Founder/President

Michael Capponi

Michael Capponi is known as one of the key pioneers instrumental in shaping the image, popularity, and growth of Miami Beach. Over the past 30 years, Michael has been a leading force in the hospitality and entertainment industries and one of the most accomplished residential real estate developers in South Florida. Michael’s humanitarian and philanthropic missions started in 1999. He is now fully retired from the private sector and focuses 100% of his time and efforts on GEM. He now brings the skills of his prior endeavors to his philanthropic work with GEM. 

He has built an international organization that’s disrupting the disaster sector through its innovative, efficient and modernized systems. Unlike many non profit executives, Michael is hands on, boots on the ground, on the field and the offices. He oversees the management of 6 international branches on multiple continents. Read More

Chairman

BASH KAZI

Bash Kazi is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in leadership, management, and entrepreneurship, showcasing expertise across various industries. Currently, he serves on the executive board of Global Empowerment Mission, leveraging his extensive network and expertise to foster high-level government partnerships and execute impactful programs globally. His dedication to making a positive impact is evident in his work with GEM, where he has contributed to several on-ground missions and programs in countries like Turkey, Morocco, and Israel. Read More

Team

USA, Caribbean, Latin America

Emily Fullmer
Acting COO/VP of Operations US

Patrick Lynch
Chief Development Officer
[email protected]

Elvira Aedo
Office Manager

Donor Relations

Tracy Kamen
Director of Institutional Giving
[email protected]

Jordan Magat
Donor Relations Coordinator
[email protected]

Sue Cushman
International Supply Chain Director

Beti Vere
Director of Global Partnerships

Shira Kastan-Goldstein
Director of Government Affairs

Vivien Dude
Director of Volunteers
[email protected]

Antonio Misuraca
Strategic Partnerships

Finance

René Dago Sr.
Chief Financial Officer
[email protected]

Rene Dago III
Director of Finance
[email protected]

Ana Diaz
Finance Manager

Santiago Neira
Finance Coordinator

Operations

Kimberley Bentley
Director of Field Missions, USA and Caribbean

Luis Velasquez
Chief Operations Office, Latin America

Charles A. Forbin
Director of Ground Operations, Haiti

Danoushka Capponi
Director of Haiti Programs

Elizabeth Jernberg
Director of Operations, USA West

Yougains Fils
Program Manager, Haiti

U.S. Warehouse Operations

Kathy Calderon
Global Logistics Manager

Jason Jernberg
Warehouse Manager, USA West

Public Relations

Bianca Bucaram
Public Relations
[email protected]

Clif Loftin
Marketing

Spencer Taylor
Director of Video and Imaging

Europe

Majel Wilson
Chief Operations Officer, Europe

Andriy Negrych
Director of Operations, Ukraine

Finance

Wiktor Nguyen Van
Chief Financial Officer, Europe
[email protected]

Misha Kinash
Chief Financial Officer, Ukraine
[email protected]

Field Operations

Wiktoria Maciejewicz
Director of Field Missions, Europe

Ayça Aydın
Field Missions, Turkey & Syria

Filip Skrzypczak
Field Missions, Europe

Warehouse Operations

Gürhan Çevik
Warehouse Manager, Turkey

Roman Andriychuk
Director of Road Transport, Europe

Grezgorz Swiatek
Warehouse Inventory Manager, Europe

Vira Negrych
Warehouse Inventory Manager, Ukraine

Tonia Kinash
Inventory Coordinator, Ukraine

International and Public Relations

Kaj Larsen
USA & Ukraine Affairs Lead

Katazyna Merrett
Public Relations
[email protected]

Our Board

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Bash Kazi

Chairman

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Reid Boren

Emeritus Chair

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Felicia Marquez

Vice Chair

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Michelle Davis Boren

Secretary

Michael Capponi
Michael Capponi

Founder/President

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Dr. Jay H Park
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India Hicks
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Rosy Levy
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Gary M. Goldfarb
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Zoe Robins
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William H. Dean
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Andres Fanjul
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Christopher Harding
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Violet Camacho
Omar Rosario
Omar Rosario
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Francine Delarosa

Advisory Board

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Bethenny Frankel
Kaj Larsen
Kaj Larsen
Carlos Ponce
Carlos Ponce
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Dr. Murali Doraiswamy
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Reza Bundy
Antonio Misuraca
Antonio Misuraca
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Jencarlos Canela
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Danoushka Capponi
Alison Pusey
Alison Pusey
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Danielle Bernstein
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Charles A. Forbin
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Andres Asion
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Dashama
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Tatiana Brunetti
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Gideon Kimbrell
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Jonathan Kurry
Jonathan Greenwald
Jonathan Greenwald
Silke Wettergren
Silke Wettergren
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Daniel Meerovitch
Eve Xanthopoulos
Eve Xanthopoulos
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Rich Santelises
Director
Shelly Tygielski
John Marques
John Marques
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Nour Kawa
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Amber Barbach
Kiera Smith
Kiera Smith
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Linda Uribe
Kiko Alonso
Kiko Alonso
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Eve Limo Green
Jamila Sozahdah
Jamila Sozahdah
Daniela Sage
Daniela Sage
Genesis Davila
Genesis Davila
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Bianca Bucaram
Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso
Feliz Ramirez
Feliz Ramirez
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Claudine De Niro
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Ryan Weber
Becky Brownell
Becky Brownell

Junior Committee

GEM encourages the youth to get involved in humanitarian initiatives.

Kari Rose
Kari Rose
Teddy Cohen
Teddy Cohen
Ashley Fullmer
Ashley Fullmer
Enzo la Grassa
Enzo la Grassa
Conrad Flint Wood
Conrad Flint Wood

Join our Team

GEM is on a mission to deliver the most amount of aid, to the most amount of people in need, in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of costs to our donors. We are a fast-paced team passionate about disrupting disaster relief with a complete 360-degree response. Ready to get started?

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