ABOUT 4WORD

Our Team

Melissa Harrison
President & Executive Director

Melissa Harrison is a bilingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience in television and radio news. She has worked as a news anchor and reporter in six different television markets including WNBC in New York City and WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth. Melissa has also worked as a writer for ABC’s World News Tonight and as a morning news anchor for CBS Radio. 

Melissa founded PURE in New York City in 2004 where she served Christian women leaders through events and retreats until 2016. She also served women executives at the C-Suite level through the CEO Forum from 2021 until 2023.

Melissa is currently an Executive in Residence at SMU where she teaches Digital Media. She earned her master’s in Journalism from Columbia University and her bachelor’s in Spanish and Communications from Baylor. She also studied with Syracuse University at the Instituto Internacional in Madrid, Spain.

Melissa and her husband live in Dallas with their three young children.

Diane Paddison
Founder

Diane Paddison, 4word Founder, is a Harvard MBA, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies, CBRE and ProLogis, and one Fortune 1000 company, Trammell Crow Company, and serves as an independent director for one corporate and four not-for-profit boards.

Diane is a leading advocate for Christian women in the workplace. Diane published Work, Love, Pray in 2011, and Be Refreshed . . . a year of devotions for women in the workplace in 2017, laying the foundation for 4word.

She authors weekly posts at 4wordwomen.org and is a featured columnist for The Washington Times and the 4word Mentor Program has been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.

Diane and her husband, Chris, have four children and two grandchildren and live in Dallas, Texas.

Request Diane Paddison or other 4word speakers at hello@4wordwomen.org. Honorariums are directed to 4word, a 501(c)(3) entity.

Richelle Campbell
Corporate Secretary

Richelle grew up on a farm in Southern Oregon and now works as a mom and a lawyer in Dallas, Texas. She has degrees from Princeton University and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Pam Johnson
Chief Operating Officer

Pam brings a twenty-four-year career at Nike, Inc. to 4word, most recently serving as Global Strategic Account Business Director on the Foot Locker, Inc. sales team. Her strong finance, strategic planning, and operational leadership with best in class global sales experience will be a tremendous benefit to our organization. Prior to Nike, Pam held various Financial Management positions with Mentor Graphics, US Bank, and United Technologies.

Laura Agüero
Director of Development

Laura Agüero, Director of Development for 4word. Laura started her career as an opera singer and voice teacher. After a decade in the music field, she realized that she had gifts in development, so she moved into roles at the Oregon Symphony in the area of Community Outreach, then became the Executive Director of the Salem division of the Oregon Symphony and finally the Director of programs where she solicited gifts from 175 top donors, sold advertising and corporate sponsorships, and oversaw the donor records and accounting. In addition to working in development, Laura still enjoys performing. Laura recently moved to Des Moines, Iowa and enjoys exploring the city and surrounding area with her children Eva Grace and Thomas and her husband Dr. Héctor Agüero who is the conductor for orchestra and wind ensemble at Drake University.

Lisa Kilgore
Chief Financial Officer

Lisa brings with her 20 years of accounting experience focused primarily within the commercial real estate industry, and she began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She most recently has served as the Director of Fund Management for MCR Investors in Dallas, TX. 

As a native Texan with roots in the Dallas area, Lisa loves being close to family. One of her most important roles is being an aunt to her twin nephews. In her free time, she also enjoys spending time with her church family, attending Zumba classes and taking her Yorkie pup for walks. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Texas and holds a BBA in Accounting from Harding University in Searcy, AR.

Jordan Johnstone
Digital Community Manager

Since 2013, Jordan has helped 4word tell its story and live out its mission through 4word’s digital content. She is the host of 4word’s podcasts, Work, Love, Pray and Driven 4word. Jordan also writes and coordinates the weekly 4word blogs and emails, and oversees the social media team. When not writing for 4word, Jordan enjoys working on her latest book idea, catching up on the latest episode of Supernatural, and going “Pin crazy” on Pinterest as she and her family dream about homestead living. Jordan holds a BS in Advertising and Public Relations from Liberty University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. She lives in Grayson, Georgia, with her husband, DJ, and their young children.

Trina Lee
Mentor Program Manager

Trina is excited to connect professional women together as the 4word Mentor Program Manager. Since December 2011, she has been involved with 4word: Portland and has been blessed by the relationships she’s made. After graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in communication, Trina worked for over nine years as the Executive Director for Oregon DECA, an education nonprofit for students interested in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

She currently resides in Portland, Oregon and is the Director of Program Alignment for Africa New Life Ministries, which is transforming the lives of 11,000 students in Rwanda, Africa. When not working, Trina most likely can be found listening to podcasts, attending the ballet or reading.

Brenna Eager
Manager of Operations and Human Resources

Brenna is our Manager of Operations and Human Resources.  She was introduced to 4word when she volunteered for our Gala in 2018 and 2019.  She and her husband Eric have twin boys who are now in college, and they have been living in the Richardson/Dallas area for over 25 years.  Brenna has spent over a decade as a “professional volunteer” in the community while taking time to raise her boys.  Her prior work experience is in the hospitality sales and management industry. 

Marion Medina
Director of Programs

Marion served in pastoral ministry for 17 years at three local churches including, most recently, Willow Creek Community Church. During her church ministry, she incorporated her organizational development skills with her practical knowledge of effective discipleship to create growth strategies that focused on the equipping and mobilization of congregations on the mission of Jesus. She holds degrees from Trinity International University and Wheaton College in Organizational Leadership and Missional Church Movements.

She directed vision and strategy for the Alpha Chicago Board during her tenure as Chairman of the Board, and she partnered with Dr. Rick Richardson to develop and launch the nation-wide Church Evangelism Institute, a ministry of the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College. As a member of the Christ Together Midwest Board, she provided guidance, training and strategy and individual coaching for pastors and church leaders throughout the central United States. 

Marion and her husband, Ray, reside in Dallas and have two adult children and three amazing grandchildren.

Carolyn Clayton
Programs Manager

Carolyn brings an exceptional level of experience and professionalism to 4word programs from the corporate and nonprofit worlds. She is focused on strengthening and supporting all 4word programs, Community Groups, the Mentor Program and EW4C Forum, and evolving offerings. Carolyn has participated in the 4word Mentor Program as a mentee, and she helped introduce the Mentor Program to American Bible Society (ABS) while on staff there.

Molly Hegenderfer
Technology Manager

Molly Hegenderfer is our Technology Manager overseeing system applications and integrations. She is responsible for the training and data management which support 4word’s programs and development. Molly lives in Newcastle, Washington and is an active member of 4word: Seattle. She and her husband Steve have two adult daughters and they love to travel and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Molly has worked with 4word since 2018. Prior to working for 4word, she enjoyed a career in tech as a business analyst and project manager. Molly has a BA from Washington State University and is an avid Seahawks fan!