Kathy Gingery, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2001
Kathy has worked with children's programs and summer camps for over 30 years. Initially teaching outdoor recreation skills and horsemanship to young campers, her interest turned to children with cancer in 1978 after volunteering with the National Sports Center for the Disabled. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, she has also been a self-employed business owner for over 30 years specializing in real estate. Kathy once received the "Celebration of Human Spirit" award, started the first Cub Scouts group in the Fraser Valley, was an active 4-H leader for 12 years, has served on several Chamber of Commerce Committees, and was the recipient of the 2011 Colorado Rockies Leadership Award. She founded Shining Stars in 2001 and has since been the energy and leadership behind the development of the Foundation.
Megan Nelson, Director of Development
Start Date: 2010
Megan is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA where she specialized in international development and studied nonprofit organizations all around the world. She has worked at a Salvation Army Camp and completed 18 months with the AmeriCorps VISTA Program promoting the growth and development of Chicago based nonprofits. In 2010, Megan began working with Shining Stars.
Ryndi Zastrow, Director of Programs & Events
Start Date: 2015
Ryndi graduated in 2013 from Regis University in Denver, CO, with degrees in Communications and Spanish. Following graduation, she worked for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, during which time she had the opportunity to help coordinate and promote the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Ryndi started working for Shining Stars in 2015.
Rosemary White, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Start Date: 2013
Rosemary started working for the Shining Stars Foundation in the fall of 2013. Prior to joining our team, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a degree in English Literature and Sociology. The summer after graduating, she was a program fellow at The Taproot Foundation, a capacity building non-profit in Chicago.
Cookie Ready, Director of Outreach Programs
Start Date: 2007
Prior to joining Shining Stars, Cookie taught grades Kindergarten through third for 35 years. Over the years, she has worn many hats such as English Language Learners Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator, Curriculum Developer, Teacher Ambassador to Russia & Japan, and Guest Instructor for the University of Colorado at Denver. She received her degree in English/Secondary Education from Colorado State University and is a multiple year honoree for Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Cookie loves working with children of all ages and visiting with all the amazing families we serve.
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Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
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Development / Funds / Grants/ Gifts
Finance & Administration
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Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
Legal / Litigation
Long Range Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction