Team


Joann Medinilla

Executive Director

Joann is a champion for survivors of human trafficking and sexually exploited women in Southwest Florida. She is currently the Executive Director at Into the Jordan Ministries. She came to the ministry as a volunteer, mentoring and tutoring vulnerable women. Her love of education and heart of compassion soon found herself on the Board of Directors and now leading the organization. Today, she is responsible for fundraising, strategic and operational activities, as well as shepherding and mentoring the survivors. Joann’s understanding of the importance of education in furthering one’s success in life is the backbone of the mission and success of the women she serves.

Joann holds a Master of Administration, Wilmington University and a B.S. in Education, University of Delaware. She has been married for 26 years and has two children in college.

Sharon Aldrich

Director of Mentorship & Career Coach

Sharon is the heart of our ministry.  She, along with Christa Lynn Hicks, founded ITJ in 2013.  Sharon is “mom” to many of our women and tirelessly walks beside them.  She works closely with the ladies to get them back on their feet to find gainful employment and housing.  Sharon is committed to the well-being of the survivors.  She also is focused on bringing awareness and education to volunteers and the community in how to best serve our women.

Sharon is married and has three grown children and six grandchildren.

Liz Smith

Fig Leaf Boutique Manager & Work Study Coordinator

Liz is passionate about serving and sharing the love of Christ with others.  She is committed to showing God’s love through action and relationships.  She excels at meeting the women just where they are at and speaking grace, truth and love to them.  Liz has an unique opportunity to be a bridge to the community through the boutique.  She coordinates the work study program,  also serves as a mentor at our drop in center.  She is truly the frontlines of ITJ daily.

Liz is married and has two children, one in high school and middle school.

Jenna Friedman

Strategic Consultant & Special Events

Kara Kridle

Bookkeeper

Victoria Lynn

Survivor Leader & Social Media

Brenda Mango

Bible Study & Discipleship Leader

Mary McDonough

Fig Leaf Boutique Lead Volunteer

Mary Lou Tuggle

Mentor & Lead Volunteer

Lesley Vidal

Life Skills Group Facilitator & Mental Health Counselor


Additional Board Members:

Brian Akins

Wade Harmon

Mandie Tovar

Marcus Tovar

Charlie Tuggle

Mary Lou Tuggle