Board of Directors
Dave Barford, Founder and President
Finance and Budget, Vision Committees
Dave Barford is a partner in The Gilead Group, a private equity and management firm, which he co-founded in 2002. Gilead provides start-up funding and management for early-stage technology firms. Dave also serves as CEO of a mobile software company called Agilis Systems, one of the companies in the Gilead portfolio.
Dave’s prior experience spans over thirty years in the technology and telecom industries. Dave has held senior executive positions with multiple Fortune 500 companies and has a wide background in large company as well as start-up environments.
Giving from the heart is also in Dave’s portfolio and the reason he founded Global Learning Exchange Initiative (GLXi.) Dave has held numerous board positions, volunteered and financially supported many nonprofit organizations in the US and abroad, including schools and refugee programs. He has traveled extensively in Central America, supporting funding of international students and building water wells.
Dave’s passion for creating GLXi came from meeting the people where he traveled. He saw their living conditions, the poverty and lack of hope for future success. He knew that providing education for a new generation would change the world. He also knew that the change had to come from within the country itself. And that is GLXi’s philosophy today.
Amy Inman, Vice President
Development, Nominating and Governance Committees
Amy Inman is Founder of Memorybox Films, LLC, a video production agency that creates promotional videos for local agencies and non-profit organizations as well as offers video services for legal depositions, authenticated evidence video for court presentation and day-in-the-life video for trial or settlement. Previously, Amy worked as a telecom sales executive in the software database industry and in television and radio production. Amy is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia in Radio and Television Broadcasting.
Currently, Amy serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of Grants for the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, a collective giving network that expands women’s philanthropy and works to strengthen the St. Louis region. Her philanthropic interests are centered on impactful organizations that address children’s education such as The College School, an experiential learning school where Amy has previously served on the Board of Trustees and children’s mental health services such as Great Circle where she volunteers and serves on multiple committees. Amy is an avid hiker, photographer, and mother of two daughters.
Amy is committed to GLXi’s work in Guatemala. “Since the passing of my uncle, Father Joe Halpin, who spent a lifetime as a missionary in Guatemala building churches, health clinics, and schools, I knew I wanted to continue his mission in supporting Central America. GLXi is my opportunity to do this. It is easy to think only of those in need in our neighborhood, our city, and our country. Yet to see beyond our borders and recognize that we are all citizens of this planet Earth is truly a spiritual endeavor.”
Greg Winter, Treasurer
Finance and Budget Committee
Greg Winter is the president of GJW Consulting focusing on corporate management, strategy and operations for start ups. Winter was a founder of Agilis Systems, LLC, a Software-as-a-Service company that developed applications for the management of mobile resources. Winter served as Agilis’ vice president of operations, helping steer it from early stages through profitable maturity. Winter’s combined engineering and business background brings his financial expertise, experience and management to GLXi’s board of directors. Greg is passionate about children’s education, disaster and humanitarian relief, human rights and science and technology.
Program and Education
Dr. Linda Henke is a consultant with the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership. She is co-creator of the Center which supports educational leaders in their quest to move beyond the current conceptions of schooling.
In 2012, Linda retired as an award-winning superintendent of Maplewood Richmond Heights, a St. Louis inner-ring suburban school district that for years had been plagued with the same problems found in many urban environments. In the twelve years Linda led the district, it moved from being labeled one of the worst schools in Missouri to one of the most dynamic and innovative districts in the state.
Prior to this position, Linda served for ten years as the assistant superintendent in the School District of Clayton. She immersed the district in the study of systems thinking and built a continuous improvement curriculum and professional development infrastructure that received national attention. Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters about topics ranging from school change to literacy education, parent involvement, and school culture. She has been a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and is a sought-after mentor for new superintendents and principals.
In recent years she has served on over ten executive and advisory boards, focusing on education. Linda passionately believes in the power of literacy and the ability of every person to succeed if given the opportunity to thrive.
Marketing and Development Committee
Mindy Jeffries is Founder and President of Stealth Agency, a full-service advertising agency specializing in marketing strategy, broadcast advertising, print design, web design, search engine optimization and social media. Stealth’s long list of happy clients include Charter Communications, Sprint, Barnes Jewish Hospital and MO Eating Disorders Council.
A graduate of Indiana University, Mindy brings over 30 years of experience in senior level marketing and management in the competitive telecommunications industry in the U.S. and the U.K.; serving key roles with AT&T, Charter, and TeleWest (UK), amongst others.
The recipient of more than 25 awards for effective marketing and advertising, Mindy leads her team by example and inspires them to always go the extra mile. Mindy enjoys the outdoors, swimming for fitness, and biking. In her spare time, she relaxes by knitting, reading, and spending time with her family.
Mindy has served on the Board of Directors for a broad range of organizations in the various communities where she has lived. She is especially interested in working with GLXi because, “I think the idea of creating opportunity for one child is important. One child, through education, could grow up and contribute to a need, issue or problem worldwide.”
Marketing and Communications Committee
Joe Guerra is currently owner of Hired Gun Video where he develops media campaigns for ad agencies, design studios and direct clients like Boston Scientific, Solutia, United Way, American Red Cross and American Eagle Credit Union. He also creates print campaigns, corporate identity programs and web designs. Joe started his career at Doe-Anderson Advertising in Louisville, Kentucky working on Hyatt Hotels, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, IGA Grocery Stores and The Courier-Journal Award- winning work on those accounts opened doors in Chicago where he was an Executive Art Director for Foote, Cone & Belding on Coors, S. C. Johnson, Hallmark and Pizza Hut accounts. He moved to St. Louis for a position at Ralston-Purina’s in-house ad agency, Centra Advertising, where he worked on campaigns for pet foods and breakfast cereals. He later joined The Waylon Company and was a creative director on the Anheuser-Busch, Kellogg’s and Aetna/US Healthcare accounts.
He has also created successful advertising campaigns for international agencies in Mexico City, San Juan, P.R. and Barcelona, Spain as well as for domestic Hispanic markets. Joe is fluent in Spanish and is certified as a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise. Philanthropic endeavors include serving on a number of committees for The Churchill Center & School, Brehm Preparatory School, TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids) and Boy Scout Troop 636. He enjoys watching old movies, fishing and motorsports.
George established roots in education globalization when he started a volunteer educational teaching program at a small rural school in Kerala, India 4 years ago. George’s role on the GLXi front includes development, project logistics, planning, and connecting with Guatemalan representatives. George has a passion for working with young minds across the globe by improving their lives through education. He is the co-founder of the St. Louis 30 Day Student Entrepreneur Challenge initiative for Entrepreneurs Organization and has served as the lead mentor for Parkway Schools’ Spark! Entrepreneur program.
George is President and CEO of Engineering Design Source Inc. (EDSI) and his prior professional affiliations include serving as the President of the Entrepreneurs Organization, Engineers Club of St. Louis, and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He has also served as a board member for both the American Consulting Engineers Council of Missouri and the YMCA – Greater St. Louis.
Lee Ann Lyons
Program Design and Development Committee
Lee Ann Lyons has a rich educational background and experience as co-founder of LPD connections, adjunct professor at Webster University and senior professional coach at University Missouri of St. Louis. She received her Bachelors of Science in Education from University of Missouri-Columbia and continued on to receive her Masters in Education from Webster University while being awarded the Missouri State Reading Certificate and Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Lyon’s professional experience mentoring and teaching with schools in St. Louis and her certification in School Administration gives her the background GLXi needs to continue their sustainable and collaborative teaching efforts throughout Guatemala. She has worked closely with many school districts in St. Louis and with that experience she brings a wide range of knowledge and administrational aspects to GLXi community in both St. Louis and Guatemala.