Kathy Gingery   - CEO & Founder   Kathy has worked with children’s programs and summer camps for over 30 years. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, she has also been a self-employed business owner for over 30 years specializing in real estate. Kathy once received the “Celebration of Human Spirit” award, started the first Cub Scouts group in the Fraser Valley, was an active 4-H leader for 12 years, and was the recipient of the 2011 Colorado Rockies Leadership Award. She founded Shining Stars in 2001 and has since been the energy and leadership behind the development of the Foundation. In her free time, you can find Kathy out riding her horses or cross country skiing. She dreams of one day being a competitive endurance rider!

Kathy Gingery - CEO & Founder

Kathy has worked with children’s programs and summer camps for over 30 years. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, she has also been a self-employed business owner for over 30 years specializing in real estate. Kathy once received the “Celebration of Human Spirit” award, started the first Cub Scouts group in the Fraser Valley, was an active 4-H leader for 12 years, and was the recipient of the 2011 Colorado Rockies Leadership Award. She founded Shining Stars in 2001 and has since been the energy and leadership behind the development of the Foundation. In her free time, you can find Kathy out riding her horses or cross country skiing. She dreams of one day being a competitive endurance rider!

  Megan Nelson - Director of Development & Operations   Megan is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA where she specialized in international development and studied nonprofit organizations all around the world. She has completed 18 months with the AmeriCorps VISTA Program promoting the growth and development of Chicago based nonprofits. In 2010, Megan began working with Shining Stars. She loves trail running, skiing, snowball fights, and has a slightly secret juggling talent!

Megan Nelson - Director of Development & Operations

Megan is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA where she specialized in international development and studied nonprofit organizations all around the world. She has completed 18 months with the AmeriCorps VISTA Program promoting the growth and development of Chicago based nonprofits. In 2010, Megan began working with Shining Stars. She loves trail running, skiing, snowball fights, and has a slightly secret juggling talent!

  Ryndi Zastrow - Program & Event Coordinator   Ryndi grew up in the Winter Park and Fraser Valley. She graduated in 2013 from Regis University in Denver, CO, with degrees in Communications and Spanish. Following graduation, she worked for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, during which time she had the opportunity to help coordinate and promote the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Ryndi started working for Shining Stars in 2015. She loves to ski, mountain bike, and run, and she loves sharing her passion for outdoor adventure with the children and families of the Shining Stars Foundation.  .

Ryndi Zastrow - Program & Event Coordinator

Ryndi grew up in the Winter Park and Fraser Valley. She graduated in 2013 from Regis University in Denver, CO, with degrees in Communications and Spanish. Following graduation, she worked for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, during which time she had the opportunity to help coordinate and promote the 2013 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Ryndi started working for Shining Stars in 2015. She loves to ski, mountain bike, and run, and she loves sharing her passion for outdoor adventure with the children and families of the Shining Stars Foundation.

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  Cookie Ready - Director of Outreach Programs   Prior to joining Shining Stars in 2007, Cookie taught grades Kindergarten through third for 35 years. Over the years, she has worn many hats such as English Language Learners Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator, Curriculum Developer, Teacher Ambassador to Russia & Japan, and Guest Instructor for the University of Colorado at Denver. She received her degree in English/Secondary Education from Colorado State University and is a multiple year honoree for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Cookie loves working with children of all ages and visiting with all the amazing families we serve. She loves socks, golfing, laughing, and star earrings!

Cookie Ready - Director of Outreach Programs

Prior to joining Shining Stars in 2007, Cookie taught grades Kindergarten through third for 35 years. Over the years, she has worn many hats such as English Language Learners Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator, Curriculum Developer, Teacher Ambassador to Russia & Japan, and Guest Instructor for the University of Colorado at Denver. She received her degree in English/Secondary Education from Colorado State University and is a multiple year honoree for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Cookie loves working with children of all ages and visiting with all the amazing families we serve. She loves socks, golfing, laughing, and star earrings!

  Samantha Uecker - Administrative & Event Assistant   Samantha grew up in rural Minnesota and graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2016 with a degree in Marketing and Hospitality Management. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Grand County in search of new adventures. Her favorite Colorado hobbies include hiking, camping, snowboarding, and exploring the outdoors. Samantha also enjoys cooking, bonfires with friends and family, gardening, and all things dessert.

Samantha Uecker - Administrative & Event Assistant

Samantha grew up in rural Minnesota and graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2016 with a degree in Marketing and Hospitality Management. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Grand County in search of new adventures. Her favorite Colorado hobbies include hiking, camping, snowboarding, and exploring the outdoors. Samantha also enjoys cooking, bonfires with friends and family, gardening, and all things dessert.