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 unexpected pregnancies to life-affirming Pregnancy Help Centers and Adoption Agencies. 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 unexpected 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/Majella Cares 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, Innovation and Technology
Brett has 25 years of marketing experience. He 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 Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.
Brett and his wife Eri have been blessed with three amazing children, Kevin, Rachel, and Sean.
Vice President of Community Relations and National Expansion
Karen joined the Heroic Media team in May 2017, bringing 28 years of volunteer and professional experience in the pro-life movement. Commissioned by Dallas Bishop Charles Grahmann in 1993, Karen served as the founding Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas (CPLC), the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas, until 2015, and as the 2012-14 Chair of the Life & Family Life Department of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. Under Karen’s leadership, the CPLC was heralded as the largest and most effective diocesan-based pro-life organization in the world and a model for the nation. In 2016, Karen received the honorary title of CPLC Executive Director Emeritus, and shortly thereafter became founder and President of Culture of Life Network, serving the pro-life movement through consulting, speaking, and special projects.
Karen has been recognized with several awards and honors, including: 2004 Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation of Texas’ Motherhood Award; Legatus International’s 2005 John Cardinal O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award, presented in Naples, Florida by Tom Monaghan, the singular time for a diocesan respect life director; 2009 Texas Knights of Columbus ACE Award; 2011 Texas Life, Faith & Education Award; and The 2017 Father Edward Robinson, O.P., Pro-Life Person of the Year Award; attending the 2008 arrival ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI on the South Lawn of The White House at the invitation of President George W. Bush; signing ceremonies of Texas’ Sonogram Law and omnibus Pro-Life Law HB 2 in 2011 and 2013 at the invitation of Governor Rick Perry; 2011 invitation-only Springtime of Faith Foundation Rome Summit, a select conference for 25 to 30 international Catholic and Christian leaders; and delivering the eulogy at the funeral of Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe vs. Wade, in February 2017.
Karen is the primary spokesperson for Heroic Media, with extensive experience in public and media relations including radio, television and online news, newspapers, and documentaries, and has been featured in three books.
Karen is a native Virginian, moving to Texas during her senior year of high school. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1983, with a minor in Business. Karen and her husband Eddie, married in 1984, are the proud parents of Maria, Will, Johnny, Dane and Mike, and Jordan, lost to miscarriage. The Garnetts reside in Dallas and are members of Sts. Monica and Rita parishes and the Christian Community of God’s Delight, where Karen serves in music ministry.
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 focuses on messaging and research for Heroic Media, managing the development and testing of the organization’s messages to reach women facing unexpected pregnancies.
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 non-profit 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 lives with her husband, J. Marty, and their two young children in Dallas.
Director of Pregnancy Center Training
A graduate of Brown University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Elaine has been actively involved in pregnancy center ministry for the past 13 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 Help Centers to increase their outreach and response to individuals at risk for abortion and to be the first responders in an unexpected pregnancy.
Elaine’s 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.