We couldn't do it without you.
It sure does take a village! We want to thank our volunteers for all their hard work, dedication, and support.
Erica Anderson, Ecuador Volunteer Manager
Kathy Awalt, Sr. Administrative Assistant
Amanda Benton, Communications Co-Manager
Todd Chaikin, Technology Guru
Keith Dorman, Accountant
Kate Flores, E-News Coordinator & Webmaster
Philicia Frasson, Graphic Designer
Dave Grady, General Volunteer
Kaitlyn Hammel, Ecuador Program Adviser & Benefit Dinner Committee Member
Tori Hippen, Creativity Crew Coordinator
Jerica Itterly, Virtual Volunteer Manager
Anna Jordan, Benefit Dinner Committee Member
Marybeth Mueller, Benefit Dinner Committee Member
Danny Newell, Ecuador Program Manager & Database Guru
Sara Ousby, Program Committee Member
Julia Patt, Communications Co-Manager
Sylvie Perucca, Translation Team Coordinator
Colleen Quigley, Creativity Crew Coordinator
Laura Seaberg, Sponsor-a-Scholar Campaign Coordinator
Jamie Valerius, Creativity Crew Coordinator
Anna Weldon, Outreach Manager & Benefit Dinner Committee Member
Christina Zhang, Creativity Crew Coordinator
We are grateful to these volunteers who help make our pen pal program possible.
There's a lot we believe in celebrating at Starfish! Annually, we give awards to individuals to whom we are immensely grateful for their support.
Oswaldo Guayasamin Award
"Yo lloré porque no tenía zapatos, hasta que vi un niño que no tenía pies."
Coming from a humble background himself, Guayasamin shed light on social inequalities through his artwork. The Starfish Foundation gives the Oswaldo Guayasamin Award to a group or individual who creates opportunities to combat social inequality, and empowers others to do the same.
Jim Klingler | 2014
Dave Grady | 2015
Sanchia Rodrigues | 2016
Laura Seaberg | 2017
Erica Anderson | 2018
Sylvie Perucca | 2018
Las Hermanas Rodriguez Award
Lili, Arelisa, and Pamela Rodriguez were the inspiration for the creation of The Starfish Foundation. These three young woman are motivated students, with the only obstacle between them and success being a lack of economic resources. Despite these challenges, the Rodriguez sisters have excellent grades, energy, and character. These girls are leaders who encourage others to lead as well — a supportive example to follow. The Starfish Foundation gives this “everything” award to an all-around supporter of the organization.
Danny Newell | 2014
Anna Jordan | 2015
Todd Chaikin | 2016
Anna Evich | 2017
Kaitlyn Hammel | 2018
Saint Miguel Febres Cordero Award
St. Miguel was a man of strong faith, who dedicated his life to his school and his students. The Starfish Foundation gives the Saint Miguel Febres Cordero Award to an individual or group whose passion is to educate others about the work of Starfish, the need for education in Ecuador, and the reality of our Scholars.
Kathy Awalt | 2014
Jane Lorenzi | 2015
Julia Patt | 2016
Amanda Benton | 2017
Kate Flores | 2018
Year-round, we also give our Starfish community the chance to recognize our volunteers!
Stars in the Sky
Thank you to those who are no longer present, but still with us in spirit.