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. Along with running Going Places full-time, Katie also has launched “Katie Blomquist, LLC” where she gives professional talks on how to stand out and how to run toward your fear while defining failure. She also hosts seminars and workshops on how to start a successful nonprofit from the ground up.
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.