Golden Volunteer


About Us

A Golden Moment is when you're happy where you are, and you know it. We live for Golden Moments, and we know how it feels to go too long without them. Our team's taken totally different paths to arrive here, at our purpose: to encourage all of us to live in more Golden Moments.

Our Story

Sam Fankuchen

Founder & CEO

Prior to Golden, Sam worked in corporate innovation at Penske and as Managing Director of Applico, where he helped Google, HP, Disney and others launch new platform businesses.

Before that, he founded Pinwheel, which became the most comprehensive database of volunteer jobs open to anyone in San Francisco, and a peer counseling program that has served thousands of high school students.

He’s an accomplished entrepreneur and mentor at Launchpad LA, Amplify LA, and Stanford Haas Center for Public Service.

Sam received MA & BA degrees from Stanford, where he studied Social Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, and Design Thinking.

Rob Petit

Head of Engineering

Golden’s Head of Engineering has three decades of software development experience, most of which has involved mobile and remote computing.

In his past life, he worked in R&D labs within some of the nation’s most admired aerospace companies. Other notable accomplishments include prototyping a wearable for a major manufacturer, and incubating engineering teams within several well-known startups.

He is a lifelong volunteer and animal lover.

Craig Selmeier

Platform Lead

Craig is a multi-faceted powerhouse with years of experience earned in the startup trenches. He merges a creative and technical mindset with a focus on building stronger businesses.

Prior to Golden he helped develop and launch the award-winning flagship ed-tech platform ‘Leo’s Pad’ with Kidaptive, serving as a lead iOS developer and manager for remote teams. Following that he worked on ‘Firefly’ - a dynamic, location-based social media app focused on creating immediate connections with your peers, whose underlying technology became core geolocal IP for a major social network.

Craig strives to bring meaning and purpose to the world around him through the lens of technology. He has a long held belief that the future we get is the future we make, and it’s our duty to build it on a foundation of kindness, boldness, and benevolence.

Steve Sherrill


Steve is a multi-faceted team player with a deep connection to civic engagement. In government, he’s worked in the White House and under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Senior Policy Advisor. In business, he’s worked in private equity with Global Infrastructure Partners and led brand marketing and e-commerce for Royal Robbins.

Since high school, Steve has been passionate about volunteering and mentoring, specifically for middle and high school students. He has taught math, entrerpreneurship, writing, and English language courses in the USA and abroad. He received his BA in political science from Yale.

Ryan Snell

Growth Hacker

Before Golden, Ryan was an independent growth hacker, working with both B2B and B2C clients. His persistent interest in learning has led him across all technical and marketing disciplines- from ideation and workflow planning to product development and engineering.

Ryan loves to collaborate and learn and prefers not to waste time. You can commonly find Ryan online mentoring, teaching, and motivating the online e-commerce and business community.

Ryan isn’t all work and no play; he is a loving father who loves learning, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

Erica Gustafson

Community Designer

Golden’s Community Designer is a a soon-to-be graduate at Loyola Marymount University. She’s responsible for sharing Golden’s story and our community members’ stories through our social and other media.

She applies her experience in the world of social media, from running the LMU Student Affairs Twitter account, to becoming Director of Media for LMU’s student government, where she headed the website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

All in all, she is an athlete, traveler, writer, sister, and friend.

Olivia Soule


Golden’s Editor is responsible for curating and publishing thought leadership material. She’s an MFA student in Creative Writing at University of Nevada, Reno, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and Italian from UCLA.

She has strong interests in humanitarianism, teaching composition, writing poetry, and volunteering for a climate change organization. Three of her poems will be published in the upcoming version of the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.

Steven Du

Community Launcher

Golden’s Community Launcher is a skilled organizer and planner. He seeks to create volunteering networks and strengthen intra-community relationships.

On the side, Steven enjoys playing basketball and reading classical literature. He also creates virtual and augmented reality video games through Unity and Maya.

Steven currently studies Computer Science at the University of California Berkeley.

Johnathan Zhou

Community Launcher

Johnathan is always looking for new experiences and ideas. He strives to create substantial, organic relationships that will push all participants in a given relationship forward.

Prior to Golden, Johnathan founded and ran his own volunteering organization, and served as a junior field sales manager at an international marketing firm. In his free time, he enjoys catching up on internet culture and politics.

Johnathan is currently studying Computer Science and Economics at UC Berkeley.

Maryann Nilsen

Community Development Intern

Golden’s Community Management Intern is responsible for interacting with organizations and schools, and helping them use the platform to their advantage.

Maryann is a current high school student, who, just like everyone else on the team, loves feeling more connected to her hometown. She is a guide in SmartGirl, and is a vigorous, ambitious, hard worker who a member in National Honors Society.

Hailing from Colorado, she’s looking forward to college in the fall. She’ll be studying Pre Medicine in hopes to be an OB/GYN.