JEDI Executive Director
As a founder of JEDI, Nancy is profoundly committed to developing prosperity for all. She currently manages the JEDI team, develops programs and funding streams, and ensures regulatory compliance. She has built the organization to be responsive to community needs, meet its promises, and perform at a level that gains it the respect of its peers. Ms. Swift helped design the Women’s Business Center at JEDI. Nancy is a former small business owner.
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Director of Women’s Business Center
Joy Taylor has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, trainer and adjunct faculty at COS. Through consultations, training and executive coaching, her goal is to help WBC clients create robust, prosperous businesses. She teaches the It’s Your Business entrepreneurial development class, manages the webinar and program schedule and designs and facilitates the advanced business development Programs.
The WBC at JEDI inspires me because of the passion and commitment of the clients who are following their visions, and offering solutions through business.
When I’m not working, I’m re-creating in nature with my sweetheart and two dogs. We swim, paddle board, hike, bike and ski. When it’s raining … I’m renewing with writing, reading, watching a good movie, enjoying friends, or preparing amazing food.
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Pandora “Paj” Kane
WBC Business Consultant and VITA Site Coordinator
Paj Kane is a business development specialist, a certified tax preparer and a Certified Enrollment Counselor for Covered California (health insurance). Since 2002, she has helped small businesses with their bookkeeping systems, payroll, taxes, cash flow, business plans and loan applications. She also manages JEDI’s free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax preparation site. Paj was the owner of the former and famous Pasta Shop in Mt. Shasta.
Has 13 years’ experience as a small business owner, 15 years’ experience as a Business Counselor specializing in bookkeeping systems, business plans for loans, individual taxes, and general business startup. She is a self-employed part-time bookkeeper, avid outdoor recreationist and active mother, grandmother and family member.
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WBC Program Associate
Not only is Jenny Payton the voice of the WBC and JEDI on the phone, she’s the customer service and marketing manager. Jenny manages the computer lab, scheduling, program, and marketing support. She is also a former small business owner.
I enjoy the enthusiasm of new and existing clients for their business or business idea. Assisting them on the path to getting started and overcoming the frustrations of lack of knowledge or a skill necessary to create a successful business is rewarding. When not at JEDI, I’m often gardening, walking with my dog, bird watching or reading. Depending on the season I also enjoy kayaking and visiting the lake and mountain.
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Prosperity Asset Building Manager and WBC Consultant
Renee Getreu is one of the founders of JEDI, and has benefited clients as the instructor of the financial awareness class Making Your Money Work For You for over 10 years. She also manages the matching-savings and an asset-building program called Prosperity Asset Building (PAB). An entrepreneur herself, she has lived in Siskiyou County since 1982.
What inspires me most about working with JEDI are the courageous people who work with JEDI, both staff and clients working to develop strong business and financial skills so we can help our communities thrive and remain locally self-determined.
What I most love to do when I am not working with JEDI is to further my Master’s thesis on the tremendous healing power of raw food, and to see others begin to feel so much better as they incorporate more raw food and related healing power into their lives.
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Technology & Database Manager
Jim Wood is our Technology and Database Manager. Jim helps JEDI and its clients put technology to work for them. He is also responsible for our extensive reporting systems including VistaShare Outcome Tracker, NeoSerra and EDMIS. He is a musician and a small business owner.
Social Media Manager
Isabelle Moore is our social media expert. She conducts trainings for JEDI clients and assists in advancing our marketing plans through social media channels. She is a talented young professional managing her own small business.
Cassandra Tobey is a serial entrepreneur. Considering that both of her parents were business owners, it is not surprising that she had her first successful business at the age of 12. As a business coach, over the last 10 years she has specialized in sales & marketing, organizational development, business planning and non-profit management. As the newest member of the JEDI team she is looking forward to instructing and working one-on-one with clients. She is currently the owner of Tobey Totes.
The thing that inspires me most about working at JEDI are the clients. Entrepreneurs are so creative, so resilient, and have such determination. How can one not be inspired?
When I’m not working one of my favorite things to do is read; fantasy, historical adventure, young adult horror, business books, or craft magazines. Some provide inspiration and others offer a fun escape
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I love that I get to encourage people to do what they love. I am inspired by the amazing artisans and creative minds who are clients of JEDI. It’s wonderful to see real people benefiting from the low-cost services that JEDI offers. When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family. A favorite spot to visit is the beach, and locally I really enjoy a walk at Lema Ranch. When I get the time, I enjoy watching documentaries about fashion, art and music.
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Owner: Positive Futures Consulting Firm
Diane Strachan has provided national level workshops and customized trainings on marketing, stewardship travel, business and managerial development for 25 years. Her expertise includes work in communications development, marketing with integrity, and strategic media relations — for businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations. Diane is also a founding member of JEDI.
I am inspired by JEDI’s clients who are creating an exciting and prosperous future for themselves, and in doing so, build a strong local economy that supports us all. When not at work I knit, take dance classes and participate in personal growth workshops and circles.
Long-time trainer, educator and facilitator, Kristen Stroud, M.A shares practical tools for enhancing personal and professional effectiveness and satisfaction. She applies the neuroscience of mindfulness, positive psychology, emotional intelligence and self-directed change to enhance communication, compassion, conflict prevention, stress resilience and self-mastery with small business owners. I appreciate WBC at JEDI because I love the synergy that comes when people from different backgrounds connect to create and grow businesses and how by supporting individuals, JEDI assists families and communities to prosper. When not working, my hiking boots are my favorite shoes and my furry companion, Kora — an 11-year old lab-terrier — insists on taking me out for walks through the forest every day.
I love the JEDI team and the community we build that models a healthy local rural economy that values the triple bottom line of social, economic, and environmental well-being for all. At JEDI problems become opportunities, vision becomes practice, and nonprofit services become tools and resources for individuals to use to be and sustain our best selves.
When I’m not working, I care for myself, family, community and the world through social change activism that I hope will birth a healthy world and future for the generations to come. My love of nature and all sorts of creative expression help me celebrate the sweetness of life and feed my soul.