Volunteer Staff

Steve Abarta – Director of Operation and Media

Ross Ellsworth – SWAT Team Prayer Oversight

Wes Harding – Executive Director of Operations

Art Hobba – President and Creative Director

Scott Jette – Ambassador, Southern California

Chris Van Brocklin – Ambassador, Mid Atlantic States

Core 300 Board of Directors

Steve Abarta – Co-Founder and Director.  Steve has a long and distinguished career as VP of Human Resources for several global public companies including Fiserv and Hitachi. He also brings his many other gifts such as editing, videography and audio engineering. Now retired in Simi Valley, CA. Over the past 20 years, Steve with his wife Marianna, have served over 80 at-risk foster babies, caring for them until they can be placed in loving homes.

Harry Beeson, CPA – Director and Treasurer, is Sr. Partner of Romberger, Wilson and Beeson, and he has served and advised many Christian non-profit organizations and over 1,000 pastors for over 35 years. Harry lives with his wife in Glendale, CA.

Pastor Wes Harding – Director and Executive Director, has served churches in the roles of men’s pastor, and executive pastor, for over 15 years. He brings this deep experience and passion for developing men to lead operations for Core 300. Before the pastorate, Wes was an entrepreneur and lead sales and marketing for several national organizations. Wes lives in El Segundo, CA with his wife and two daughters.

Art Hobba – Founder and Chairman, Art has a strong blending of business and pastoral leadership. He previosuly served in leadership roles for two NASDAQ Tech companies and Grant Thornton. As the founder of Transcende in 2001, Art created Principle Based Leadership and a unique science-based, talent assessment technology to help his clients find and develop the best talent pool in their industry. In the 80’s Art was the Senior Pastor of two churches. Art’s passion for men to get into the arena” led him to write Called to War and Found Core 300, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Art lives in Agoura Hills, CA with his wife and has five sons.

Dave Tofanelli – Director and Secretary. Dave is a leadership expert and serves the healthcare industry as a management consultant. A former senior executive at Wellpoint, he also is an adjunct Professor of Business at both Cal Lutheran and Biola Universities. Formerly a Naval Officer Special Forces officer, Dave, is also a published author of two books. One, Cancer, A Marriage and a Miracle, is for men. Dave brings his spiritual and business wisdom, and military organizational skills to our Board. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife and son.

Advisory Board

Bill Conine – Bill professional career began with Sparrow Records to assume the position of V.P. of Sales and Marketing. In 1982, he formed Diamante Music Group which became the #1 independent Christian Music distributor in the industry. In 2002, he sold Diamante and took the position of V.P. for both Sales and Marketing for Strang Communications. In 2008, he became a Chair with Convene to serve Christian CEO’s and business owners to help grow their business, have greater leadership and Kingdom Impact.

Brian Doyle – As the Founder and President of Iron Sharpens Iron, Brian is one of the primary leaders of the men’s discipleship movement in the US. He brings deeply seasoned, and strategic wisdom to our leadership team, and we work with him in helping establishing an ISI presence in Southern California.

Chris Hayward – President, Cleansing Stream Ministries has lead CSM for 15 years and has shepherded their expansion into 25 countries with their materials translated into 5 languages. “Pastor Chris” has been a special advisor to our Founder Art Hobba.

Scott Jette – President Credo Consulting, began his career in the US Marines. In four tours of duty, Scott has displayed exceptional leadership skills, earning the prestigious Fullwood Award for graduating first in his class from Sniper School, the Navy Achievement Medal, and Commanding General’s Letter of Commendation. He moved into the private sector to lead corporate development for L.A. Gear, before accepting the role of Executive Pastor for Oasis Christian Center in Hollywood, CA, where he served for 10 years. He now consults corporate leaders to bring efficiencies to their operations.  Scott lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and children.

Marlin Summers, CPA – recently retired as CEO and Chairman of Kapco Aerospace, where his visionary and efficient leadership helped grow that organization over a period of 20 years to an international technology company many times it original size. Marlin helps provide both Wes Harding and Art Hobba advice and insights, as needed, throughout the year.

*None of our leaders receive any income from their work at Core 300. We are all volunteers. All funds that are received from our valued donors  and materials sales are reinvested back into improving and expanding line of cutting edge discipleship tools and expanding distribution.