Jaars Center


Woody McLendon


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

Vice President of People

Steve Biggerstaff

Vice President of Engagement

Johannes Rehm

Vice President of Global Initiatives

Craig Russell

Vice President of Transportation Services

Denise Shockley

Vice President of Finance / CFO

Stephen Sweeney

Chief of Staff

Craig Whaley

Vice President of Engineering

Board of Directors

Andrew J. Hood

Board Chair
Retired – Former Financial Services/Regional Supervisory Director, MassMutual

Bonnie Nystrom

Vice Chair
Translation Advisor, Wycliffe USA

Lee Bramlett

Director, Good Dads KC

Dan Dugger

President, Fractrade

Marita Eden

Regional Partner Relations Representative, JAARS

Nydia García-Schmidt

Director, Wycliffe Global Alliance – Americas

Grace Townsend Goreth

JAARS Ambassador

Dan Ribb

Retired – Senior Software Architect/Developer, Fluor, Intel, Accela, and others

Liz Thomson

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