Board of Directors
David Russell – President and CEO
David Russell serves as the President and CEO of SonSet Solutions. He is a telecommunications engineer who gained experience in the aerospace industry of Southern California. Even though he worked in the “concrete jungle” of Los Angeles, his roots are in the jungles of Peru, where David was born to missionary parents. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at LeTourneau University (Longview, Texas). His wife, Giselle, is a registered nurse, to whom God gave a strong desire to minister to the medical and spiritual needs of underprivileged people. In 1991, the Lord led the Russells to serve with HCJB World Radio in Ecuador. David supported the mission organization’s international broadcast operations; Giselle’s favorite assignments were the mobile medical clinics that took the gospel and physical help to people in remote communities. Since 2004, David has led the team at SonSet Solutions (then HCJB Global Technology Center), as the Director/President. Giselle works part time at a medical clinic that serves low income families in Elkhart. The Russells have two children.
Dennis Roberson – Board Chairman
Dennis Roberson came to know the Lord at age of seven. He is the Founder, President and CEO of Roberson and Associates, LLC. Parallel with this role, he serves as Vice Provost for Research, and Research Professor in Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He is an active researcher in the wireless networking arena and is a co-founder of IIT’s Wireless Network and Communications Research Center (WiNCom). Prior to IIT, he had an extensive corporate career including major business and technology responsibilities at Motorola, IBM, DEC (now part of HP), AT&T, and NCR. Dennis has B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Washington State University (Pullman, Washington) and a M.S.E.E. degree from Stanford (Stanford, California). He is, and has been, involved with a wide variety of technology, cultural, educational and youth organizations. He and his wife, Debra, have five children.
Allan Weise – Board Secretary
After earning a Bachelor of Theology from Baptist Bible College (Johnson City, New York), Allan obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Biology from Harpur College (Birmingham, New York). Introduced to Christian radio ministry by his father and mother-in-law, Allan and his wife, Mary Jane, were called and invited to serve as missionaries at the HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart in 2000. After nearly ten years, serving in multiple roles as Office and Facility Manager, Personnel Director, and Area Ministry Representative, Allan continues to serve as one of the College and Donor Area Ministry Representatives. He and Mary Jane have three children and eleven grandchildren.
David White – Board Treasurer
Active in his church and community, sharing his extensive experience in tax, accounting, and law, David B. White is a trusted financial advisor in Oakland County, Michigan. David and his family have furthered a legacy of service and philanthropy to Christian charities, institutions and individuals. David received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) , and a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law. He is a tax attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Chartered Life Underwriter. He has been practicing estate, tax, and investment planning for over 25 years. He and his wife, Nancy, have two adult sons.
Marian Douce’s life motto is to know Christ and make him known. She served as a volunteer with the Navigator ministry for 4 years at Ohio State and with HCJB Global (now Reach Beyond) as a missionary with her doctor husband for 23 years in Ecuador. Degrees in mathematics and organizational leadership prepared her for management in the computer fields of program analysis and IT. Marian understands how technology can be used to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ and help them begin their walk with the Lord. She is currently serving with Global Media Outreach as an online missionary/training team organizer, and leads a local Bible study. Marian and her husband have two grown sons.
Since committing his life to Christ as a young man, growing and walking with the Lord has been a priority for Paul Duckworth. His passion today is to align his giftedness with the ministries the Lord has for him. Degrees in geology and engineering have opened the doors for experience in all facets of engineering and acquiring multiple patents. Paul served for two years in Elkhart with SonSet Solutions before returning to the business world where he worked as an R&D/Systems engineer for Gentex Corp. and as lead electronics engineer and project director for Prince/Johnson Controls. Paul is currently employed as a senior leader on the management team for Twisthink, LLC.
Gary received Christ as his Savior while in graduate school at Michigan State University. He worked for Goodrich Corporation where he served as the Director of Benefits and later served as the Company’s top human resources officer for 11 years. Currently, Gary is an Executive Consultant in the Benefits Administration department with CBIZ Retirement Plan Services, and he runs his own human resources consulting company, Gary Habegger & Associates. He has consulted with companies on executive compensation, government compliance filings, leadership development, and change management. Gary and his wife, Rosetta, reside in Akron, Ohio, have been married for 50 years, and have two married children and five grandchildren.
As a result of neighbors taking Jack and his siblings to church, Jack made a decision to follow Christ as a child. Educated at the Radio Electronic Television School (South Bend, Indiana), he has worked in various capacities, locally, as a broadcast engineer, plant manager, salesman, and eventually the President and CEO of Stripco Steel, Mishawaka, Indiana. He serves at his local church in various capacities as well. He and his wife, Kathy, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren. In addition, they currently await the adoption of two more grandsons from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Pastor Ray Laborde
Pastor Ray came to faith in Christ as a teenager through the ministry of Simsbury Baptist Church (Simsbury, Connecticut). Pastor Ray has been the pastor of McCoy Memorial Baptist Church in Elkhart, Indiana since 1990. He was born and raised in Connecticut. After graduating from high school in 1973, he attended Lancaster Bible College (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), and graduated in 1977 with a B.S. degree in Bible and a minor in pastoral studies. He then attended Grace Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, Indiana), and graduated with a Th.M. degree in Old Testament and Hebrew. Following graduation from seminary, Pastor Ray joined the Indiana Bible Church Mission and served as a church planning pastor in Michigan City, Indiana from 1982-1990. Pastor Ray met his wife, Nancy, at Lancaster Bible College. They have three grown children, four grandsons, and one granddaughter.
Dave Pasechnik accepted the Lord as his Savior when he was around eight years old and is a graduate of both the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Edmonton, Alberta) and Briercrest Bible Institute (Caronport, Saskatchewan). He has served with Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global) in various capacities for over 40 years. In Ecuador, he worked with transmitters, as well as with national workers planting a church. He also served as director of the HCJB Technology Center (now SonSet Solutions) for 18 years. Following this, he was the sub-regional director of South Pacific Islands, regional director of the Asia Pacific region, and then served as the vice president of international ministries. He is still serving as assistant to the president of Reach Beyond. He and his wife, Barb, have three grown children.
Dr. Jeffrey Shortt
Dr. Shortt trusted in the Lord as Savior when he was eight years old. He earned his B.S.E.E. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State (Blacksburg, Virginia) and worked at a public utility in Virginia before earning his master’s and doctoral degrees (M.S.E.E., Ph.D – also from Virginia Polytechnic). He then worked in Florida as a power supply design engineer and later in Washington, D.C., for the Department of the Navy as a spacecraft power system engineer. A spacecraft that he helped develop, Clementine, is on display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Currently a professor at Cedarville University , he has been instrumental to the SonSet Solutions Intern Program. Jeff and his wife, Sandra, have served together for many years in their local church in Jamestown, Ohio and have five children.
Roger graduated from Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia) with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and subsequently earned a CPA certificate in Indiana. He has served in various senior finance, administrative and information systems positions in industry as well as owning and operating his own retail and service business. Since his retirement in 2009, Roger has been serving the Lord by volunteering in the financial functions at Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global) in Colorado Springs and Quito, as well as at the HCJB Global Technology Center (now SonSet Solutions). In addition, he volunteers as the remote accountant for SIL’s branch in Togo and Benin in Africa. Roger is active in his church, Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton, Indiana, serving variously as small group leader, Sunday school teacher and choir member.