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3/1/2021 An Update from the Board About Our Year-Round Team
 
The Board of Camp Starfish is pleased to announce the return of Emily Golinsky as Interim Executive Director for Camp Starfish. Emily was Executive Director of Starfish from 2006 to January 2020, and brings with her a broad knowledge of the current camp landscape in the time of Covid, combined with her deep knowledge and passion for Starfish. 
 
The Board thanks Sophie Wadsworth for her service over these last 15 months. Sophie began her work as our Executive Director in late 2019, just prior to the COVID crisis. She guided our organization with great resourcefulness, compassion, and commitment to our mission throughout the challenges of the pandemic. Having led our successful fundraising campaign and our plans to relaunch a safe and fun camp for our campers this summer, she is now moving on to another endeavor. We appreciate Sophie's dedicated work in preparing our organization for this transition and in serving as leader for Camp Starfish. 

The pandemic has changed the way our community interacts, and camp this summer will look different. As has always been the case at Starfish, our top priority will be keeping campers and staff safe. We will have additional COVID precautions in place under the supervision of several consulting public health and medical experts in the field. But we are also determined to provide fun camp programming as we always do. With Emily at the helm, Jamie Mahnken as Camp Director, Laura Petersen as Director of Staff Experience, and a multitude of returning beloved summer staff, we are confident we can make that happen. Our website has been updated to reflect dates, schedules and Covid safety information. We look forward to seeing campers around the campfire!     

- Dr. Carrie Endries & Mike Ross, Co-Chairs, Board of Directors


Meet Our Year Round Team:

We often get asked "what we do" all year-round in the office. It takes a team of dedicated and hard-working individuals to make Starfish run! During the "off-season," the year-round staff spends time fundraising to ensure that each child in need can receive scholarship dollars, hiring our summer team of over 80 young adults, getting to know and accepting campers for the upcoming summer and working with their families, service providers and schools to ensure a positive transition to camp; and developing new and improved summer and year-round programs. In addition, we run respite weekends and year-round activities. You can reach us by email or by phone in our Stow, MA office at 978-637-2617 (at least) Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, all year long. Many of us are working remotely during the pandemic, so please do give us a call before dropping in to visit! We look forward to hearing from you. 

 

Emily Golinsky
Interim Executive Director
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Jamie Mahnken
Camp Director
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Laura Petersen
Director of Staff Experience
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Em Adolphsen
Director of Operations
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