Rod Mebane is known for his ability to simplify complex things. In the early 1990s for example, when he was treasurer of Southern Methodist University, Rod decided to study Spanish at a local community college (for “fun”) and ended up co-authoring & publishing Más Fácil, a Prentice Hall textbook that contains the rules of Spanish grammar in less than 100 pages of text.
In his career, Rod has served in a variety of significant professional roles over the years, including university treasurer, foundation director, chief learning officer, and consulting partner, and he holds degrees from Swarthmore College (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication (M.A.). Through these experiences, Rod has honed his communication knowledge and skill and now, as master wordsmith, he is broadly published in the fields of education, investment & finance, and professional development.
Rod founded Wordsmith Associates in 1992 as a vehicle for channeling his writing, editing, & design interests. Since that time, in addition to creating a host of business-related documents, Rod’s work has resulted in the following publications:
- There Are No Alligators in Heaven! (Jennifer Hale et al., Starshine Galaxy Foundation, 2017)
- My Life: An American’s Journey (Margaret Jeanine Condit Hastings, Wordsmith Associates, 2017)
- On the Earthly Way (Rev. Joseph Morris, Wordsmith Associates, 1876 – published 2016)
- Tributes to Lost Children (Starshine Galaxy Foundation, 2016)
- Update 21: A Journal of Spiritual Victory (Beth Bello, Starshine Galaxy Foundation, 2015)
- Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story (Donna Mebane, Starshine Galaxy, 2013)
- A Book Abot Chaps (Emma Mebane, Starshine Galaxy, 2011)
- Belle Douleur (Melissa Bourgeois, Pelican Point Press, 2010)
- CPE Field Guide: The Definitive Operations Manual for Developers of Training for CPAs (with Ross Stern, St. Charles Publications, 2010)
- The Common Gospel (Wordsmith Associates, 2006)
- Más Fácil: A Concise Review of Spanish Grammar (with Estelita Calderón-Young, Prentice Hall, 1993)
Through this activity, under the shingle of Wordsmith Associates, Rod has helped numerous individuals realize the dream of authoring and publishing “the book inside” them – to become published authors. The works have clustered in the category of reflective, later-in-life documents, such as biographies, memoirs, and tributes, but Rod also works actively in the business context and his publication interests are wide-ranging.
Rod currently lives with his wife Donna and blind-dog Willie in Geneva, Illinois, a far-west suburb of Chicago, near where his son Ben also lives (with Alex and now Jackson). Son Jason is in Asheville (with Whitney), daughter Sarah is in San Diego (with John and now Calvin), and daughter Emma is always close in spirit. When pursuing avocational interests, Rod may be found carving wooden Welsh love spoons, keeping bees, and cultivating his family tree.