executive, his approach to legal counsel and deal-making is informed by his eleven years serving recording artists as an avant-garde A&R director and marketing innovator. As a solo law practitioner, he is able to selectively curate clients; offer flexible and generous pricing; and provide clients with individualized care, focused attention and efficient results. As a follower of Christ, Mark has a recognized history of integrity, excellence and professional service to the creative community that is marked by his personal humility and impeccable ethics.
Mark’s passion for music began as a high school student managing the “records and tapes” department of a national retailer and later performing as a free-form morning DJ personality at his college radio station. He entered the music industry as National Director of Radio Promotions for Word Records where he implemented the campaign for several gold and platinum-selling records including Amy Grant’s multi-platinum album, Unguarded – her first general market release with A&M Records. At age 25, Mark was promoted by Word to become the youngest “A&R” executive in his industry where he served as Executive Producer on numerous albums and videos of “Christian Music” legends while discovering, signing and creatively developing the record label’s debut hard rock, dance, punk, new wave, alternative and hip-hop bands – many of whom received Grammy, Billboard and Dove awards and nominations. He also solicited and acquired Word’s distribution and marketing agreement launching TobyMac’s Gotee Records and Johnny Cash’s recorded performance on a punk rock album.
As an entertainment attorney, Mark represents a diverse roster of celebrities, record labels, music publishers, artists, bands, worship leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, songwriters, artist managers, record producers, churches, technology companies and entertainment executives concerning their intellectual property, business affairs and creative assets. He discovered and solicited the debut recording agreement for multi-platinum artist, MercyMe and their award-winning, cross-over radio single, “I Can Only Imagine” – #5 on the pop radio charts and the first and only Christian single to sell platinum – and now at over 2 million digital downloads. He is an expert at solving complex and sophisticated legal and business issues relating to contracts, copyrights and trademarks. With his background in both the law and the music business, he brings a broad perspective to problem-solving and business plan strategies. He also has an extraordinary ability to speak to the hearts of creatives while helping them discover their voice and clarify their creative dreams and assignments.
As a professor, Mark recently began his tenth year teaching in Belmont University’s prestigious music business and songwriting program, the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. His role as a professor has been a natural extension of his core value to mentor the next generation of creatives and business professionals by instilling moral purpose, passionate creativity, independent thinking and risk-taking in and outside the classroom.
As an author, Mark recently completed his first book, Networking Kills: Success Through Serving.
Mark is family-oriented and committed to Christian community. He has been married to professional makeup artist and stylist, Carol Maxwell, for 34 years and they are the proud and dedicated parents of Sophia (25) and Harrison (22).
Joe Battaglia is the founder and president of Renaissance Communications, a media company whose mission is to provide media platforms for gifted communicators of Biblical truth. Current clients include Prison Fellowship, Dr. Steve Brown and the Key Life Radio Network, Sight & Sound Productions, The Business Bible, the animated children’s series The Garden, author/teacher Kim Crabill, and actress/director Shari Rigby.
Renaissance’ forte is consulting with clients on the most strategic ways to penetrate the faith-based market, especially through Christian radio–whether by buying time, program production, or by creating promotions and unique, high profile events for national syndication.
Joe is an executive producer of the nationally syndicated radio program “Keep the Faith,” the #1 faith-based music radio show in the country, heard nationally in over 200 markets and numerous countries overseas with a weekly audience of 1.5 million.
Renaissance has been heavily involved for the past 20 years in the promotion of successful hit movies to the faith-based marketplace, such as The Passion, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Polar Express, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous, Soul Surfer, Son of God, God’s Not Dead, Heaven Is for Real, When the Game Stands Tall, Left Behind, Do You Believe, War Room, Miracles from Heaven, The Star, I Can Only Imagine, Overcomer, I Still Believe and American Underdog.
Prior to forming Renaissance in 1992, Joe was vice-president of Communicom Corp. of America, the parent company of WWDJ/ New York, WZZD/Philadelphia and KSLT/San Antonio. Joe served on the board of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) for 20 years, and 14 years as Chairman of the Steering Committee for the National Christian Radio Seminar (now renamed CMB), a division of the Gospel Music Association. He currently is on the board of National Religious Broadcasters and WAY Media.
Joe graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1972. He is the author of six books, including Make America Good Again; Unfriended: Finding True Community in a Disconnected Culture; and The Politically Incorrect Jesus.
In the past, Joe has written a weekly blog for Beliefnet entitled “The Politically Incorrect Jesus”, and was a guest columnist for U.S. News & World Report for two years writing a series of op-ed pieces written from a faith perspective. Joe has had op-ed pieces published, as well, in Foxnews.com, Christian Post, and Town Hall.
Gabrielle Bosche is one of the most booked Millennial motivators in the world. She has been called the “next generation of motivators” by Tom Ziglar and is a popular TEDx presenter, bestselling author, and co-founder of The Purpose Company. Her work has been endorsed by the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Brian Tracy, Lewis Howes, and co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Marc Victor Hansen. Gabrielle has worked with everyone from presidential campaigns, the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and the top brands in the world. Gabrielle has been featured in major media outlets including SUCCESS, NPR, Sirius XM Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Glamour Magazine, Business Insider, and Los Angeles Times.
Gabrielle quit her job at 23 to launch her first company, consulting major brands and the government on how to reach Millennials. Her breakout moment came when at a networking meeting she introduced herself as a “Millennial expert” to someone who would end up being her first client (the U.S. Navy). Gabrielle has written 6 books ranging from Millennial motivation, next-generation entrepreneurship, and how to find your purpose. Gabrielle’s approach to life, love, and business is the self-deprecating deeply wise and insanely practical solution we need right now.
KSBJ first went on-air in 1982 and has been striving to be the Voice of Hope to Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas ever since.
WayFM is a network of listener-supported stations across the country. You’ll hear uplifting music and genuinely laugh along with the DJs.
Vida Unida is family-oriented and influenced by Hispanic culture with inspirational Christian music and media in Spanish.
NGEN is a faith-forward place for the “now generation.” We play positive hip hop and pop and tackle important topics head-on, because life is too short to not be real.
Life can be hard and overwhelming. Through videos, podcasts and blogs, we help connect you more deeply with God.
Fun and meaningful content for a confident, joyful faith.
A mix of Christian Rock from artists like Skillet, Demon Hunter, Disciple, and Switchfoot. Listen 24/7 and interact with a community of rock fans.
The purpose of Special Events is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ by producing Biblically-based concerts and gatherings throughout the country.