Starlight team members are passionate about bringing joy and comfort to hospitalized children and their families.

  • Saata leads all art direction and graphic design efforts for the Starlight brand to visually communicate the organization’s mission across multiple platforms.

    Saata Bangura
    Art Director
  • Chris oversees all press and media relations, celebrity engagement, entertainment marketing, social media and public relations campaigns.

    Chris de Haan
    Senior VP, Marketing & Communications
  • Jon’s areas of responsibility include accounts payable, accounts receivable invoicing and various government compliance filings.  

    Jon Eisenstein
  • Aimee melds the management of technology platforms and the different ways we use information to better fulfill our mission.

    Aimee Finn
    Senior Manager, Strategic Analytics
  • Chris leads Starlight and ensures that our innovative programs have the greatest possible impact on the millions of children that we support every day. Read his full bio.
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    Chris Helfrich
    Chief Executive Officer 
  • Kaitlyn Marshall
    Director, Partnerships
  • Samantha delivers, manages and supports our programs throughout our growing nationwide network of children’s hospitals and other partner facilities.

    Samantha Martinez
    Director, Programs
  • Certified Child Life Specialist who cultivates relationships among our growing hospital partner network to help guide and enhance our program delivery and impact.

    Sara Mathews
    Manager, Programs
  • Courtney Mattox
    Associate, Development
  • Tara runs our social media channels and she researches, writes and shares Starlight stories and curated blog content.

    Tara Millspaugh
    Digital Media Manager
  • Bill is responsible for Starlight’s financial planning, record-keeping as well as financial reporting to our board of directors.

    Bill Misenhimer
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Sandra manages the day-to-day operations at the office and provides support to the Starlight team so the organization can achieve its mission.

    Sandra Neill-Gerstel
    Operations Manager
  • Alejandra manages all daily communications activities including the website, program marketing, and influencer relations.

    Alejandra Sacio
    Senior Manager, Communications
  • Glenn and his team provide ways for everyday people all across America to personally help with Starlight’s work.

    Glenn Simpson
    Director of Development
  • Irina is responsible for the processing of payroll and benefits for Starlight and record keeping functions.  

    Irina Stavchanskiy
  • Amy creates partnerships with major corporations and activates these companies to fund our programs through a variety of initiatives including product donations, grants and other forms of corporate giving.

    Amy Stillion
    Senior Vice President, Partnerships
  • Wendy leads the programs team and successfully oversees the general management and strategic vision of all program areas including development, delivery, evaluation and partner relations to ensure that Starlight is maximizing its ability to transform the hospital experience for seriously ill children and their families

    Wendy Wood
    Vice President, Programs