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.  

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Dave Keefe
Technology Consultant
Dr. Keefe is a veteran of a 30-year career with IBM in product development laboratories and the IBM Research division. As the IBM Special Education Manager, he led pioneering programs that amplified the effect of technology on learning. He is a co-founder and CEO of America Tomorrow, an "infopreneurial" consulting company providing technology consulting services to educational associations in the Washington, DC area. Dave's recent professional activities include consulting in distributed learning design at the George Mason University Department of Molecular and Microbiology, teaching in the graduate Technology for Educators program at Johns Hopkins University, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia.

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

Global Solutions Design Science Lab
June 18-26, 2017
From Independence to Interdependence - American History Summer Camp
July 24 – July 28, 2017

Select Global and Educational Events:
Opening of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia
April 19, 2017

World Heritage Sites and Cities Tour of India and Nepal
Aug 1 - Aug 16, 2017

GEM Highlights
Good News Agency
Learn about Positive Efforts Around the World and be Inspired

Lesson Plans on the Sustainable Development Goals -
World's Largest Lesson

Lesson Plans and Resources for Teaching Primary Sources with the Library of Congress
Effects of Armed Conflict on Children

New Distance Learning Program
Live from Ukraine