Meet Our Team


Global Village Project operates as both a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and also an all-day private school. The two 'halves' of our team - our admin staff and our faculty - collaborate closely to ensure that we are always providing high quality, holistic, and sustainable services to the refugee families who entrust their daughters' education to our care. Our leadership includes a highly engaged and capable board of directors and an advisory board that provides expertise in education and refugee services.

Board of Directors

Ginger Schmeltzer, Chair
Principal, GDS Advisors, LLC

Han Pham, Vice Chair
Attorney/Corporate Strategy and Social Enterprise, Hotshot Inc.

Sand Patel, Treasurer
Small Business Lending Lead, Stonehill Strategic Capital

Steve Heckler, Secretary
President, Accelebrate, Inc.

Chowning Aguilera
Healthcare Practice Lead, Jackson Spalding

Sally Dean
Retired Investment Banker

Derek Eiler
Executive Vice President, Fanatics

Gautam Huded
Vice President - Counsel, Brookfield Properties

Sonya Ko
Retired Banking Executive, Strategy & Finance

Susan Kupferberg
Clinical Psychologist

Linda Kay McGowan
Retired Vice President for Programs/Constituency Liaison, Centers for Disease Control

Bonnie O’Neill
Retired President, O'Neill & Associates | Founding Trustee, MedShare International

Alvin Townley
Author & Advocate

Advisory Board

Isabella Alexander, Ph.D.
Writer | Filmmaker | Professor of Anthropology, Emory University

Gwen Benson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the College of Education, Georgia State University

Betsy Box
Director, The Bedford School

Connie Bryans

Walt Drake
McCurdy & Candler, LLC

Ayanna Hill-Gill
Head of School, Atlanta Girls' School

Julia Levy
Former Director of Finance & Development, Global Village Project

Mary Lou McCloskey, Ph.D.
Past President of TESOL | Writer and Lecturer

Ron Martin
Community Development Executive

Bill Moon
Retired Principal, International Community School

Mark Pope
President, Graphic Solutions Group

Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Senior Pastor, Decatur Presbyterian Church

Ted Terry
Mayor of Clarkston

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