Meet the team
The Leadership Team
Chief Business Officer
Paul Goldsmith has served in non-profit management for over 15 years. Before co-founding Vidare, he founded Goldsmith Media Group with a focus on Christian radio program consulting. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Marketing for CURE International. Under his leadership, the team created CURE’s first monthly giving program that grew 10x in 3 years. In addition, Paul spent nearly a decade at K-LOVE and Air1 radio non-profit networks, where he served as Program Director and oversaw the on-air fundraising efforts for Air1.
Chief Client Officer
Bill Scott has been fundraising for 35 years with non-profit organizations, having hosted, consulted and coached over 500 fundraisers in virtually every state in the United States, plus internationally in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Egypt, having generated over $250 million in revenue. Over his 37-year career in radio, Bill has been involved participating in and launching successful media ministries such as Dawson McAllister Live, as well as running his own syndicated radio ministry, ZJAM Youth Ministries. Bill is also a certified life coach in the area of leadership, executive, and stress management coaching.
Chief Creative Officer
Dave Kirby is a veteran of almost 40 years in radio, both in programming, consulting, and on air, where he hosted a #1 morning show in Tampa, FL. Since 1996 Dave has owned his own production company, iBelieve Media, focused on audio, direct mail, and social media content creation for brands like Compassion International, EMF, and others. He has also worked over 500 radio fundraisers across the US and internationally as both a host, producer, and coach, resulting in more than $250 million in revenue for client stations. “1 Simple Thing,” his business podcast, generated over 1.2 million downloads in just over 2 years and led to connections with some of today’s leading minds in business, marketing, and personal development.
Lyn Smith is a professional galvanizer and engager. She loves to invest in people and organizations to help them grow. She has spent most of her adult life in ministry and non-profit work. Before joining the radio world as the Director of Engagement for The House FM and then serving clients across the country as the Project Manager for Vidare Creative, Lyn was hired by Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children to open and grow a new pregnancy center. Hiring and training staff, working with doctors and nurses, engaging with community partners, growing church financial support, and building a solid client base led to a thriving center where moms and dads could get the help they needed. Also a licensed minister and seasoned communicator, Lyn speaks, teaches, writes, hosts events, and generates momentum wherever the Lord takes her.
Director of Radio
Garrett Michaels is a broadcast veteran of over 30 years. He is an award winning voice talent and has hosted top rated AM and PM drive shows in Christian and secular radio from the midwest to our nations capital! Doing life behind a mic and coaching others to do the same is his passion! Garrett has programmed and helped lead on-air teams at some of the most influential Christian radio stations in the country, helping them expand coverage and reach more listeners for Jesus. He has over 20 years of fundraising experience, which allows him to effectively coach radio teams and help them streamline their communication styles, strategies and on-air approach.
Don Burns is a radio veteran of over 40 years, with most of those years spent in Christian radio. He started in Christian radio at KLTY in Dallas and was the Music Director and an on-air personality there for 5 years. He also helped start the Morningstar Radio Network (now The Salem Music Network) and 94FM The Fish in Nashville. He’s worked at some pretty successful non-profit stations like JoyFM in St. Louis, Shine.FM in Chicago, WPER in Fredericksburg/Richmond, and KCBI in Dallas/Ft. Worth. He’s one of those “Helper” personalities who loves to be a part of other’s success stories. Away from fundraising, he is all about family (Gramps to 5 grandsons) and loves to travel – especially if it’s by a cruise boat!
Creative Services Coordinator
Geoff Kirby (yes…THAT “Kirby”) spent his entire life growing up a “radio station rat”, watching his father work at stations all over the country. He’s spent the last 20+ years working in multiple creative fields, from artist management & record producing, to digital publication, graphic services, website development, and extensive training in audio engineering and podcast production. When the work day is done, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 girls, attempting to re-read The Lord of the Rings, grilling all the meats, and generally being creative through many different mediums for no reason other than not wasting the gifts God gave him.
Maryanne Goldsmith spent 10 years as a public school music teacher before transitioning to working in the nonprofit world of music and arts. As with all things nonprofit, she has worn many hats including director, treasurer, and program manager. In 2020, she joined the Vidare Creative team as manager of finance and in her free time, she still gives private piano and vocal lessons in her home.
Major & Mid-level Donor Consultant
Previously, Mike served in the roles of Chief Development Officer for two large nonprofits and most recently as the CEO of Food for the Hungry. During his time at Food for the Hungry, Mike led global strategic planning and helped to more than double the private income resulting in more support going to some of the worlds most vulnerable. He has over 20 years of nonprofit experience in fundraising and leadership within organizations and as a consultant. During the last 20+ years Mike has been involved in nonprofit work in over 60 countries and raised funds on 6 continents.
Technical & Financial Consultant
Dr. Andrew Novocin has been working with Christian radio ministries since 2013 to provide strategic insights into their financial data and increase on-air engagement through his fundraising platform, FNDRSNG. His most rewarding work comes from zeroing in on daily pain points and creating technical solutions to solve them.
Dr. Novocin also teaches at the University of Delaware in applications of algebraic number theory, pedagogical practices, cybersecurity, and software engineering.
Hosts & Coaches