The Jonah Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry. We are a team of volunteers; teachers, counselors, pastors, survivors, families, and students. Each with a desire to come together and be a voice for Freedom.
MEET OUR TEAM!
BINDI TILBURY - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Bindi, whose BA is in Childhood Development, has been in the field for 20 years, and considers it "a privilege to serve low income families and support their long term goals." Originally from California, she's directed a wide variety of care projects and teams. Currently she leads the Advocacy Team at the Jonah Project, teaching in classrooms and speaking on campuses across Spokane from WSU to Mt. Spokane High School. Bindi works with survivors and at-risk youth to help develop individualized care plans for healing and has bravely engaged in many environments in order to see a woman or child walk in freedom. She particularly enjoys educating students and exploring ways the community can serve our vulnerable populations. "Bee" finds happiness exploring cultures, foods, and other countries as well as spending time with her husband, sons and friends. Her hope is to "continue to providing a platform for everyone to have a chance to be apart of the Freedom movement, and take a stand against trafficking." firstname.lastname@example.org
MARY ALLEN - RESOURCE SPECIALIST Mary pastors with her husband of 20 years, Andrew Allen at The Bridge in Spokane, where The Jonah Project has its roots! She has spent more than 25 years volunteering and working with youth. As a licensed Drug & Alcohol Counselor, her skills are utilized daily with the women, children and victims of trauma that Jonah assists. She strongly believes "that if we can help to bring healing, wholeness, hope and consistency to one person, it can change the trajectory of that human beings life and maybe their family’s life, forever." Mary is a loving mother of four and advocates, visits classrooms, ensures victims have resources and manages Jonah's 24hr Resource Line. She absolutely loves parenting more than anything and in her free time enjoys reading, playing word games, gardening and composting! An original Jonah member, Mary loves freedom and Dr. King's message “Free at last, free at last, Thanks God Almighty we are free at last.” email@example.com
DIANA McMILLAN - FUNDRAISING & AWARENESS DIRECTOR Diana has been with Jonah since March of 2017. She, her husband Brian, and their daughter Jaiden have been instrumental members of the Project. If there is a Jonah event being held you will usually see her greeting people and sharing her heart for the marginalized in our community. She works hard to figure out ways for Jonah to connect with members in our community - welcoming them to be apart of the Freedom movement. From Christmas gifts for the residents of our safe house to packing groceries to help a new family in need, her team is dedicated to furthering Jonah's ability to share compassion in tangible ways! Diana's passionate about doing what she can to make others happy, she loves hanging out with family, playing board games, watching movies, and baking. Diana says she works with Jonah "because this organization runs on compassion. They not only care about those we serve but those that volunteer for the organization." firstname.lastname@example.org
DR. NICK GOODWIN - PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER Nick Goodwin began his career practicing at Eastern Washington Psychiatric Hospital, and after 5 years entered into teaching where he shares his passion for compassionate care with his students every day. Nick assists Jonah with everything from relocation to intake, and he and his wife Nicole have been integral members of the Jonah team, advocating for survivors of trauma. They have three beautiful kids at home and a bright future changing lives! In 2018 Nick also started Goodwin Health Cafe, which meets client literally where they are at. When asked about why Nick still invests his time in Jonah he said,"I work with JP because no matter how overwhelming and monstrous sex slavery is, they choose to face Goliath every day to free the girls and survivors. Freedom is the ability -without influence of violence, or manipulation or even circumstance - to say I will live the life that God has intended for me. Jonah provides that opportunity to people who have never had it. And I am honored to be a part of it." email@example.com
JOANI ALLEN - VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Joani Allen was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. She attended Seattle University and obtained degrees in Physical Education and Philosophy. becoming an American citizen in 1970 and marrying Steve Allen in 1971. They have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren here in Spokane. and Joani has been involved in The Jonah Project for the past 4 years - this last year have accepting a position on the Board and as Volunteer Coordinator, along with her husband Steve. She works with Jonah "because freedom is our most precious commodity and I want to see slavery of any kind obliterated in Spokane and in our nation."Jonah is fortunate to have Joani's experience as an adult education teacher as well, where she just recently retired. Her skills and heart help us transition victims back to a more free life. She loves to read, watch all kinds of sports, connect with people and watch Christmas movies. firstname.lastname@example.org
ALANA HOLMES - SECRETARY Alana has been married for 17 years and has three amazing children. Originally from Selah, WA, she was an “Army brat” and moved abroad. Her husband Nick is also in the Army, which has brought the Holmes family to Spokane where they've made a permanent home. While pursuing her Masters in Accounting, Alana has also served as treasurer previously on a non-profit board. She has had a powerful journey with Jonah, sharing: “Not long after volunteering we were asked to go along with Aaron to meet a teen girl who was asked to leave the home she was in and had nowhere to go. My husband and I went along, invited her to stay with us for the weekend, fell in love and she became a part of our family! I was pregnant at the time, so bringing another child into our home was overwhelming, but we felt God's pull on our hearts to ask her to stay... and she did for eight months. And we still believe love ultimately triumphs and leaves a lasting impression." In addition to the journey, Alana inspires our team with our favorite Jonah quote - "In a world where you can be anything... Be available." email@example.com
STEVE ALLEN - VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Steve was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Rogers High School and the University of Washington, where he earned his BA. Prior to graduating with a degree in social work, Steve served in the Army for two years during Vietnam Conflict. He married Joani in 1971 and they share 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. Steve's been involved in The Jonah Project since the beginning and works with the Jonah Project he says, "because I want to see our community set free from slavery known as Sex Trafficking!" He enjoys relating to others and helping them see the value in working as a team to build relationships within the community. Steve loves to say, "When communities are set free they are free indeed!" He finds himself encouraging our team as frequently as our clients, likes visiting with people of all ages and backgrounds, and is a big UW, Mariners and 'Hawks fan! firstname.lastname@example.org
BRIANNA OLESEN - REARDAN/DAVENPORT HUB MANAGER Jonah continues to encourage growth of the Freedom Railroad, expanding outreach and services to other areas - places like Reardan, WA where self described "small town girl" Brianna Olesen and Lau, her husband of 3 years, manage our FIRST Jonah Project HUB! Briana began advocating in 2010 with The Family and Community Leaders pf America, soon after travelling to Europe before entering the massage industry. Almost 2 years later she opened Heeling Hands Massage and began organizing community members and businesses, loving on local kids and speaking about compassion. She loves firing up people to see beyond themselves in order to serve others and says the scripture Jonah 2:2 hits home for her: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry." email@example.com AARON TILBURY - PRESIDENT & FOUNDER Aaron spent most of his career in Corporate & Executive Protection before moving with Bindi and their two boys to Washington. Prior to moving to Spokane, from 1998 until 2008, Aaron assisted business in training security staff, developing safety plans and assessing threats. Several years later his life completely changed - and he found himself walking out a life with Jesus, pastoring, and coaching baseball at local high school! That's where Jonah began, and soon he was using his previous experience to train volunteers in order to rescue & relocate kids from terrible situations. Recognizing the need for both a Pro-Active AND a Reactive approach to anti-trafficking measures, he began exploring ways for victims to access immediate rescue and resources. He created a Resource Manual for school counselors, a 24hr resource line, and began speaking at places from city hall to school campuses about Freedom. Jonah had become a vehicle to serve the most marginalized in our community - those affected by slavery! Today Aaron is surrounded by a team of compassionate professionals.. He's an avid baseball fan, and is most at peace travelling, either with his family or with his horse. firstname.lastname@example.org