The Social Exchange

The Team

The Curator Philosophy

Here at the Social Exchange, we believe in creating an organization with a personality. It is for this reason that our team members are referred to as "curators". All of our curators were chosen not just because of their technical skills in their respective field, but because of how they curate, or manage, their lifestyle around these skills. As a result, we have a unique group that brings all of their talents to contribute to the collective force that is the Social Exchange.

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National Curator Team

Gillian Jonathan Jeffrey Noah

Memphis Curator Team

Anya Jenny Max Abby

Gillian Wenhold

Founder & Ideas Curator (Executive Director)

Philadelphia Memphis

Gillian Wenhold is a recent graduate of Rhodes College with a degree in Classics and a double minor in Urban Studies and Anthropology/Sociology. In addition to working for the Exchange, she volunteers with The Bridge, a nonprofit street newspaper which employs members of the homeless community in Memphis. She is also a 3rd degree black belt (and Jonathan's senior) at Amkor Karate, beatboxes in the a capella group Lipstick on your Collar, and is a student government senator.

Jonathan Cooper

Co-Founder & Moments Curator

Philadephia New York City

Jonathan Cooper is a Senior at Hofstra University majoring in Television and Film with a minor in General Business. He grew up in the Greater Philadelphia Area and graduated from Spring-Ford High School with honors and was a four year varsity wrestler. Along with Gillian, he practiced Tang So Do at Amkor Karate, and became a third degree black belt. He has done professional video production and photography all over the Eastern United States for companies like GE, Bosch Rexroth, Brose Lidl, and Platinum Rapid Funding. Throughout his life he has regularly volunteered to improve the lives of children, and hopes to be able to use his time at the Exchange to continue to help children in need.

Jeffrey Peterson

Co-Founder & Lifestyle Curator

Vermont Washington D.C.

Jeffrey Peterson studies Political Communication at The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. He has extensive experience in politics and communication through his work on Capitol Hill, political campaigns, and at nonprofit organizations. He has always worked selflessly to facilitate community building and contribute to causes greater than himself. He spends a lot of his time at school studying the effects of new technologies on the dissemination of information. As a founding member of The Social Exchange, he looks forward to using this unique skill-set to enact positive change.

Noah Coomer

Tech Curator

Nashville Memphis

Noah Coomer is an IT developer hailing from Nashville, TN. Noah currently attends the University of Memphis where he is a research student in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He has also done research in Virtual Reality, having a publication in GRAPP 2018. Upon graduation, he plans to attend graduate school where he would like to continue his research into AI. In his free time, he enjoys running and blockchain mining.

Anya Tipton

Memphis Lifestyle Curator

New Orleans Memphis

Anya Tipton is a recent graduate of Rhodes College with a degree in Urban Studies and a double minor in German and Film/Media Studies. Growing up in New Orleans, Anya developed an interest in the gentrification that came to mark the city post-Katrina. Thus, the bulk of her work in college has focused on gentrification in Memphis. Since 2015, Anya has received two research grants to explore gentrification in the Crosstown neighborhood of Memphis.

Jenny Bailey

Memphis Moments Curator


Jenny Bailey is a photographer from Memphis, Tennesee. She is currently enrolled in the Helen Hardin Honors College at the University of Memphis with a focus in Business. She wants to create something that will last longer than herself. Put simply, she wants to create something that matters. Her goal is to immortalize the little moments and the milestones that the Social Exchange experiences.

Max Kaplan

Memphis Stewardship Curator

New Jersey Memphis

Max Kaplan is a 20 year old from Montclair and West Orange, New Jersey. Max's Step-Mother and Father own a BBQ and blues restaurant, where he learned to play guitar and host musicians. Max came to Memphis to pursue studies and a career in music at Rhodes College.

Abby Lidoski

Community Curator

Boston Memphis

Abby is a student at Rhodes College from Boston, Massachusetts intending to pursue a major in Neuroscience. She has done extensive work in student leadership through groups like the Student Leadership Training Program, based in Marshfield, MA. Abby also spent the greater part of her high school years as the founder and coordinator for The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPS) in her hometown back in Massachusetts. She intends to pursue these interests by doing research on brain development, especially in those of special needs children.