The Team

Learn from me… TRUST

Ridgely Chapman is the President/CEO and founder of Global Minds United.  She earned a BA in Literature and Psychology from The George Washington University, her MSC in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology and Psychotherapy from University College London and a Mediation/Conflict Resolution certification from Northwestern University.  At the University of California, Berkeley, she researched human judgement and decision making. Ridgely completed training at the United States Institute of Peace and was a guest speaker on Innovations in Peacebuilding at the Praxis Conference in Washington, D.C. She is currently working with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to create and spread global education to students and teachers in the United States and around the world. Ridgely enjoys public speaking at conferences and teaching conflict resolution and peacebuilding. She was the Executive Director of the nonprofit and NGO, Solace for the Children, whose mission was building peace on a foundation of health. She has been a guest speaker on refugees at Lake Norman Charter Middle School, discussed women’s rights in war-torn countries at LNC High School, and presented on conflict resolution at Davidson College. At Lake Norman Charter School, Ridgely serves on the Board of Education and as Chair of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee across all grade levels K-12. Ridgely currently lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with her husband, Richard, and their three daughters.

Email at rchapman@globalmindsunited.org

Learn from me… ACCEPTANCE

Dawne Kakitsis is the Director of Marketing & Outreach for Global Minds United. Dawne’s degree in Education from Ohio University served her well as she worked as the Director of Education, Director of Business Development, and VP of Operations for learning centers during her educational career. Dawne’s career then focused on independent business consulting for small businesses and she co-owned and operated a gluten-free and vegan pancake business. Her true gifts are exhibited through her racial equity initiatives.  While leading the Racial Equity Initiative (REI) community group, Dawne facilitated opportunities around their purpose to redefine racial unity and acceptance through education, socializing and discussion in a respectful atmosphere. This included programming on topics like the financial history of African-Americans in the US, racial terror lynchings and American history, and racial and poverty simulations. Dawne co-hosted a community wide “Stop the Hate Rally” focusing on anti-Semitism, ending gun violence, anti-Muslim violence, immigration, racism, and LGBTQ+ issues. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Unity in Community (UiC). Dawne currently lives in Cornelius, North Carolina, with her husband, Sam, and their two children.

Learn from me… DIALOGUING DIFFERENCES

Kristen Enwright is a Training Facilitator for Global Minds United.  Kristen’s degree in Psychology and Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill translated well into her work at First Union/Wachovia as a HR Diversity Team Forum Leader and Mentoring Coach.  Those years of experience in the work of conflict resolution, meeting facilitation and program generation would extend their benefits to the harder tasks she took up later in life in her “free time” as a Guardian ad Litem, community advocate and Racial Equity Initiative Founder and co-leader.  Her career passion took her to Queens University for an interior design degree.  Kristen has owned her own design firm for the last twelve years, weaving in the birth of two children and countless hours of service to her church, community, and charities.  Kristen is a local to Cornelius, North Carolina, where she resides with her family.  She enjoys her monthly book club, local eateries, and a good mountain hike.

Learn from me… WE ARE ALL HUMAN

Tara Jaketic is a Prosci Certified Change Management PractitionerChange management is the discipline that guides how we prepare, equip, and support individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive organizational success and outcomes. I help those seeking to make a change learn how to manage and engage the people side of change. So often, only the tasks of a project are considered. By focusing on both the people and the task at the same time we are able to minimize risk and ensure the desired change is sustainable. I’m passionate about this piece of change because the people involved and impacted really do make a difference.

Learn from me… ENGAGEMENT

Morgan Latten is the Programming Production Coordinator for Global Minds United. Morgan passionately leverages her capabilities to promote lifelong learning and growth. She brings innovation and a systematic approach, through her background in communications and strategic planning. Morgan strives to enable facilitators and provide impactful, engaging experiences for participants. She draws on her continued work as a Marketing and Communications Consultant, where she implements creative, culture-driven efforts across a variety of industries. A native of Huntersville, North Carolina, Morgan is also an aviation enthusiast.

Learn from me… CONNECTION

Camille Hughes is a professional photographer with a passion for visual storytelling and bringing content to life. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she studied International Relations. Her passion for photojournalism has allowed her to curate and create compelling images that inspire and connect people from all over the world. Camille has traveled to over 22 different countries. In her free time she loves to cook and learn about different cultures.

Learn from me… HOPE

Interns are critical members of the GMU team. They temporarily support our organization through providing research, gathering statistics and designing surveys. GMU supports interns who want follow their passion, gain work experience, and get an overall feel for the global education industry.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Learn from me… PASSION

Jeremy White was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, and North Carolina. He has been involved with children and education for more than 15 years, having started teaching at a daycare when he was 18 years old. Jeremy would go on to graduate from Elon University with a Journalism degree in 2008. He moved to Japan, where he taught English to students ranging from 2 to 60 years old.  He taught at nine schools in the five years that he lived in Japan. After returning to the United States in 2014, he obtained a master’s degree in Elementary Education and has been teaching kindergarten for five years. Jeremy currently teaches at West Lake Preparatory Academy, where he was named Teacher of the Year. This is the second time receiving the award as he was named Teacher of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year at Brisbane Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Jeremy is the founder of L.I.F.T. Tutoring.

Learn from me… GLOBAL EDUCATION

Sunia Young graduated from Davidson College in 2020, where she was a Bonner Scholar and Presidential Scholar. While majoring in Psychology and minoring in Arab Studies, Sunia did psychological research on student wellbeing and distress, and behavioral pharmacology research. She is also fluent in Persian and was a Persian tutor at Davidson’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She has worked for Solace for the Children, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (A/PI DVRP), and the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program. Currently, she is a remote contact tracer for the University of Utah and is planning to attend graduate school for public health in the near future. Sunia briefly lived in Stockholm, Sweden, and Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where she studied Persian through the U.S. Department of State. She loves to travel and is hoping to do some more once the pandemic is over. 

Learn from me… GENEROSITY

Regan Brown is Public Affairs Producer for public radio station 91.7 WSGE at Gaston College in Dallas, NC. Prior to broadcasting, Brown worked in the non-profit sector for more than 15 years. She began in the local arts scene and then moved on to provide support for smaller organizations as an independent contractor. Groups she has raised funds for include Mint Museum, Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson Community Players, and more. She is excited to bring her fundraising knowledge to Global Minds United. “This organization makes difficult tasks approachable by creating space where we can all learn how to be more accepting and respectful of others. I am excited to be a part of its beginnings and can’t wait to see it grow.” Brown is a North Carolina native and resides with her family in Davidson, NC.