Jaars Center

Leadership

Woody McLendon

President

Woody is a natural problem-solver, from his early days of creating software for NASA, to studying languages in Niger, to helping launch a secure email system for our partners. He’s been with JAARS since 2001, primarily in IT leadership. Before stepping in as president, he also served as our vice president of organizational strategy.

Whatever the challenges, Woody finds that a solid spiritual foundation is critical—keeping a close relationship with the Lord through prayer and God’s Word. When he’s not in the office, you’ll find him spending time with his family, playing a pickup game of soccer, or woodworking.

Senior Leadership Team

Brian Anders

Brian Anders

Vice President of People

Steve Biggerstaff

Steve Biggerstaff

Vice President of Engagement

Allan Courtright

Vice President of Facilities and Services

David Reese

Chief Financial Officer

Craig Russell

Vice President of Transportation Services

Craig Whaley

Craig Whaley

Vice President of Strategic Information and Integration

Board of Directors

Andrew J. Hood

Andrew J. Hood

Board Chair
Financial Services/Regional Supervisory Director, MassMutual

Bonnie Nystrom

Bonnie Nystrom

Vice Chair
Resource Coordinator, Wycliffe USA

Lee Bramlett

Lee Bramlett

Treasurer
Organizational Development and Training Leader, City of Olathe KS

Deborah Carter

Deborah Carter

(Retired) Senior Executive Service, Department of the Treasury

Dan Dugger

President, Canvas Aviation

Grace Goreth

JAARS Ambassador

Michael A. Graham

Principal, The Law Offices of Michael A. Graham, LLC

Jim Schaffer

Jim Schaffer

Chairman, Schaffer Associates Inc.

Liz Thomson

Director of Language Programs Services, SIL Anglo-Lusophone Africa Area