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

Headquarters

Emily Fullmer
Chief Operating Officer

Raul Celaya
Director of Operations

Donor Relations

Tracy Kamen
Vice President of Development
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Alina Kurska
International Affairs Director

Alistair Kiyingi
Development Manager

Gabby Soto
Donor Relations Coordinator

Sue Cushman
International Supply Chain Director

Shira Kastan-Goldstein
Director of Government Affairs

Vivien Dude
Director of Volunteers
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Finance

Ana Diaz
Chief Financial Officer
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Rene Dago III
Director of Finance
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Dannelis Silva
Finance Clerk

Peter De Souza Jr
Finance Associate

Operations

Kimberley Bentley
Director of Field Missions, USA and Caribbean

Billy Richardson
Warehouse Manager

Santiago Neira
Warehouse Project Coordinator

Hana El Gamal
Director of Global Logistics

Jeff Popovich
Director of Global Warehousing

Kathy Calderon
Global Logistics Manager

Hope Westling
Operations Associate

Public Relations

Bianca Bucaram
Public Relations
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Clif Loftin
Marketing

Spencer Taylor
Director of Video and Imaging

GEM Europe

Majel Wilson
Chief Operations Officer, Europe

Wiktor Nguyen Van
Chief Financial Officer, Europe
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Wiktoria Maciejewicz
Director of Field Missions, Europe

Alina Kurska
Director of International Affairs

Filip Skrzypczak
Field Missions, Europe

Grezgorz Swiatek
Warehouse Inventory Manager, Europe

Roman Andriychuk
Director of Road Transport, Europe

Katazyna Merrett
‘Public Relations, Europe
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GEM Ukraine

Alina Kurska
Director of Ukraine Programs

Andriy Negrych
Director of Operations

Mykhailo Kinash
Chief Financial Officer

Tetiana Radchuk
Chief Accountant

Serhii Perminow
Legal Affairs

Dmytro Nevzorov
Financial Assistant

Volodymyr Kuriennoi
Warehouse Manager

Vira Negrych
Inventory Director

Antonina Kinash
Inventory Manager

Mariana Yavorska
Reporting Manager

Olena Tsykaliuk
Public Relations, Ukraine
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GEM Hawaii

Danielle Kawehi Dreis
Executive Director, Hawaii

Kainoa Horcajo
Director of Community Development, Hawaii

Christy Mendoza
Finance Manager, Hawaii

Jennifer Fredricksen
Human Resources & Compliance, Hawaii

Roman Mungia
Construction Manager, Hawaii

Sarah Cravalho
Project Coordinator, Hawaii

Skye Danite
Site Manager, Hawaii

Zachary Ashley
Facility Manager, Hawaii

Forest Ashley
‘Receiving and Inventory Manager, Hawaii

GEM USA West

Elizabeth Jernberg
Director of Operations, USA West

Jason Jernberg
‘Warehouse and Inventory Manager, USA West

Jessie Ingalls
Field Missions, USA West

GEM MENA

Wiktor Nguyen Van
‘Director of Finance, GEM MENA

Gürhan Çevik
‘Warehouse and Inventory Manager, Turkey

Ayça Aydın
Mission Lead, Turkey and Syria

Ben Grant
Mission Lead, Gaza

Ahmed Qandeel
Director Strategy & Ops, Egypt

Nuha Bashir
Partnerships Coordinator, Egypt

Adil Mohamed
Warehouse Manager, Egypt

GEM LATAM

Luis Velasquez
Chief Operations Office, Latin America

Luis Guillermo
Field Missions, Latin America

GEM HAITI

Claude Forbin
Executive Director, Haiti

Danoushka Capponi
Director of Haiti Programs

Yougains Fils
Program Manager, Haiti

USA, Caribbean, Latin America

Emily Fullmer
Acting COO/VP of Operations US

Patrick Lynch
Chief Development Officer
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Elvira Aedo
Office Manager

Donor Relations

Tracy Kamen
Director of Institutional Giving
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Jordan Magat
Donor Relations Coordinator
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Sue Cushman
International Supply Chain Director

Beti Vere
Director of Global Partnerships

Shira Kastan-Goldstein
Director of Government Affairs

Vivien Dude
Director of Volunteers
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Antonio Misuraca
Strategic Partnerships

Finance

René Dago Sr.
Chief Financial Officer
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Rene Dago III
Director of Finance
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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
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Our Board

Executive Board Chair

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

Junior Committee

GEM encourages the youth to get involved in humanitarian initiatives.

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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