Check-IT-Out IT Speakers & Staff
Caryl has been involved with Wycliffe for over 30 years. She now serves as director of IT engagement, coordinating Check-IT-Out conferences, speakers, and vision-casting events, assisting domain coordination, and promoting volunteer opportunities.
In 2013 Chris and his family moved to the JAARS area, where Chris leads a team of developers who work on WeSay for Linux, a software package for native speakers to build a dictionary in their own language. Michelle is currently a home educator to their five young children.
Since 2010, Corey has been managing the Power Systems team. The Power Systems team provides power solutions that enable translators around the world to continue working in remote areas, using solar, generator, and battery technology. Corey and his team have developed systems to monitor the power systems they support remotely via the internet. They evaluate emerging alternative power technologies.
Dan began his career with SEND International, serving in broadcasting as chief engineer for SEND’s AM radio stations. He met his wife in Alaska, where they worked for 23 years. Dan’s IT interests began in college with classes in FORTRAN and IBM Assembler.
With SEND, he wrote software for audio processing, news processing, and transmitter remote control.
Dan is now with the infrastructure team at JAARS, specializing in the Linux email system, and assisting folks with email-related problems.
They worked at JAARS for six years, then in Maluku, Indonesia, for 10. Back at JAARS, Dennis is now coordinator of aviation maintenance training, and Patti is educational and child safety coordinator.
Projects included secure wireless networking, Smartphone deployments, VPN usage for remote staff, network and server upgrades, and infrastructure development for Wycliffe’s enterprise systems.
Hank currently directs a distributed team who develop and deploy solutions that enable worldwide staff to use technology effectively. Services include application development and field systems engineering.
He met his wife, Andrea, in jail—where they both worked.
At a Check-IT-Out conference in 2011 God showed Jaco and Andrea how they could be involved in missions.
They and their three young boys plan to move to Manila, Philippines, where Jaco will be joining the Asia Area IT Team and Andrea hopes she can eventually use her photography skills.
Jim has worked in a variety of IT roles for over 26 years: computer technician, service manager, network consultant, programmer analyst, software development manager, Asia area computer support manager, international director of IT mobilization, and IT domain coordinator.
Currently he is working with the Internet Publishing Initiative as the Director of Product Management.
Her captivating book, And the Word Came with Power, describes how God changed the Balangao for his glory. Many of the former headhunters mentioned in her book have come to the Lord and become active in Christian outreach!
Now with Scripture Engagement International, Jo and coworker Amy West are speakers who present Culture Meets Scripture workshops around the world, helping people use Scripture to transform their lives.
She helps plan events including Check-IT-Out conferences and JAARS Days.
She worked at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, home educated her three children for a number of years, and enjoys construction ministry with her husband.
At JAARS Jon provides global network and server support: training, network design, troubleshooting, hardware purchase, and configuration. He is also part of an administrative team for the VOIP phone system, and email system, supporting several thousand users worldwide.
Short-term trips he has taken include helping Kenya Bible Translation and Literacy upgrade their network and servers and SIL Papua New Guinea in covering critical network engineering needs.
As a vernacular media specialist, she helps Bible translators share the salvation story in local languages through the use of various media, such as video, audio, storytelling, drama, and music.
In 2003, the Navratils cross-trained in Vernacular Media. They had planned to use these new skills back in Brazil, but the Lord had a different plan. They work at the JAARS Center—touching the world from Waxhaw! Using today’s technology Mike and Rebecca enjoy being part of a larger team to get the old, old Story into new formats that oral preference societies can engage in.
He says his favorite foods are bilingual goat and bilingual chicken.
Nard realizes that computers have revolutionized the world of Bible translation but feels that God’s Word in a people’s heart language still is the best technology for changing hearts and lives. “It’s God’s technology!”
He attended Check-It-Out in April 2011 and is now a career member and serving here at JAARS as the manager of IT software development. His team is responsible for building applications that support the enterprise worldwide.
Although he loves his job, perhaps his favorite thing to do is tell others how God uses every skill available to do His work in missions.
Sheryl was the director of IT infrastructure and is now the director of SIL International Global Technology & Information Services. Sheryl has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Arizona, with a business IT minor. She could also be quite happy being a professional tourist.
Tim has served in a variety of positions within the Communications and Technical Services (CTS) department: hardware repair, telecom, and now manager of the department. He gained his experience in IT, specifically hardware repair and VOIP telephone systems, through 10+ years in the corporate world.
Tara is the recruitment coordinator for the PNG branch. Her passion is connecting people and their God-given giftedness to the wide variety of needs of Bible translation. She appreciates the uniqueness of each person who is part of the team of Bible translation.
The Ellis family has just returned to the US to begin their furlough, and they look forward to sharing how God is moving in PNG.