tim_flaniganDr. Timothy Flanigan, Founder

Dr. Flanigan is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He developed the HIV Core Program at the State Prison to provide care for HIV infected individuals and link them to community based resources upon release. He is also associate director of The Miriam/Brown Fogarty Program which trains and mentors overseas investigators in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Flanigan is a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Providence, and serves at both St. Theresa’s and St. Christopher’s Churches in Tiverton, Rhode Island. Dr. Flanigan was the recipient of a community health leadership award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the development of outstanding primary care for underserved HIV infected individuals. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from Salve Regina University for his support of educational opportunities for children of incarcerated parents.

Dr. Flanigan went to Liberia for two months in the fall of 2014, where he was instrumental in helping to get the Catholic health clinics, health centers, and hospital up and running again in Monrovia. His expertise in infectious diseases and his many trainings, assessments, mentoring, and guidance were essential in the fight against the spread of Ebola.

Star Kids Scholarship Program Board of Directors
Newport/Fall River Chapter


Timothy Flanigan, M.D., Founder and President   |   Ken Moldow, Vice-President   |    Susie Hill, Treasurer    |    Jane Fleming, Secretary   |    James A. Purviance, Founding Member

  • Cindy Babka
  • Catie Benzak
  • Anne Davidge Chace
  • Crista Durand
  • Lesley Faria
  • Donna Flynn
  • Kate Greenman
  • Helen Hadley
  • William Hall
  • Liz Harris
  • Jennifer Hodges
  • Lori Hogan
  • Michael Jilling
  • Maureen Kerrigan
  • Lisa Lewis
  • Heather Lynch
  • Eric Mack
  • John Perreira
  • Sheila Powell
  • Libby Randall
  • Rachael Romanowski
  • Genevieve Rozansky
  • Whitney Rugg
  • Kathleen van Rijn
  • Kathy Wattles

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Kathy Giblin Stark, Executive Director

Kathy Giblin Stark was appointed Executive Director of the Star Kids Scholarship Program in July 2016.

To reach Kathy, please call 401-848-4187 or email: kstark@starkidsprogram.org





Karen Flanagan – Program Director

Karen Flanagan joined the Star Kids Scholarship Program in September 2012. As Program Director, she handles the children’s events, annual soiree and variety of program administration. Karen earned a BA in economics from Iona College in New York, her home state. Prior to joining Star Kids, Karen worked for the Newport Hospitality in event planning, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in fundraising events, and the United Way of RI. Karen’s work as a volunteer in the community and her involvement with local schools, camps, and extra-curricular activities her family has participated in has helped her create opportunities for the children our program.