I was raised in northern Wyoming and received my degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming. I’m married to a research scientist working at USU. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
When my daughter went away to college, she found 2 fair trade stores in East Lansing, Michigan. Every gift for the next several years was a fair-trade item and our family became educated about the importance of fair trade in the world. I was especially concerned about the truth behind the production of chocolate and became dedicated to buying only fair-trade chocolate from reputable producers.
I moved to Logan 7 years ago with my husband and declared myself a retired CPA which resonated with Sally Keller when she heard about me. She recruited me for a volunteer at Global Village Gifts where I soon learned the store bookkeeping routine. I have now been with GVG for 7 years as the bookkeeper and 3 years on the board of directors. I am still learning about fair trade and promoting fair trade chocolate wherever I go.
I’m very happy to live in a community where people saw a need to bring fair trade to those not yet familiar with the concept. Serving along others at the only fair-trade store in Utah is a real pleasure.
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!
Clay grew up in Morgan, Utah and graduated in 2007 from Morgan High School. He was selected as the regional Sterling Scholar winner in the trade and technology division. Following graduation, he moved to Logan, Utah to attend USU, originally pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Utah National Guard in 2008 and met his wife Chelsea shortly after. He started his manufacturing company, Black Arch, in 2010 while working part time as a computer programmer developing web applications. In 2012 he was selected by his unit to attend flight school to become a UH60 Blackhawk pilot. Upon his return in 2013 he began to operate his business full time. He started attending USU part time in 2016 and anticipates graduating in the spring of 2019 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Operations Management.
Today he lives in Hyrum, Utah and operates his business located in Logan. His business manufactures various leather, plastic, and fabric goods under multiple brands. He has three children, two 4-year-olds, Rhett and Avonlea, and an 11-month-old, Rosemary.
Tami has been contributing to the Fair Trade movement for almost 2 decades, which began when she walked into the former Ten Thousand Villages in Sugar House and discovered a better way to buy. Through her consumer choices, volunteer efforts, and employment opportunities, she strives to make the world a better place one small action at a time. She moved to Cache Valley to attend Utah State University in the fall of 2000, graduated with a degree in Public Health and put down roots in Nibley in a home that her husband Derek designed and built. She is a mother of 2 girls and hopes to instill in them the same desire that she has to create positive change in this world. Her favorite quote is from Mother Teresa, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."
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.