Hanna Gale Jones is a longtime Journey Board member who is the Board chair for 2010. Her active involvement in the Journey’s Board allows Hanna to extend the joy of dance and entertainment to the Atlanta community. After graduating from Danville High School in 1975, Hanna joined the United States Air Force. While stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, Hanna embarked on her chosen avocation of event planning with a successful party she threw. Her business, 2 Queens Productions, delivers unique innovative and culturally diverse entertainment and services at affordable prices, and to bring people and communities together on common ground.
Hanna currently resides in Atlanta with her husband Ricky, their sons and their families. Hanna is retired from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and is an Adjunct Social Work Professor for the University System of Georgia and a Contractor for Social Work P.R.N/Atlanta. She is a champion for all things Journey and infuses the board with her spirit and support.
Toni V. Martin is a Detroit native and avid supporter of the arts. With a childhood spent taking music, dance, creative writing and art lessons, it is no wonder Toni is passionate about the benefits of exposing youth to arts education. Also an urban line dance instructor, she enjoys dancing for fitness and encouraging others to join in the fun!
As an author and comprehensive communications consultant, Toni contributes her expertise by spearheading Journey’s public relations initiatives. Over the past decade her work has run the gamut from articles for national consumer magazines to press releases for start-up fashion companies to corporate marketing copy for various sizes and types of businesses. Comfortable adapting her words to fit her audience, Toni is a versatile master of the targeted message.
Her official writing career began, naturally, at a small student publication at the University of Michigan, where she attended on a full tuition scholarship. Martin earned her B.A. in English, and went on to develop newsletters, campaigns, and plans for nonprofit organizations and small businesses. As an active contributor to the social media landscape, Toni maintains blogs on personal finance, careers, and Atlanta living for various websites. She is the author of two forthcoming books, Atlanta Weddings for the Modern, Stylish, Chic Bride and Tight $queeze: Escape Life’s 25 Worst Financial Fiascoes. When not dancing or writing, Toni can be found knitting!
Acclaimed for her lush and vibrant tone, Jayme Alilaw has performed roles from both the soprano and mezzo-soprano repertoires. Most recently, she has sung the roles of Mrs. Jones in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Dido (Dido and Aeneas), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), at California State University, Northridge Opera Theatre. With OperaWorks, she has performed the Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and the role of Marketing Director in the world staged premiere of Paul Salerni’s Tony Caruso’s Last Broadcast. Jayme Alilaw also premiered the role of Laura Delano in the UCLA Seminal Institute’s production of Kenneth Wells’ The First Lady. Most recently, Ms. Alilaw sang with the internationally acclaimed Atlanta Opera Chorus in this season’s production of Porgy and Bess and will join The Atlanta Opera Chorus in their upcoming production of Lucia Di Lammermoor. She has sung the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Antelope Valley Symphony and, as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, Ms. Alilaw sang for military ceremonies throughout the United States and Middle East.
Driven by a deep passion for traditional Negro spirituals, Jayme premiered “An Afternoon of Spirituals”, a concert collaboration of musicians she organized to present traditional Spirituals at the California African American Museum. As an advocate for the performance of works by African American composers, she has presented her research on African American art song and performed at the National Council of Black Studies Annual Conference. She has also had her writings published with the internet magazine Operagasm and was named as the Second place award recipient at the CSUN Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium for her presentation on the same subject . Jayme was also awarded the CSUN Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award for this research.
Jayme’s honors include a Los Angeles District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, Second Place winner in the National Association of Negro Musicians Vocal Competition, Winner and Audience Choice recipient for the Harlem Opera Vocal Competition, American Traditions Competition Quarterfinalist, and finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition. Ms. Alilaw was also the winner of the Performing Arts Award from the Fine Arts Club of Pasadena and she is the two time recipient of the Village Voices Chorale Scholarship. Jayme was inducted into Pi Kappa Lamba Musical Honor Fraternity in the spring of 2007. Jayme Alilaw has a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.