LEADERSHIP

IMG_5466_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Renee Arnett, President

Renee radiates passion and determination. She has a deep understanding of the struggles women face when reentering their communities after incarceration.  After 10 years of facilitating faith-based recovery inside and walking beside women on the outside, she is pursuing a supportive housing model in her home county. Renee considers it an honor to help touch the pain of others with the love of Christ.  Women become spiritually and emotionally healthy.  She is a front lines hands-on board president, fully engaged with the work of the ministry.  Renee leads women to find the resources they need to become spiritually and emotionally healthy and independent. 

She is a most endearing kingdom warrior with a bright smile. 

TJI is grateful for her humble leadership.

IMG_5477_edited.jpg

Samantha Tracy, Secretary

Sam got her start with The Jesus Infusion as a pen pal and currently has two.  She now helps to run the Sunday ministry in the Alachua County Jail, She is a member of the Alachua County Re-Entry Coalition, aiding with communication strategies. Her favorite part of TJI ministry is helping incarcerated women better understand the Bible.

IMG_5477_edited.jpg

Josh Tracy, Treasurer

Josh, an accountant by trade, helps TJI in numerous capacities.  He has been instrumental in creating TJI bylaws, filing taxes and bookkeeping.  Josh goes above and beyond to help TJI. He is a critical asset to the organization. 

IMG_5464_edited_edited.jpg

Marianne Vandongen

Marianne's perspective as a formerly incarcerated person, who met TJI behind bars, is invaluable.  Her past experience helps TJI effectively impact women during imprisonment and on their path of reentry. Her faith is strong and her fire for the Lord is contagious.

IMG_5462_edited.jpg

Melissa Lott

Melissa is a retired former prison Captain who served 27 years in the Florida Prison System.  Her first interaction with TJI was in prison where she worked.  Melissa is a plethora of information. She has an  uncanny ability to get things done for the Lord and for the Kingdom. 

IMG_5471_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Monica Jette

A Gainesville native and UF graduate, Monica serves her home community well.  A Physician's Assistant at UF Health, she serves with her family to co-lead a micro church and volunteer at Grace Marketplace.

 

​Monica seeks to provide support and love for women by showing them the love of Jesus.  She is an advocate for those without a voice and has a heart for the homeless and the under-served.

IMG_5465_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Randy Dyson

Randy works for the City of Gainesville and leads recovery groups with Nicole at several facilities in Gainesville and surrounding cities.  He has been in recovery from drugs and alcohol for almost 31 years! 

Randy met Nicole at the baptismal tank of a woman they both were guiding into full recovery and freedom.  It was a match made in heaven- a perfect ministry team!  Nicole relates to the women from an incarceration standpoint while Randy relates to them from a physical and spiritual recovery perspective.  They do all TJI ministry together.  

123_1_edited.jpg

Nicole Dyson,

Executive Director

Nicole is a powerhouse in Christ with a passion for real justice. Nicole sees women struggle during incarceration and upon release. They are too often defined according to the crimes they have committed and too slowly exonerated as daughters of the living God. TJI steadily shares the light of the gospel of grace to women in darkest of places- behind razor wire. This ministry has led so many women to freedom in Jesus, baptized over 160 and helped them to walk in their newly redeemed life.