BRIAN FOLLETT

Founder and President

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.

BRETT ATTEBERY

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 editor of Pro-Life Magazine. 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.

KAREN GARNETT

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.

MARISSA COPE

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.

JORDAN LONG

Director of Digital Marketing

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Jordan has marketing experience from early-stage startups to a billion dollar retail chain. He has served in a variety of roles, concentrating on digital marketing programs across web, search, and apps involving multiple Fortune 500 companies, and has extensive experience in search engine marketing in both SEO and PPC.

Jordan is active in soccer, enjoys volunteering, and serves within his church’s children’s ministry.

 
 

RENONA PALONE

Director of Accounting

Joining the Heroic Media team in August 2017 Renona brings 14 years of accounting experience including CPA firm, private small business, and not for profit accounting. Graduating in 2003 from the University of California at San Marcos with a bachelor of science in business administration with a focus in accounting. Prior to accounting Renona had a 20 year career in Child Development. Earning an Associate Degree in Child Development with certificates in Child Development, and Child Development Site Supervisor from Palomar Community College in San Marcos California. Then held an early childhood teaching credential from the state of California. Working with children, teachers, parents and college professors to provide the highest quality care and learning environment for children ages infant to 5. Encouraging all to approach early childhood development with compassion and professionalism.

Being a mother that once faced an unexpected pregnancy Renona chose life for her daughter. Bringing this precious life into her family was truly a gift and was fortunate to have had the support she needed. Now, 4 children and 7 grandchildren later she could not imagine having terminated that first gift. The choice for life was an easy one for her. For others without the support she had would be gut wrenching and uncertain. She is passionate about working with others who provide support and encouragement to women facing unexpected pregnancies.

ELAINE RUSSO

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 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 Help Centers to increase their outreach 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.

 
 
 

KEVIN FITZPATRICK

Senior Development Officer

Kevin grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he attended Jesuit High School. During his time at Jesuit, he became involved in the Pro-Life club. Through the influence of the Jesuits, faculty, and his family, Kevin came to understand the importance of being a voice for the unborn. The pro-life club’s main ministry was praying outside of the local abortion clinic. While praying outside of this clinic, Kevin was able to witness something that is rarely talked about in the mainstream media: the look on a woman’s face after leaving an abortion clinic. While there were many tragedies that occurred inside of this abortion clinic, Kevin also has distinct memories of women who saw the High School students praying, went up to them and thanked them for giving the sign they asked for to not go through with their abortion.

While attending the University of Dallas, Kevin attended Heroic Media’s first annual Prayer Breakfast for Life, where he became aware of the compassionate approach Heroic Media was taking towards approaching women as well as their measurable effectiveness. Kevin began interning shortly after the Prayer Breakfast and accepted a full-time job in fundraising after graduating from UD in May of 2015.

Kevin is devoted to helping Heroic Media raise enough money so that they may be able to reach every woman who searches for information about abortion online.

Kevin lives in Grapevine, TX with his wife Laura.

KENZIE MUCKWAY

Internet Marketing Specialist

Kenzie joined the Heroic Media team in November 2015. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Kenzie relocated to Texas in 2011. She graduated with honors from the University of North Texas in 2015 with a degree in Communications.

Kenzie’s passion for preborn babies and their mothers grew in college when she heard a sermon on the sanctity of human life at The Village Church. God used the sermon to lead her to pursue her vocational efforts to the pro-life cause.

Kenzie enjoys exploring new coffee shops, discovering the live music scene in Austin, and leading worship at her local church.