Carrie Kingston serves on the Board of Directors of Starfish Africa. She works to facilitate communication between the Starfish, the board, and SA's local Kenyan contacts. She also assists with Starfish Africa's general accounting.

Carrie graduated from James Madison University in 2001 with a degree in Accounting and Information Systems. She obtained her CPA in 2001, worked for KPMG in the DC metro area from 2002 through 2006 and began working for Alvarez and Marsal Taxand in 2006, where she continues to work as a Senior Director with their RCIS team. Carrie traveled to Lesotho and South Africa during 2000 where she worked on various community programs. She returned to Africa during 2005, 2007 and 2009 and spent time working at the Beacon of Hope in Ongata Rongai during 2005 and attending official Starfish Africa service projects in 2007 and 2009. Carrie resides in Palo Alto, CA, with her husband Peter and two children.

Carrie can be reached at clkingston@starfishafrica.org

Peter Kingston is the President of Starfish Africa, and he sits on the Executive, Finance, and Oversight committees. In these roles, he develops relationships with African schools, monitors the progress of Starfish awardees, and directs the overall progress of the organization.

Peter has spent extensive time working with schools and faith-based organizations in Africa. His four overseas trips between 2000 and 2009 involved eleven East and Southern African countries. He attends the Stanford Graduate School of Business following a four-year tour in the United States Marine Corps. He previously worked at the Council of Economic Advisers as a staff economist and at Princeton University Investment Company as an analyst. Peter graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Economics in 2002. He currently resides in northern California with his wife, Carrie, and their two children.

Peter can be reached at peterkingston@starfishafrica.org

Brian Mickus is Secretary of Starfish Africa, as well as a member of the Executive and Oversight Committees.

Brian has previously taken an active leadership role in the Christian fellowship and service organization Athletes in Action and has volunteered at Princeton Medical Center in Princeton, NJ. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2003 and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from MIT in 2009. He currently works as a research scientist for Merck in eastern Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife, Kathleen and daughter Sloane.

Brian can be reached at bmickus@starfishafrica.org

Jordan Smith assists in the creation of external communications such as the newsletter, the website, and the annual report.

Jordan works at New Leaders, a US non-profit specializing in urban schools and the principals that lead them. Previously, she spent two years with management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. From 2005 - 2006, she worked for the Student Sponsorship Programme in South Africa and spent two months with her husband, Trevor, in Kenya with Starfish Africa. Jordan graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina in 2004 and completed a Masters degree in Operations Research from Columbia University in 2005. Jordan and Trevor currently reside in New York City with their son Austin and daughter Eliza.

Jordan can be reached at jordan.u.smith@starfishafrica.org

Trevor Smith and his wife, Jordan, spent much of 2005 and 2006 living in South Africa and Kenya. While in Kenya he helped develop partnerships between SA and select Kenyan schools.

Trevor currently works for One Equity Partners, a mid-market private equity firm in New York City. Previously, he worked with Goldman, Sachs & Co. for two years prior to joining Endeavor South Africa, a nonprofit organization that identifies and supports high-growth entrepreneurs. He graduated with a degree in History from Princeton University in 2003 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2008. He enjoys basketball, traveling, and spending time with his wife and children. Trevor and Jordan reside in New York City.

Trevor can be reached at trevorasmith@starfishafrica.org

Anne Stoehr serves on the Board of Directors as part of the Finance Committee. She helps monitor the funding sent to Kenya and assists with the financial oversight of Kenyan operations.

Anne graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Accounting. Upon graduation she began working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. At the end of 2006, Anne moved to Kenya where she worked in Nairobi slum communities for two years. She served as a teacher and adviser for micro-enterprises. Anne graduated with an MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2010. Anne currently works for the Walton Family Foundation on their K-12 Education Reform team. She resides in the Washington DC metro area.

Anne can be reached at astoehr@starfishafrica.org

Michael Tibbetts serves on the Board. He is responsible for tracking the progress of the Starfish awardees and facilitating communication between Starfish awardees, their schools, members of the Board, and donors. These efforts further the mission of Starfish Africa by ensuring that the awardees are fulfilling their obligations as students.

Michael has previously served as a hospice volunteer and as a leader in the Athletes in Action ministry. He visited Kenya in 2007 and led a community service trip for our Starfish to Machakos. Michael graduated with a degree in molecular biology from Princeton University in 2004 and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2009. He resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Rebecca.

Our Motivation

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40

Why Africa?

Africa's per capita income hovers around 500 USD, and the continent is home to roughly two-thirds of the world's fifty poorest countries. Due in part to these economic hardships, Africa's educational system is sorely lacking, leaving its human capital potential untapped. In sub-Saharan Africa, just 3 in 5 adults are literate, and only 4 in 5 children enroll in primary school.

In Kenya, where we currently focus our efforts, hundreds of thousands of children benefit from free primary education, a product of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and the World Bank's Education For All (EFA) initiatives. However, fewer than half of these children will ever attend secondary school, and even fewer will graduate.

Since widespread access to education is a precursor to democracy and sustained economic growth, we believe Africa is ripe for targeted, proactive sponsorships at the secondary school level.

Story of the Starfish

"One day, an old man was walking along the shore when he came upon a young man reaching down to the sand, picking up starfish, and throwing them into the ocean. "Why are you doing this?", he asked. The young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back in, they'll die."

The old man replied, "Do you not realize there are miles and miles of beach, and starfish along every mile? You cannot possibly make a difference!" At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "I made a difference for that one."