HEROIC MEDIA TEAM
Brian Follett founded Majella Society as a non-profit, pro-life organization that places life affirming advertising in large media markets. Since its founding in 2004, the Texas based organization changed its name to Majella Cares within the Heroic Media Organization. Heroic Media’s advertising campaigns reach women and families across the United States, connecting women experiencing crisis pregnancies to life-affirming resource centers.
Prior to founding Heroic Media/Majella Cares, Brian focused his time on a family owned business beginning in 1986, Anchor Foods a national food manufacturer and supplier of frozen food appetizers. In 2000, Anchor Foods was sold to McCain Foods and H. J. Heinz Company.
After the family owned business was sold, Follett desired to give back and decided to focus on works of mercy, serving the poor and life affirming causes. Brian knew the pro-life community needed to bring their message to women in crisis pregnancies through relevant and relatable means. Brian met with several state and national pro-life leaders, after hearing his ideas they encouraged his endeavors. Brian launched Heroic Media in 2004. Brian has continued to participate in various capacities with multiple life-affirming organizations to educate and cultivate others to do the same.
In 2009, Follett married his wife Bernice and they have three children; Christian, Christiana, and Christopher.
Vice President of Marketing
Brett has 25 years of marketing experience. He has developed and launched marketing programs for a $6 billion global consumer telecommunications products manufacturer as well as for entrepreneurial-driven small companies and start-ups. He has over 10 years of internet marketing experience developed while building a six-figure instructional video website business from the ground up. He also co-developed several online marketing courses that are offered by a prominent cable TV program.
While attending a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat he experienced profound healing and forgiveness for the role he played in the abortion of his own child during earlier years. Following the retreat he decided to dedicate himself full-time to the pro-life cause.
Brett is the founder and publisher of Pro-Life Magazine and the Executive Director of Maria’s Choice, a crowdfunding website dedicated to raising money for pregnant women who have become abortion-minded because they are having trouble making ends meet financially. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Tulane University. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brett and his wife Eri have been blessed with three amazing children, Kevin, Rachel, and Sean.
Vice President of Development
Christopher Scroggin brings to Heroic Media 16 years experience in non-profit development work.
Prior to joining Heroic, Scroggin served as a Development Officer for a Catholic religious order. He has worked directly in fundraising at all levels but with a special emphasis in working collaboratively with others to design and implement fundraising strategy particularly as pertains to major gifts. His work required careful integration of the major gifts and planned gifts programs with mission, with marketing, and with annual fund and direct mail components of the advancement program.
He is grateful to be able to use his gifts and talents to help Heroic Media connect women facing an unplanned pregnancy with local services and support on a much broader scale.
Scroggin received his Masters in Philosophy and Bachelors in Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. He lives with his wife, Neysa, and their three girls in Austin, TX.
Director of Special Projects and Research
Adopted at birth, Marissa Cope has a passion for building a culture of life and offering help and hope to women facing unexpected pregnancies. Cope is the primary spokesperson for Heroic Media and manages the media strategy and placement of the organization’s messages to reach women facing unexpected pregnancies. She directs media buys for television, outdoor, and internet campaigns. In addition, Cope coordinates marketing and communications efforts to raise awareness of Heroic Media’s mission and programs.
Cope works out of Heroic Media’s Dallas office and has been with the organization since August 2010. Prior to joining Heroic Media, Marissa worked five years in Media and Public Relations in the nonprofit sector with the Better Business Bureau and an organization specializing in U.S./ Mexico relations. Fluent in Spanish, Cope served as a missionary in Peru with Mission to the World. She is a graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Political Science.
Cope is an expert on the pro-life issue, having been featured in National Right to Life News, One News Now, Adoption Today & Fostering Families Today Magazine, National Catholic Register, and on the Information Radio Network. Cope recently married and lives with her husband, J. Marty, in Dallas.
Director of Finance & Administration
Nate Day is a native Texan transplanted for 17 years in the northeastern states of Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Virginia. Now back home, Nate has provided accounting and administrative leadership for Heroic Media since September 2014 to ensure the organization has the necessary resources where and when they are needed.
His previous positions included a variety of finance and accounting roles at the Rescue Mission of Syracuse, New York; issue advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity; and shared services provider Freedom Partners Shared Services. He was privileged to be selected for CKI’s Koch Associates Program, Americans United for Life & Catholic University’s Management Training Program, and is a Leadership Institute graduate from their campaign management, fundraising, and activism schools.
Nate graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania from the Entrepreneurship program. His exposure to Mises, Bastiat, and Rothbard led him to become passionate about philanthropy and trade as the most effective vehicles to love God and love others as ourselves.
Nate and his wife, Lauren, now reside in their hometown of Austin, where they are active together in their local church and community.
Director of Pregnancy Center Partnerships
A graduate of Brown University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Elaine has been actively involved in pregnancy center ministry for the past 10 years during which she served as the Executive Director of pregnancy medical centers in Boston and Philadelphia.
One of her main passions is to help equip pregnancy centers increase their outreach to individuals at risk for abortion and to be the first responders in an unplanned pregnancy.
Her husband, Christopher, is the Director of Pediatrics at Lynchburg General Hospital and they are the blessed parents of two precious children, Matteo and Isabella. The Russo family resides in the Lynchburg, Virginia area.