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Global Gifts Leadership

Meet the amazing members of our Global Gifts board and staff!

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Marks Cannon Jr., Board Chair

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Marks Cannon Jr joined the Board of Directors in February of 2020. He is a Consultant at BKD CPAs and Advisors, and brings financial management, program development, and strategic planning expertise to the board. Marks believes the impact of Fair Trade is far reaching and impactful, and should be on the minds of today’s consumers. Marks has served as Chair of the Global Gifts JEDI Committee since its formation in 2020.

Madhuri Bhaskar, Vice Board Chair

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Bhaskar is the Senior Director at BeecherHill. BeecherHill is an organization dedicated to support and uplift leaders and companies. These companies' missions involve helping their industry, community, or the world and are advanced by great leadership.

Madhuri has volunteered in store at Global Gifts Short North in Columbus, OH for almost five years, and the mission and people of the organization hold a very special place in her heart. Global Gifts provides Madhuri with a connection to her heritage and home country in India. Madhuri joined our Board of Directors in 2018 and brings leadership training and nonprofit management expertise to our board.

Kyle Stiffney, Treasurer

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Kyle Stiffney helps manage Global Gifts' finances, bringing financial planning and auditing expertise to our Board of Directors. Kyle also manages the Goshen Soccer Academy alongside Thavisak Mounsithiraj. The Goshen Soccer Academy is a beacon for its community for its emphasis on being welcoming and caring as well as the sport that it coaches.

 

Jo Ellen Buffie, Past Chair

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"I began volunteering in 2008 after being an avid Global Gifts shopper! The quality of work of artisans from around the world became staples in our family gift giving, and the emphasis of Fair Trade policies, as well as use of recycled materials, spoke to me. As a former teacher and stay-at-home Mom to our four children, I volunteered in our schools and served on the Perry Township School Board. Through our experience traveling to Namibia to visit our daughter in the Peace Corps, volunteering at Global Gifts became a way to put what we found to be true into practice: Our work and purchases are an investment in humanity, helping artisans and their families build a better life. I joined the board in 2017, continue volunteering in our schools and our community, serve as the Chair of the Baxter Y Board, and am grateful to serve as the Global Gifts Chair with our amazing Board, Executive Director, Managers, Staff and Volunteers. Spending time with our family, including our five grandchildren, traveling, creating my own “art” through furniture making and sewing—and volunteering—fills my heart."

Gracia Valliant

(She/Her/Ella)

Gracia Valliant began to learn about and understand the impact Fair Trade has on the lives of the artisans and farmers when she worked and traveled in Honduras and Guatemala. She began volunteering at Global Gifts in Bloomington in 2012, later becoming a part time associate for 5 years. She left her position in 2019 but continues to volunteer regularly in the store. Gracia and Mary Embry have led two Fair Trade learning tours to Guatemala. Bloomington is a Fair Trade town so Gracia, Dave Debikey and Mary Embry promote Fair Trade in the community through various activities, events and showing Fair Trade documentaries.

Mary Clark

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Mary Clark is the Executive Director of the Global Village Welcome Center and International Marketplace Coalition in Indianapolis, the location of our newest store.

Caitlin Edwards

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Caitlin Edwards is a CPA and is currently Technology Risk Manager at Ernst and Young in Columbus, Ohio, and is a former volunteer from our Short North store.


Meredith Jones

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Meredith Jones joined our Board of Directors in February of 2020. As a previous Store Volunteer with Global Gifts, she has missed being part of our organization. Meredith is a Senior Utility Analyst at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, and brings a background in Environmental Policy to our board.

Tom Kashin

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Tom Kashin has worked as a software developer for many companies and currently is working at Salesforce. He helps Global Gifts with technology, software, and IT needs, and has volunteered in store at the Mass Ave, Indianapolis location.

Rhonda Sherer

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Rhonda Sherer is the Purchasing Agent at Aerosmith Fastening Systems. Aerosmith develops hardened steel for many uses including tool production and others. Rhonda brings expertise in operations and joined our Board of Directors in 2018.

Virgil Sauder

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Virgil Sauder is the Manager of the Bloomington Animal Shelter, the Director of Animal Care and Control, and a former volunteer from our Bloomington location.

Erica Poff, CAE, PMP, IOM

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Erica is an international nonprofit leadership professional, having spent her entire career working in or with nonprofit organizations both here in the United States as well as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She has served a variety of roles in the nonprofit world, developing expertise in the areas of association and nonprofit management, strategic planning, governance, public policy advocacy, and training. In her current role as the Vice President of Nonprofit Effectiveness at Talbott Talent, she works with nonprofit clients on executive transition services, including CEO recruitment and onboarding, and improving board governance practices. Outside of work, Erica keeps very busy with her family, which includes her husband, Rob; her very energetic 2-year-old, Hank; and 3 lazy (but adorable!) pugs. She also serves on the board of directors for the Indiana Society of Association Executives.

 

Erica joined the board of Global Gifts in May 2022. She feels a special connection to the mission, rooted in her early career experiences working with entrepreneurs, artisans, and civil society groups in Sub-Saharan Africa. “Global Gifts provides these same groups with access to new markets and sustainable economic opportunities, which has the power to transform entire communities and create ripple effects of positive change.

 

STAFF MEMBERS

Sam Carpenter, Interim-Executive Director

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Sam is a former executive director of Global Gifts and the organization and mission still have a big place in his heart.  Sam also served on the boards of the Fair Trade Federation and Fair Trade Resource Network.  Sam currently works as a consultant helping small businesses and nonprofits on a range of issues including strategic planning, board development, and fund raising.   

Hayden Frasier, Store Manager, Bloomington

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My name is Hayden Frasier and I’m the new store manager at Global Gifts in Bloomington, Indiana! I’m a lifelong resident of Bloomington and graduated from Indiana University with a Master's Degree in Tourism and Hospitality management in 2019. I applied for this position because I believe Global Gifts is an organization with a sincere desire to help people in need as well as one that helps to spread knowledge, understanding and appreciation of different cultures from all over the world. Bloomington is a great setting for this kind of business. We are a community characterized by acceptance, cultural diversity and a general willingness to learn about people from different cultural backgrounds and ways of life. I’m really looking forward to learning all there is to learn about this business and helping Global Gifts increase its presence within the community.

Jonathon Ying, Store Manager, Mass Ave

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Hello friends, my name is Jonathon Ying, but everyone calls me Jonny. I am 22 years old and the current store manager for Global Gifts Mass Ave Location. Beyond that, I have worked in management for companies such as Ulta, Hottopic, and a favorite mass ave. shop Silver in The City. Moreover, I am a business student at the Kelly School of Business at IUPUI in Indianapolis. My hope is to branch into the sectors of HR management or non-profit management with my degree. In other professional realms, I am a freelance artist who works in multimedia art and illustration; as well as a state title-holding competitive dancer for Indiana. I am a person who has never known a stranger, and my motive as I navigate through this world is to create a nurturing environment where community can thrive.

Sarah Swank, Marketing Manager

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Sarah comes to us from HOPE Mentoring, Indiana and has founded her own travel blog, Suitcase Six. As a volunteer at the Bloomington store while she was earning her BA from Indiana University in History and Mental Health, Sarah learned first hand how Fair Trade directly impacts the lives of artisans and small producers. In her spare time, she loves curating travel adventures, taking care of her indoor plants, and learning how to sail.

Kim Harden, Co-Store Manager, Nora

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Kim Harden began volunteering at Global Gifts Nora in the fall of 2021.  "Having spare time after retiring from Ivy Tech Community College, I decided I wanted to help women and girls have opportunities for education and earning income which will give them more choices in their lives.  Global Gifts and fair trade speak to this in such a beautiful way."  Kim and her partner, John, live in Lafayette with their two dogs and they (the humans, not the dogs) keep finding new remodeling projects to do.

Anne Lennon, Co-Store Manager, Nora

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Anne Lennon has been a part of Global Gifts for almost 7 years as a volunteer, holiday sales associate, sales associate, assistant manager, and now your co-manager.  "I am passionate about a few things:  fair trade, shopping local (you will never find me at Wal-Mart or shopping Amazon), my family, especially my 6 grandchildren, and giving back to my community.  I have been married to my wonderful husband Brad for 47 years, and we love sports and travel." 

Emma Traylor, Store Manager, Short North

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Emma Traylor started with Global Gifts as a volunteer at the Short North store in 2018 while studying for her B.A. in Philosophy at Ohio State University. The commitment to supporting artisans, advocacy for human rights, and celebration of different cultures immediately resonated with her. After a year of regular volunteering, she continued with Global Gifts as a sales associate until she graduated from Ohio State. In 2021, she moved to the UK to study for an MSc in Ancient Cultures at the University of Glasgow, and incorporated her Disability Studies background in her dissertation on disability in the ancient Near East. After completing her degree and an amazing year abroad, she is excited to resume her journey with Global Gifts as the new store manager in the Short North!