Executive Director, Alissa Head

Alissa Head began her journey in Fair Trade opening our Columbus, Ohio store as Store Manager in 2014. She has a background in nonprofit trade associations, working with the Oklahoma Restaurant, Travel Industry, and Hotel Motel Associations. She was previously Vice President of Operations for Skreened Inc, where she helped grow ecommerce sales and capacity over 500% over a period of four years. 

Alissa started the Fair Trade Columbus Campaign in 2015 and served on the steering committee, establishing Columbus as a Fair Trade Town in 2018. As Store Manager, she grew sales at our Columbus location over 40% within 4 years. Alissa was promoted to Executive Director in May of 2018.

 

Marketing Manager, Jennifer Moncel

As the Marketing Manager at Global Gifts, Jennifer is in charge of developing the organization’s marketing strategy, generating a customer voice, promoting fair trade, boosting brand awareness, advertising and creating marketing material. In addition to managing the marketing calendar and designing graphic art, Jennifer helps maintain the Global Gifts' website. She has played a pivotal role in restructuring the online store as well as modernizing the digital newsletter, which have streamlined online shopping and improved customer experience - resulting in over a 50% increase in internet sales.

Jennifer graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Design. Her international experience includes an internship in London, teaching in the Peace Corps and serving on the board for Exodus Refugee.

 

Kinsey Davis: Nora Plaza, Indianapolis

Kinsey joined Global Gifts in 2013, previously served as Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Manager at Global Gifts in Bloomington. In 2017 Kinsey was promoted to store manager at our Nora location in Indianapolis.

 

 

Dave Debikey: Bloomington, Indiana

Dave Debikey is the store manager at the Bloomington, Indiana location. He joined Global Gifts in 2009 when the Bloomington store first opened. Dave had a prior history with fair trade food through his 15 years with Bloomingfoods Cooperative Market & Deli. He served 5 years on the Fair Trade Bloomington board of directors and was a member of the Bloomington Fair Trade Towns steering committee. He has served on the Bloomington Environmental Commisson and the Bloomington Parking Commission, and has been serving on the Downtown Bloomington Inc. board of directors since 2010.

 

Dianna Norris: Mass Ave, Indianapolis

Mass Ave store manager Dianna began her journey with Global gifts in October of 2017. Not having a deep rooted background in fair trade she quickly embraced the mission and culture of the organization. Dianna's experiences in specialty coffee management and retail management gave her the confidence she needed to join the team right before the busiest time of the year.

Dianna had a basic knowledge of fair trade and how it "worked" but it wasn't until she attended the Fair Trade Federation conference that it all clicked for her. Dianna was able to fully grasp what fair trade meant and just how much of an impact it truly has not just locally but globally. Fair trade and Global Gifts has broadened her thinking, living, learning and teaching in just the couple short years she has been with the organization. Dianna will oftentimes say "Global Gifts never feels like work" because she treasures and appreciates the entire organization and does genuinely love her job. She hopes to grow and thrive along with the entire fair trade community for many many years to come. Global Gifts is not just a unique gift shop to her. To her, it is a global community. They are her friends, they are her family. Global Gifts is a group of positive minded people working together to strengthen the globe. When Dianna isn't working, she loves spending time with her new baby girl, and youngest Mass Ave volunteer, Parker (they are currently learning sign language), going to concerts, traveling and teaching herself the ukulele.

 

Amy Phillips-Gary: Short North, Columbus, Ohio

Amy’s intention in life is to do her best to create positive ripples and pitch in on efforts to make the world a better place. Her dream as a child was to be a country & western singer, but she was drawn to political campaign organizing instead as a young adult. After a stint in academia where she earned her master's degree in Sociology with a Women’s Studies concentration, Amy stepped back from the paid workforce to support her sons as they home-schooled. While not busy leading backyard chemistry experiments with her sons, Amy was active in the community organizing a sustainability-focused community swap meet and a recurring local kid arts show, among other pursuits. She also freelanced by writing content for various websites and coordinating social media accounts.  
 
When the opportunity arose to join the Global Gifts team in Columbus, Ohio in 2014, Amy jumped right in. Fair Trade principles centered on providing sustainable economic opportunities for skillful artisans, farmers, & producers in the Global South as well as the missions behind local social enterprises are a natural fit for the trajectory of interests Amy’s held from a young age. After almost 4 years as Assistant Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Global Gifts in the Short North Arts District, Amy became store manager in 2018. One of her favorite things about being a store manager in this nonprofit organization is the true spirit of teamwork. She looks forward to continued learning, growth, and expansion in this organization.

 

2019 Board of Directors

Jo Ellen Buffie, Board Chair
Bridget Farren, Vice Chair
Kyle Stiffney, Treasurer
Jay Brubaker
Mark Cardwell
Andrew Crecelius
Abri Hochstetler
Tom Kashin
Rhonda Sherer
Gracia Valiant
 

Volunteer Ambassadors

Volunteer Ambassador, Betsy Loeb, has been volunteering for 2 years at Global Gifts in Columbus. She is retired but previously worked for Action for Children, a local non-profit. Her life long love is small children. She has wonderful grandchildren and takes care of her grandson Sam (the only one who lives in Columbus, OH) 2-3 days a week. Betsy came to Global Gifts because a friend who lives in Denver volunteered with Ten Thousand Villages and recommended it. When she saw we needed volunteers, she signed up! She loves the mission, the camaraderie, the people who work there, the customers, the artisans and their creativity.

Erica Billingsley - Mass Ave
Katherine Essink - Nora
Patricia Moon - Bloomington