Founder & Executive Director
Katie grew up in Los Angeles, California, studied sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and then began a five year career in marketing while living in Chicago, IL before realizing she felt a desire to go into a career aimed at making a difference in people’s lives. She then received her Masters in Elementary Education at Roosevelt University. At a time when the Chicago Public School system closed eighty schools, Katie decided to move to Charleston, SC where she has been teaching in Title-1 schools for six years. In 2016, Katie began a GoFundMe raising over $80,000 and bought all 650 students in her school a new bike, lock, and helmet. Because of the tremendous success of that campaign and her passion for the title 1 community, Katie made the difficult decision to leave teaching and further this work on a much larger scale but creating Going Places where she can impact hundreds of thousands of kids. Katie also has launched, Katie Blomquist, LLC, where she is a professional speaker who gives motivational talks, hosts seminars and intensive workshops on how to start and grow a successful nonprofit so that she can help others with their dreams of bettering the community as well.
Melissa Doyle was in the corporate world as an accountant for ten years before she decided to make a career change and become a teacher. Volunteering at a local Charleston children's hospital inspired Melissa’s desire to go into a career which made a difference in a child's life. Now she is an elementary school teacher at a Title-1 school, and she is passionate about making a difference in her students' lives. As the co-head of communications with Going Places, Melissa will be actively working with volunteers and managing the day-to-day financial decisions.
Bryan is an attorney with Cobb Dill and Hammett, LLC in Mount Pleasant, SC practicing corporate and probate law. Bryan's background is in the non-profit world working for the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County as well as volunteering as a Homework Help mentor at Carolina Youth Development Center. Bryan believes it is important for all kids to have the opportunity to be active, have fun, and explore their city. The mission of Going Places is to provide bicycles to all and help accomplish this goal.
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Adam was born and raised in Virginia, and attended Brevard College (NC) and Trident Technical College in Charleston where he studied hospitality management. A South Carolina resident for the past 15 years, Adam has nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. White is the former Executive Director for the nonprofit Chase After a Cure, and currently works as an operations manager at Icebox Bar service. In addition, Adam serves as a nonprofit advisor and volunteer for two Lowcountry organizations, With Purpose and Going Places. During his time at Chase After a Cure, Adam led efforts to incorporate the organization into an official nonprofit (in 2010) and raised over $1 million to support childhood cancer research and awareness.
Adam is also the co-founder and co-chair of YNPN Lowcountry, the first Young Nonprofit Professionals Network chapter in South Carolina. The national network strives for professional development, networking and the sharing of resources among young nonprofit professionals and leaders. Adam is a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Management programs at both Francis Marion University and Winthrop University. Adam is also a member of the 2016 Leadership Dorchester class.
Jarrett Hodson has lived in the Charleston, SC area since graduating from The Citadel, The Military College of SC, in 2005.
Since The Citadel, he has held various leadership positions in banking, finance and business.
Jarrett has been an active supporter in many local and national non-profit organizations- including being a founding Board Member of the Stray Dog Society in 2006 and the Veteran’s Benefits Foundation in 2009.
He founded Because You Served in 2015 and still serves as an advisor. In 2018 he founded SweetGrass Capital and is currently the company Principal.
In 2019 he sponsored the Beautiful Gate Center’s Gala and hosted a fundraiser for Going Places which generated over $30,000.
Jarrett looks forward to bringing his background to the Going Places team to establish new business and individual relationships to accomplish the mission of providing every child a bike!
Zach & Emma Giglio
Giglio Communications and Marketing (GCM) is run by Zach and Emma Giglio, who have had the fortunate experience of traveling and living around the world and have seen the positive impacts that human connections have made on their lives and the lives of the people around them. Now, Zach and Emma, with more than 15 years of combined experience, work to facilitate those human connections for organizations through their expertise in communications and marketing.
Zach worked for the largest public relations agency in the world in Washington D.C. and South Africa, for a boutique public affairs firm in Washington D.C and as an independent contractor. Emma started her social media and digital marketing business to serve main street businesses to offer high-quality, agency-level services and expertise at a reasonable cost.