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.

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.

Daniel Kent

Mr. Kent is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the University of Pennsylvania. He currently works at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, the first liberal arts college in the city-state. He is passionate about education access and development and has done work on projects around the world with organisations ranging from small NGOs, to the World Bank. Mr. Kent is excited to join the team at Global Playground as a Partnerships Associate.

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.