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.
Steve Wall has spent 30 years in broadcasting as an operations manager, program director and on-air talent. Over that time, Steve has lived in 11 states and had the opportunity to partner with many great non-profits nationwide such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, San Diego Children’s Charities, Second Harvest Food Bank, DARE, and Children’s Hospital Colorado – and finds it to be some of the most rewarding work of his career.
Today Steve is President & CEO of Talent Farm, a radio programming, talent, and syndication company based in Seattle. He brings an extensive background in marketing, advertising, consulting and community engagement to the Starfish board.
Steve and his partner Julie are parents to Lia “Sophia” Xiao Hui. Now 7 years old, Lia came to the United States from the Starfish Foster Home in Xian, Shaanxi, PRC in 2010.