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. 

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

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