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Meet Our Leadership

View the profiles of Wycliffe USA’s senior leaders or view the board of directors.

Bob Creson

President and CEO

Bob Creson and his wife, Dallas, have been working with Wycliffe for over 30 years. Throughout that time, Bob has served in a variety of positions, including leadership roles in Wycliffe Bible Translators International and SIL International, one...

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Russ Hersman

Chief Operations Officer

Russ Hersman and his wife, Lynda, joined Wycliffe in 1976 with the goal of providing the Scriptures for one Bibleless people group somewhere in the world. They began working on the Toposa translation project in southern Sudan, but were moved into...

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John Krehely

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Wycliffe in 2007, John served in a variety of leadership roles, both professionally and vocationally, for more than 30 years. These roles include Chief Financial Officer of The Orchard Foundation, as well as Assistant Vice...

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Dr. John Chesnut

Chief Development and Partnerships Officer

John and his wife, Kelly, have been members of Wycliffe USA for 18 years. Prior to that, John served as a pastor in the United States for 13 years. When the Chesnuts joined Wycliffe USA in 2001, John served with SIL Philippines as Associate...

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Doug Hennum

Chief Innovation and Information Officer

Doug and his wife, Jenny, joined Wycliffe in 2010. Prior to joining Wycliffe, Doug began his IT career as a programmer. In 1986 he founded the network consulting company MicroNet, Inc., providing IT consulting to approximately 700 businesses....

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Jennifer Holloran

Chief HR Officer

Jennifer Holloran, SPHR, joined Wycliffe USA’s Personnel department in 2002. Prior to taking on the role of Chief HR Officer in 2011, Jennifer served as the Human Resources Director and Vice President for Human Resources. She earned a...

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Vicky Mixson

Chief Communications Officer

Vicky Mixson started working at Wycliffe in 2012, serving as the Director of Public Relations and later as the Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations. Vicky now serves as the Chief Communications Officer, using her years of...

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Dr. Sam Barkat

Chief Organizational Development Officer

Dr. Sam Barkat has served as Chief Organizational Development Officer for Wycliffe USA since 2013. In this role, Sam is responsible for the overall leadership of organizational development initiatives. He works closely with the Chief Operations...

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Josh Heidelman

Chief Legal Officer

Josh and his wife, Susan, joined Wycliffe in 2013. Prior to joining Wycliffe, Josh spent several years in an international law firm practice in Chicago, representing corporate clients in a wide variety of business litigation matters. After years...

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Chris Winkler

VP Advancement

Chris joined Wycliffe in 2005 after visiting some friends who were working for Wycliffe in Cameroon. While there, he saw how naturally the local Kwasio people connected with one another in their mother tongue, but how much disconnect there was...

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Our Board

View the profiles of Wycliffe USA’s board of directors.

Dr. David Dean

Board Chair

David Dean is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dean International, Inc., an international public policy consultancy. He is also the principal shareholder of David A. Dean & Associates, P.C., a public policy administrative...

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Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr.

Board Vice Chair

Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr. has pastored The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1990. Originally a congregation of 600 members, The Park is now home to more than 9,000 members. Bishop Alexander earned a bachelor’s...

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Paul Brown

Paul Brown is President of First Midstate Incorporated, an investment banking firm specializing in public finance. He has a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. Paul serves as a trustee for the Bloomington and Normal Water...

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Bishop Fidencio Burgueno

Fidencio Burgueno is an ordained Bishop with the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee, and has served as the Administrative Bishop for the South Central Hispanic Region of his denomination for the last six years. Previously Fidencio served as...

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Dan Butler

Dan Butler has been a member of Wycliffe USA since 1980. Over the years, Dan has served in a variety of support and administrative roles, including as the Language Programs Director and other leadership roles for SIL Sudan, and Africa Area...

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Larry Cheng

Larry Cheng is a managing partner of Volition Capital, a private equity firm that invests in high growth, founder-owned technology companies. Larry focuses on investment opportunities in different technology sectors including internet...

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Grace Mathews

Grace Mathews is Program Director for India Mobile Congress – India’s largest industry conclave for IT and communications. Grace served as the Vice-Chair of the Global Board for the Lausanne Movement until 2016; she held various...

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Pat Miersma

Pat Miersma is a Mental Health Nurse-Ethnic Clinical Specialist. She currently serves as the SIL Global Trauma Healing Consultant for the work of SIL and SIL partners, using materials and workshops she helped develop in Africa for communities...

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Bonnie Nystrom

Bonnie and her husband, John, have spent more than 28 years working in a language project in Papua New Guinea. For the last 15 years, the project has expanded to serve 10 different languages in the Aitape West area. Although they no longer live...

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Lindsay Olesberg

Lindsay Olesberg is a renowned Bible study teacher and trainer with more than 25 years of experience in ministry. She loves the Bible and God's global mission. Lindsay graduated from Pomona College in 1988 with a degree in Asian studies. She...

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Brian Russell

Brian has been involved in ministry for much of his career. He was active in cross-cultural work and kingdom business ventures in North Africa for more than a decade. Brian currently serves as the Executive Director of YouVersion — maker of...

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Chip Sanders

Chip Sanders and his wife, Kathy, have been with Wycliffe USA and SIL, a Wycliffe strategic partner organization, since 1997. Until 2007, they lived in the Philippines and worked with SIL in Southeast Asia, where Chip served as Academic Resources...

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Dr. Julie Shimer

Dr. Julie Shimer retired in 2012 from the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovation Officer of Welch Allyn, a $700 million revenue global manufacturer of medical equipment. She served as CEO of Vocera Communications, a wireless...

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Mark Taber

Mark Taber and his wife, Kathy, have been working with Wycliffe USA and SIL — a Wycliffe partner organization — since 1982. Until 2008, they lived in Southeast Asia doing language development and Bible translation among minority...

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Dr. Juanita Watters

Juanita Watters grew up as a Wycliffe missionary kid in Mexico, where her parents served from 1960 until they retired. As she lived among the Sierra Popoluca people, Juanita witnessed two things that have eternal value — people and...

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