Rebecca Weaver, President (Seattle, WA)
Rebecca Weaver’s wide-ranging experience spans two decades and includes time at companies of all shapes and sizes, from start-up to Fortune 50. She believes that the world of work and particularly HR, her chosen profession, could use some disrupting. Her reputation is built on grand and groundbreaking HR experiments, like leading teams through learning the art of self-management. For Rebecca, fun is designing employment branding and leadership development strategies, but if you really want to get her going, ask her about Starfish. The girl pioneers inspired her TEDx talk on human potential. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Seattle.
Julie Hull, Secretary (Seattle, WA)
Julie’s 25 years of experience as a volunteer, fundraiser, and philanthropist inspired her to visit Starfish’s program in Guatemala in early 2014 and join the BOD the following fall. During her two years as a board member, Julie and her husband Tom have led several annual Volcanothon trips to Guatemala to engage supporters and raise funds for the program. Julie holds a BA in Spanish and a certificate in professional editing. She and Tom have three grown children and reside in Shoreline, Washington.
Susie Caldwell Rinehart (Boulder, CO)
Susie is a writer, mother, and educational consultant (www.susierinehart.com). For 23 years, she was a high-school teacher and principal, then the director of Where There Be Dragons, a study-abroad program in developing countries for teenagers. She helped schools to strategically place leadership development and the empowerment of girls at the center of their educational missions. Susie lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two children.
Andrew Kane (Bow Mar, Colorado)
Julie Kerwin (Denver, Colorado)
Julie is an award-winning community leader and champion for education and restorative justice. In 2012, she received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence from the City of Golden (Colorado) for her efforts to fund a new science lab and other programs at her local elementary school. Julie currently mentors high-risk adults as a volunteer probation officer and children as a court appointed special advocate. In 2008 and 2015 she lived in Australia, Asia, and Africa with her husband and two children.
Julio Martinez (Antigua, Guatemala)
Julio is the Director of Acceleration at Pomona Impact, an Antigua-based impact investment firm. He is also a professor of entrepreneurship at the Universidad del Valle Guatemala. Julio brings his passion for entrepreneurship and collaboration within Guatemala to Starfish. He holds an MBA and also serves on the Guatemalan board of Enactus (Entrepreneurial Action Us).
Maria del Rosario Oxman (Denver, CO)
Maria was raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. After receiving her law degree, she moved to Denver, where she currently works as an associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP. Ms. Oxman works with investors, developers, lenders and allocaters in a variety of real estate and financing matters. Her team represents clients in international developments and cross-border transactions.
Kael Robinson (Denver, CO)
Kael brings entrepreneurial expertise to Starfish as the founder and CEO of Fleeps and two other major fashion brands, Brazilets and Live Worldly. Robinson has enjoyed a career in fashion at top design houses such as Vera Wang and Talbots. Her passion for travel, girls’ education initiatives, and fashion inspired the creation of FLEEPS and the charity component that acts as the foundation of the brand. Kael lives in Denver, Colorado.
Steve Spaulding (Minneapolis, MN)
Steve brings a mix of experience with both for-profit and nonprofit companies to Starfish. Steve started his professional career as a Peace Corps volunteer working with indigenous women in Bolivia where he helped them start and manage small businesses. After returning from Bolivia, Steve embarked on a career that spans Target, CARE International, General Mills, and ConAgra, and he currently is a marketing director at Samsung Electronics. Steve lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Connie Ning (Evergreen, CO)
In addition to being the co-founder of Starfish, Connie was also instrumental in starting Friendship Bridge and was an early adopter of women-centered development when few knew of it. She is one of the prime torchbearers of the “quality over quantity” commitment and was the originator of the mentorship concept in Starfish. She also co-founded the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability (EAS+Y). She lives in Evergreen, Colorado.
Theodore Ning (Evergreen, CO)
Ted is a semi-retired urologist, professor of medicine, insatiable reader, and recognized expert in the field of international development and medical anthropology. In addition to being a co-founder of Starfish, Ted co-founded Friendship Bridge. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado for his international service, is a Rotarian, and serves on the Board of Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability + You (EAS+Y). Ted lives in Evergreen, Colorado.
Mimi Schlumberger (Carbondale, CO)
Mimi pioneered female-led business when it was a rarity. As founder and operator of Powder Pandas in Aspen, Mimi has gravitated towards women’s economic empowerment issues for decades. After spending years in the women’s microcredit field, Mimi co-founded Starfish. She left the Board in 2014 but remains active in the organization.
Carlos Brito, Economist at the World Bank (Washington, DC)
Nancy López, Attorney (Panajachel, Guatemala)
Delia Mendoza, Program Director at Mercado Global (Panajachel, Guatemala)
Rocio Gonzalez, Associate Director at the Peace Corps (Antigua, Guatemala)
Beatriz Ruano, Psychologist (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
Jess Weiner (Los Angeles, CA)
Jess is changing cultural messages one brand at a time. From Barbie’s latest body evolution to Dove’s memorable Real Beauty campaign, the results of her work behind the scenes have come to light over the years, making significant waves in terms of how we approach women, girls, and confidence. Jess is an acclaimed writer, speaker, author, and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience as a thought leader on social and cultural change. She is the CEO of Talk to Jess, a consulting and strategy firm that acts as a thought partner for companies that seek to change their messaging toward women and girls.
Peter Konrad, EdD (Denver, CO)
Peter brings tremendous knowledge and experience to Starfish from a philanthropic and strategic programmatic perspective. Over the course of his career, Peter has managed a variety of foundations and brings this unique insight to Starfish. Peter loves Guatemala and has been visiting Starfish since its early days.
Paul Kim (Denver, CO)
For 25 years, Paul has been an educator in independent schools. He has taught everything from kindergarten to college, and he has won teaching and coaching awards along the way. Paul is also co-founder of the design thinking and strategy firm Fleissig Design, whose mission is to help organizations find creative solutions to their problems and challenges. Since his first visit to Guatemala in July 2015, he has focused on helping Starfish develop school-to-school partnerships and integrate design thinking into the Starfish Impact School.
Jodi King (Evergreen, CO)
Jodi is a highly skilled facilitator and has made a career of leadership development. She brings this expertise to Starfish’s offices in Colorado and Guatemala and focuses on helping Starfish develop the leadership skills of each mentor and Girl Pioneer.
Dr. Beth Osnes (Boulder, CO)
Beth is a professor at University of Colorado’s Department of Theatre & Dance. She is a renowned expert in the field of women’s vocal empowerment, having traveled the world conducting workshops for marginalized women. Beth regularly visits Starfish to introduce techniques that equip Girl Pioneers with the power to express their unique perspective. Her work with Starfish is featured in her recent book published by Routledge.
Mariah Dickson (Denver, CO)
Mariah knows a thing or two about education, having co-founded the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), one of Denver’s highest performing charter schools. She is a recognized expert in curriculum development and brings this experience to Starfish at a critical time. Mariah lives in Carbondale, Colorado.