International Outreach Director
Julia began her international service at the age of ten. She began by buying pregnant goats for Haitian farmers through CCH, a non-profit in Haiti, and within two years, she had acquired 400 goats. This caught the attention of Robert Duvall and in 2009 Julia was asked to be the Ambassador to The Robert Duvall Fund. During her years working with The Robert Duvall Fund, she made jewelry, selling it at local boutiques, to fundraise. She also raised money through bake sales at Wakefield School. Although she continued to buy goats, she donated money to support the education of girls in India.
As Ambassador, Julia traveled to Haiti in early 2011 to learn more about the people and the needs of the country. Julia's largest project as Ambassador was to raise enough money to build a well for a village, which had no local water source. In September of 2011, Julia travelled to Haiti to help build the well in Bali and to fulfill the village's greatest need.
Julia's love for Haiti and its people has been a focal point in her life. When her sister Diane founded Goals Beyond the Net in October 2011, Julia joined as International Outreach Director. She has devoted years of service to GBTN. In 2013 Julia spent her sophomore year living in Haiti designing, developing and implementing our Goat Farming Program and our English Literacy Program.
Julia designed the Goat Farming Program and also the educational program for the GBTN families. She worked closely to mentor our Community Director of Sustainability in his new position. This program's tremendous success is directly correlated to Julia's creativity and knowledge.
Julia designed the curriculum of our English Literacy Program and taught our English classes the first year (2013-2014) and again the summer of 2017. Each year she reevaluated the program's effectiveness.
Julia has been a member of the arts community since she was in kindergarten. She has performed in over 31 plays, taking the lead role her junior year in the play Harvey, and a major role in Almost Maine. After graduating from Wakefield School, Julia completed a Conservatory Year in Screenwriting at The New York Film Academy. She is currently working on her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Screenwriting.
Outreach Director, Tennessee
Meghan played for the nationally ranked Brentwood Soccer Club's Real Madrid and won State Cup eight times. She graduated from Franklin High School, in Tennessee, with high honors in 2008. In high school Meghan volunteered at St. Bartholomew's Church where she helped feed homeless men and women in the Nashville area.
Meghan attended Arkansas State University where she played soccer collegiately for four years. She graduated cum laude in August 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. During her college years Meghan participated in several volunteer opportunities including visiting the elderly in hospice, painting public parks, and taking part of the massive cleanup and rebuilding process of her hometown after the devastating flooding in 2010. Also, during her senior year Meghan was an intern at the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness.
Upon graduation, Meghan has coached a U-8 boys soccer team and the Junior Varsity Girls team at her alma mater, Franklin High School for 4 years. In 2014-2015 Meghan coached the U/11 Girls for the Tennessee Football Club.
She was a research assistant for Dr. Saori Ishikawa in a study correlating elderly women's bone health and daily activity.
Currently Meghan is attending medical school at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. This past spring she helped organize a charity soccer match at the school which raised money for Goals Beyond the Net. She is the Outreach Director of Tennessee for Goals Beyond the Net. Meghan has successfully established a partnership with the Tennessee Soccer Club, organized donation drives, and is networking with other organizations to facilitate partnership opportunities.
Community Outreach Director and Marketing
Joining the GBTN Directors, Jaimi will be managing fundraising events, child educational sponsorships, marketing opportunities, and public relations, both locally and nationally.Jaimi is no stranger to public relations, having spent 13+ years managing a local Starbucks, interacting with customers and staff, and ensuring a great experience for all. In fact, President and CEO Kathy Leggette saw Jaimi's passion and ability to connect with others, and knew Jaimi was the right fit for GBTN.
Jaimi is focused on applying the core key elements of education, empowerment, and sustainability to improve the lives of impoverished children in Haiti. Prior to GBTN, Jaimi earned her cosmetology degree and was a barista and manager at Starbucks. Jaimi has two children who are the loves of her life; she plans to take that passion for all children and help connect others to the GBTN programs that elevate the minds, bodies, and souls of Haitian children.
Romual Pierre is responsible for the supervision of all personnel and administrative oversight of all six programs and activities of GBTN in Haiti. He reports directly to the GBTN President. In additional to his supervisory role, he is the Technical Director for our Soccer Academy. He mentors our coaches by providing weekly Coaches Clinics and attends all practices. He is responsible for player development. Mr. Pierre works with the local schools to implement our educational program. He evaluates all programs and supervises the Directors to facilitate the success of our programs.
Special Projects Director
Willy is instrumental in facilitating administrative support to the GBTN President and the In-Country Director. Mr. André is active in collecting data for evaluating programs, generating reports, and facilitating partnerships to benefit the GBTN children. Willy works closely with the Directors and staff to accomplish our yearly goals. Additionally, Mr. André coordinates our partners' activities while in Haiti.
Médé Dimy is responsible for our Healthcare Program. He facilitates the healthcare for the GBTN children. In coordination with a M.D.'s supervision, Médé is responsible for home visits to evaluate the child's healthcare needs, triage care, and provide appropriate care - home care, clinic visits, hospitalizations, etc . He is responsible for obtaining any laboratory tests, X-rays, and medicines as ordered by the physician. Parent teaching is critical in his role. Médé maintains all healthcare records of all the children and provides a comprehensive monthly report, which includes the follow-up care and final resolution of each health issue.
Richardson is responsible for our Character Development Program. The Character Development program is an essential program teaching the GBTN children the qualities of good citizenship and good character. Richardson teaches the GBTN children the 13 attributes GBTN has identified as traits, which promote strong moral character. Richardson teaches one attribute per month during weekly classes. He administers a monthly exam, a GBTN Summary Report, and provides a monthly Award Ceremony acknowledging the children's accomplishments.
Community Director For Sustainability
Paul is responsible for the oversight of our Goat Farming Program, a sustainable economic project. He is responsible for evaluating families for this program, educating the GBTN families in the program, and provide weekly visits to evaluate the health of the goat herds and the compliance of the families. Paul is responsible for all emergency care, including the birth of the baby goats. He works directly with our U.S. Community Outreach Director.
Antonio is responsible for overseeing all activities related to our field and its use. He coordinates all activities and games at the field. He is responsible for all JUFC Soccer Academy equipment, field maintenance, water well maintenance, and security.
Isabel Baynum is a Wakefield student who loves school and learning, additionally she enjoys to spend time outdoors and play the ukulele. Isabel is the 2nd oldest of 4 children, and enjoys hanging out with her siblings. She has a passion to be informed and help others and hopes to study communications and politics in college, so she can make a difference in our world. Isabel believes Goals Beyond the Net is a great way for her to involve, not only her community in a life changing cause, but also a comprehensive model to get children out of poverty.
Sara Rheintgen has been a Wakefield student for fourteen years and has seen the progress of previous Ambassadors in transforming the lives of Haitian children in the community of Jacmel, and desires to contribute to this amazing organization. She has always enjoyed learning and has rendered education a vital resource in success in life, so she believes that Goals Beyond the Net provides the chance for Haitians in Jacmel (and hopefully throughout Haiti as the organization prospers) to succeed in life. She is passionate to accomplish just that--education and therefore success for Haiti.
Lorenzo is 15 years old and has a deep passion for soccer. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been living in the United States for 11 years. Apart from soccer, he loves playing tennis and loves music as well. His sister, Allegra Solari, is a former Ambassador for Goals Beyond the Net. Lorenzo joined Goals Beyond the Net because of his love for soccer and helping those in need.
Joseph Maraska is an Ambassador with a passion for soccer and experience in global service. His father works in the Marine Corps, so Joseph has moved all around the United States (Virginia, California, Mississippi, South Carolina) and even abroad in Israel. However, he calls Virginia his home. Since the age of three, Joseph has played soccer, and at the age of ten, Joseph began playing club/travel soccer. Joseph is currently a tenth grader enrolled at Wakefield School and is on the Varsity Boys Soccer team, Varsity Swimming Team, and Varsity Tennis Team. He was on the Varsity Soccer and Swim teams in his time in South Carolina, and travelled Europe with his Israeli Varsity Soccer team as well. Joseph loves helping the community and giving back to families that are in need. He is working with an organization called Rustic Pathaways, which is a global organization that sends volunteers to countries in poverty in order to aid and help communities all over the world.
Throughout Jackson's adolescence, he has always played soccer. He has always loved the sport, and appreciates the creativity needed to play it. Soccer is a global sport, with such simple rules that everyone from everywhere can play with ease. This is something Jackson has always admired. Along with his passion for soccer, comes a strong enthusiasm for teamwork and helping others. Jackson began volunteering at a non-profit organization called “Top Soccer” when he turned fourteen, which involved teaching soccer to mentally and physically handicapped children. He has been infatuated with sharing the great sport with those more unfortunate with himself since this experience. Jackson became an Ambassador of Goals Beyond the Net because he desires the opportunity to help others across the globe assimilate soccer into their everyday lives like he did as a child. Jackson looks forward to fundraising for such a great cause to make a difference for the children in Haiti who are not growing up with the same chances as he did.
A sophomore in high school, Gabriella Handford loves long-distance running and has ran two half marathons and was captain of the cross country team this year. She’s also an active member of two of her school clubs, Model UN and Ethics Team. A dedicated student, Gabriella spends most her free time studying, but also loves to trail run and hang out with her friends. Though she hasn’t had the chance to do much service work this year, Gabriella is volunteering at the hospital this summer. She also enjoys her school sports program, and is trying soccer for the first time this spring. Gabriella is thrilled to be a part of the GBTN organization, but also hopes to score a goal within the net this soccer season!
Max is sophomore student at Wakefield School in The Plains and is passionate about doing international and domestic volunteer work. Aside from soccer, he is interested in the arts and academics, especially global history, economics, and geopolitics. Max joined Goals Beyond the Net‘s Ambassadors because of his passion for helping those in need of aid around the world, and through his interest in leadership as well as social, economic, and political engagement.