Our mentors are extremely knowledgeable. Many are teachers and almost all have raised their own children and/or mentored others in the past. These mentors are matched with a student in their 3rd grade year and act as a support network until graduation in high school.
Lynne Burgess, Summer Camp Coordinator
Fran D’Agostino, Team Leader, Middle School
Margaret Gray, Co-Team Leader, Lower High School
Richard Hahndorf, Jr.
Karen M. Kelly
Jami Lo, Co-Team Leader, Upper High School
Mary Smith, Team Leader, Elementary School
Donna Wolff, PhD Executive Director
Administration, After School Activities
Music Program Educator
Gail G. Trell
Music Program Coordinator
The mission of Starfish Connection is to address Stamford’s academic achievement gap by providing long-term mentoring, after-school and summer enrichment programs, and educational support to promising students from the city’s underserved families. We pair a mentor with a student, one-on-one to provide these resources.
The Starfish Connection is a 501c3 corporation. We rely on generous contributions like yours to fulfill our mission. Your donation will be used solely to support after school and summer enrichment activities for these academically talented Stamford youth. If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation to the Starfish Connection, please do so on our donation page!
Our Founder and Inspiration
The Starfish Connection website is dedicated to the memory of our cofounder, Judith Martin. Judy and her husband David had a dream of enriching and changing the lives of promising Stamford young people.