GGC Team

GGC runs on Friendship, Laughter and lots of Ice Cream. What’s your favorite flavor?

Justin Walker, Executive Director
Favorite Ice Cream: Coffee
Justin Walker serves as the Executive Director of the Global Game Changers, while also working as an assistant law professor at the University of Louisville. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Duke University, he clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Anthony Kennedy, and on the DC Circuit for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Law & Policy List in 2011, Justin has been a lawyer, teacher, speechwriter for the Secretary of Defense, and nationally recognized blogger.

Justin lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife Anne, who shares his passion for teaching kids about compassion (as well as his passion for college basketball,) and their daughter Isabella.

Anne Walker, Chief Program and Curriculum Officer
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Anne is a career writer and researcher who has written for business, academic, political, and non-profit entities. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Duke University and her Master’s Degree in International Affairs at George Washington University, in 2006 she joined the staff of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in the Legislative Affairs Office. Following her departure from Massachusetts, she worked as an independent writer and researcher where wrote policy and procedure manuals, curriculum documents, and public relations and marketing materials for non-profit and business organizations. Currently Anne lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband Justin and daughter Isabella.

Erin Sigmund, In-Residence Program Manager
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Before becoming the In-Residence Program Manager, Erin served as Global Game Changer’s AmeriCorps VISTA Leader from July 2017-2018 and the Events and Program Facilitator AmeriCorps VISTA from July 2016–2017. As the In-Residence Program Manager, Erin is excited to continue using her unique superpower at Global Game Changers to empower Louisville students to change the world. A pastor during her off-hours, Erin earned a BA in Youth Ministry from Asbury University, earning the Association of Youth Ministry Educators Award of Excellence. Erin is passionate about developing deep, lasting friendships and currently throws a Taco party every single Thursday of the year. She also knows all the lyrics to Smash Mouth’s “All Star” by heart.

Alyssa Zediker, VISTA Leader
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough
After serving a year with Global Game Changers from August 2017 to August 2018, Alyssa found a heart for building capacity for our growing organization, so she accepted a second year as VISTA Leader. Alyssa earned a BA in both Philosophy and Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Alyssa loves working with all ages as she previously worked a Personal Care Assistant in a retirement community and enjoyed working with the kids in the classroom. Outside of work Alyssa enjoys spending time playing video games, beach volleyball or with her two pet rabbits: Bunny and Booplesnoot. Originally from Suburbs of Chicago, Alyssa currently resides in Louisville, KY with her partner.

Rebecca Wilson Smith, Outreach and Development Manager
Favorite Ice Cream: Honey Suckle
Rebecca earned her Bachelors’ Degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of South Carolina, and her Master’s Degree in Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University. Her past experience includes the non-profit, grants-funded, university, and public-school sectors. Throughout her work, Rebecca discovered a love of building and sharing enriching educational experiences with students of all ages and from all backgrounds. She comes to GGC with a passion for sharing the empowering connection between communities and individuals. Rebecca lives in Louisville with her husband and daughter, and enjoys yoga and ice cream, preferably one following the other.

americorps vista members

Vanessa Diaz
Graphic Designer
Favorite Ice Cream: Blueberry Pie

Daniel Gerken
Videographer
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Deric Hudson
Videographer
Favorite Ice Cream: Rum Raisin

Jaimie Larson
Videographer
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Cameron McNeil
Graphic Designer
Favorite Ice Cream: Rainbow Sherbert

Javier Navarro
Videographer
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies N’ Cream

Jessica Sears
Development
Favorite Ice Cream: Brownie Batter

Claire Smith
Communications Coordinator
Favorite Ice Cream: Double Chocolate Chip

Crystal Wiley
Photographer
Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry

state americorps members

Moriah Thomas
TeacherCorps Member
Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry Cheesecake

Brittany Blackburn
TeacherCorps Member
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies N’ Cream

Tracy Hurtgen
TeacherCorps Member
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate

Hailey Adams
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream:
Cookies N’ Cream

Alexes Beckham
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies N’ Cream

Alyssa Griffith
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

Austin Cordell Fulkerson
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

Kierra Harbin
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate

Aedin Harpster
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Brianna Lipscomb
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate

Chanler James
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry Cheesecake

Whitney Marples
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies N’ Cream

Samantha Owens
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies N’ Cream

Sasha Powell
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Black Raspberry Chip

Tyrin Purvis
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Makayla Shelby-Fields
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry Cheesecake

Noah Tichenor
Educator Partner
Favorite Ice Cream: Oreo

americorps hall of fame

2018-2019
Aubrey Cowser, SAM

Jaimie Larson, VISTA
Cameron McNeil, VISTA
Crystal Wiley, VISTA
Willow Dietsch, VISTA

 

 

2017-2018
Larissa Cargal, SAM
Julie Dunn Crawford, SAM
Meredith Ellis, VISTA
Joy Hampton, SAM
Janine Hogan, SAM
Eric Howard, SAM
Diana Lalata, VISTA
Shannon Runke, VISTA
Ginny Segar, VISTA
Erin Sigmund, VISTA Leader
Lydia Sisco, VISTA
Rebecca Wesseh, SAM
Tyler Wilson, SAM
Dorse Wise Jr., SAM
Alyssa Zediker, VISTA

2016-2017
Sara Beth Freytag, VISTA
Ali Gautier, VISTA
Shannon Runke, VISTA
Erin Sigmund, VISTA
Jenna Thomas, VISTA
Shirelle Williams, VISTA

2015-2016
Katie Bess Hilbinger, VISTA
Katie McClure, VISTA
Andrew Stewart, VISTA

 

2014-2015
Anna Melynkovych, VISTA
Ian Murray, VISTA

Tyler Setser, VISTA

We are a proud recipient of an award for AmeriCorps VISTA and State AmeriCorps Members (SAM) to serve our organization. Without our AmeriCorps members,
we wouldn’t be able to provide a strong and sustainable infrastructure as a non profit for years to come. Thank you for your service!