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.
A founding member of the board of directors, Cindy has responsibility for the business strategy, marketing, and fundraising of the organization. She has volunteered at the Starfish Foster Home and finds her ongoing work with Starfish personally fulfilling. She is eternally grateful to Amanda for saving the life of her daughter, Norma Xi'an -- who is now a happy, healthy 6 year-old and a complete joy to Cindy and her husband, Patrick.
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.
Anne has been involved with the foster home since 2007 and her hands-on experience and knowledge of the adoption process adds significant value to the organization. Anne is responsible for all aspects of the internal communication of SCS board. Anne is also instrumental in helping organize medical missions and adoptions.
Anne lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband, Rich and their 5 children, 2 of whom are adopted from China.
Greg and Deborah are serving as the Volunteer Coordinators for Starfish Foster Home. They handle all correspondence from people interested in volunteering at the foster home. They receive applications from potential volunteers and screen them to find those who are best qualified to help serve. They prepare the volunteers by explaining the policies and guidelines of the foster home, what they can expect, and what Starfish expects from them in return. Greg and Deborah assist them with any questions they might have and work to make their contribution at Starfish productive and on target.
Deborah is also instrumental in all our exchanges of information with the media.
Greg and Deborah reside in St. Louis and are the proud parents of nine children, two of whom are adopted from China.