GEM Staff

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 

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. 

Huan Zhang



Huan is the US Director of GEM's work in China.  She found GEM as a graduate student at Chestnut Hill College and has been associated with GEM for about 5 years. She is currently a mental health clinician at Child Guidance Resource Center. 

Her areas of concentration include:

          (1) The Student Conference on the Paris Agreement (SCoPA-Climate Change)

          (2) The Student Leadership Conference on Development at the UN (SLCD-Sustainable Development Goals)

          (3) Her special work related to youth and International students' mental health awareness and action.

Michelle Asim


 Michelle Asim is a youth representative for Global Education Motivators (GEM). She is currently a senior in college graduating with a double major in International Relations and Biology. She started working with GEM since she was a high school student seven years ago.  

Now every year, she trains students from her high school for GEM’s annual Student Leadership Conference on Development. 

Edmond Mbadu



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. In his free time, Edmond loves playing and listening to music (Jazz and Classical music especially). 

Caitlin Ackerman



Caitlin is a youth representative for Global Education Motivators (GEM). She is currently in her final semester of a dual master’s program in International Development and Service, and Business Administration at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Bronx, NY. Caitlin’s background is in family social services and education. With the opportunity to study and work in three different countries this past year, Caitlin focused on migration, child protection, and policy. After connecting with GEM this summer during the annual Global Solutions Lab at Chestnut Hill College, she welcomed the opportunity to be a part of the GEM team and mission. Passionate about global citizenship education and social responsibility, she looks forwards to supporting GEM projects such as the annual Student Leadership Conference on Development at the United Nations (SLDC). 

Jawaria Ali


 Jawaria Ali is a graduate with a Bachelors in Psychology and a concentration in clinical psychology who got introduced to GEM and has been working with them since her undergraduate years. She is very passionate about mental health and education, and working towards aligning the sustainable development goals in local and global scenarios. Her interests and hobbies include writing, reading, painting and making as many hand-made crafts as possible.  

Alexander Groce


  Alexander Groce is a youth representative for Global Education Motivators (GEM). He is currently a senior in college graduating with a double major in Global Affairs and Spanish and minoring both in Political Science and European Union studies.