Tim Altman, CEO
After 7 years in Christian radio and video production, Tim joined the Dawson McAllister Association (DMA) in 1986. In 1991 he was instrumental in helping Dawson launch the ministry’s first syndicated radio program, Dawson McAllister Live! Developed as a call-in talk show for teenagers and young adults, Tim was the show’s producer for its first nine years. In 1996 he became DMA’s Senior Vice-President.
In 2000, Tim left to work with academia as a media consult and producer, helping to pioneer the development of interactive web-based curriculum. He returned to DMA in 2007 as CEO.
Tim has been married to Janice for 42 years and they have the kids and grandkids to prove it. Along the way, he graduated from Colorado Christian University with a BBS in Pastoral Theology.
Micky Thompson, Technology
Micky embodies a passion for entrepreneurship that he has successfully combined with his heart for service. After launching 4 successful technology companies: ACT! Certified, Rackless, Inc., Jennex CRM and Post.Bid.Ship., Micky came to the Dawson McAllister Association with the goal of helping the organization and its leadership team implement the latest technologies to help the organization expand and scale its outreach services to today’s hurting teens and young adults.
When Micky’s not leading large technology initiatives at the Dawson McAllister Association, Micky enjoys spending time with his wife Layla and their three children Amelia, Olivia and Crockett, serving as Board of Director for Post.Bid.Ship., skiing the different mountain ranges of the United States and watching college football. Micky holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from The University of Arizona and a Bachelors from Middle Tennessee State University.
Stewart Heath, CFO
Stewart Heath is a Certified Public Accountant is a 35+ year finance veteran. Heath is experienced in finance and executive management. He ran a CPA firm in Nashville for 25 years and has held several corporate, entrepreneurial executive leadership positions and occupied corporate and not-for-profit board seats. In 2016, Heath was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as a finalist for the CFO Awards in connection with his position as CFO for Creative Trust Ventures a Christian media company. In January of 2018 he began working with the Dawson McAllister Association.
Stewart is married to Holly. He has 5 children and 3 step children.
Rachel Cardinal, Digital Media
Rachel became part of the Dawson McAllister team in 2005. She started as a part-time call screener for the DMLive radio show, subsequently filling the role of Call Screener Manager & Accounts Payable. She then had the opportunity to transition into the Manager of Rescue Outreach. She was first drawn to the ministry because of the biblical and spiritual truths being presented in such real, authentic ways and wanted to be part of an organization bringing hope to so many. Over the years, she’s been able to work in many different aspects of the ministry which has prepared her for her current position as Senior Producer of Digital Media and Dawson McAllister’s co-host. After being behind the scenes on the radio show for so many years, she’s enjoying being on air with Dawson and sharing the hope, that only comes from God, with those who so desperately need it.
Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Florida. Rachel and her husband Eric live in Spring Hill, TN and have two daughters, Gwynevere and Ellery and a yellow lab named, Zuko.
Mark Gries, Development
Mark Gries graduated from Buena Vista University in Iowa in 1974 with a major in English and minors in Speech and History. After teaching for three years at the high school level, Mark returned to his alma mater and served in various roles there for two decades. These positions included Director of Financial Aid, Director of Admissions, and, for roughly the last ten years, Director of Special Gifts in the fundraising department. In 1998, Mark became Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Sioux Falls, directing the fundraising and endowment building efforts. During his nine-year tenure, USF garnered eleven gift commitments of $1,000,000 of greater, compared to one in the previous history of the institution; meanwhile, the endowment more than tripled.
In the fall of 2005, Mark received a calling from the Lord to move directly into Christian service. Shortly thereafter, he met Dawson McAllister through a major contributor to DMA from Sioux Falls, and, in March of 2006, he accepted the newly created position of National Development Field Officer for the ministry. In addition, Mark was a DMA HopeLine volunteer for six years and supervised TheHopeLine® Call Center in Sioux Falls for part of one year. Mark and his wife Melody, also a trained Hopeline volunteer, live in Myerstown, PA. Melody takes time away from her work to travel with Mark during his nationwide fund-raising efforts. Mark’s son Casey and daughter Christy are both married. Casey and his wife Tara recently earned their doctorate degrees in biomedical research in Omaha, Nebraska, and Christy and her husband Austin are both employed at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.
Jen DeJong, Outreach
Jen DeJong began working for the Dawson McAllister Association in early 2006 as a member of the Sioux Falls HopeLine team working on special projects, fundraising, and recruiting for the local volunteer HopeLine call center. In January of 2010 she took on the role of Call Center Manager in Sioux Falls, then moved into the role of Prayer and Tribe Coordinator for the ministry in 2013 and in 2018 began the role of Director of Outreach. In every role that she has filled, the biggest reward has been sharing the hope of Jesus with those who are lost.
Jen graduated with a BA degree in Communication from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. She spent many years working in both human resources and marketing for corporations in Chicago, IL and Sioux Falls, SD. Just before joining the DMA staff, she worked in marketing for Bethany Christian Services, a national adoption agency deeply committed to the plight of children and of women facing unplanned pregnancies. Jen and her husband, Cal, live in Sioux Falls, SD. They have 3 children Paige, Carter and Taryn.
Terri Henry, Webmaster
Terri Henry came to the Dawson McAllister Association in late 2004 as the radio call screener manager when DMA was exclusively Christian Radio. As DMA evolved in to mainstream radio in early 2005, Terri moved to the rescue side of TheHopeLine as the Call Center Manager in Spring Hill working with volunteer HopeCoaches and TeenHopeLine Interns. In 2012, as the ministries digital footprint evolved, she started a role as the social media manager. In 2018, with the importance of digital marketing and web content, her role has transitioned in to webmaster.
Terri studied education at the University of Central Oklahoma and later pursued her RN at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. Terri has been married to Jim for 39 years and is the mother 3 adult children and now grandchildren. She has spent many years working with youth at church, missions and at secondary schools. At this juncture in her life, Terri is committed to making a difference in the world through her service at TheHopeLine.