About GV

In 1992 two teachers, Joe and Chris Fontana, along with their students, set out to bring the youth of the world together in support of the environment, justice and peace, and created “YES”, youth-organized Global Youth Environmental Summits, in 1993 and 1995. The 1995 Summit, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program, brought together more than 300 high school students from 32 countries and 40 states for one week of participatory education in environmental and peace issues, social action and leadership skills, and direct environmental service.
Jason Foster, one of the lead youth organizers, went on to travel the world for a year visiting over 33 nations. He returned with the realization that true education and learning includes learning time outside the classroom and in the real world. In June 1997, Jason Foster and Joe Fontana, a teacher and student duo, led the first Global Visionaries trips to Guatemala and Costa Rica. Global Visionaries (GV) has been growing ever since. GV was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the state of Washington in 2002.
Jason went on to get his law degree from University of Michigan and now works for the United Nations writing multilateral treaties to expedite emergency aid to nations in need.  Joe continues with Global Visionaries as the Colorado/California Program Manager. Chris Fontana began as Executive Director in 1999 and continues in that position today.
Staff (Seattle & Guatemala)
Board of Directors

Malcolm Cannon, Board Chair

Malcolm Cannon is Chairman of a Seattle-based, high-end data science and engineering company.  Having held several CEO positions and most recently CEO of a leading Vertical Market ERP provider, Malcolm brings a broad range of management, operations, product and acquisition expertise.  Specializing in operational and financial metrics and penetrating newly addressable markets, through defining and capitalizing on broadening product opportunities, he facilitates organizations to achieve improved financial profiles.  Malcolm works with GV Leadership and Board members in establishing strategic direction and initiatives that fulfill GV’s local and international mission.  Previous philanthropic experiences include Malcolm’s work as a board member for a charitable organization devoted to serving at-risk children with a broad range of sponsored target solutions.

Ryan McDonald, Board Treasurer

A U.W. and Seattle U alum, Ryan is a self-proclaimed practical thinker. Ryan’s classical education in accounting, finance and economics compliment his professional accomplishments as a consultant, PM and business analyst. The wellspring of his ideals adhere to concepts originating from stakeholder theory.
Beyond the numbers, Ryan volunteers as a coach and mentor to students, as well as displaced youth. His applied experience with Project Management, Change Management and Team Enablement find seamless alignment with the youth empowerment imperative of Global Visionaries.

Kristen Quillin, Board Secretary

An intrepid traveler, Kristen always returns to her roots in Seattle. Her adventures have taken her to six of the seven continents – living and working in France, Australia and most recently the UK. As a professional marketer, she is passionate about integrating traditional and emerging marketing channels to effectively communicate and connect with people.

From an early age Kristen has been active in community organizations including sponsoring children through Christian Children’s Fund after she got her first job, serving on the auction committee of YouthCare, evaluating grant requests for United Way in Australia, and volunteering at a woman’s shelter in London.  She also was involved in fundraising for and joining a medical boat trip down the Amazon with World Vision. Kristen holds a graduate certificate in marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a BA in English with a Business Emphasis from Washington State University.

Adam Fain, Board Member

Adam Fain is a Senior Relationship Manager at U.S. Bank in Seattle, WA.  He advises mid-size PNW companies on their financial objectives and capital structures.  His broad banking background includes corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, and venture banking with coverage ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.  He’s been based in California and New York in the past, and now lives in Seattle WA with his wife and daughter.

Adam’s philanthropic commitments include various positions within Climb to Fight Cancer, benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  This charity has taken him to the top of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Hood, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Shuksan.  Adam is an avid rock climber who loves getting outside as much as possible with friends and family.

Mindy Geisser, Board Member

As Chief Human Resources Officer of Savers, Inc., a privately held thrift retailer that benefits more than 150 nonprofit organizations, Mindy Geisser brings to Global Visionaries over two decades of nationally-recognized human resources expertise. Mindy was formerly at Colliers International, where she worked as the CHRO since 2010.  Prior to joining Colliers, Mindy held the role of vice president of HR for Two Degrees, LLC, where she was responsible for designing and building sustainable human resources strategies and creating a best places to work for employees, developing policies, programs, tools and infrastructure.

David Kendall, Board Member

David has over twenty years of extensive expertise in brand development, creative leadership, and design excellence. David currently serves as a creative director at AT&T. Prior to AT&T, David ran his own retail design agency for many years. David also shares his creative energy and passion for design as an active member of the Seattle design community and design educator at many local institutions.

In addition to his participation with GV, David serves on the board of The Climb to Fight Cancer supporting cancer research at the Hitch as well as supporting El Porvenir, a rural development organization in Nicaragua. An avid hiker and climber, David spends as much time as he can hiking and climbing in the mountains that surrounds us.

David attended UW and received his masters in design from RISD. His, daughter, Tia, currently sits on the GV Youth Board.

Charles Lawrence, Board Member

A Seattle native, Charles Lawrence serves as Associate Provost for Academic Achievement at Seattle University and is an associate professor of sociology. He joined SU in 1989 coming from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  He received his BA in sociology at Whitman College and his PhD in Sociology at the New School for Social Research–his specific area of research being Restorative Justice.  Charles has studied at universities in Germany, Tuebingen and Frankfurt. His daughter, Katie, is a Global Visionaries alumna.

Vivian Page, Board Member

Vivian Page is currently the Vice-President of Human Resources at TalkingRain Beverage Co. and a member of the Leadership for this fast growing organization; a Seattle Icon that has received numerous awards for excellence in several areas of business, locally and nationally.  Thomas Tomasevic CEO of T2 Team Consulting and author of Six Word Lessons to Create Stellar Teams, has worked closely with TalkingRain Beverage Co. and Vivian Page and describes her as the driving force behind the amazing success that TalkingRain Beverage Co. has experienced.  Vivian also consults with small to medium organizations on how to set an organization in the path to success through accountability.  Vivian has passion for moving to the next level in all areas and also consults privately with families on disruptive dynamics and setting visions for new family paths.  Vivian attended BYU and Berkeley, Haas School of Business and truly believes that a mind can continue to grow at any age as long as it’s open to feedback and implementation of new practices.  Vivian was born in Guatemala and serving with GV is a thrill as she feels this is a great way to give back to her country of origin.

Glenn Rothenberg, Board Member

In his current role as Head of Marketing for Farmers Life Insurance, a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group, and in prior executive roles in mobile, banking, technology, and consumer products, Glenn Rothenberg leads organizations toward long-term growth by aligning an organization’s strategy, resources, and operations to meet customer needs.  Glenn holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Whittier College and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Graduate Management.

Through personal travel and oversees studies, and having had the opportunity to work with companies spanning the globe, Glenn has developed an appreciation for the role that global and cultural sensitivities and awareness have in achieving personal and corporate success.  Global Visionaries supports our communities by helping youth – our future business leaders – develop an appreciation for a diversity of cultures, styles, and experiences.

Ray McCann, Youth Representative

Ray is a senior at the Northwest School in Capital Hill. She was a member of the 2013-2014 summer intensive trip and has continued with the second year program for the last two years. Her special connection with Global Visionaries is due to the daily inspiration and activist spirit that she sees at GV. GV has shaped her into a stronger and more compassionate person and friend.

Outside of Global Visionaries, Ray loved being outside and on the Ultimate frisbee field. She enjoys using her leadership skills learned at Global Visionaries to coach and guide her peers. She loves to hike, run, dance, and spend time with friends. At school, Ray loves to learn about environmental science and biology and perform with her theater troop on stage. She is beyond happy to be part of the board this year and can’t wait to take the youth vision to adult leadership!

Miles Alderman, Youth Representative

Miles Alderman was a participant in the Spring Immersion of 2016 and is a junior at Mercer Island High School.  He was originally drawn to the program for the experience in a new culture, but soon realized that Global Visionaries embodies much more.  He learned valuable leadership and teamwork skills that will serve him well in years to come.  The trip also opened Miles’s eyes to the social justice issues that impact so many people in our world, from here in Seattle to down in Guatemala.

Outside of Global Visionaries, Miles enjoys the outdoors and its many enriching experiences.  He spends a large portion of his free time fly-fishing, hunting, and hiking.  These passions came together as he worked a remote fishing lodge on Kodiak Island, Alaska last summer.  He also leads a Young Life group of eighth graders.  Miles looks forward to using the experience on the Board of Directors as an opportunity to create a positive impact by serving as the voice between the participants and the adults.

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2 thoughts on “About GV”

  1. Hey guys- love your heart and what you are all about!

    Come by our website and check out the Trac5 Leadership Summit we are offering this summer. Would love for you guys to join us.

    blessings to you-
    Mark Casey

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