Our Leadership

CEO

Michael Phillips

CEO

Michael Phillips is an entrepreneur, IT industry leader, father, husband and Christian. His business success and personal faith journey have helped him build a distinguished career focused on impacting people and organizations in positive ways.

Upon graduation from LSU in 2000, Michael started an IT consulting firm and within twelve months merged with another local firm to form Sparkhound, a Louisiana-based IT services company. As an owner/partner and COO, Michael helped Sparkhound achieve 250 percent growth between 2008 and 2012 and position the company among the most respected and fasting growing IT consulting firms in the country with more than 230 team members and nearly 30 million in annual revenues.

Michael Phillips

Board of Directors

Dr. S. Bryan Hickox

Chairman of the Board

Bryan Hickox is the executive director of Bryan Hickox Pictures, Inc. He is the Producer of feature films, long form television and series television programming. He has produced: 71 two-hour, four-hour and six-hour network television movies of the week and mini-series; 7 highly decorated network television dramatic series; 250 hours of syndicated television shows; and 12 theatrical feature films. His most recent theatrical feature film entitled “The Perfect Wave,” was shot in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Mauritius and Bali and stars Scott Eastwood, Cheryl Ladd and Rachel Hendrix.
Dr. S. Bryan

Bob Williamson

Chairman Emeritus

Bob Williamson is a renowned businessman and serial entrepreneur who has achieved national acclaim for his business acumen and philanthropic efforts. All told, Williamson has founded over 20 successful businesses. His largest business accomplishment to date was the establishment of one of the most successful food service technology companies in the United States, Horizon Software International; a company that he sold in 2008 for $75 million that revolutionized the institutionalized food service market with its innovative software. His last business venture was the development of $40 million Honey Lake Resort and Spa that was built on his 4800 acre quail hunting plantation near Tallahassee, Florida in 2010.
Bob Williamson

Manuel Calderon

Born and married in Puerto Rico, Manuel Calderon moved with his wife Yvina and his daughter Sofia to Wilson, NC to work as a Technology Lead for BB&T Bank in 2001. Since then Manuel has held leadership positions in the financial services and technology sectors as a Senior Consultant for Equifax, Delivery Manager for CMSI , Business Development Director for Sparkhound and Vice President of Professional Services for Cypress Software Systems. Manuel is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FlexManage.

Manuel Calderon

Jonathan Fife

Treasurer

Jonathan Fife has served in executive and founding roles in several technology companies over the past 19 years. He is an entrepreneur at heart and founded a very successful company, Energov, which specializes in the public sector space. Energov was acquired by a publicly traded company, Tyler Technologies, in 2012 where Jonathan serves as the Vice President of Development and leads a large development team in Duluth, GA. He has a knack for taking big ideas and turning them into real-world solutions that help customers use modern technology in new ways.

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Annette Girman

VP of Community Relations

Annette has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have a son, a daughter, and two dogs: Sadie and Oliver.

Annette has a BA from Valparaiso University, is certified in Disaster Response from Harvard Humanities, and has extensive training in FEMA’s National Incident Management System.

Prior to co-founding NeedServ, Annette served as Executive Director of The Provisions Project, a nonprofit partner to government, non-government and faith-based organizations with a focus on training the local church to define their response efforts after a disaster strikes.

Annette Girman

Erica Hanway

Board Secretary
Managing Editor

Erica is an entrepreneur, marketer, mother, wife, and Christian. Most of her career has been focused in the area of real estate and land marketing, then expanding her marketing consulting company to also serve a Christian counseling organization, leadership coach, writer, and private school, among others. She took on an early interest in the mission of The Jesus Alliance, supporting the ministry on a volunteer basis before becoming part of the core team as the managing editor while also helping with training and fundraising. In 2020, she was elected to the board and serves as secretary.

Jon Williamson

Jeremy Starns

VP Operations & Technology

Jeremy is a business and technology innovator with a track record of building successful organizations that create value for shareholders, employees, and investors. He has been instrumental in developing the relationships and the systems that the Jesus Alliance uses to intake needs and connect church partners.

With over a decade of entrepreneurial effort, Jeremy has created a dozen businesses, raised millions in seed capital, and created double digit returns for investors.

Jeremy Starns

Ryan Williams

Ryan is a husband, father, Christian, speaker and entrepreneur with a passion for serving others and enabling others to do the same.

Ryan’s service mentality has allowed him to be successful in both the business world and in ministry. Ryan achieved success as a top 10 producing sales manager for a fortune 200 company prior to founding and serving as President of Workforce Benefit Solutions, a Louisiana based benefit broker and payroll service provider built to focus more on helping others than making a number.

Ryan Williams

Michael Williamson

Michael Williamson has served in senior executive and founding roles at leading education technology companies. He has had executive roles with three successful software businesses serving the K-12 public education, higher education, and healthcare markets. He is an experienced business executive in the high technology field with more than twenty years in premiere software development and delivery.

Michael is most recently CEO of IO Education (www.ioeducation.com). IO Education is a leading K-12 education technology company focused on improving student educational outcomes in school districts across the US.

Michael Williamson

Counsel and Advisors

Ross Mason

HINRI Founder

Ross Mason is a venture philanthropist focused on making Georgia (GA) a national and global leader in health innovation. Originally from Madison, GA, Ross became passionate about healthcare after volunteering at an AIDS hospital in Zambia the summer of 1999. In 2004, he created HINRI (Healthcare Institution for National Renewal and Innovation) which is a venture philanthropy that works with “portfolio partners” to serve the indigent and uninsured, autistic children, wounded warriors and their families (with The Family and Warrior Support Team of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), victims of sex trafficking (as part of a national pilot with the Obama White House) and institutions that protect human rights. 
Ross Mason

Nancy Schulze

Advisor

Nancy Schulze’s national speaking career focuses on the worldview of the Founders, the unraveling of their vision, and the reclaiming and rebuilding of the “real” America on her founding principles and Constitutional roots.  Speaking has taken Nancy to conferences, conventions, campaigns and events throughout the country and abroad.

In 2008, Nancy founded the Republican Congressional Wives Speakers, with seminars for the wives featuring top experts in the field of speaking, media training and content. In 2016 she organized and produced the “Women for Trump” bus tour which made 30 stops in the critical swing state of North Carolina & generated significant national press coverage.  Eleven Congressional wives took part in the tour which, according to the Trump Campaign Co-Chairman, “put Trump over” in North Carolina.

Nancy Schulze