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Ken Moldow, President


Ken Moldow, President of Star Kids Scholarship Program, has been a life-long educator. A teacher and administrator in the NYC School Department and a publisher of Educational Curriculum materials, Ken has been involved with Star Kids from its inception and is proud of the success stories of the many wonderful Stars Kids involved in the program. He has lived by the creed of: “Unless everyone is important, no one is.”  Ken and his wife, Roe O’Brien, live in Newport, RI.







Dr. Timothy Flanigan, Founder, President Emeritus

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

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

  • Larry Allen
  • Liz Alofsin
  • Lauren Dana
  • Anne Davidge
  • Crista Durand
  • Kate Greenman
  • Lori Hogan
  • Jennifer Fulham Carney
  • Michael Jilling
  • Maureen Kerrigan
  • Lisa Lewis
  • Eric Mack
  • Rhonda Mitchell
  • John Perreira
  • Sheila Powell
  • Elizabeth Irwin Randall
  • Rachael Romanowski
  • Lisa Sienkiewicz
  • Kathy Wattles
  • Bob Weston

For upcoming board meeting and program event dates, click here.




Kathy Giblin Stark, Executive Director

Kathy Giblin Stark became executive director of the Newport/Fall River Star Kids Scholarship Program in summer 2016. In this capacity, she directs the educational, administrative and advancement functions of the organization.

Kathy has more than three decades of experience in national and international media relations, marketing communications, education, development and journalism.  Most recently, she was assistant director of communications for 10 years at Portsmouth Abbey School, where she also served as a student advisor, oversaw the School’s lecture series, and was a leader of the School’s Appalachia Service Program.

Prior to that, she was a freelance writer/editor for National Geographic Society and National Geographic Channel and was vice president of communications at a Newport-area advertising and marketing agency. Previously, she worked with Duracell Inc., British Oxygen Co. and other global clients on international sailing events, including around-the-world races and The American’s Cup.

Kathy is a longtime active volunteer, national advocate and fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

She is a graduate of Princeton University.


Karen Flanagan, Program Director

As Program Director, Karen Flanagan handles the children’s events, annual fundraising gala and variety of program administration. 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  has helped her create opportunities for the children in our program.