Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jenny Williamson President/Chairman

Jenny Williamson is the Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, an international, non-profit organization that is building homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking around the world. Through personal passion and professional leadership, she works tirelessly to inform and transform communities around the world about the issue of child sex trafficking involving individuals as well as business and government leaders in building more Courage Houses – homes where these children can be rescued and restored. More

Joel Midthun

Joel-Midthun-Headshot150x200Joel has been pastor of Living Water Church in Elk Grove, CA since he and his wife planted it in 1999. He loves teaching, leading worship, and encouraging others to live out God’s purpose for them. He grew up as a missionary kid in Madagascar and has a passion for missions and seeing local churches of all denominations work together.

He is married to Stephanie and they have three sons. When he isn’t at church or with family, you may find him playing in a local Blues band called Busted Flat.

Dawn Clayton

Dawn-Clayton-Headshot150x200Dawn is the General manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California. She is a 33-year veteran of the gaming/hospitality industry, ranging across Commercial, Racinos, Riverboat and Native American operations. She brings multi-jurisdictional expertise developed through multiple senior-level executive positions to her current role.

Dawn has a proven track record of financial success reflected by an increase to both EBITDA and operating margins for the companies that she has managed. She is a dynamic leader known for her dedication to excellence, professionalism, mentoring and above all, her integrity and ethical responsibility.

She graduated from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a concentration in Psychology. Dawn serves as the 2015 Chair of the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce, consisting of 750 local businesses.

Jennie Teel-Wolter

JennieTeelWolter150x200Born and raised in Sacramento, Jennie has a passion for this community. After graduating from the University of California at Davis, she set out to change the world by working in the California State Legislature, creating effective marketing and communications materials on any subject. I After marrying in 2005, Jennie joined her family business as a copywriter for Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. Within one year, she was promoted to marketing manager and steadily grew her responsibilities to manage all corporate marketing projects-including a team of 10 employees. When she welcomed her first child, Jennie transitioned into her passion: community relations and non-profit giving. Currently, she develops resources for Raley’s non-profit organization, Food For Families in a part-time capacity.

Over the years Jennie has given back to her community in a variety of ways, including serving on the Board of Directors for Susan G Komen For the Cure, Sacramento Valley Alumnae Association, the River Cats foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento.

Dr. Gil Stieglitz

Gil-Stiglitz-Headshot150x200Dr. Gil Stieglitz is an author, speaker, catalyst, professor, and leadership consultant. He is the Pastor of Discipleship at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California. He is currently a professor at Western Seminary, a District Superintendent for the EFCA, a church consultant for Thriving Churches International, and President of Principles to Live By. His desire is to help as many people as possible achieve their maximum potential for God’s glory.

He is the author of eight books: Spiritual Disciplines of a CHRISTIAN; Becoming a Godly Husband; Becoming a Godly Wife; Mission Possible: Winning the Battle Over Temptation; Marital Intelligence: A Foolproof Guide to Saving and Supercharging Marriage; Going Deep in Prayer – 40 Days of In-Depth Prayer; Touching the Face of God – 40 Days of Adoring God; and They Laughed When I Wrote Another Book on Prayer…Then They Read it.

For 17 years he was the Pastor of the Twin Lakes Community Church in Southern California. He now resides in Roseville, California, with his wife Dana and their three daughters. He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Talbot School of Theology.

Melissa Yocum

Melissa-Yocum-Headshot150x200Melissa seeks to passionately follow Christ and be used by Him to encourage and serve others – however God desires. Melissa wants each day to have purpose!

After graduating in 1986 from CSUS with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Melissa enjoyed a ten year career with Aetna Life & Casualty in commercial insurance claims. God blessed her with the love of her life, Jim, and husband of 20 years (she’s still crazy about him). They have two incredible teen children at Bradshaw Christian School where Melissa substitute taught for six years. She served in women’s ministries for fifteen years, which also included the role of Women’s Director at their church in Elk Grove. Melissa is currently on staff full time at First Baptist Church and is privileged to watch God at work transforming lives!

Melissa passionately believes that the enemy has ripped us off… sold us a lie… especially in the area of sexuality. Her heart cries out for these young girls, who’s virtue has been stolen, and desires to do her small part to aid in their rescue and healing. Through the focused work of Courage House, may each of our girls one day testify of God’s amazing redemption and restoration.