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Global Campuses Foundation USA Colleagues


Matthew DeGroot

Executive Director

Matthew DeGroot brings 25 years of for-profit and non-profit leadership experience in the design and implementation of adult education, training, and community development programs.  He has an abiding commitment to helping people of all backgrounds and abilities come together to leverage their collective strength.  Prior to joining GCF, Matthew worked for several years as the Director of Asia Programs at the Institute for Sustainable Communities, where he helped to design, establish and grow development projects in China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.  Matthew lives in Vermont with his wife and three children.  In addition to his passion for GCF, Matthew enjoys traveling, cooking, creative writing, and serving on his local school board.   




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 was 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.




Mary Whitcomb

Academic Coordinator, USA

GCF welcomes Mary to our team of Academic Coordinators as of August 2015. She grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire, graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in English and later received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in May, 2011. Along with practicing law, she then moved into educational services in Massachusetts pursuing her love of teaching and academic advisement. She recently relocated to Vermont with her husband and chocolate lab, Rosie. In her spare time, Mary enjoys hiking, reading, and painting. A testimony to her passion for hiking, Mary spent a month hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2008.









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