Meet some of our Forces for Good...

The effectiveness of any organization depends on the insights, passion, and caregiving of its governing body.  We've been blessed at Timothy's Gift to have a greatly talented Board of Directors -- each of whom has attended our tours and been touched by our work in ways they're quick to talk about.

 

The Timothy's Gift Board rotates every few years in order to bring new voices and fresh ideas into the programs, so if you feel led or have a recommendation, please feel free to reach out.   For example, racial diversity is a high priority for 2022.

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RON MILLER

Founder, Director

You might wonder how someone with a Biology major and a BA in Secondary Education ends up founding a non-profit like Timothy’s Gift  – until you start a conversation about his compassionate upbringing, with a mother who brought conversation (and cobbler!) to anyone in need of either.

Skilled in strategic planning, opportunity identification and networking, Ron has worked as a talent agent and church administrator for over 30 years, during which he visited all 50 states and many foreign countries.  Along the way, he was blessed to meet long-time gospel great, John Starnes, who accompanied him on his earliest forays into what became “Timothy’s Gift.”     

Recently "retired" from his responsibilities in church administration, Ron now serves Timothy’s Gift full-time, works with those experiencing homelessness, and cares for his adoptive pup, Cooper!   (And yes, he's still making those cobblers!)

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JOHN STARNES

Co-Founder, Board

For over thirty years, John Starnes traveled around the world as a featured soloist with many of the world’s most prominent Christian ministries, including those of Dr. Charles Stanley, Bill Gaither and Jimmy Swaggart. 

 

John earned a B.S. in Liberal Studies from Belmont University at the age of 57, and an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from Canada Christian College.

After becoming an instructor with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries (WTB), he helped Ron Miller launch Timothy's Gift, and together, conducted  WTB seminars in prisons throughout Florida until 2012.  He has been on the TG Board since its inception, and remains a vital source of positivity as we face and overcome our challenges.

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ANITA GIBBINS

Board, President

Born and raised in Southern California, Anita holds a Masters of Social Work Degree. As a conductor of treatment groups for survivors and perpetrators of sexual abuse, she has worked for over 15 years in HIV/AIDS treatment and advocacy at Long Beach City College, and as an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Social Work Program at CSU Dominguez Hills.

 

Anita recently retired from Long Beach City College as the Director of Student Life, Student Health and Psychological Services, so she can focus more on her duties as Co-Director/Founder of Chadash Ministries; a ministry committed to sharing God's message of Acceptance, Healing and Wholeness to all people. 

 

Anita currently resides in Long Beach, California, is married, has three children, five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 

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CLINT RIBBLE

Board, Vice President

Hailing from Wisconsin, Clint moved to Nashville in the 1990’s to further his music education and earn a degree in Computer Information Technology from Trevecca University.  Since then, he’s also added a Masters of Science in User Experience Design from Kent State University.

 

Clint has a passion for building and managing projects, and does so with exceptional communication skills and an ability to interface well with different personalities, generating collaborative and positive outcomes.

 

Clint has spent years developing online programs for Vanderbilt University, but spends many vacation weeks touring with Timothy’s Gift, handling the A/V for our concert tours.

 

Clint currently resides in Nolensville, TN, with his wife, Rachel, and their two boys.

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LINDA O'CONNEL

Board, Treasurer

Born and raised in Springfield, MO, and relocating to Tennessee in 1992, Linda has spent the past 30+ years helping borrowers navigate the financing maze to attaining home-ownership.  Her best-known work, however, stems from her role as President of the widely-acclaimed Christmas 4 Kids organization.  Working with over 600 volunteers, Linda takes hundreds of low-income elementary school children Christmas shopping each year for bicycles, toys and essentials they might otherwise never have.

 

Linda has great compassion for all the marginalized in society, always encouraging everyone she meets to love and support the less fortunate… especially children!

 

Linda and her daughter, Jennifer, live in Gallatin, TN.

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SHELLEY KOFAHL

Board, Secretary

A longtime resident of the Nashville area, Shelley has served as an administrator with Williamson County Schools for the past 7 years. She began as a classroom teacher in 2005 and earned a Master of Education in School Administration from MTSU in 2006. She went on to earn her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca University in 2016. 

 

Since 2014, Shelley has toured with Timothy’s Gift as a vocalist and has served as the tour co-director for the past four years. She specializes in the organization of tour logistics and thrives on utilizing her leadership skills and musical talents to impact the lives of inmates, staff and TG volunteers.  

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TIM KANE

Board, Chief Inspiration Officer

Tim Kane was incarcerated at the age of 14, and tried as an adult under a controversial Florida statute that imprisoned him for 25 years despite having never touched a victim.  It was Tim's incarceration, and his spirit of humility and hope during an interview with NBC Dateline, that inspired founder, Ron Miller, to create what would later become known as "Timothy's Gift."  

Today, Tim thrives in Florida, working full-time while helping bolster the cause, the impact, and the authenticity of Timothy's Gift, where his profound faith in God is leading him to serve.

Tim's first tour with Timothy's Gift was in 2021, where Tim served as a special guest speaker, and envisions doing the same on future tours, connecting with his former peers and attesting to the life-changing power of Love, Hope and Worth.