Meet the faces who run our tutoring programs, assist with Starfish programming, and more!
Stephanie graduated from Stonehill College with degrees in Spanish, and social justice and policy studies.
Her passion for volunteerism led her to Ecuador, where she first arrived as a volunteer with Rostro de Cristo in 2013.
During her volunteer year, Stephanie served at both preschool and after-school programs for at-risk Ecuadorian youth. Her experiences in Ecuador showed her the importance of education as a means to overcome situations of poverty, as well as the importance of developing meaningful relationships and of mentorship--values that continue to inform her personal and professional life.
Fred graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MSc. in ecological economics and from Boston University with a B.A. in economics. His hope of finding solutions to global inequality and poverty through economic policy turned into a disillusionment that pushed him towards education as a more powerful tool to achieve positive change in the world.
Fred began his teaching career as an English as a Second Language teacher in Spain and Mexico, where he learned Spanish and later worked as the curriculum and training coordinator for an international non-governmental organization focusing on green business development.
After returning to the U.S., Stephanie began her non-profit career working as a volunteer manager for over two years at a nationally recognized non-profit. During this time, she also pursued post-graduate education and received certificates in community, medical, and legal Spanish-English interpretation from Boston University. Stephanie returned to Ecuador in 2018, living and working in the city of Cuenca to facilitate cultural exchange experiences for U.S. and Ecuadorian high school students.
Stephanie is thrilled to be back in Guayaquil and join our team as the program manager! In this role, she looks forward to working alongside our Ecuadorian staff to provide quality educational support and mentorship to our scholars.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, Fred continued to apply non-formal and experiential learning methodologies with indigenous communities. He took on further leadership roles in Ecuador as the volunteer coordinator and, later, as the country director for local and international non-governmental organizations.
After working as a high school teacher for a private school in Quito for the past three years, Fred is thrilled to join the Starfish Foundation as the education manager and help the youth of Flor de Bastión reach their full potential. Fred was born and raised in France, has American and French citizenships, and lives with his Colombian wife and two children.
C.E.A. Year-Long Volunteer
Did You Know?
You can sponsor our work-study volunteers, who often include Starfish alumni who have graduated from high school and are working with our staff to gain workplace skills.
Ecuador Board of Directors