Claire grew up in Green Bay, WI and found her path to the University of Illinois at Chicago where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Art History, in 2004. After working for a development corporation for two years, Claire moved to Los Angeles where she earned a Masters in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California. After graduating, Claire and David moved back to Chicago where she began working as an operations and development manager for a non-profit working in Arts Education. Years later, when David created GIANT Word Winder, Claire saw the potential of the GIANT games and began working with David as an Outreach Coordinator of Word Winder Inc. In 2015, Claire and David created the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation together, because, they recognized an increasing need for Social Emotional Learning in young people and knew they had a way to make learning fun. In her spare time, you will find Claire and David hanging out with their dog, Daisy, in Lincoln Square, or globe trotting to all the places on their bucket lists. Claire loves to hike, read, and cook. Recently, Claire became a mountaineer after summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in January of 2017 --a 19, 341 ft peak!
Community Outreach Coordinator
Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Ashley has lived, traveled, and worked in 33 States! She studied sales and business marketing at Western Michigan University and proceeded to work in a fast, travel- oriented environment, which allowed her to meet and engage with many wonderful people along the way. Her hobbies include cooking, running, and helping others.
Shortly after returning to Chicago, Ashley was introduced to our foundation; since then she has been hitting the pavement in order to inform everyone about our work and the GIANT Games. She works with educators, librarians, and other professionals around the city, and the country, in order to promote and expand our programming efforts. She also interacts with kids, as she often assists with program facilitation.