Terry Culver has 15 years experience in education, international development and community development, and he has worked as a government advisor and programme manager in more than 10 countries.
Prior to joining Global Nomads Group, he was Deputy Director of the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative based in Ireland, where he helped the organization grow from its start-up phase to maturity with 7 established country programmes and 20 staff.
From 1998 - 2004, he was Director of Development at New York University''s Faculty of Arts and Science. At the same time, he was a Lecturer at New York University, teaching courses in community development, with a focus on the role of technology.
From 1993 - 1996, He was a Program Manager at the Harvard Institute for International Development, where he was involved in a number of education, health, and economic advisory projects in West Africa, Southern Africa, and Eastern Europe. He has organised numerous community development and arts and culture projects beginning in 1991, and has sat on the Board of several non-profit organisations. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University, and also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dr. Tonya S. Muro, Ed.D.
Director of Programs
Tonya coordinates GNG''s direct outreach towards helping educational institutions foster world citizenship. She is responsible for the design and implementation of a dynamic array of classroom programs that integrate popular culture and global education to make it an exciting experience while kindling a keen interest among students for pressing global issues.
Tonya''s significant experience in the field of education has spanned roles ranging from direct teaching in elementary and middle schools to consulting for international NGOs across diverse educational domains that include the United States, Latin America and Africa. Her expertise is critical towards the monitoring and evaluation of existing curriculum and identifying key opportunities for integrating GNG''s global education initiatives.
Tonya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University (New York).
Joanna Lauren Cyprys
Joanna is the driving force behind GNG''s online video initiatives and oversees the completion of all documentary video content. Joanna traveled the globe on the CURRENTS ''07 project, successfully completing the Religions of the World series. She has also worked on the soon to be released documentary Darfur in Pieces and provides technical support for GNG''s videoconferencing initiatives. Prior to GNG, Joanna assisted the Program and Events coordinator at the International Documentary Association in LA and earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Film and Media Arts at Temple University.
As GNG''s Program Manager, Grace supports the development, planning, logistics, and implementation of high-quality, interactive global education programs for students around the world. She is also the primary liaison between the vast network of students, teachers and guest speakers with whom GNG works. Before joining the GNG team, Grace honed her educational skills in the after-school arena, by directing programs in youth enrichment at both the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation and SCORE! Educational Centers. Her passion and dedication to young people has also led her to volunteer and travel widely throughout Southeast Asia, where she worked as an English teacher, and as a volunteer at an orphanage. Grace received her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently completing a certificate in Global Affairs at New York University.
Face to Faith Project Manager
Melanie La Rosa
Director of Development
Mariellen is responsible for creating meaningful visuals to support GNG''s mission and programs. She designs print and online pieces and maintains the website. Prior to working for GNG, Mariellen was the graphic/web designer for the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, and a communications writer for Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). Mariellen earned her BS in Organizational Communication, Learning and Design from Ithaca College and her MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication at FDU.