Our Unique Model

Global Playground has no full-time employees or office.  Global Playground operates with a staff of dedicated volunteers spanning the globe from the U.S. to the Philippines.  These volunteers, some students themselves, work with Global Playground to achieve our mission, allowing nearly all donations to go directly to Global Playground programs.

Mike Giovanniello

Mr. Giovanniello is a sophomore at the College of William & Mary studying Chinese, Math, and Environmental Policy. In high school, Mr. Giovanniello spent his time playing music for patients with Alzheimers and working on his town’s Community Enhancement Commission to promote sustainability. At William & Mary he is active in the Appalachian Music Ensemble, playing the fiddle and mandolin, and in the Go Club.

Natalie Pinnoi

Ms. Pinnoi is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She is from Bangkok, Thailand and tries to visit as often as she can. While in Thailand, she has worked with hill tribe villages in Chiang Rai and was part of the volunteer effort following the 2004 tsunami. During her time at William & Mary, Ms. Pinnoi volunteered with Williamsburg Parent Co-Op, a local Williamsburg preschool. Ms. Pinnoi is currently a paralegal working at a plaintiff litigation law office in Washington, D.C.,  with aspirations to be a management consultant and to pursue an MBA degree.

Sophie Kidd

Ms. Kidd is a sophomore at the College of William & Mary planning on majoring in International Relations and French. During high school, Ms. Kidd discovered her passion for education for all, and she founded a Girl Up club which focused on girls’ education around the world. At William & Mary, Ms. Kidd is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, the college’s service fraternity, and a member of the International Relations Club.

Adam Lupu

Mr. Lupu runs an independent consultancy practice dedicated to decoding the language of learning in all contexts. He is a certified facilitator of Equity-Based Critical Friends Groups and has helped train professionals and manage teams for small businesses, non-profits, and schools throughout California. Before consulting, Mr. Lupu taught Math and Science to middle and high school students in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He recently completed a year-long coaching program focusing on leadership, consulting, and development, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Mr. Lupu holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Liz Weech

Ms. Weech is a sophomore at the College of William & Mary studying Physics and Computer Science.  While in high school she was the Head of Programming for her school’s robotics team, and ran the school Book Club. At college Ms. Weech works part time as a software engineering intern at NASA Langley, and is involved with a chemistry lab doing research on radiation shielding in deep-space environments like Mars. But she is interested in solving problems on this planet too, which led to her involvement with Global Playground.

Cameron How

Mr. How is a sophomore at the College of William & Mary planning on majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. In high school, Mr. How spent his time coordinating campus and community wide events as Senior Class Vice President and teaching a middle school elective class entitled “Conscious(ness) Conditioning.” At William & Mary, Cameron is a Hall Council representative, Tribe Ambassador, member of the Club Basketball team, and member of Global Playground on Campus (GPOC). He is excited to lend a hand as an intern through William and Mary’s D.C. Summer Institute.

Marielle Dewicki

Ms. Dewicki is a junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She studies International Studies and Italian. She is part of the Global Scholars Program (GSP) that focuses on global problems and solutions. With a small team of other GSP students, she volunteers for Global Playground. Marielle also volunteer-teaches as a second-grade catechist at Saint Mary Student Parish. In the future she hopes to work for the United States government.

Carrie Yu

Ms. Yu is in her third year pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Throughout high school, Ms. Yu worked with children in summer camps, kindling her desire to make the world a better place for the future generations. She aspires to become a pharmacist to work closely with her community, but in the meantime, Ms. Yu is one of Global Playground’s volunteers, working with people from across the globe to uphold Global Playground’s mission.

Sophie Steinbock

Ms. Steinbock is a second year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is hoping to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health, with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. She is a member of the Global Scholars Program, working to educate how to facilitate change on the global scale. On campus, Ms. Steinbock has also been involved in research through University of Michigan’s School of Public Health Youth Violence Prevention Research Center, working to reduce crime in Flint, Michigan through environmental design interventions.

Maggie Li

Maggie is a sophomore at the University of Michigan majoring in Biomolecular Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship. Hoping to pursue a career in pediatrics in the future, she has spent a lot of her time throughout past summers volunteering at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology department in New York City. At college, she currently works at the Baldridge Lab in the biological chemistry department which specializes in studying membrane-bound protein-quality control systems. She joined the Global Scholars Program hoping to increase knowledge and awareness of global issues. On campus, Maggie is also involved in a social entrepreneurship club and multiple pre-medical clubs.

Aidan Traynor

Aidan Traynor is a junior at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in History. Her post-graduation plan is to attend law school. Ms. Traynor is a participant in the Global Scholars Program whose focus is to engage with global issues through dialogue, informational lectures, and partnering with an organization. 

Kori Thomas

Kori is in her second year in obtaining a B.S. in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She desires to go to graduate school to become a neuroscientist to study neurological disorders. As a part of the Global Scholars Program, she is a part of the volunteer group that is aiding Global Playground. 

Diann Gully

Dr. Gully is a retired educator with 35 years of experience teaching students with disabilities and gifted children, pre-K through 12, and 5 years of experience administering the gifted program in Alexandria, VA. She completed her masters in Special Education at Vanderbilt University and her doctorate in Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary.  At William $ Mary, Dr. Gully had the opportunity to work with the top curriculum developers in gifted education and assist in the administration of the Center for Gifted Education’s Summer Enrichment Program.  Her work also includes gifted program evaluation, research on gifted children with disabilities, teacher preparation, and the development of a handbook for parents of gifted children.

Emily Chatterjee

Ms. Chatterjee is a sophomore studying Computer Science Engineering at the University of Michigan. She’s a part of the Global Scholars Program, an on-campus community that focuses on spreading global awareness. She is also a part of GEECS, a club that helps girls get involved in computer science. In her free time, Emily likes to run, bike, and do handstands.

Garrett Keating

Mr. Keating is the Senior Web Developer at the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. He has been an IT professional for over twelve years working in both real estate and the nonprofit sector. Mr. Keating has several technology awards for his nonprofit work including “Developer of the Year” from Blackbaud, a nonprofit technology company, and runner up in the NPower “Technology Innovation Award.” Prior to his work at the U.S. Naval Academy, he was the IT Director for a medium-sized real estate company.