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Art Woods

President

Art began serving as President in November 2016. A graduate of Harding University, Art began his professional life as a corporate buyer for Dillards Department Stores using his marketing and accounting education. For the past 28 years, Art has worked with Christian ministries and schools to grow their programs and connect passionate donors to things that truly make an eternal impact. Prior to Healing Hands International, Art was part of the leadership team for AGAPE, Lipscomb Academy, and worked as a grassroots fundraiser at Harding University. Art and his wife, Kim, are parents to three adult sons, three daughters by marriage, and love spending time with their three grandsons.

Chris Gingles

Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

Chris became the Vice President of Healing Hands International in 2009. Currently, he is our Chief Financial Officer, serving as a volunteer. From 1991 to 1993, he was the first Transportation Coordinator. Chris, a Certified Public Accountant, previously was the CFO for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and also retired from the U.S. Army after a 33 year career. Chris served as an elder at his congregation for 17 years and has been married to Anne for more than 50 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Jana Owen

Vice President of Operations

Jana joined the Healing Hands International team in 2013, but also served as a volunteer on the Women of Hope conference committee from the beginning and continues to lead the conference worship each year. She now serves as our Vice President of Operations and manages our MAGI project, volunteers, data and administrative support team. 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. 

Joseph Smith

Vice President of Operations

Joseph began working for Healing Hands International in 1999. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University and volunteered at HHI during college. As our Vice President of Operations, he coordinates our international shipping of cargo to mission points, Potable Water Projects and our response to international disasters.  He and his wife Ruth have one daughter.

Angela Bell

Administrative Assistant, Donor Services

Angela graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Elementary Education and received a Master's Degree from MTSU in Curriculum and Instruction. She has a passion for teaching children and enjoyed teaching kindergarten and first grade for many years. She is also passionate about helping and empowering others, which is why she feels so blessed to be a part of the work and mission of HHI. Angela and her husband Derek have been married for 13 years. They live in Nashville and have two children.   

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 two 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 20 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 50 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Taryn Foster

Marketing Coordinator

Taryn joined the Healing Hands International team in 2019.  She is a 2019 graduate of Harding University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in advertising. A Little Rock, Ark. native, Taryn has served on mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and wants to be a part of demonstrating the love of Christ across the world. She is passionate about music, travel, exercise, Italian food and being with those she loves.

Chris Gannon

Warehouse Director

Chris started working for Healing Hands International 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. 

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 40 years and they have two married children and four grandchildren. Cindy enjoys spending time with friends, cross stitching, and encouraging youth in service to God.

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. 

Gillian Kelley

Walk4Water Event Coordinator

Gillian joined the Healing Hands team in 2019. She coordinated the Walk4Water event in Tuscaloosa while attending the University of Alabama and obtaining degrees in public relations and law. Gillian and her husband, Jaron, live in Gurley, Ala., where Jaron is a physical therapist and Gillian is also a practicing attorney. She loves Red Sox baseball, bluegrass music, and worshipping with the Lord's church around the world. 

Emily Lansdell

Director of Marketing

Emily joined HHI in 2019 as the Director of Marketing. She brings more than 20 years experience in marketing and public relations with an extensive background in Christian education. She is an Alabama native, a 1993 graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, and has an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Memphis. Emily lives in Columbia, Tenn. with her two sons, two cats and husband Charlie, who coaches football at Columbia Academy. In churches from west and middle Tennessee, Emily has been involved in leading women’s ministries and teaching, and regularly participates in the MAGI Project.

Caleb McCurry

Walk4Water Event Coordinator

Caleb joined the Healing Hands team in 2017 and now serves as a Coordinator for the Walk4Water program. Caleb is a 2015 graduate of Harding University and is from the Branson, Missouri area. He brings a lot to our team with his outgoing, genuine, and passionate spirit.

Brandon Post

Information Systems Consultant

Brandon started working at Healing Hands International in 2005. 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 a Masters of Science in Information Security. He is from Madagascar. He is passionate about technology, data science, music and enjoys mentoring and sharing the wisdom of God.

James Rucker

Water Project Coordinator

James Rucker is our Water Project Coordinator in Haiti. Along with his wife Abigail and their one-year son, Micaiah Adventure, James has already been very fruitful in the area serving from the HHI field base in Titanyen. Originally from Paso Robles, Ca., James is a Harding University graduate with degrees in vocational ministry and electronic media production. He has managed HUT, Harding’s 100-acre missions training campus, and has served in children’s ministries as a camp director. In 2016, James and Abigail moved to Gonaives, Haiti to serve as development missionaries. He has also been on video mission trips to Haiti and Kenya, creating local Christian educational films, as well as documenting well sites for GWAM (Ghana West Africa Missions).

Scott Saunders

Development Officer

Scott began his work as a Development Officer with Healing Hands International in 2011. 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 since 1978 and they have three children and six grandchildren.

Colton Scott

Community Relations

Colton Scott began working in Community Relations for Healing Hands International in 2017. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of North Alabama (UNA), and an MBA with a concentration in Finance. Colton and his wife, Chelsea, have two children.

Linda Smith

Administrative Assistant

Linda joined the Healing Hands family in September 2013 as an Administrative Assistant after retiring from a 34-year public school teaching career. A lifelong love for mission work led her to volunteer at Healing Hands International in January 2010. Linda continues to be blessed to work with the missions at Healing Hands and is honored to help promote empowerment and sustainability in other countries. Linda is married to Wayland and has four sons and six grandchildren. She loves to fellowship with family and friends, enjoys traveling and delights in a hearty laugh.

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.

Alisa Van Dyke

Director, Women of Hope / Marketing Associate

Alisa rejoined the Healing Hands team in 2017 after taking off a few years to stay at home with her children. She graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 2006 with a degree in marketing and has more than 10 years of non-profit marketing experience. She is passionate about women and children's ministries and loves to share the ministry of HHI. She and her husband, JJ, live in Lebanon, TN with their two children.