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 left Sparkhound to launch the ALL IN MOVEMENT in 2013 after more than 15 years in the IT industry. On the night of June 29, 2012, God called Michael “all in” and gave him a mission to reignite the hearts of an apathetic American Church. The very next day, the Lord had Michael give his truck away to a stranger in a donut store parking lot and his “all in” journey officially began.
Michael works with faith-leaders and organizations across America to reignite and refresh the hearts of God’s people through his testimony and the anointing that God has placed upon his life. In 2019, he succeeded Bob Williamson as the CEO of The Jesus Alliance and oversaw the merge of the needserv ministry with the Jesus Alliance in 2020.
In 2017, Michael’s book ‘Just Choose’ was published by Worldwide Publishing Group to share his journey towards becoming the man he was created to be with the world and to help every person move from a life of comfort to a life of significance.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Louisiana State University and is an ordained minister of the Gospel.
Board of Directors
Dr. S. Bryan Hickox
Chairman of the Board
In 2013 Bryan also produced the live 4-hour television special-event of the Global Day of Prayer, in Jacksonville, Florida. The telecast was beamed up to numerous satellites and was seen by an estimated 300 million viewers live, worldwide. His television movies and Mini-Series have been nominated for 16 and won 7 National Emmy Awards. In addition, he has won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, and over 200 other national and international film festival awards and competitions. His television movies have been the highest rated movies of the year for four years in a row, on any American television network.
Bryan is currently Executive developing a theatrical feature film entitled “Stolen Lives” designed to change the public’s awareness of the evils of Sex Trafficking. In 2021 he begins his duties as the co-executive producer of “Shaul,” a high budget theatrical feature film on the life of the Apostle Paul.
Bryan also serves as the Chairman of the Board of The Jesus Alliance and serves on the board of HINRI, The High Impact Network of Responsible Innovators. Bryan is married to the Reverend Joanne Hickox, Founder and Executive Director of the multiple award-winning senior’s ministry entitled “Seniors on a Mission.” They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.≪ Hide
What makes Williamson’s accomplishments all the more inspiring is to understand the tremendous personal challenges that he overcame in his early life which he details in his autobiography, Miracle on Luckie Street. He has spent nearly all of his free time over the last several decades sharing his inspirational true life story in an effort to provide hope to anyone who might happen to need it. He writes a devotional five days per week entitled Words for the Day and has been doing so for over 21 years. Williamson co-authored a success book, Crazy Like Foxes, which was released in 2017.
In 2012, God began revealing Himself to Bob with a series of revelations to enter the ministry on a fulltime basis. He founded The Jesus Alliance, in an effort to unite the church (body of believers), equip it, and motivate Christians to actively work towards global revival, preaching the Gospel, and discipling every nation. Part of the Jesus Alliance’s mission is also aimed towards changing our culture from anti-faith dominance to faith-based. Bob is married to his wife of nearly 50 years, Teresa, and he has three sons and six grandchildren. ≪ Hide
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 became a Christian when he was 16 years old. His love for the Lord and the Church drive him and his family as they walk with the Lord daily.
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.≫
Jonathan is the proud father of two boys, Tristan and Dylan. He and his wife, Pam, have been happily married for almost sixteen years. In his spare time, he is involved in both football and basketball with his boys and loves spending time on the lake fishing and boating with his family. Jonathan is an alumnus of The University of Georgia where he earned a BBA from The Terry College of Business. Jonathan is a member of 12 Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia and is a graduate of the J-Men faith and leadership program at 12 Stone. He has also completed the Legacy in Leadership program provided via The Spirit Ranch.≪ Hide
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.≫
That knowledge about and passion for disaster response has equipped her in her proficiency in relief operations enabling her to build quality relationships with organizations across America.
Annette and Jeff reside along the coast of South Carolina. ≪ Hide
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. ≫
Erica and her husband have a young son whose precious life blessed their family through adoption. The Lord used the season leading to their child as a time to refine Erica in her walk; to have her lean-in and trust Him and forever be a witness of His infinite love and grace.
Erica was born in New England. She is a graduate of James Madison University and has a Master’s from Florida State University. The Hanways have two yellow Labradors and enjoy being outdoors and traveling together. They reside on 23 acres in north Florida.≪ Hide
Ross is the former Chairman of the Department of Community Health Board ($11.2 billion annual budget, 660,000 covered lives, the 3rd largest health plan in the United States), former Chairman of the Metro Atlanta United Way’s Health Access Board (www.unitedwayatlanta.org), and former Chairman of the Board of Visitors at Georgia Regents University (www.gru.edu). Ross is the current Chairman of the Commercialization Advisory Board for the Rick Hansen Institute (a Canadian-based nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries – www.rickhanseninstitute.org) and serves on the Board of Directors of Street Grace (a nonprofit in Metro Atlanta that is working to end domestic minor sex trafficking in Atlanta and throughout the United States – www.streetgrace.org). He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation (a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute that works to improve the lives of Georgians through public policies that enhance economic opportunity and freedom – www.gppf.org) and Emory University’s Healthcare Advisory Board (www.emory.edu).
In his professional life Ross is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and strategic advisor. He lived and worked in San Francisco from 1999 to 2004 where he started and sold a healthcare software company. He also worked for Volkswagen’s Healthcare Venture Accelerator Fund in Germany, was an Associate in Private Banking at Morgan Stanley, and created a real estate investment and development company in Moscow, Russia that he owned and operated for 12 years. Today, he is an investor in and board member of a number of healthcare companies.
Prior to his accident in 2007, Ross was actively involved in triathlons, wreck, cave, and ice diving, surfing, rock and ice climbing, and was a NASCAR certified driver.
Today, Ross is focused on solving the world’s most difficult health challenges through his venture philanthropy – HINRI (pronounced like “Henry”) – which partners with some of the world’s leading healthcare innovators to serve the indigent and uninsured, wounded warriors and their families, autistic children and victims of sex trafficking.
He holds a bachelors degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech and a masters of business administration in finance from The Wharton School. He also studied literature and history at Oxford and Russian at Middlebury College.
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. ≫
Over 20 years of experience from the bottom to the top and back has built a tenacious but humble character in Jeremy with a passion for success. He has a dynamic leadership style characterized by a personable common sense approach that galvanizes individuals to achieve a common vision.
Jeremy is a reverent and compassionate giver with a focus to balance the scale for those truly in need.
Jeremy resides in Baton Rough with his wife and two daughters. ≪ Hide
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. ≫
In 2013, Ryan founded Wings of the Spirit Missions, an aviation, disaster relief organization, built to mobilize the faith-based community and serve those in affected areas through goods distribution and volunteered manpower.≪ Hide
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. ≫
IO’s solutions help schools collect and aggregate all of the key student, staff and operational performance data, generate relevant and important insights, and facilitate educators taking action on those insights to improve outcomes including dropout prevention and student academic and social/emotional interventions. IO has made significant strides to achieve traction in all 50 states, over 8,500 schools implemented with over 6,000,000 students impacted on the platform. IO Education was formed from the merger of Longleaf Solutions, which Michael founded in 2011, and Casenex through a transaction facilitated by LLR Partners, a Philadelphia based private equity firm. The transaction was awarded the 2015 ACG Atlanta emerging growth “Deal of the Year”.
In June of 2018, IO Education was strategically acquired through Insight Venture Partners (www.insightpartners.com) by their portfolio company, Illuminate Education (www.illuminateed.com), as part of a 5-way merger transaction. Michael has been asked to stay on with the company to lead and manage the integration of the 5 companies into a single consolidated platform and to continue to do additional M&A.
Prior to IO Education and Longleaf Solutions, he served as President/CEO of Horizon Software International. Founded in 1992 by his father, Horizon grew rapidly into a premiere technology company and soon became one of the largest institutionalized food service technology companies in the world. Its comprehensive enterprise software was installed in some 18,000 facilities worldwide. The company has delivered technology to some of the largest food service operations operating across 19 countries. Its offerings are installed in numerous key vertical markets including the Department of Defense, healthcare, higher education, K-12 public school systems, and senior retirement communities.
Horizon remained a privately owned firm from its inception until 2008, when it was acquired by Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP). After Roper acquired the company, Michael continued to serve as President/CEO of the business for an additional two years and operated it as a Division within Roper.
Michael resides in Johns Creek, Georgia with his wife Michelle and twin daughters. Hailey and Lauren (age 12) are in 6th grade and attend Wesleyan School where they are involved in Cheerleading, Softball, Lacrosse, and Tennis. Michelle and Michael grew up in Atlanta and went to middle and high school together at South Gwinnett High School. She received two bachelor’s degrees, cum laude, from The College of Charleston in Accounting and Business Management.
Michelle has two Tennessee Walker horses where she enjoys weekly trail rides. When not travelling and working, Michael spends time playing golf and fly fishing. They enjoy being in the mountains and have had a residence in Cashiers, NC for the past 8 years.
The Williamsons regularly attend and are involved at Passion City Church, pastored by Louie Giglio, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Education & Recognition
- University of Georgia, Athens: BBA Management Information Systems, Terry College of Business, 1997
- University of Pennsylvania: Executive Program, Finance & Valuation, Wharton School of Business, 2009
- 2018 ACG Fast 40 Company recognizing the fastest 40 growing middle market companies in Georgia
- ACG 2015 Atlanta Emerging Growth “Deal of the Year”: LLR Partners investment in IO Education
- Inc 5000 list multiple years (Horizon Software)
- Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Georgia Award, TAG 2008
Counsel and Advisors
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’s career path began in New York City, with several years on the road singing principal roles in musical theatre productions. USO Tours took her overseas, one in which she played Molly in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”.
Romance took Nancy to Montana where she owned a real estate company, was the “Salesperson of the Year” in her area, and was elected to represent her peers on the National Board of Directors for the National Realtors Association. Nancy’s first husband, Jim Waltermire, was Montana’s Secretary of State, President of the National Association of Secretaries of State, and Republican frontrunner for Governor when he and his pilot lost their lives in a plane crash.
She later married 9-term Congressman Dick Schulze (PA), member of the Ways & Means committee, founder of the Sportsmen’s Caucus in Congress and member of “The Reagan 13”. Nancy resumed singing and became an event singer in Washington, D.C. performing solo from the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to Constitution Hall to Ambassadors’ Residences in Washington and abroad, to the Inaugural Prayer Service for the U.S. Congress, the Inaugural Prayer Service for the Governor of New York, Galas for First Ladies of the United States, and multiple others. Nancy’s one woman show of World War II and patriotic music brought standing ovations in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. ≪ Hide