About Us

While we primarily work with girls and a few boys in our school-based programs, we also work in the community.

Over the last few summers, we hosted “Jazz in the Hood” at the Executive Director’s home.

Safe and Peaceful Communities recognized Global Girls contributions to intergenerational activities. Here’s a video of one of our Backyard Jams.

Meet the Team


Our Staff, Board of Directors, and Volunteers help us make a difference in all aspects of our programming!

Marvinetta Woodley-Penn

Executive Director

Ms. Penn is an accomplished voice over talent and singer. She taught high school English and Theatre for 19 years before leaving to pursue her performing career and along the way started Global Girls. Ms. Penn supervises the final rehearsals of most productions and writes many of the original works.  She also develops and manages business and community partnerships, garners corporate sponsorship and funding, writes grant proposals, develops programs and curriculum, designs staff manuals, works with the board chair and manages the public image of the organization.

Patricia Davis

Managing Director/Business Manager

Ms. Davis has extensive experience working in business accounting. She joined the Global Girls team in July 2021 and has been a welcome and productive addition. Ms. Davis is responsible for managing all financials, making monthly ledgers, creating invoices and billing schedules and monthly vouchers for reimbursements. She also assists with grant writing and sponsorship acquisition.

Ryonn Gloster

West Coast Expansion Manager & Alumni Coordinator

Ryonn grew up in Global Girls. She studied dance at Mayfair Academy and Joel Hall Dance Theatre. She supervises the teaching artists, creates the performance calendar, secures performance contracts with outside agencies, and manages rehearsals for the Companies. In addition Ryonn is also a substitute teaching artist, and our lead choreographer.

Nonivia Accoh

Artistic Director and Teaching Artist

Nonivia was born and raised in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. She attended University of Illinois where she participated in performing arts activities such as modeling and dancing. As Artistic Director for Global Girls, Nonivia leads our Arts Partner in Schools Program, our After School Program, and the Performing Arts Programs and Workshop in house. 


Isaiah Gilbert

Facilities Manager

Amaya Hamilton

Teaching Artist

Marcia Eastmon

Teaching Artist

Destiny Haynes

Junior Facilitator &
Youth Council Chair

Kendall Brewton

Junior Facilitator &
Youth Council Vice Chair

Board of Directors

Christina Rice


Frederique Desrosiers

Chicago Votes
Vice Chair

Harry Mays

Chicago Police

Cornelia Dawson



Marcia Thomas

Retired Textbook Rep.

Kayla Hyatt

Hyatt Marketing Specialist

Charles “Chuck” Gordon

Business Owner

Lafayette Ford

Education Consultant

Global Girls Youth Company

Kendall Brewton


Destiny Haynes

Iminwt Pilcher


Morgan Smith


Mileelah Williams


Talia Williams


Janessa Young


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8151 S. South Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL  60617

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