MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will host Kim Berry Jones as part of the MVNU 2016-17 Lecture/Artist series. Jones is the program director at the Center for Justice and Reconciliation at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. She will discuss her work at the CJR, which focuses on immigration, human trafficking, and fair trade, on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:15 p.m., in Thorne Performance Hall inside the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium.

A 1990 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene College, Jones’ career focus had been in the marketing industry, but in 2013 she listened to a call to live life “poured out” for people in the margins. Founder and owner of Canopy Marketing, a web development and branding company, Jones still manages her business of 20 years, but now also serves as the program director at the Center for Justice and Reconciliation at PLNU. First as an alumni volunteer, and now on staff at the CJR, Jones’ focus is on building awareness and support for the center’s human trafficking initiatives. The city of San Diego, California, was identified by the FBI as a hotspot for child sex trafficking, and the CJR is at the center of the region’s efforts to change this hotspot.

In 2014, Jones helped launch the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund, a scholarship for survivors of human trafficking that now supports three full-time students at PLNU. She is also responsible for launching a network of PLNU alumni who support the mission of the CJR, building a donor base for the scholarship, connecting community members to the work of the CJR and advocating to empower others to take their unique spot in the work to end human trafficking.

Jones has served in a variety of leadership roles including the San Diego Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative, the PLNU Business Alumni, local PTA and MOPS groups, church leadership, and community organizations. She is the recipient of the PLNU 2016 Alumni Leadership Award.

Jones is the mother of two young adults, son, Zach, who is a sophomore Peace Studies major at Chapman University, and daughter, Brooke, who is planning to attend PLNU this fall. Jones and her husband, Chris, have spent their lives raising their children in La Mesa, California, with the ultimate goal of shepherding their hearts toward the things of Christ.

These events are free and open to the public.

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