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.

Nathan Hoff

Nathan Hoff’s vocations are beloved son of the Father, husband to Joy since August 10, 1996, father of four, and pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA since 2005. Nathan earned his BA (Biblical Studies) from Trinity Lutheran College near Seattle, WA, and his M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Nathan is a columnist for the San Pedro Today, an adjunct instructor at Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, and a regular speaker at camps, conferences, and schools.

Nathan and Joy and their daughter were captivated by the work of Courage when they visited the home in Tanzania in 2017. They knew they were to be a part of acquiring a permanent “promised land” for the Tanzania home, but were surprised when the congregation they serve jumped on board and raised the whole amount to purchase the land and improvements in less than one week.
Nathan has a passion to see the kingdom of God come into every realm of creation and eradicate everything that is inconsistent (like sex trafficking) with the gracious reign of God.

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.

Edna Simbi

Edna Simbi is a graduate student who completed her Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University with a specialization International Security Policy and International Organizations. She also did her undergraduate at Columbia University, graduating with Honors in Political Science. Ms. Simbi is also a wife, a mother of two, and an advocate for women’s rights.  She strongly believes no girl should suffer from sex trafficking and encourages women and girls to discover their potential and self-value, to know that they are equal participants, agents of social change, and they deserve the opportunity to thrive, grow and contribute to their community’s betterment. She currently works for Goldman Sachs in New York, while also working closely with Non Profit organizations that work to empower women and educate the girl child.

Ms. Simbi knows all too well the stigma of cultural practices that marginalize women.  She grew up in Kenya where wife inheritance and female genital mutilation is still practiced.  Where education for girls is an afterthought and where days of school are missed because of a lack of accountability. Ms. Simbi decided to take a stand and not only speak against these atrocities but make a difference. She has also been recognized for her advocacy and was awarded a change maker award for her role in women empowerment in 2017.

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.

Advisory Board

Dr. Benjamin Keyes

Director for Internship and Training-Eastern States/Assoc. Professor/Director for Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies- Divine Mercy University

Dr Benjamin Keyes’ specialties include dissociative disorders, domestic violence, child abuse, addictions, and mood and anxiety disorders.  Dr. Keyes received his Doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1985 from International College and his most recent in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota in 2003.  He also has Doctoral Degrees in Theology, Divinity and Ministry.  Over the years Dr. Keyes has worked extensively with hospitalization programs, private practice, and has established himself as one of the leading program innovators for partial hospitalization programs. Dr Keyes has been in Private Practice for over thirty five years and has been a researcher in the area of Trauma and Dissociation for the last twenty years. Dr Keyes and his colleagues have received the Richard A. Kluft Research Award for work and research in the People’s Republic of China from the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. His work dispelled the Cultural Model of Dissociation and has resulted in Dissociative Disorders being treated throughout mental health facilities in China. Dr Keyes has also received The Hope Award from Restoration Ministries for his work in establishing a trauma model for working with Trafficked Survivors and severe trauma. Currently Dr. Keyes is an Assoc. Professor, Director of Training and Internship and Director for the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA..As head of the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies, Dr Keyes supervises the developing and training of graduate students in First Response and Chronic Trauma. The Trauma Team plans to deploy to Developing Nations over the next few years to teach and work with trauma survivors; the Team also plans to train and do research with the HEART(Healing Emotional/Affective Responses to Trauma) Model (Keyes, 2009,2010,2011) in treating trauma from a Spiritual perspective. The HEART Model is currently being researched for efficacy in Shelter Programs throughout the United States associated with Hope for Justice aimed at survivors of Human Trafficking.Dr Keyes is also the Executive Director of The Green Cross Academy for Traumatology which trains professionals and paraprofessionals in all aspects of Trauma and Trauma care of others, which leads to Certification in both Field and Clinical Traumatology.He is happily married to Kim, has two adult children Shawn and Jasmin, and three beautiful granddaughters Violet, Amber and Arella.