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Global Campuses Foundation USA Colleagues


Steve Tavella

Executive Director

Steve's career has spanned the private, public, and social profit sectors with a focus on education and social justice issues for communities and people of all ages in Vermont, throughout the United States, and internationally. He obtained his Bachelors degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Gettysburg College, and his Masters in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Steve has worked, lived, and traveled on six continents, including longer-term stints in Thailand and Myanmar as the director for refugee and displaced persons programs, Afghanistan as a field officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, The Republic of Georgia as a strategic management advisor for a peace institute, Egypt as an analyst, management and education advisor, and Kiribati and the Solomon Islands as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Steve is a dedicated father to a beautiful adult daughter. In his spare time, he is an avid gardener, open-water long-distance swimmer, photographer, hiker, lover of nature, motorcyclist, and traveler. 


Patti Gannon

Associate Director

Patti is excited to have joined Global Campuses Foundation as of August 2014. Her background before moving to Vermont included her work in higher education at Boston University School of Management as an administrator and academic advisor. Patti Has a BA from Bates College and an MA in higher education from Boston College. A Vermont resident since 2001, she has served in administrative roles in a non profit, as an executive director of a professional organization, and in higher education. Patti lives in Williston with her husband and three children and spends her free time running, reading and enjoying visits with her extended family.


Pam Fitzgerald

Curriculum Specialist, Academic Coordinator, USA

Pam began her journey with Global Campuses Foundation in September 2007. After practicing law for many years in Massachusetts and Vermont, Pam returned to the field of education after volunteering with recreational programs for adults and children with differing abilities. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She recently received her Master’s degree in Education. Her graduate studies focused on Curriculum and Instruction as well as topics in Special Education. Pam is an avid reader and also enjoys gardening, running, swimming, and traveling, especially to warmer climates.



Jared Coolum

Academic Coordinator, USA

Jared began his work at Global Campuses Foundation in the autumn of 2013. Having worked in human services for nearly five years and also sharing a close relationship with several persons with differing abilities his entire life, it was a great opportunity for him to join GCF as he enjoys the entire experience that Global Campus has to offer. Jared received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Classics from Saint Michael’s College in 2007. A native Vermonter, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children; being outdoors, reading, and watching movies.



Lacy Gross

Academic Coordinator, USA

Lacy is excited to join the GCF academic coordination team in autumn of 2018.  She moved to Vermont from Texas where she was a high school English teacher for nearly a decade.  She was a part of a team that collaborated and developed curriculum for 23 school districts across Texas and was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2016 for the school district she taught at.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.  Lacy lives in Quechee with her husband and two kids; having recently moved to the area she enjoys getting outdoors and exploring, traveling and reading.     




Gianessa Pirro

Academic Coordinator, USA

Gianessa is very excited to join the Global Campuses community in March of 2019.  Gianessa has worked as a Case Manager, English Teacher, and Art Teacher for an alternative school in Bradford, Vermont. During this time, she was named Student Choice Faculty of the Year, which she considers to be her greatest accolade. She enjoys spending time with her son and creating various forms of art as much as possible. “ I have always felt that in my heart it was my purpose to help people. I believe that everyone has something unique to contribute to the world, and that we have so much that we can learn from everyone around us.” 

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