Art Woods

President

Art Woods is a graduate of Harding University with a degree in marketing with minor in accounting. After graduation, he worked as a Corporate Buyer for Dillards Department Stores and then returned to Harding to work in the Development Office for 8 years. In 1997, Art moved to Nashville to serve as the Director of Development of AGAPE where he worked for 14 years. In 2012, he became Associate Head of School for Advancement at Lipscomb Academy, responsible for all facets of fundraising for the school. Art and Kim, his wife of 31 years, have three grown sons and two daughters by marriage, as well as two grandsons.

Chris Gingles

Vice President

Chris became the Vice President of Healing Hands International in 2009 and is responsible for the daily operations of our organization. From 1991 to 1993, he served a brief stint as our Transportation Coordinator. Chris, a Certified Public Accountant, previously worked as the CFO for Tennessee Department of Mental Health and also retired from the U.S. Army after a 33 year career. Chris serves as an elder at his congregation and has been married to Anne for more than 40 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Doug Fair

Vice President, Texas Operations

Doug Fair came to Healing Hands International as the Vice President of Texas Operations in August 2012. He is responsible for overseeing the work in the Carrollton, Texas office as well as developing relationships in the Texas area. For the past 20 years, Doug has been involved in development work. Doug spent most of his young life on the mission fields of South Africa. He attended Abilene Christian University where he received his BBA in Accounting and met his wife Joy. Doug and Joy have one son, named Ian Michael. They reside in McKinney, Texas.

Carl Burkybile

Director of Agriculture

Carl became Healing Hands International's Director of Agriculture in December 2011. He is working to expand the network of people and financial supporters interested in teaching hungry people how to increase their food production and preservation. Carl has 32 years of experience as a high school agriculture and shop teacher. He has served as vocational director and co-authored 2 agricultural mechanics textbooks. In addition to several mission trips within the U.S., he has helped build a children's home in Honduras and served the last 15 years as the Director of HHI's sister organization, Caring for Kenya. Carl serves as an elder of his congregation and has been married to Ruth Ann for more than 40 years. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Dr. Seth Carmody

Resource Development

Seth came to Healing Hands International in 2006 after teaching for 41 years at Southeast Missouri State University, Illinois State University, and Lipscomb University. He solicits used computer hardware from companies and individuals and refurbishes them so HHI can provide computer systems to schools, orphanages, and missionaries.

Rita Cochrane

Administrative Assistant

Rita was born and raised in Nashville, TN and attended Lipscomb from first grade through university. She holds a degree in Elementary Education and taught at Lipscomb Academy Middle School for 22 years until retiring recently. Rita is married to Michael who serves as an elder at the Granny White Church of Christ congregation. They have three children, four grandchildren, and serve as legal guardians to a young lady from China. Rita is active in her congregation, teaching ladies’ classes, serving on the worship committee, and helping with the Women’s Ministry program. She enjoys traveling and has visited six continents.

David Heffington

Community Relations

David has been working for Healing Hands International since 1998 and is a member of our Community Relations staff. He has traveled extensively across the U.S. and throughout the world telling our story. Look for him at conferences and lectureships throughout the year. He and his wife Nancy have six children, four of whom are married and fourteen grandchildren.

Cindy Herring, R.N.

Medical Supplies Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator

Cindy began her work with Healing Hands International in 2000. Our own "Warehouse Nurse," Cindy is our Medical Supplies Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator. Her many years of experience in home health have helped to prepare her for many trips around the world working through our Medical Relief programs. She also heads up the M.A.G.I. Project that delivers thousands of Christmas presents every year. Cindy has been married to Greg Herring for more than 30 years and they have two married children and one grandson. Cindy enjoys spending time with friends, cross stitching, and encouraging youth in service to God.

Brandi Huddleston

Special Projects Coordinator

Brandi began working for Healing Hands International in 2013 after a year of faithful volunteer work. As the founder of Sewing For Jesus Ministryour Dorcas Ministry in Texasshe is passionate about bringing much needed supplies to those in need while empowering American women to discover and use their gifts for God. As a Special Projects Coordinator, Brandi is responsible for coordinating several ministries from our Texas office: The M.A.G.I. Project, Sewing For Jesus Ministry, and Women Of Hope. She also manages our volunteer center and loves working with our volunteers and partners.

Jason Carroll

Water Project Coordinator

Jason started working with our water program in 2017. He and his wife Jennifer, along with their children live in Haiti full time. They have a passionate heart for missions and excited about the work God has placed in front of them.

Chris Gannon

Warehouse Director

Chris started working for HHI in 2017. He manages our warehouse and is in charge of international shipping. In addition to his warehouse responsibilities, he shoots and produces videos for HHI. He is licensed as a pilot, forklift certified, and a Nashville Predators hockey fan. He and his wife Emily, along with their 2 boys live in Lebanon, TN. 

Sean Judge

Director of Walk4Water

A graduate of Harding University, Sean has been working at HHI since 2007. He is our director of Walk4Water, which is fitting since Sean and his wife Kristin actually met at a Walk4Water event in 2014. They live in Nashville, TN with their dog, Ollie. 

Brooke Kehl

PR and Marketing Assistant

Brooke has worked with Healing Hands International since 2016. She is currently finishing two degrees, the first a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Public Relations and the second in Leadership and Ministry. She will graduate in December 2016. Brooke has a passion for connecting people with HHI through writing, speaking and designing and her desire is to invite others to take part in relieving human suffering and saving lives.

Curt King

Field Director/Driller

Curt began working for Healing Hands International in 2010 as our Field Director/Driller. He is responsible for drilling water wells in countries such as Haiti and Ethiopia and handles pump installation, maintenance and training equipment operation. His drilling career started in 1979 and he has worked in areas such as Kenya, Sudan, and the Dominican Republic. He is certified in all required categories with the National Ground Water Association and a Certified Well Driller and Pump Installer. Curt travels with his wife Mary, R.N. and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Caleb McCurry

Special Projects Coordinator

Bio coming soon! 

Jana Owen

Director of Women's Ministry

Jana began working at Healing Hands International in 2013 but has served on the committee for the Women of Hope conference from the beginning and has led worship each year. Jana graduated from Abilene Christian University and has a background in Project Management, Event Planning and Organizational Communication. In her free time, she loves to sing, speak at women’s retreats and has traveled with Come before Winter (CbW), a non-profit organization focused on supporting women in ministry around the world. Jana, her husband Kevin, and their three boys live in Lebanon where Kevin serves as a preaching minister. 

Brandon Post

Director of Information Systems

Brandon started working at Healing Hands International in 2005 and is our Director of Information Systems. He graduated from Freed-Hardeman in 2003 with a Bible major and a minor in Computer Science and previously worked as an Involvement Minister. Outside of his work at HHI, he is very involved in outreach to inner-city youth in Nashville.

Maeva Ralafiarindaza

IT/Media Trainer

Maeva started working at Healing Hands International in 2012. He graduated from Lipscomb University with a Bachelors degree in Information Technology Management and International Business, and a Masters of Science in Information Security. He is from Madagascar and is an avid musician and artist. He loves to play piano and guitar. He is passionate about mentoring and sharing the Wisdom of God to youth. His long-life dream is to travel the world and be an active philanthropist who helps spread the Love of the Lord Jesus.

Ashley Reeves

Marketing Coordinator

Ashley is originally from Nashville, TN. She graduated from Harding University in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Missions. Here at Healing Hands International, she coordinates the design and production of our print materials and video, writes for the blog and newsletter, and photographs our events. Ashley is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus and enjoys being outdoors, painting, and gardening.

Scott Saunders

Development Officer

Scott began his work as a Development Officer with Healing Hands International in 2010. Following a 7 year career in the insurance industry, he began his work in 1985 as a Development Officer with Lipscomb University. He became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM in 1990 and utilizes this knowledge to help donors with their estate and charitable planning. Scott has been married to his wife Susan for more than 30 years and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Joseph Smith

Director of Operations

Joseph began working for Healing Hands International in 1999 after graduating from Lipscomb University. As our Director of Operations, he coordinates our international shipping of cargo to missionaries and churches around the globe. In addition, Joe is responsible for the coordination of our Potable Water Projects, which include drilling wells, water filtration and rain water harvesting. He and his wife Ruth have a daughter named Meredith.

Linda Smith

Administrative Assistant

Raised in Panama City, FL, Linda continued her higher education in both Nashville, TN and Georgia (Georgia State University and UGA.) She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University, M.Ed. Ad. Min./Sup. from T.S.U., Middle School Math and English as A Second Language endorsements from UGA and TSU. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Ministry in Chennai, India. After retiring from a 34 year teaching career, a lifelong love for mission work led her to volunteer at Healing Hands International. Two and a half years later, she joined the HHI staff family in September 2013. She is married to Wayland Smith, has 4 sons and 3 grandchildren.

Simon Summers

Special Projects Coordinator

Simon was born in South Africa. He moved to America to attend Freed–Hardeman University where he graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Languages and Philosophy. He is currently working on his Master of Arts in Theology at Abilene Christian Univeristy. Simon's responsibilities at Healing Hands International include promoting our M.A.G.I. and Clean Water projects, and for cultivating relationships with churches and Christian schools in the wider DFW area. He is passionate about the work at HHI and enjoys fulfilling both the physical and spiritual needs of the people around the world.

Ebenezer Udofia

Director of African Agriculture

Ebenezer began working with Healing Hands International in 2008 and served as our Agricultural Representative to Africa. Ebenezer's love for the Lord and his willingness to serve in this capacity was apparent from the beginning and in 2009 he was named the Director of African Agriculture. He currently travels throughout Africa conducting Food Sustainability Workshops where he trains community leaders in techniques for sustainable food production and preservation skills. Ebenezer and his wonderful wife Regina have one daughter and one son.

Ron White

Community Relations

Ron has been a part of the Community Relations staff since 2002. He and his wife Donna have traveled throughout the U.S. telling Healing Hands International's exciting stories to churches and community groups. Ron says after more than 45 years of fulltime preaching, "I am engaged in my most exciting and meaningful ministry yet." Ron has served as an elder of the church for more than 25 years. The Whites have three married children and seven grandchildren.