Leadership

Jennifer McPherson-Todd, Director

Jennifer McPherson-Todd became Director of the Defense Travel Management Office in 2022. She is a member of the General Services Administration’s Senior Travel Official Council and provides support to the Per Diem, Travel, and Transportation Allowance Committee, which has oversight of the Joint Travel Regulations.

McPherson-Todd’s career includes over 25 years of civilian service, having served in multiple positions with the Air Force in the Contracting and Financial Management career fields, and the Army in the Contracting career field, before joining the DHRA in 2012. She previously led DTMO Business Operations before transitioning to headquarters DHRA in 2018 to serve as the Director, Strategic Plans & Initiatives.

McPherson-Todd holds a Masters of Arts in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in both Mathematics and Psychology from Northern Kentucky University.

Joel Ridenour, Deputy Director

Joel Ridenour provides oversight of DTMO personnel and assists the Director with all DoD commercial travel programs, policies, and systems. He chairs the Defense Travel Governance Board and co-chairs the Defense Travel Advisory Panel. He also provides support to the Per Diem, Travel, and Transportation Allowance Committee, which has oversight of the Joint Travel Regulations.

Ridenour’s career includes over 25 years of experience with travel and transportation policy and programs within the DoD, having served as the Chief, Policy, Regulations and Allowances Division; Chief, Policy and Regulations Branch; and Travel Policy Transformation Lead with DTMO; and as Chief of Transportation Policy with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He also served as a financial policy analyst for the Defense Travel System, first serving a two-year tour as an Air Force Reserve officer and later as a contractor.

Ridenour is a retired Air Force Reserve finance officer and comptroller with active and reserve service with the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He deployed to Saudi Arabia as a public affairs technician to 23rd/354th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional) in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, to Qatar as Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command Central comptroller in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and to Iraq as a Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq advisor to the Ministry of Defense. He also served active-duty tours as Deputy Comptroller, Special Operations Command Central, and as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Comptroller at MacDill AFB, Florida and as Comptroller Squadron Commander at McConnell AFB, Kansas and Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.

Ridenour holds a Master of Taxation degree from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Loyola University New Orleans. His civilian and military awards and medals include the Armed Forces Civilian Service Award, the USD(C) Financial Management Award, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.