(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado) – David C Cook recently announced the promotion of Jana Zachman to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Building on her 20 years of experience with the ministry, in her new role Zachman will oversee business and ministry operations for the 148-year-old Colorado-based publishing company, and will lead the Finance, IT, and Warehouse and Distribution divisions.
Since joining the ministry in 2003, Zachman has served in a diverse range of roles, beginning as a senior accountant, then moving into finance management. She oversaw the company’s curriculum business as Associate Publisher/Business Director; served as VP of Financial Operations, and has led operations and analytics for the music side of the business with Integrity Music. In 2020, Zachman was promoted to VP of Operations and Analytics for the entire ministry, after which she helped launch numerous strategic initiatives, including building the platform for David C Cook’s proprietary, fully customizable digital children’s curriculum, Wonder Ink®, in her role as SVP of Services and Innovation.
In May of this year, David C Cook’s President and acting CEO, Rick Rekedal, announced that Zachman would step into the role of COO. “Jana Zachman is one of the best leaders I have worked with,” said Rekedal. “Her attention to detail, acumen with finance and operations, and her abilities in leading people are a powerful combination to help move us forward. Most of all, she has a heart for the ministry. We are in great hands with Jana leading all operations at David C Cook.”
“Everything I’ve done to this point has prepared me for this role,” said Zachman. “Over my 20 years at David C Cook, I have had opportunities to serve in nearly all areas of our ministry. I’m excited to help propel us forward in equipping the church with Christ-centered resources for today’s generations. This is why I’m here. God has used David C Cook for nearly 150 years and continues to use this ministry in His Kingdom work, and I am blessed to be a part of that, “For such a time as this.”
Zachman is passionate about developing the next generation of female leaders at David C Cook. In 2021, she launched a women’s leadership initiative called the “Female Power Hour,” through which she gathers monthly with upwards of 100 women to empower, enrich, and inspire those who serve with the organization.
Zachman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Newman University and an MBA from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
She lives with her husband on the farm she grew up on in Bucklin, Kansas, surrounded by beautiful Kansas prairie, a herd of cows, a donkey, a horse, a spoiled dog, and several farm cats. She serves in children’s ministry at their small church in Bucklin, and started a cooking ministry for youth with her husband, teaching youth to cook simple meals for themselves and their families, as well as for the community.
For more information about David C Cook, please visit www.davidccook.org.