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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marsha Hedrick became involved with GV in 2008 when her son went through the program. In the summer of 2015, she meant to spend a day doing a session for GLSI, but became utterly intrigued with what was happening and ended up spending the whole week. She is a forensic psychologist and has been in private practice for 35 years. In 2012, she needed a break, joined Peace Corps, and spent two years in a Muslim village in Senegal, West Africa. She returned to life in Seattle with a much better appreciation for the gift of cultural exposure.
David has over twenty years of extensive expertise in brand development, creative leadership, and design excellence. He attended UW and received his masters in design from RISD. 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. His daughter, Tia is a Global Visionaries alumna.
Born and raised in Seattle, I think we live in the most beautiful city. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, running, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. I am always hosting the next social gathering or activity to bring people together from all networks. Dedicated to the highest level of service, I am honest, forward-thinking, resourceful, approachable, and willing to take on any challenge presented. My cultural experiences and educational background in psychology and communication enhance my interpersonal skills: to value and consider the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties in a global workplace. Adept at building relationships, resolving conflict, and problem solving, I am interested in expanding my knowledge and skills in the area of employee relations, training and organizational development, talent acquisition, employee engagement, and HR metrics.
Ray is a senior at the Northwest School in Capitol 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 loves 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 troupe 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!
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.
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 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.
Steve Smith received his masters degree from the UW in Urban Transportation and worked for Portland’s public transit system and later Washington State Ferries managing their planning departments. For the past 20 years he has worked for Rick Steves Europe, co-authoring guidebooks to France and training tour guides. Fluent in French, he’s lived in France on several occasions, starting when he was seven. Steve owns a restored farmhouse in rural Burgundy where he hangs his beret in book research season.
Bailey Wallen is a sophomore at Nathan Hale high school and participated in the 2016 summer immersion. She became interested in Global Visionaries through the idea that one would go to Guatemala not to help people but to work alongside them. Bailey really appreciated how GV focused on traveling with an open mindset. She was surprised at how much respect and privilege she was greeted with simply because she was a U.S. citizen. This helped Bailey to greater understand her place of privilege, even when she felt like she had not earned it. Because of Global Visionaries, Bailey has gained so much more confidence in speaking her mind on social justice issues.
When Bailey is not at GV, she is a circus performer all over Seattle. She has performed mainly at Emerald City Trapeze and has written all her own acts. When she is not training she is studying. One day she hopes to go to college and travel all over the world learning about everything and anything she can get her hands on.
Sam Wilk is a junior at Ballard High School and participated in the Summer Immersion trip of 2016. He was drawn to Global Visionaries by the incredible cultural experience it entailed and the community it claimed to build and was brought into the second year program because of this community and the friendships he gained. The experience taught Sam the importance of using the position of power one is put in to help those in need and reminded him that there is still an immense amount of work to do for the world.
Outside of Global Visionaries, Sam spends his time playing Ultimate Frisbee, training with his performing youth circus troupe, or doing homework. He enjoys hanging out with friends and being outdoors. Sam is eager to use his experience on the trip and opportunities on the board to help shape the program for future participants.