jona is the founder and director of cultural bridges to justice, offering cultural diversity programs for non-profit organizations in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia.She is also the recently retired Fire/EMS Chief of Latir Volunteer Fire Department in Northern New Mexico. Joining her two passions - emergency services and social justice - jona offers workshops to brigades, individual departments, and at seminars and conferences. jona has presented as a keynote speaker for the IAFF, IAFC, International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services, Ontario Professional Firefighters Association, U.K. Fire Brigades, Ottawa and Calgary Fire Departments, Women and Firefighting, Australasia (WAFA), plus others in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia.
jona is an active member and instructor for the Enchanted Circle Regional Fire Association in Northern New Mexico. She is a member of the Volunteer/Combinations Officers Section of the IAFC and serves on the IAFC Human Relations Committee.
jona currently leads the national project, "United in Services Inclusion and Diversityand our Mission", a multi-year effort developing leadership, training and resources for building more inclusive and diverse emergency services organizations.
Following her workshops, participants offer high praise, appreciation for jona's frank, open approach and sense of humour, and most importantly a renewed commitment to working toward justice. jona lives in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexcio with her partner Jane and several rescued four legged friends.