Aarian Bingham is a Certified Life Coach who has lived with her husband and two kids in Logan for the past 18 years. She and her husband decided to make logan their permanent home after graduating from Utah State University. They have found such a wonderful supportive community here to raise their family in.
Since the beginning days of Global Village Gifts, Aarian has been a loyal customer so when she had the opportunity to be more involved she jumped at the chance. She wholeheartedly believes positive change in our local communities creates positive change in our global community and Global Village Gifts is a shining example of this. She is proud to be part of such a wonderful organization.
Sonia Manuel-Dupont is a professor of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education and English at USU. She and her husband came to Cache Valley in 1982 and were thrilled to find communities of people interested in fair trade, sustainability, and animal rescue. She was a regular visitor to Global Village Gifts since it opened and just recently joined the board. She is involved with SEEEME (Sustainable Engineering, Education and Economics) and has made several trips to Uganda to provide sanitary pads for girls, women's health programs, eyeglass clinics, solar panels and most recently a 4-room school. In her free time she gardens, hikes and volunteers for 4 Paws Rescue.
Diane Behl is on faculty at Utah State University and has been part of the Cache Valley community for 35 years. One of the things she values most about living here is the strong sense of community. Diane feels that this sense of community comes through most strongly via businesses like Global Village Gifts that serves to foster community development through Fair Trade efforts in other countries.
Diane was a volunteer in the early years of the store under Sally Keller's vision. Although she hasn't visited the countries from which most of our Fair Trade goods are made, Diane does love to travel. She and her husband routinely visit family in Mexico and she visits her son who is currently living in Spain. In her free time, you'll usually see her riding her bike and attending the many cultural opportunities in Logan.
Julie grew up overseas until she attended Utah State University. She met her husband in the Philippines, and he is now employed at USU. She has three children and three grandchildren with one more on the way....
She's had a long time relationship with Global Village. Working with Sally Keller, Founder of GVG, she has been affiliated with GVG from the early years and she continues to volunteer until present day. She's worn many different hats in the organization. She was instrumental in moving the store into its current location into the Champ House. She loves fair trade!
Global Village Gifts is a fair trade store dedicated to providing fair prices to artisans who would not otherwise receive a fair price for the handicrafts.