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Family Star is fortunate to have attracted some high profile board members who are passionate about Montessori early childhood education.  I thank each board member for their time commitment, their financial giving, and their innovative thinking that has helped put Family Star on a path for future growth and success.  Board members spent a tremendous amount of time in board meetings, committees, a strategic planning retreat, and a strategic marketing retreat, working together with staff and parents, and made very measurable process this past year in strengthening our leadership and financial stability to ensure a strong, quality program for the next 20 years.  As we look to the coming year, I can assure you that we all have the same passion and commitment that we have had for the past 20 years.  We are not only reaching for the stars, we are achieving them.”

- Nancy Cohen, Board Chair

Board of Directors

Nancy Cohen, Legal Counsel, MiletichCohen, PC – Chair

Jim Barrett, Enterprise Architect/System Engineer – Vice Chair

Adam Newman, CPA, GHP Horwath, P.C. – Treasurer

Andrea Kuchli, Vice President, Senior Counsel, ALPS Fund Services Inc.

Cory Councilman, Director of Operations, Xentity Corporation

Allana Farley, Former Parent

John Latino, Attorney, MarkWest Energy

Eric Liebman, Attorney, Moye White

Dano Rivas, VP of Business Development of Supercrease, Inc.

Reed Stilwell, Design Principal, Studio TBD CO_LA(B)_orative

Martha Urioste, Ph.D., Education Consultant


Policy Council

The Family Star Policy Council is comprised of family representatives and staff volunteers who provide an open and balanced perspective on the overall direction of the organization.
The council meets monthly and a representative of the council sits on the board.

The council’s purpose is:

  • To increase parent involvement
  • To enable parents to engage in shared decision making
  • To increase the number of leaders in the organization
  • To increase awareness of how the program operates

How the council works with the board/staff:

  • Through a designated, elected representative
  • Reviews, provides input and approves various items monthly.
  • Submit recommendations to the board for consideration
  • Board member is assigned as a liaison

How this collaboration benefits Family Star:

  • Provides valuable parent perspective
  • Allows parents to better appreciate what is put into operating Family Star
  • Builds and strengthens parent leaders


Executive Staff:

Monica Roers.,  Executive Director

Kurt Kaczor, Development Director

Zena De Guzman, Finance Director

Vacant, Director of Operations

Danielle Alexander, Executive Assistant/Communications Coordinator


Managers, Coordinators & Specialists:

Dolly Hull, Head Start Director

Kerry Fitzgerald, Mental Health & Disabilities Coordinator

Angie Durlin, Human Resources Manager

Vacant, NW Center Director

Jeff Waxman, NE Center Director

Jocella Atkins-Banks, NE Assistant Center Director

Michelle Trullinger, NW Assistant Center Director

Stacey Fisher, Account Specialist

Gordon Smith, Facilities Manager

Patsy Bruce, Coordinator of Home-Based Services

Family Partnership Team:

Angelica Arambula, Child Family Advocate NE

Grisel Garcia, Child Family Advocate NW

Keri Morgan, Parent Educator

Jamara Knight, Bi-Lingual Parent Educator

Lindsey Houck, Bi-Lingual Parent Educator

Joy Concepcion, Bi-Lingual Parent Educator

Tina Ferguson, Parent Educator

Patricia Escarcega, Bi-Lingual Parent Educator