WAYNE TAYLOR, GENERAL MANAGER
As a youngster, Wayne broadcasted music, commercials, and news to his neighbors from his own working AM radio station built by his Dad. Since joining the Mars Hill Network in 1982, Wayne has worn many hats, including WMHN Webster Station Manager, Program Director, and Operations Manager. In 2001, he became the General Manager. With a degree in Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute, Wayne values the opportunities he has to minister to his Staff. He has several favorite Bible verses, but his favorite book of the Bible is Hebrews. Wayne lives in Auburn, NY, with his wife, Evie, and they have two grown daughters, Jill and Janelle. They also “barely manage” the responsibilities of three pet dogs, Maggie Olivia, Sir Digory Kirk, and Daizy Dew. In his free time, he enjoys camping and hiking and fellowships at Auburn Alliance Church.
LINDA JANE ROCKEFELLER, BUSINESS MANAGER
Before joining the Mars Hill Network in 2005, Linda worked as a bookkeeper at Youth for Christ with Ron Hutchcraft in New Jersey. Two of Linda’s “proudest” accomplishments are being a Grandmother to Brianna Marie and Brooklynn Grace. Linda and her husband, Glen, live in Pulaski, NY, and have two grown children, Rebecca and Matthew. Throughout her walk with the Lord, her favorite verse (with her own underlined emphasis) has been 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”
MIKE DWINELL, CHIEF ENGINEER
With diverse experiences in the Coast Guard and as a Radio Chief Engineer for Radio Victoria in Aruba; Moody Bible Institute in Michigan and TN; and for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Asheville, NC, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to the station. He has served as the Mars Hill Chief Engineer since 2007. Michael is married to Lisa, and they have three children, Michael Bradley, Rebecca, and Peter. His service in ministry has included being a missionary, elder, deacon, small group leader, and Sunday school teacher. Michael’s life verse is Matthew 6:33.
JOEL ALLEN, DIRECTOR OF GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS/WEB DESIGN/SOCIAL MEDIA
Joel is a website and graphic designer in Upstate New York. Married to his beautiful wife, Julie for more than 22 years and raising 4 children, Joel is a family man that loves to honor the Lord with the talents that God has given him. Joel also is a Pastor of a church in Wolcott, NY called Path Light Community Fellowship and has a passion for teaching the Hebrew or Jewish roots of the Christian faith. He is involved with the new launch of the website in 2017 and will assist in ongoing website and graphic projects for Mars Hill.
MARK WARNER, MARKETING/MORNING HOST M-F- 6AM-9AM
As a young child, Mark vividly remembers seeing a little sign hooked to the sun visor of the passenger side of his family’s car that read, “Jesus Saves.” This sign defined the center of his family’s value system growing up, and he eventually made the decision to ask Jesus to be his Savior. He started a career in the communications industry at the age of 16, working at radio stations and advertising agencies in New York, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Illinois. When Mark joined the Mars Hill Network in 2013, he had the opportunity to return to his first love – radio. Being the voice that “wakes up” our listeners, Mark feels blessed to work in ministry in an industry he enjoys so much. Married to Norma for over 40 years with two daughters and eight grandchildren, Mark lives in Westmoreland, NY.
VALERIE CASE, NEWS/MID-DAY HOST & CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
If you stop by Mars Hill Network’s flagship station in Syracuse, NY, WMHR 102.9FM, you may just find the staff enjoying Valerie’s homemade cookies. When she’s not on the air with her encouraging words throughout the weekday, she’s probably taking care of little ones, Gideon and Ruby, or cooking, one of her favorite pastimes.A Mars Hill Network staff member since 2006, Valerie has served in many positions, ranging from News Director, “Mornings” Co-host, to “Kids Corner” Producer. She and her husband, Craig, are also active members of their Liverpool, NY, church, teaching a Sunday School Class for Single Adults and leading a “Patch the Pirate Club” for kids.
RICH LUPIA, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
You may remember Rich as a former Meteorologist for the Mars Hill Network and Weekend Host between 2012-2014. He returns to lead the development efforts of the ministry into the next decade, working directly with Rob Poulsen, Cheryl Priest and the whole team. Rich is now responsible for managing all business, ministry and church partnerships. He is also responsible for the marketing, branding and expansion of the network. Development of new digital content, working with the team on outreach programs for local churches, and developing the ministry with the new station in Capital Region of New York (WMHH Clifton Park/Albany) are his top priorities. Away from work Rich enjoys spending time with his wife Amy, and their four children. Rich and his family are active members of Bethel Baptist Church in Prospect, NY and Teens for Christ in New Hartford, NY. He enjoys snowmobiling in the winter, kayaking, biking, golf and hiking when it’s not snowing and loves to travel year round. His personal mission: Help people every day in every way, regardless of what it is. Email Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org
ROB POULSEN, PARTNER DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR/UNDERWRITING/SATURDAY AFTERNOON HOST
Ever since he was a child, Rob enjoyed mimicking his favorite radio announcers by recording “tapes” introducing popular songs and telling jokes. He went on to major in broadcasting in college and started his career at WSCP-AM by working in various positions including an On-Air Personality, a News Anchor, and a Sales Representative. He also worked at radio stations in the Hudson Valley and Capitol regions. When Rob returned to Syracuse, family and friends encouraged him to listen to the Mars Hill Network. Then in 2012, God opened the door for Rob to return to radio broadcasting, joining Mars Hill Network in a variety of roles. You may also hear Rob giving “Morning Traffic Reports” on iHeart radio. Active in his faith community, Rob grew up in a faith filled home and came to know the Lord in a youth ministry in Oswego. Rob lives in North Syracuse with his wife Barb and their dog Lucky and has one son who serves in the U. S. Air Force. He spends his free time playing keyboards, being a vocalist in a band, and performing karaoke. He also enjoys restoring his classic pickup, fixing things, and getaways to Oneida lakeside or the seashore.
CHERYL PRIEST, PARTNER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Cheryl does not remember a time when she didn’t listen to Christian radio. As a child she enjoyed Chicago’s Moody Broadcasting programming for children, and her favorite, Visit with Mrs. G, can still be heard on Mars Hill Network’s Hilltop Kids Corner. Today as an avid Mars Hill Network listener, Cheryl enjoys Nightsounds and a variety of Bible teachers. A graduate of Bethel College in MN, she recently joined the Network in the Spring 2015 because of her passion for spreading the Gospel and growing believers in Jesus Christ. Surrendering her life to Jesus in 1992, she teaches Women’s Bible Studies and recites passages of memorized Scripture at her Watertown, NY, church. Cheryl’s favorite Scripure, Isaiah 43:1-2, highlights why she grows “more and more in love with Jesus each day.” She and her husband, Alan live in Honeyville, NY, and in her spare time, Cheryl gardens and paints with watercolors.
BOB DOSS, WEEKEND MORNING HOST
Bob believes his faith in Jesus Christ has been fueled by the ministry of Mars Hill Network. In 1996, he joined the Network full time as a Staff Engineer, Weekend Announcer, and in Maintenance. Without the station’s listeners and their support, Bob said he would never have grown as a Christian husband, dad, and compassionate teacher. In addition to his on the air responsibilities, Bob is a public school teacher and also teaches at a local business college. Since 1982, he’s been married to Jill Davis, and they have one adult son, Robert. Bob’s favorite Scripture is Colossians 3:23-24.
DAWN SESSLER, SUNDAY AFTERNOON HOST/POSTINGS
Dawn has been with the Mars Hill Network for over 25 years. It was at a missionary conference in 1974 that she made the commitment to make Jesus Lord of her life, and she has been “working out her faith” ever since. “It’s not always been easy, but God is merciful and faithful even when I fail him.” With a teaching degree in addition to her Radio/TV degree, she substitutes regularly at Cato-Meridian School District. Dawn is married to Henry, and they have four children. In her free time, she enjoys singing and reading. Her favorite Scripture is Psalm 139.
Linda (Linnie) is Canadian by birth but became a naturalized citizen in the eighties. She began listening to WMHR while searching for a station with music that appealed to her. WMHR became her favorite and only station that she listened to. Eventually she found a Bible-believing church and accepted Christ soon after. Linda worked for UPS for 34 years before retiring in 2010. In 2016 she heard an announcement for an administrative assistant at Mars Hill and came on staff. She is married and between her and her husband they have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
BRIAN MUNSE- info to follow
PETER P ROUNDS- info to follow