Sunday, May 22, 2022

Meet The Staff

Sheryl Ford – General Manager

Sheryl knows what it means to be a “Louisiana Girl” with roots planted deep in NELA, having been raised in Baton Rouge and now residing in West Monroe. She is married to Dr. Joshua Stockley and has one very spoiled child… her 4-year-old Rottweiler, Harleigh. As a Strengths Coach, she is passionate about coaching and pouring into others, as well as shaping organizational leadership and culture. She also has her B.S. in Marketing from ULM and loves using her experience to benefit Media Ministries and the other organizations that make NELA such a wonderful community to live in. Sheryl has served at 88.7 the Cross for over 10 years and is committed to the mission, listeners, and donors of the ministry. If you’d like to reach her, you can email her at Sheryl@887TheCross.com.

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Don Burns- Program Director/ Morning Show Host

Don is the “Gramps” of the group, having spent 40 years in radio in places like DFW, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, and many other cities. He’s also a “Gramps” in real life to his 4 Grandsons. Don and his wife Valerie have been married for 33 years, have 2 wonderful children, and those 4 precious Grandsons. Don loves sports, loves to travel, and loves ice cream – though probably not in that order (ice cream should probably be mentioned first). He also loves to walk, but if you call it exercise – He won’t do it.

Bri Dunn – Promotions Manager/ Morning Show Host

Bri is an extreme competitor and can’t go a day without good coffee, boujie cheese and skinny popcorn. Her husband Chris and 4 pit bulls (Max, Butter, Dallas, and Kate) bring so much joy to her life. Bri used to be told in school to stop talking so much, and now she gets to talk to so many amazing people in this community during the Morning Show. She enjoys working out, hiding cauliflower in food, Disney World and finding $10 shirts. She has a passion for bridging cultural gaps and hopes to make a huge impact in this community. You can reach her at bri@887thecross.com

Lynne Free – Donor Relations Manager

Lynne is from small town Louisiana, has lived in many places, but always comes home for the good food, family, and friends. As Donor Relations Manager, she has a head for numbers and a heart for serving people – she truly loves what she does. In her spare time, she loves to read, play guitar, paint, and be a shoulder for her friends to lean on. She has four nieces who keep her on her toes with random questions, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. You can reach Lynne at lynne@887thecross.com

Sarah Willis – Office Manager/ Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah has a heart for ministry and building relationships which is why she loves working as the Office Manager. Although she likes to be social, she feels most refreshed after spending time alone reading, reflecting, or taking a trip to TJ Maxx. Her favorite things to do include going to the movies, working out, and trying out new recipes. Outside of work, she leads Bible studies and is involved in discipleship at her church. She enjoys dreaming about what the future holds, while being content with how life is currently. You can reach Sarah at sarah@887thecrosss.com

Julia Taylor – Mid Morning Host

Julia’s been married to her husband, Paul for over a decade and they have four children; two daughters and two little boys. The days she gets to shower, blow dry her hair, wear make-up and avoid a child dumping food all over her outfit are the days she feels like a princess. The rest of the time, she’s reading Pete the Cat 8 times in a day, scrubbing juice off the kitchen floor, trying to wash and fold at least two loads of laundry, fill the dishwasher, get the girls off to school and dinner on the table at night. Surprising, even to herself, she thanks God for her family even on the crazy days. She also thoroughly enjoyed speaking about herself in the third person. Email her at julia@887thecross.com.

Ralph Songy – Weather Forecaster

One of Six siblings, Ralph is a New Orleans Native, who grew up obsessed with with Weather, which led him to where he is today:  One of the highest-regarded Weather Forecasters in radio. In his spare time, he enjoys painting still Life, seascapes and landscapes.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, reading and visiting bookstores. Ralph has been with 88.7 since day one, and we can’t see the station being without him.  You can contact Ralph by emailing him at rwxman@bellsouth.net.

Kurt Wallace – Host of “The Weekend Top 20 Countdown”

Kurt Wallace started his radio career at Greenville College and has worked in Christian radio for 31 years, which is amazing since he’s only 35.:) He also has his own radio voice-over business and is heard on stations from coast to coast. By his own admission, Kurt married the loveliest, most patient woman in America, Amy. They have four children and two dogs…if you count toy poodles and chihuahuas as “real” dogs!  You can catch his “Weekend Top 20 Countdown” twice every weekend;  Saturday mornings at 8 and again Sunday morning at 10.

Andy Chrisman – Host of “Worship with Andy Chrisman”

Andy Chrisman has been in the Christian music industry for over 25 years, both as a solo artist and as part of the Dove Award-winning group, 4Him. He now serves as Worship Pastor at Church On The Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  One of the things Andy enjoys most about his job nowadays is the chance to spend less time on the road and more time at home with the people he loves most: Jackie, his wife of more than 15 years, and his two children. Andy hosts “Worship with Andy Chrisman,” heard every Sunday morning on 88.7 from 6 – 10AM.