OUR STAFF

We are passionate about bringing the Gospel to public school students! We are here to serve, encourage & provide the resources you need.

BASE TEAM

Chris Lane

Executive Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 23 years.
Favorite part of your job? I love seeing students receiving Jesus and knowing they have eternal life!
High School Alma Mater? Highlands.
Fun fact about you? I used to race a stock car at Hialeah Speedway.
Favorite pizza topping? CHEESE.
Favorite Bible Verse? Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

Fred Revell

Associate Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? I've been working at First Priority for 21 years...I volunteered as a campus coach for 2 years prior to that.
Favorite part of your job? Probably the most rewarding aspect of serving through First Priority these 21 years are the relationships with youth pastors I've been blessed to have.
High School Alma Mater? Cooper City High and Pembroke Christian Academy.
Fun fact about you? My first ministry post after college was at Wayside Baptist Church in Miami as a youth pastor in 1980.
Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.
Favorite Bible Verse? Psalm 71:17-18 "O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come."

Alyssa Forman

Director of Marketing and Communications

How long have you worked at First Priority? 4 months (since April 2021).
Favorite part of your job? An amazing team! It's been a breath of fresh air to work with such great, solid people who's collective goal is to further the Kingdom of Christ.
High School Alma Mater? I was Homeschooled & dual enrolled at Broward College!
Fun fact about you? I'm one of 6 kids & I've been to over 35 countries
Favorite pizza topping? A classic margherita pizza with arugula on top!
Favorite Bible Verse? Titus 3:4-7 "But when the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the Hope of eternal life."

Christy Keilen

Programs & Events Coordinator

How long have you worked at First Priority? Since January 5, 2022!
Favorite part of your job? Getting to work on a wide variety of projects.
High School Alma Mater? Homeschooled.
Fun fact about you? My favorite trip was hiking the Amalfi Coast in Italy... and everything about Italy.
Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni
Favorite Bible Verse? "... know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought... Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it." - 1 Chronicles 28:9-10

Andrew Gottfried

Director of Community Engagement, Palm Beach Game Day Coordinator

How long have you worked at First Priority? Started February 2022!
Favorite part of your job? The greatest part of being on the First Priority team is witnessing middle and high school students boldly sharing the Gospel on their public school campuses.
High School Alma Mater? Calvary Christian Academy
Fun fact about you? I once juggled 3 tennis balls for 9 straight minutes!
Favorite pizza topping? Everything- the more the merrier!
Favorite Bible Verse? John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

Lissette Telemaco

FP Game Day Operations Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? It will be a year in August.
Favorite part of your job? Seeing young children eager to learn about God! I love interacting with the students, volunteers and teachers. We have so much fun while boldly bringing the hope of Christ into our elementary schools!
High School Alma Mater? Adlai E. Stevenson High School in the Bronx
Fun fact about you? I am the youngest of 5 kids from a large Puerto Rican family with only 1 brother. All four sisters married into families with the initial "T" and all 5 siblings have been blessed to serve in ministry with their spouses. As the youngest, I have always loved trying new things and so when I was in middle school I learned to play the alto saxophone!
Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni
Favorite Bible Verse? Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

BROWARD TEAM

Luke Still

Broward Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 2 year.
Favorite part of your job? Training the next generation of students to carry on the Gospel Message!
High School Alma Mater? Highlands Christian Academy.
Fun fact about you? I have 8 children (4 biological / 4 adopted).
Favorite pizza topping? BBQ Chicken.
Favorite Bible Verse? 1 Sam 16:7 "But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Jeff Sullivan

North Broward Area Advisor

How long have you worked at First Priority? This is my first year!
Favorite part of your job? Seeing students on public school campuses give their lives to Jesus!!
High School Alma Mater? Highlands Christian Academy.
Fun fact about you? I have a personal pogo stick record of 1726 bounces. I am very proud!
Favorite pizza topping? Sausage!
Favorite Bible Verse? Titus 2:11-12

Shane Yahrling

South East Broward Area Advisor

How long have you worked at First Priority? I've been an Area Advisor for 3 months and I've been a Campus Mentor for 4 years!
Favorite part of your job? Building relationships with the students, staff and watching the Lord work in each of them.
High School Alma Mater? Hollywood Hills High School! (Go Spartans!)
Fun fact about you? I love sports and racing!
Favorite pizza topping? Gorgonzola cheese crumbled all over!
Favorite Bible Verse? Mark 9:35 Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Brody Howell

FP Game Day Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? Started Gameday Oct 1, 2019.
Favorite part of your job? Favorite part of my job is interacting with the children and seeing their enthusiasm and joy in learning about Jesus. And I enjoy the relationships that are formed with churches and Pastors.
High School Alma Mater? Stranahan High Dragon
Fun fact about you? I was a child actor and appeared in television commercials all throughout my childhood. After High School I became a Film Producer and shared the Gospel with Madonna.
Favorite pizza topping? Ground sausage.
Favorite Bible Verse? Romans 5:8

MIAMI-DADE TEAM

Mike Gault

Miami-Dade Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 6 years.
Favorite part of your job? Helping build student leaders that bring their friends to Christ.
High School Alma Mater? Northeast HS.
Fun fact about you? My wife and I have 6 kids.
Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.
Favorite Bible Verse? 2 Timothy 1:7 "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."

Bobby Barrett

South Dade Area Coach

How long have you worked with First Priority? 4 Years.
Favorite part of your job? Seeing students grow in the their faith and leadership.
High School Alma Mater? Ardenne High school – Kingston, Jamaica.
Fun fact about you? Join us marines 2 months after migrating to the US.
Favorite pizza topping? Sausage.
Favorite Bible Verse? Matthew 6:25 - Don’t worry about a thing every little thing will be alright (Bob Marley version).

PALM BEACH TEAM

Josh Lane

Palm Beach Regional Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? Since August 2019.
Favorite part of your job? Getting to help build up this generation of student leaders and see God transform student's lives with the gospel!
High School Alma Mater? Calvary Christian Academy.
Fun fact about you? I played baseball and studied Bible at Taylor University.
Favorite pizza topping? Cheese Pizza is the best!
Favorite Bible Verse? Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Guery Ulysse

Area Advisor

How long have you worked at First Priority? I started as a student leader leading first priority club at Santaluces community high my sophomore year until I graduated. I interned for a year helping out at schools in the palm beach county area and now I serve as the area advisor for Boynton beach area schools. - So I have been a part in total for 4 years.
Favorite part of your job? That I get the opportunity to reach students that have never heard about Jesus and to raise up student leaders to become missionaries on their school campus.
High School Alma Mater? I graduated from Santaluces Community High school and I currently attend Southeastern University at Christ Fellowship.
Fun fact about you?I love driving a lot and cooking a lot!
Favorite pizza topping? Meatball.
Favorite Bible Verse? Isaiah 43-19

John Ainlay

Palm Beach Area Advisor

How long have you worked at First Priority? 3 years!
Favorite part of your job? Seeing students have a burden for their classmates' salvation.
High School Alma Mater? Calvary Christian High School
Fun fact about you? I used to be a paid stunt man.
Favorite pizza topping? I don't like pizza....
Favorite Bible Verse? Galatians 2:20

TREASURE COAST / SPACE COAST TEAM

John Harvey

Treasure Coast Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? I began working with First Priority in 2016-17 as Area Advisor in St. Lucie County.
Favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is connecting with students and see them have success in sharing Christ with their friends.
High School Alma Mater? I went to Kirby High School in Memphis, TN!! Go Cougars!!!
Fun fact about you? My wife Alana and I have been connected in student ministry for 33 years.
Favorite pizza topping? Anything that had a face...in other words, MEAT!!!
Favorite Bible Verse? Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joe Maldonado

Indian River & Space Coast Director

How long have you worked at First Priority? 3 years
Favorite part of your job? Sharing Jesus
High School Alma Mater? Farragut - Knoxville, Tennessee
Fun fact about you? I have an over 1,700 piece Superman collection
Favorite pizza topping? Philly cheese
Favorite Bible Verse? John 3:30

Alex Hagenbaumer

St. Lucie Area Advisor

How long have you worked at First Priority? This is my first year!
Favorite part of your job? Seeing students come to the life changing power of Jesus!
High School Alma Mater? Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce. Go Greyhounds.
Fun fact about you? I was constantly mistaken for Draco Malfoy in my teen years.
Favorite pizza topping? Sausage and mushroom!
Favorite Bible Verse? Romans 8:1-2

BOARD MEMBERS

Kevin Chapman

Group Benefits Consultants
VP of Sales

“FP is getting the Hope of the Gospel to students, hopefully, before they make any longlasting, regretful life decisions.”

Doug Avdellas

Atlantic Employee Screening
President

“I always want to be involved in ministries that are intentionally sharing the Gospel. As Jesus modeled, there is nothing more sacred than bringing the hope of the Gospel to children.”

Kieth Burley

KB Business Solutions
President

“I believe First Priority is a worthy cause because I know that Kingdom impact is the primary objective.”

Nelson Telemaco

Proximity Works
CEO

“There is a major battle for the souls of our young people and First Priority is in the trenches at ground zero. There is so much coming at students from the other side with social media, peer influences, access to info. “We need to stand by to help make headway.” Students need a strong moral compass early on.”

Dawn Scharer

I went to Westminster Academy where I learned about God and was spiritually fed. I lost my mom at age 11 and, now as an adult, I can see the need for a solid foundation early on in life. “Every child deserves to hear the Gospel.”

Robert Taylor

Burdette Beckmann Inc.
Owner

“It is vital to support families and children. First Priority has the best ROI possible because it is on the campus, with the students, meeting them where they are. It is extremely effective at reaching the large majority of students that are unchurched.”

Ann Murphy

Barry University
Professor Emerita of Education

“Being someone who worked in the education system, I’ve seen the negative changes that are in public schools and I know that First Priority is the catalyst in bringing students Hope!”

Brandon Day

“First Priority reaches students with the hope of Jesus, equips them with Bibles, teaches them how to share their faith, and connects them to the local church. We are currently meeting in over 200 schools this year and thousands of students have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior. This is a way for us to live out The Great Commission by making disciples.”