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Our board truly gives tirelessly in support of our mission. We’re pleased to have these dynamic individuals on our team and thank them for the energy and creativity they bring to Global Village Connect.

Joanne TrangleJoanne Trangle, Founder

Joanne Trangle founded Global Village Connect. The many wonderful friends and associations she’s made throughout her 25 years of travel showed her the importance of peer relationships between people from different cultures. After adopting her youngest child from Ethiopia, she resolved that no parent should have to give up a child due to a lack of food and basic resources, as some do in developing countries in order to give their children what they need . For the last five years she’s been facilitating projects that connect children with opportunities to be successful, and that help families and communities become economically self-sufficient.

Jodi SabraJodi Sabra, Board Member

Jodi Sabra is an educator and performer. She has been raising funds, implementing projects and connecting with Bupalla School and Global Village Connect in Uganda for many years. When Joanne first approached Jodi about doing a pen pal project with her class, she never imagined she would be going back and forth to Africa to help connect her classroom with their pen pals.  She’s an educator extraodinaire, connecting kids here with kids abroad and creating educational opportunities for the classroom. Check out Jodi’s story on her Pen Pal Project blog!

Leslie RosenbergLeslie Rosenberg, Advisor

Leslie graduated from Barnard College in New York City. She also has an M.S. in Technical Communications from Metropolitan University in Minnesota and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in New York.

Leslie has been representing juveniles and parents charged with criminal offenses for most of her career. Since 2000, she has been a full-time assistant appellate public defender and has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Juvenile Delinquency Advisory Committee.
She frequently presents continuing legal education trainings on issues of criminal defense.

She has also trained criminal lawyers in China and was the founder and director of the Southeast Defender Resource Center in Wuhan. In the summer of 2011 she taught legal writing in Istanbul to Palestinian lawyers, in 2012 she completed a volunteer project with the Victim Services Unit in Kingston, Jamaica, and most recently she was a volunteer legal specialist in Skopje, Macedonia, training Macedonian criminal defense lawyers in trial advocacy skills and she participated in the founding conference for the Balkans Region Rule of Law Network.

Melanie BienMelanie Bien, Board Member

Melanie Bien, ATR, LCSW is an Art Therapist and Medical Social Worker. She has been working in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995, primarily with underserved communities. She has worked extensively in the HIV/AIDS community. As the Palliative Care Social Worker at San Francisco General Hospital, Melanie was able work specifically with community members at end-of-life and work closely with other Medical Providers to support patients and their family members. Her work in San Francisco led her to connecting with hospice providers in Uganda, where she hopes to share wisdom and resources with hospice providers in Mbale.  She joined the Board of Global Village Connect in 2014. Melanie is currently working at San Francisco General hospice and at Maitri, a hospice for people with HIV/AIDS.

Adrienne PellegAdrienne Pelleg, Treasurer

Adrienne Pelleg is a director with Tefen USA. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in operations management with direct profit and loss responsibilities at a major Fortune 500 company, and many years of Six Sigma, lean and Kaizen implementations. Competencies include financial strategy, business process and business transformation, organizational effectiveness and change management, operation excellence in both transactional and manufacturing environments.

Adrienne has been involved with Global Village Connect since its inception and currently serves as Treasurer.

Debbie Jacobson GlotterDebbie Jacobson Glotter, Board Secretary

Debbie Jacobson Glotter has followed the Abayudaya Jewish community since 2002, and always dreamed of visiting one day. That dream came true when she visited her son, Michael, who volunteered with Global Village Connect in 2016. She had the opportunity to teach Challah baking at the Sholom Women’s Bakery. Debbie has had a lifelong commitment to helping others. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work, and counseled adults with Eating Disorders. Her family also mentored immigrant Russian and Somali families when they moved to Minnesota. Her trips to Uganda have been life changing and she is honored to be on the Board of Global Village Connect to continue their important work.

Michael Glotter, Agriculture Specialist

Michael Glotter is a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Chicago office, where he has worked since 2017. At BCG, Michael specializes in helping upper management think through strategy, primarily in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors. Prior to joining BCG, Michael worked in the U.S. Senate as an adviser on energy, agriculture, and climate policy. Michael received his PhD in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2015, where he studied the impacts of climate change on agriculture. He received his Bachelor in Science and Engineering in Earth Systems Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010.
Michael has been working with Global Village Connect since 2016, mostly on their farm projects. He spent 1 month in Uganda in 2016 kicking off the project at the Buyanga Primary School, planting 550 banana trees and making plans for the growth of the farm.

Sherry Rudin, Board Member

Sherry Rudin and her husband Jim have been educating their children through worldwide travel since they were old enough to walk. Sherry believes travel is important because there is no better way to learn than to experience life first-hand.
From Cairo to Bangkok, and many other stops in developing countries, Sherry and her family learned about the challenges communities face around the world. After observing people’s daily trials close-up, they were compelled to help make a difference.
Sherry and daughter Jessie traveled to Uganda for a senior class project. They spent a week at the Buyanga Primary School, teaching, playing and learning from the students. During the week the students opened their homes to Sherry and Jessie. They cooked dinner alongside their hosts on an open fire. Sherry and Jessie experienced first-hand how different life is compared to life in the United States.
Sherry saw the impact that Global Village Connect had on the community. She was so moved by what she felt and saw, that she came aboard to help Global Village Connect expand its reach.
Sherry was an IT Consultant upgrading firms’ software systems. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies. She helped design and implement new systems. She was also responsible for training and troubleshooting. In addition to her passion for travel and learning about other cultures, Sherry also volunteers her IT skills to help students with learning disabilities. She’s worked with school administrators, teachers and parents to use assistive technology to help students excel in their education.