GEM Staff

GEM Staff Members:

Abdullah Alsultan
Director, GEM Middle East
Abdullah started with GEM in 2014. He is a Saudi National from Riyadh. He has developed several videoconference programs for GEM including Arabs in the Media from Aladdin to Terrorist, the Post 9/11 Shift. Abdullah is GEM's Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Sabrina Cusimano
Director, Programs and Events
Sabrina joined GEM in June of 2003. Sabrina is a political science major from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She holds a variety of responsibilities including special events and conferences, school-to-school communication exchanges, Words to Deeds programming, and a
variety of global issues videoconferences. She is also GEM's representative to the United Nations.

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Wayne Jacoby
Wayne was a co-founder of GEM in 1981. At the time he was a high school social studies teacher in the Springfield School District in Springfield, PA. He has served as President of GEM since its creation and continues in that capacity today. After taking an early retirement from teaching in 1995, Wayne has worked fulltime at GEM's headquarters at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He provides a lot of the over-all vision and programming for GEM.  

Edmond Mbadu
Youth Liaison
Edmond is a current student at Chestnut Hill College majoring in Math and Computer Science. Born in the Republic Democratic of Congo, he has been involved in many extra curriculum activities in his community with the Kuvuna Foundation Academy at a very early age. He is currently working with Global Education Motivators (GEM), on different projects and activities which includes empowering youth in today's world, and many others. In his free time, Edmond loves playing and listening to music (Jazz and Classical music especially). He is also the Vice President of International Students in his College, and loves promoting any activities in the school or elsewhere linked with music, youth empowerment, and community service.

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Gertrude Noden
Director, Human Rights Curriculum Development and Outreach
Gertrude runs the GEM office in Ithaca, NY. Gertrude has a Bachelors of Arts in Literature from Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls, NY; and a Masters of Science in Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY 1978. She has extensive experience in education as she served as the English Language Arts Teacher and Distance Learning Program Director at South Seneca School District for 15 years. During that time she conducted hundreds of onsite and distance learning programs with her students. View her complete resume here.

Stephanie Raible
Representative to the United Nations, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
Stephanie started working with GEM as a volunteer in 2011 and, soon thereafter, became the Co-Chair of the 2012 United Nations Teachers' Conference on Human Rights (UNTCHR- UNAI recognized event) and GEM's First Alternate Representative to the United Nations. Stephanie holds a B.A. from University of Delaware in Italian Studies, a M.S.Ed. from University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Management and a M.A. from the Institute of Education, University of London in Lifelong Learning Policy and Management.  In addition to her work with GEM, Stephanie also joined the Chestnut Hill College family as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Global Studies seminar course, GLST 201 Economic Geography in 2013


Upcoming Events
Coming Soon:
Student Conference on the Paris Agreement

International Day for Peace 2018
September 21, 2018
Student Leadership Conference on Development 2019
February 2019

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Human Rights Day
December 10, 2018
United Nations Climate Summit 2019
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