Staff and Board

Mark RobbinsMark-Robbins

Executive Director

Mark serves as the Executive Director of First Priority. He spends most of his day managing the organizational side of the ministry, including fundraising and board development. He was the initiator and director of First Priority Tri-States, the 2nd oldest FP chapter. Mark and his wife Michelle manage their own small business, therefore, Mark brings years of experience in business management to First Priority of America. Mark resides in eastern Kentucky with his wife, Michelle.  Mark and Michelle have three children, Nathaniel & Mikaela (Robbins) Gray, Morgan, and Micah. They also have two grandchildren, Sadie B. and Beckham.

Mark RobertsMark-Roberts

Associate Director

Mark Roberts serves as Associate Director for First Priority of America. He spends most of his days equipping and training pastors to start First Priority chapters and working with the team that serves the local communities across the country. He was part of the team that developed the first major FP local city over 25 years ago in Birmingham, AL. He has an extensive background in student leadership training through organizations like: Student Leadership University, N.A.M.B., and Northpoint Community Church. He has spoken to thousands of teenagers and adults over the years, sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the call to be a missionary on their school campus.
Mark currently resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida with his wife, Tonya. They have two sons, Hayden and Cole.

Brad SchellingBrad-s

Director of Ministry

Brad serves as our Director of Ministry. He spends most of his day working with the new FP coordinators, alongside Mark Roberts. Brad’s goal is to help local communities take the appropriate steps to create a spiritual movement around their middle and high schools. He has been in student ministry since 1997, served as a First Priority campus coach starting in 2001, and joined staff with FPOA in 2008. He helped get FP of the Great Plains (SD/IA) off the ground before moving his family to Nashville, TN to be strategic in his work with First Priority. Brad, with his wife Erika and four children attend Church of the City in Spring Hill.

kristinaKristina Zirschky

Systems and Communications

Kristina serves as our Admin of Systems and Communications. She spends her day working within the various systems we use such as Smart Sheets, Infusionsoft, Highrise, etc. to make sure our club lists are updated. She also updates the FP blog weekly and is in charge of sending out weekly and monthly emails and newsletters. Kristina has served as a volunteer in youth ministry for over 10 years and lives in the Nashville area with her two children.

janiceJanice Blanchett

Office and Event Manager

Janice recently joined our FP staff in November 2016 and is excited about this new adventure.  She has worked in Children’s Ministry for over 16 years and provided administrative support,  planned annual events and coordinated volunteers. Janice is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications with an emphasis in journalism in 1985. She is married to Mark Blanchett and has five grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys making vinyl creations for her Etsy shop and also spending time with her grandchildren.

vanessa-pillionVanessa Pillion

Budget & Finance Director

Vanessa Pillion founded Pillion Accounting & Tax Service, Inc. in 2005 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. “We’re Here For You” is the motto of the company. Vanessa believes that positioning her business as a servant is operating in line with the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 20:26-28).

Vanessa Pillion graduated from Carson-Newman College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management.   She is also licensed as an Enrolled Agent by the Internal Revenue Service. Vanessa is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals. She has over 30 years experience in individual, corporate and church finances. Before forming her own business, Vanessa was the general manager of a franchise income tax business, overseeing 14 offices in Southeast Ky.

Vanessa Pillion currently serves on several boards: First Priority Tri States, Inc., Outdoor Truths, Inc., Cornerstone Christian Counseling, Inc.

Vanessa Pillion is married to Ray for 31 years and they live in Harrogate, Tn.

Board Members

Mark Mansour, Chairman – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cary Brown, Vice Chairman – Midland, TX
JB Collingsworth – Newnan, GA
Leon Drennan – Nashville, TN
Jerry Meadows – Nashville, TN
Dan Price – Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Roberts – Greeneville, TN
JD Simpson – Hattiesburg, MS
Jeff Roschman – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Advisory Board

Chris Lane, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Joel Rowland, Clayton, NC
Adam Robertson, Harrogate, TN

Auxiliary Board

Dr. Jay Strack, Student Leadership University
David Nasser, Liberty University

Regional Coordinators

Steve Cherrico – TN
Shane Kenney – TX
Tim Bargo – KY
Chris Lane – FL
John Carruth – LA
Larry Franks – AL
JD Simpson – MS