Michael is a native of New York and has lived in the Seattle, WA area since 1990. His previous business experience includes successful entrepreneurial start-up businesses in the Asia Pacific region, including China. It was during this experience that Michael gained a tremendous respect for the Chinese culture and people. Simultaneously he began his association with Starfish in 2009 and became a regular visitor and supporter. With the successful transition of his business in 2012 Michael sought to expand his involvement and participation in helping the children of China by increasing his role at Starfish.
In his role as President of Starfish, Michael has the responsibility for the overall direction of Starfish to ensure that we maintained focused on our mission and continue to thrive well into the future.
Michael has two daughters, Melissa currently age 15 and Kyra “Qiao Qiao” currently age 9. Qiao Qiao came to the United States from the En Mai Children Welfare Institution in Ningbo, PRC in 2008.
Mengjie "Jack" Chen is married and has two children and comes from his hometown of Ningbo, which is a seaport city in the northeast of Zhejiang province, People's Republic of China. Jack and his wife Ge xiaolian have been very strong supporters of Starfish Foster Homes for several years. Jack and his family currently reside in Shanghai, where he is a successful entrepreneur in several areas, including electronic components and subsystem to customers throughout China. Jack is a graduate of Zhenjiang University, and has his MBA from the prestigious China Europe International Business School. Jack will help Starfish in the important role of International Relations and in other areas.
Patrick helped co-found Starfish Children's services in the Fall of 2007 after a six-week volunteering commitment at the original foster home in Xi'an. He served as board president from 2007 through 2013. In addition to his role as President, Patrick managed all of the relationships with key corporate and individual donors.
Patrick is a proud native of Pittsburgh, PA and has resided in New York City since 1998. On the business/career side of the ledger, Patrick is a passionate senior executive with comprehensive experience in sales, sales training, public speaking and business development working for both early stage start-ups and Fortune 200 corporations.
In his new role as Treasurer, Patrick will be responsible for the management of the finances for the organization. Specific duties will include donation management, accounting, tax return preparation and budgeting. Patrick will continue to manage the relationship with key donors as well.
Patrick is married to Cindy Klaja-McLaughlin (also co-founder) and they have a six year old daughter, Norma Xi'an McLaughlin. Her nickname is "XiXi" and she is a healthy and happy alum of the Starfish Foster Home having arrived in the US in January 2009.