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Meet Our Leadership

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

Dr. John Chesnut

President and CEO

John and his wife, Kelly, served in the pastorate for 13 years in the United States before joining Wycliffe USA in 2001. They are passionate about seeing God's Word provided for communities in a language and form that best serves them. The...

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Jennifer Holloran

Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Holloran joined Wycliffe in 2002 as a typist for the Personnel department. Through that initial experience, God gave Jennifer a passion for Bible translation and for caring well for the people who serve with Wycliffe. Over the years,...

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Josh Heidelman

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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...

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Doug Hennum

Executive Vice President and Chief 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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Andy Keener

Executive Vice President for Global Partnerships

Andy and his wife, Lori, joined Wycliffe in 1992 with a desire to be part of a people group that received God’s Word in their language. They first worked in language survey in the Caribbean and went on to serve for eight years facilitating...

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John Krehely

Executive Vice President and 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 and Assistant Vice...

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Vicky Mixson

Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Vicky joined the Wycliffe team in 2012, serving as the Director of Public Relations and later as the Senior Director of Communications. She now serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, using her years of experience to...

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Dr. Sam Barkat

Sr. Advisor to President for Organizational Development

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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James Cunningham

Vice President for Information Technology

James Cunningham began his journey with Wycliffe in 2012 when he took a leadership role within IT's Software Development team. Over the course of the next few years, James continued to serve as Software Development Director and Senior Director....

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Jamie Farr

Vice President for Planning, Staffing and Development

Jamie Farr serves with Wycliffe USA as vice president for Planning, Staffing and Development . He leads a national team comprised of three different areas: Workforce Planning and Recruitment, Staffing, and Development~Orientation~Training....

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José de Dios

Special Assistant to the President for Missiology and Culture

José de Dios joined Wycliffe in 1995. He and his wife, Laura, worked with the Wycliffe Global Alliance for 18 years in different leadership roles including serving in the global leadership team. José and Laura lived in Costa Rica...

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Kristie Frieze

Vice President for Events and Experience Marketing

Kristie Frieze has served in various roles at Wycliffe, most recently the Senior Director of Events and Experience Marketing. In her current role, Kristie is responsible for all corporate events and oversees all guest experiences at Wycliffe USA...

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Matt Petersen

Vice President for Strategic Prayer and Marketing

Matt Petersen came to Wycliffe USA in 2002, just months after the new headquarters building was opened in Orlando. In the years that followed, he served as a writer, editor, Director of Content and as the Senior Director of the Marketing...

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Ken Schmitt

Sr. Advisor for Special Projects

Ken and his wife, Linda, began serving with Wycliffe in 1991 when they took a one-year sabbatical from a church Ken pastored to provide pastoral care for missionaries. More than 25 years later, they are still involved in the Bible translation...

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Brett Shideler

Vice President for Ministry & Care Resources and People Services

Serving with Wycliffe USA is a second career for Brett Shideler after he spent 16 years as a firefighter in Loveland, Colorado. In 1993 the call to missions took Brett, his wife Marla, and their children to Cameroon, Africa where they served...

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Chris Winkler

Vice President for 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 own language but how much disconnect there was for...

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Our Board

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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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Lindsay Olesberg

Vice Chair

Lindsay Olesberg is a renowned Bible study teacher and trainer with more than 30 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....

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Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr.

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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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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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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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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Florence Wamae

Florence has been the communications coordinator for Africa and the executive assistant to the director of Wycliffe Global Alliance in Africa since 2011. With over 15 years of experience working in multicultural settings, she is widely travelled...

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Daniel Watters

Daniel Watters grew up in Asia where he witnessed the impact of his parents’ work in bringing Scripture to an isolated language community. At an early age, he decided to follow in their footsteps and joined Wycliffe USA in 1992 immediately...

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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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