Joan McClendon is the operations program director for the Nonprofit Professional Development Department. She joined Mendoza in 2018 after previously working as the director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at Saint Mary’s College. McClendon serves on several boards in the South Bend community including the Board of Trustees for Bethel University, North Central Indiana YWCA and Downtown South Bend (DTSB). She is featured in the spring 2016 Game Changer's issue of Michiana Life Magazine. In 2017, she was nominated for the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce Athena Award. McClendon earned a bachelor’s of natural science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Ministry and a Master of Arts in theological studies from Bethel College.