Tonya Carruthers – Board Chair

Tonya Carruthers is a corporate human resources professional whom has quickly become a sought-after speaker and teacher for women and youth ministries. Tonya has the ability to see things strategically and speak with the wisdom God provides. She helps people use what they have to get where and what they want. She works daily to help people find purpose and be positioned for greatness.Tonya Carruthers has led HR functions at corporations such as Interstate Batteries, Walmart, JCP, and Pizza Hut.

She holds a bachelor’s in business administration and Human Resources from Texas Women’s University. She is a faithful wife to Daryn Carruthers and devoted mother to sons Daryn II and Micah.

Suzanne Niles – Vice Chair

Suzanne has been involved in ministry and the media for many years serving in communications with Frankin Graham and Terry Law Ministries World Compassion and working as a PR representative with the Salvation Army and Grace Hill Media. Suzanne has a background in the entertainment industry working as an actress in film, television, and commercials. Suzanne co-authored Fast Friends, The Amazing Power of Friendship, Fasting, and Prayer with Wendy Simpson. She is presently the Director of Relationship Development for BroadStreet Publishing. Suzanne’s goal and purpose in life are to be a prayer warrior on behalf of others and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

She is married to her high school sweetheart Bob and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Board of Directors

Cassie Byram

Cassie Byram began her professional career in Hollywood at the age of 19. An award winning actress, singer, songwriter, Cassie has received critical acclaim in multiple disciplines encompassing theater, film, television, voice-overs, published song writing and multiple album releases for adults and children alike.

Her many stage roles, including Maria in West Side Story, garnered her a Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theater as Best Actress. For two years Cassie guest-starred on the T.V. series Jake and the Fat Man and co-starred in the pilot episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Civil Wars. You can also see her in the feature film The Time Changers with Gavin MacLeod and Jennifer O’Neil.

As a soloist, Cassie is featured singing “If I Loved You” in the movie City Hall with Al Pacino, as well as the celebrated film Totoro, listed in Roger Ebert’s Great Movie selection, by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.

With 7 years experience as Executive Creative Director, Cassie is now President of Mamala Media, ( offering “Heavenly Resources For Family Life.” After receiving five out of five Doves from the Dove Foundation for her Treasure Toons Animated Videos, Cassie has produced 6 more videos set to release in 2021!

Her wonderful hubby, two sons and daughter in law, now hold 2nd place to her first grandbaby, Elyas Joseph Byram.

Kathleen Cooke

A media executive, producer/actress, writer, and global speaker, Kathleen Cooke is a founding partner at Cooke Pictures, ( where she oversees casting and is a creative director for all major projects. She is the former co-director of the global Biola Media Conference and the National Women’s ASCEND Conference and founded Christian Women In Media Hollywood. She now leads and inspires women involved in media and entertainment through her nonprofit, The Influence Lab ( focused on redefining Christian media strategies in the digital age. She’s on the advisory boards for the National Salvation Army, Hollywood Prayer Network, Courage For Life, and 4WordWomen. Her devotional, Hope 4 Today: Stay Connected To God In A Distracted Culture. challenges readers to engage with Bible reading 4 or more times a week and watch their life flourish.

She is married to her “first” husband, Phil Cooke, and they are blessed with two daughters, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Robbie Goss

Robbie Goss is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor with offices in Tampa, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from New Mexico State University and also graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Robbie later received a M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University.

In 1990, he started a counseling center as a means of linking the local church with professional counseling services. Prior to starting The Christian Counseling Center, Robbie was a youth minister, college minister, and associate pastor.  He has also pastored a church for 10 years. Robbie’s hobbies include biking, golfing, and working out.

Ashton Harper

Ashton Harper is an entrepreneur with a background in public service and government relations. Over his career, he has developed meaningful relationships with key decision makers in Washington, DC and Georgia. Ashton lives in Ocilla, GA with his wife Brittany and their 3 children, Lili who is 8, Penelope who is 3, and Max who is 7 months.  Ashton and his family are active members of Satilla Baptist Church where they help with their Awana Program and many other activities.  Ashton and Brittany own a wedding venue called Harper Hill Plantation along with a Classic Car restoration shop.  Ashton and his brother Tyler own a cattle operation with over 30 mama cows.  When Ashton is not in Washtington, he enjoys hunting and golfing every chance he gets.

Jackie Marushka

Jackie Marushka is a creative entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience in story development, public relations, brand building, and growing successful businesses. She founded Marushka Media, a boutique PR and Branding agency, in 2016. Jackie and her team create and execute career-enhancing PR and marketing campaigns for clients in the entertainment and non-profit arenas. 
Before stepping out on her own to launch the first and only Hispanic woman-owned PR company across the country music and Americana genres, Jackie started and led Shore Fire Media’s Nashville office as GM (2013-2016). Prior to that she led a division of Sony Music Entertainment as one of its youngest Vice Presidents and its first divisional VP of Public Relations. Jackie handled PR for the division’s distribution company, more than 40 recording artists across five record labels, a publishing company, a film company and corporate communications.

Jackie serves on the Americana Music Association’s Board of Directors, she is a Leadership Music alum, a member of The Recording Academy, Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, American Association of Independent Music, the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and she proudly serves on the Academy Awards (Oscars) Public Relations team.

Jackie speaks as an advocate for drunk-driving prevention and as a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, she invests in the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned youth through a yoga program she started at Monroe Harding, a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth in Tennessee.
Helping others become the best versions of themselves is not just a calling for Jackie, but a blessing, and she lives each day rooted in gratitude and possibility.

Angie Steadham

Angie is the Operating Leader of AIMC, LLC and has worked as the Executive Assistant to the president of AIMC, LLC, 
Mike White for more than 20 years.  She has also worked alongside Ann White hosting various fundraising events and serving foster children and group homes in the North Georgia area.  Angie is an avid student of God’s Word and is passionate about encouraging others to find their hope, healing, and inspiration in their relationship with God and the study of His Word.

Angie has raised three daughters on her own and has one grandson, Levi Gabriel.  When she is not working or spending time with her family, Angie enjoys exercising, scrapbooking, reading, and cooking. She currently resides in Acworth with her husband Charles Steadham.  And together they attend First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

Charles Steadham

Charles is a Civil Engineer in practice for nearly 40 years, and is honored and proud to be supporting God’s work with Courage for Life. Charles is also involved with the nationwide Saints Prison Ministry, which visits State and Federal prisons and reaches out to inmates though sports, testimony and the sharing of the Gospel. Charles has also led numerous Bible studies, enjoys diving even deeper into Gods word through inductive Bible studies, and is also a supporter of his community as a volunteer with Cobb County (Georgia) EMA and other local charities.

Charles enjoys photography, history and exploring old, historical buildings and railroads.

Valerie Williams

Valerie has been in the graphic design business for over 35 years. Currently celebrating 28 years at APOGEE Interactive, Inc. as the Art Director. Valerie specializes in advertising print media, branding, logo design, and website design. She worked prior to Apogee for 7 years at Brandon Advertising, in South Carolina doing photo and ad work for Golf Magazine, and prior to that 9 years experience in production layout at a large print company in Atlanta. She also runs a small side business

Married to Rodney for 24 years, and they share a small horse farm in Covington, Georgia. She also does volunteer work for Hearts of America, Open Door Children’s Home, and sponsors 2 children for the past 11 years through World Vision.