Our Team



Laura Estock

program director

- Auburn University, International Studies

- Gwinnett Tech College, ESL Test Administrator

 into the small details that make a big difference, believes that every person is of great value...all people should be encouraged to become lifelong learners!

Pam DiGioia

adult-education, volunteers

-University of Georgia, Social Work

-Georgia State University, MA, Applied Linguistics (TESOL, adults)


believes cross-cultural dynamics liven up the classroom, loves to adapt curriculum to better meet students’ needs 


Alexander Gonzalez


- Georgia Gwinnett College, Software Development

- AL2 Consulting LLC,

Managing Director 

DACA kid that started his own company and is now leveraging technology to improve the education sector



Jin Lee

new initiatives, operations, partnerships

- Trinity College, Youth Ministry

- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MA Religious Education

- Golden Gate Theological Seminary, MDiv


bullied for being different as a kid, loves networking with people of different backgrounds to get things done

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David Kim

development, programs, partnerships

- Cornell University, History

- Fuller Theological Seminary, MAGL

didn't start school until eight years old, knows the power of education and wants to share it with kids like him


Alicia Crewey

program, data, social media

- Georgia Gwinnett College, Mathematics

- Georgia State University, Master of Actuarial Science Program

- Harbour Oaks Montessori School, High School Teacher


happiest when helping and teaching others


Laura DiGioia

program, curriculum, communications

- University of North Georgia, English Education, Teacher Certification

- Georgia State University, Masters Candidate in Literacy Education & ESL Endorsement

- Oak Hill Classical School, Teacher


passionate about the power of education, language, literacy, and good books


Shelby Gonzalez

parent liaison

- Georgia State University, Psychology, Educational Psychology 


aspires to show her community the importance of education, so productive we're convinced she has an extra set of hands


Aarti Nayar

program, academics

- University of Mumbai, Science & Education

- Gwinnett Technical College, Adult ESL Instructor


working with non-profits to connect to the wider world,

one person can make a difference, better believe it!

MinSu Kim

program, curriculum, grants administrator

- University of Georgia, Birth through Five, Special Education

- Walden University, MA in Curriculum and Instruction 

- Sharon Elementary School, Teacher

- Westminster Schools of Atlanta, Teacher


Christ follower, teacher, wife and mom, loves the belief and mission behind Catalyst Coalition ALL THE WAY! 


Ginger Tankersley

adult-education, music

- Ole Miss, Music Education 

- Yokkaichi Japan, English teacher 

- Atlanta area schools, Music and Movement Teacher 


loves kids, cross cultural friendships and hearing about life all over the globe


Grace Chang


- University of California, Public Health Policy


loves dogs and wants to start her own non-profit one day 


Gabriela Granados

program, media

- Georgia Tech, Computational Media 

-General Motors, Web Services

left the corporate sector to prepare for the adventure of teaching English overseas


Jonathan Suh


- University of North Carolina

- International Business, IT

- One Ring, Marketing Strategist


learning to leverage marketing skills for a good cause

Program Advisors


Adriana Moreno Valencia

- Chesney Elementary School, Parent Instructional Coordinator


a nonstop source of energy who keeps the Chesney program together, community leader


Alexis Keskonis

- Chesney Elementary School, Reading Specialist

reading specialist providing guidance and training to volunteers

Marianne Johnson

- Gwinnett County Public Schools, Reading Specialist

-McKendree Elementary School, Reading Coach

loves promoting the love of reading through relationships

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Beth Sanders

- Georgia State University, PhD candidate, Early Literacy

-  White Sulphur Elementary School, ESL Teacher

enjoys and experienced in cross-cultural relationships 


Ashley Romero

- University of Georgia, History

- Teach for America

- Camp Creek Elementary School, Teacher

PhD candidate at UGA with focus on family literacy, enjoys being a new mother

Board Members and Advisors

Will Rumbaugh

- Assistant Clinical Professor, Georgia State University

- Director of School & District Effectiveness, 

Georgia Department of Education

- Area Superintendent, Fulton County Schools

Helen Ho

- Founding Partner, HKH Law LLC

- Founder and former Executive Director, Asian-Americans Advancing Justice

Brick Carley

- Chairman of the Board of Elders, Roswell Community Church

- Senior Client Executive, IBM

Chenyi Zhang

- Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Early Literacy, Georgia State University

Simon Suh

- Founder, Serving Life International

- President and CEO, Lydia's Design Studio


Paige Havens

- Gwinnett Change Agent

- Gwinnett CARES

- Marketing & Community Relations Consultant


Denise Townsend

- Regional Director - Gwinnett, Dekalb, Fulton, United Way of Georgia