Daryl Gungadoo, Media Lab Director at Adventist Review
Daryl Gungadoo was born on the island of Mauritius (Indian Ocean), and grew up as a “missionary kid” in East and West Africa. He studied audio engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with an undergraduate in electronic engineering and software engineering is from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan). Daryl is the Adventist Review Media Lab director, and has worked for Adventist World Radio (Guam, Italy, England) as the research and development engineer for the past 22 years. He is passionate about inventing technology to facilitate the propagation of the Good News. Part of his experience with MIT Media Labs included working with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). He has been a pioneer in podcasting, 360 VR, and Radio 2.0. Daryl and his wife, Johannie, have two children: Noah and Anoushka. He enjoys photography, UAV videography, scuba diving, hiking, cultural anthropology, paragliding and ham radio.
Ryan Becker, Absurdity podcast
Ryan Becker currently works at Southern Adventist University and serves as a Lay Pastor at Crosswalk Chattanooga with two years of pastoral experience from a two-church district in rural South Carolina. He is originally from Orlando, FL and graduated from Southern in December 2015. He considers his calling to empower people to embrace God's calling for their lives and he believes this can be accomplished through a variety of means, not just through pastoral ministry. He believes highly in the potential for individuals to positively impact their local church and their denomination as a whole. At 26-years old, he is passionate about podcasting, photography, soccer, and tennis. In 2016, after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in his hometown, Ryan was inspired to take action and use his voice to speak to important social, cultural, and religious issues happening around him. Thus, Absurdity was born. While it is one of the longest-running Adventist podcasts, Ryan doesn't consider it just an Adventist podcast. He hopes to build a platform that people from all backgrounds and walks of life can embrace and participate in. With over 70,000 downloads and counting, Absurdity is poised to make a powerful impact. Beyond Absurdity, Ryan has also started two other active podcasts: Echo Podcast and LEAD Podcast. One is aimed at questions on faith and life young adults experience and the other on practical ministry leadership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ryan also serves as the Podcast Sponsorship Coordinator for The Haystack and works hard to train and advise other podcasters for how they can be successful in the same medium.
Matthew Lucio, Adventist History and Adventists are weird podcasts
Matthew J. Lucio is host of the Adventist History Podcast which tells the story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from inception to 1915. AHP was launched to tell the story of a homegrown, American Christian movement. The lives of its founders spanned the most interesting and innovative period in American history. Matthew hopes AHP will spark conversations that lead to a deeper appreciation of Adventist history and a better understanding of who Adventist are. He also pastors the Peoria Seventh-day Adventist Church in Illinois and leads the new digital church there, Peoria Adventists. Introvert that he is, most of the time he would rather be home with his super woman wife, Laura, and their daughters, Aerith and Arwen.
Kendra Arsenault, Director of Program Operations for Advent Next
Kendra Arsenault is the Director of Program Operations for Advent Next, a video podcast dedicated to strengthening faith through academic discourses with Ph.D. professors and professionals about Theology, History, Society, and Culture. She is a graduate student at Andrews University pursuing her Masters in Divinity where she hopes to incorporate her two passions of theology and communication through the visual arts. During her undergraduate, she studied International Development Studies and African-American Studies while attending the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also worked in communication and marketing for a number of years creating campaigns and media projects for various non-profits. She has a love for creative writing and is now excited to use her diversity of gifts and training to serve Jesus and the global community.
Sarah Ruf, Community Relations Specialist for Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Sarah Ruf works in Phoenix, Arizona as a community relations specialist for the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, a government-funded organization that advocates for people with disabilities. After a foray in South America and earning a degree in Spanish, she worked in Tennessee and Arizona as a magazine editor and print journalist covering poorly behaved politicians, criminal court cases and beauty queens. She is passionate about fighting sexual exploitation and volunteers with Lighthouse, a ministry that serves women in the sex industry.
Natalia López-Thismón, professor at southern adventist university's school of journalism and communication
Natalia López-Thismón is a professor at Southern Adventist University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Before becoming a professor, López-Thismón spent time at the National Communication Association in Washington D.C. as Media Relations and Public Outreach Manager. She also worked as Associate Director for Communication and Communication Specialist at ADRA International in Silver Spring, Md. She started her career in public relations working as the Business Communication Assistant at the Miami HEAT.
Dan Herrera, Managing editor of the Albuquerque Journal
Dan Herrera is an Albuquerque native and a graduate of West Mesa High School and the University of New Mexico with a journalism degree. His newspaper career has included positions at The New Mexican newspaper in Santa Fe, the Kansas City Times and the Modesto Bee, where he was Metro editor before joining the Journal staff in 1995. During his time at the Journal, he has been Arts editor and an assistant managing editor. He became editorial page editor in 2009 and managing editor in 2017.
About the Journal: The Albuquerque Journal is a home-owned, independent morning newspaper, which is a rarity in today's conglomerate-run newspaper industry. Published 365 days a year, the Journal has a daily circulation of 96,825 (116,825 Sunday) throughout New Mexico and into Texas, Colorado and Arizona.
Chelsya Waworuntu, Digital Strategist at Cheya Media
Chelsya Waworuntu is a passionate creator, entrepreneur, and committed to helping others unlock their passion and God-given purpose. She aims to guide others as they build their digital empire and find freedom through their gifts and abilities. Originally from New Hampshire, Chelsya had her mind set on being a physician and graduated with a Bachelor's in Human Biology from Kettering College. When she started her blog on digital strategy, she discovered her passion for digital evangelism and founded Cheya Media. Little by little, she immersed herself in opportunities that involved journalism, communications, marketing, videography, and social media. Chelsya is now pursuing a Master's in Communications at Andrews University while working as the associate director of The Haystack.
Mylon Medley, Assistant Director for News of the North American Division
Mylon Medley is the assistant director for news of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. She’d previously served as editorial assistant then assistant producer of the communication department for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. After completing her Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington D.C., she was selected for The White House Intern Program’s Fall 2012 class under the administration of President Barack Obama, where she served as an editorial assistant to the presidential videographer and the official White House video team. She received her undergraduate degree from Oakwood University, where she studied International Studies and Political Science. She also studied abroad at Villa Aurora in Florence, Italy through Adventist College Abroad after completing her time at Oakwood. During her free time, you can find her immersed in a captivating story told through a television series, audiobook, or podcast while hanging out with her dog, Zeus.
Zack Posthumus, Freelance Graphic Designer
Zack Posthumus is an independent freelance graphic designer. His passions include brand identity design, minimalist living and copping yeezys. He strives to create simple, refined logos that will stand the test of time. He has design experience in the corporate arena, religious organizations, universities and small businesses. Zack was born in Michigan and attended Union College, where he obtained a bachelors in Design and Small Business Management. In his free time he enjoys creating music videos, playing board games and making coffee. He lives with his wife, Azriel, in Dallas, TX. “God is a designer, and I want to be like Him every day. I want to make the world a beautiful and peaceful place through design.”-ZP
Aaron Thomas, Independent Freelance PHotographer and Director of Photography
Aaron Thomas is an Independent Freelance Photographer and Director of Photography. He is passionate about creating still or moving images that tell a client’s story and the product or services they provide. Story is important and it is the first thing he thinks about when starting a new project. His career has evolved from strictly photography (including wedding) to videography in the commercial industry. “Developing great relationships with clients is key in order to guarantee projects genuinely promote the clients’ brand.”- A.T. His work has taken him across the globe, partnering with non-profit and religious organizations, as well as large businesses. When he’s not researching new lighting methods, he’s usually playing sports, learning the latest board game or looking at stuff in the sky. Texas born and bred, Aaron attended Union College where he obtained a bachelors in Business/Marketing. He lives in the Lone Star State with his wife, Grace, when they aren’t globetrotting.
Kenn Dixon, Vice President for Communication and Public Relations at the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Kenn Dixon is the Vice President Communication and Public Relations at the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Alvarado, TX. Dixon has also served as the director of integrated marketing and public relations for Oakwood University and communications and media director for the Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Dallas, Texas where he also served in pastoral ministry. Dixon is currently completing his Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Oakwood University. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Washington Adventist University and a Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University. He also holds professional accreditations in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America.