Board of Directors



About Global Corner Kids

Our Board of Directors volunteer their time to make a difference in our community. All of them know that expanding horizons for children will have a long-lasting positive impact. The Global Corner Board President is Charity Hamilton, Vice President is Reid Rushing, our Treasurer is Karen Evans, and Secretary is Carlee Hoffmann.  Additional board members are Vanessa Mayes, Past President, Donovan Chau, Jo McArthur, Susana Mendoza-Kepner, Beverly Patteson, Kelly Reeser, Julie Olliff Vickery, and Rob Zitzewitz.  Lee Hansen, the Executive Director, and Jeanne Hooper, the Head Teacher are non-voting members of the Board.



Vanessa Mayes, President

Vanessa Mayes, Immediate Past President

Spanish teacher at Montessori School of Pensacola. Vanessa was born in Argentina and has traveled extensively throughout her life. She knows the value of expanding horizons for young children and the impact it has on the entire community. When she first heard about The Global Corner many years ago, she knew immediately that she wanted to be a part of “Bringing the World to Life – One Child at a Time.”


Vanessa Mayes, President

Charity Hamilton, Board President

Human Resources Coordinator at Community Drug and Alcohol Council, Inc.  Charity has traveled to Mexico, France, the Czech Republic, and Poland. She was raised here in Pensacola and would love to see international experiences like those provided by The Global Corner made available to an even larger number of students. Tapping into the natural curiosity of children, Charity believes, provides a channel through which we can foster cultural acceptance and simultaneously develop the critical thinking skills that are necessary in the job market. The ability to work successfully with diverse people is essential to further growth of our local economy. 


Vanessa Mayes, President

Donovan Chau

Director of Strategy and Engagement in the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity at the University of West Florida. Dr. Chau has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere during his career working for Congress and as a defense and Homeland Security contractor in Washington, DC, and while working as an academician in his home state of California. As the father of a young child, he is passionate about the study of the world among our community’s young people.


Vanessa Mayes, President

Karen Evans, Treasurer

Instructor, Teacher Education and Educational Leadership at the University or West Florida and minister in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Evans has traveled to England, Ireland, France, Canada and the Caribbean. She is passionate about helping students accept and celebrate the wonderful diversity in our country and become global citizens.


Vanessa Mayes, President

Carlee Hoffmann, Secretary

Program Outreach Manager at United Way of Escambia County, overseeing various community programs including Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), MyFreeTaxes.com, and Cram the Van. She studied in France and has travelled to Morocco, South Africa, Japan, and Brazil. Carlee loves sharing her passion for other cultures and bringing international education to the children of Northwest Florida through The Global Corner.


Vanessa Mayes, President

Beverly Patteson

Retired from Escambia County School District. During her years as principal of A. K. Suter Elementary and Episcopal Day School, Beverly saw first-hand what amazing things The Global Corner did for and with our young people. She joined the board to support the efforts of The Global Corner’s talented teachers and to spread the enthusiasm! Beverly hopes to spend even more time traveling so that she can learn new ways to enrich the curiosity of Escambia’s children to see the world for themselves. Since this year Global Corner’s focus is Australia, she is heading up her travel list with the 2017 Australian Open Tennis Tournament.


Vanessa Mayes, President

Kelly Reeser

General Manager, Silver Bullet Technology. Kelly has lived overseas in Argentina and has traveled to Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, England, Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Ghana. As a parent of two small children, Kelly thinks it’s important to raise awareness that the world is much bigger and more diverse than what we experience in our daily lives. She would love for her own children to grow up with a broader perspective and thinks The Global Corner sparks that curiosity in children.


Vanessa Mayes, President

Reid Rushing, Vice President

President of Beck Partners Insurance. Reid is married to a Filipina woman and has traveled many times to the Philippines as well as to Europe. Reid believes the world we live in is so different and vast that we cannot comprehend any different life unless we travel and see how and where others live. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”


Vanessa Mayes, President

Robert Zitzewitz

Retired, USN Commander. Rob was born into a Navy family, graduated from the Naval Academy, and served in the Navy for twenty year. He lived overseas, both in Turkey and in Italy and has traveled extensively in Europe, South America, and Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Rob believes that expanding horizons for our children will kindle an interest in the world beyond their usual sphere and hopefully encourage them to take advantage of opportunities such as the Studer’s Pensacola Scholarship Program to obtain a degree and to remain in Northwest Florida as a part of an increasingly global workforce.


Vanessa Mayes, President

Julie Olliff Vickery

Retired from the Escambia County School District as a First Grade Teacher, Julie experienced The Global Corner initially when they visited her classroom. She observed her children’s excitement for and desire to learn about people who were different from themselves. Not only did The Global Corner bring a joy for knowing about the world beyond the classroom walls, but it also created joy while learning through its child friendly and interactive activities. As a retired educator, Julie is now happy to be able to participate in The Global Corner’s mission in continuing to bring the world to life to children in Escambia County.

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