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USA Board of Directors

Sebastian Walker, Board Chair

Sebastian was born in Johannesburg and after graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Wits University, he worked as a consultant Project Manager for AECOM for 7 years in London. From January 2007, he worked as a self-employed management consultant. In 2012, Sebastian moved to the US and is now based in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently the Portfolio Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at IBM. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT, Consultancy and Construction industry with extensive Program Management, Project Management, Financial Management, Process Change and Project Direction skills. He has worked on over 100 projects in over 20 countries in both the private and public sectors. He has strong ties to South Africa with his immediate family still based in Johannesburg. Interests outside of consultancy include cricket (watching and playing), rugby, property development, reading and entrepreneurship.

Christopher Bowley

Chris Bowley is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s New York office. Dr. Bowley was previously an associate, patent agent and technology specialist with the firm. His practice emphasizes patent prosecution and counseling, patent strategy and analysis, and development and management of patent portfolios. Technical areas of Dr. Bowley’s patent prosecution work include various sub-fields of physics. Dr. Bowley has substantial experience in a variety of optical technologies. Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Dr. Bowley served as a Senior Research Physicist in the Optical Systems Division of 3M. He was a graduate research assistant at Brown University and then graduated from Suffolk University Law School. Chris is originally from South Africa, where he received a BS in Physics from the University of Cape Town.

Brett Clarence

Brett is a partner within Deloitte's attest practice who has experience in working with publicly traded software and technology companies. He serves as a subject matter resource for the Southeast region in software and multiple-element revenue recognition. He also regularly delivers training to external audiences on the topic of software revenue recognition. He is accustomed to serving fast-growing acquisitive companies with complex accounting and reporting issues. Brett has assisted clients with equity and debt placements and has significant experience with SEC reporting and filings. However, most of his time is spent serving private-equity backed mid-market technology companies. Brett received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town, and is a Chartered Accountant (SA) as well as a Certified Public Accountant.  He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Heather Muir Johnson

Heather M. Johnson is a Managing Director at Citi Private Bank. She has over 30 years experience in private wealth management, providing financial advice and services to high net worth families.  Heather joined Citi in 2010 from U.S. Trust, Bank of America; she also spent 14 years at HSBC.  Heather holds an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business and a B.A. from Yale University.  She serves on the Advisory Board of Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA.  She is also a trustee of The Madeira School, a girl's high school in Virginia, and BOMB magazine, a quarterly arts publication based in New York.

Daniel Moore

Dan is the Sr. Manager, Domestic Corporate Tax at The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL. where he lives with his wife Tshidi, a South African native. Dan has a BS Accounting from Roger Williams University and MST from Bentley University and has held senior management positions at several Fortune 500 companies. He also holds a Fundraising Certificate from Boston University. A native New Englander, he has adopted South Africa as a second home and visits regularly. Inspired by the work of Tshidi's Mom in Johannesburg running Daycare facilities and a place of safety for children in Orange Farm and Meyerton, Dan became aware of Starfish about 10 years ago while searching for means to help fund her efforts to provide for the basic needs of the children of South Africa. Dan provides philanthropic support to a number of non-profit children and health organizations.

Monica Voldstad

Monica Voldstad lives in New York City. She has a BS and a MS in Early Childhood Education. She was a First and Second grade teacher in Syracuse NY and at Cathedral School, part of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side. Monica was also an assistant graphic designer and Department Coordinator for the Anesthesiology Department at Lenox Hill Hospital, before leaving to live in London for 14 years. Monica currently serves on many Educational and cultural Boards in NYC. She was drawn to Starfish on a visit to South Africa with Heather Kirby. Together, they visited a school, AIDS clinic and farm outside of a game park they stayed at. Monica immediately recognized the needs of the population and the amazing work Starfish does in South Africa.

Nicola Atherstone

Nicola grew up in South Africa, where the impact of AIDS and poverty on children is very real. She has more than a decade’s experience in the non-profit world, having been involved in Starfish since it’s inception in Johannesburg.  Nicola joined Starfish USA in January 2013 to lead our development, run day-to-day operations, and maximize our impact on community organizations in South Africa. Most recently Nicola coordinated marketing and event management for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ head office in Philadelphia, and was responsible for their Centennial Celebration in Bryant Park in 2004. Prior to her commitment to the nonprofit world, Nicola worked as an investor relations’ consultant for the Brunswick Group, both in Johannesburg and New York.  Nicola volunteered at the Strathyre Home for Girls in Johannesburg, mentoring young AIDS orphans. Nicola received a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Natal. She lives with her American husband and their two young children in New York.

David Oros

David has been a leader in the successful development of high-technology businesses for more than 30 years. Currently, he is a founding partner of Gamma 3 LLC. Gamma 3 provides early stage funding for start-up initiatives focused on IP creation, technology advancement and commercialization. It partners with best-in-class academic institutions, inventors and entrepreneurs to create advanced technology companies in the Maryland area. He has raised more than $2.5 billion in six public offerings and has been recognized as a leader and visionary in several technology fields. His many awards and honors include acknowledgement as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Mobile Computing Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2000, and the KPMG High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year. He received the Westinghouse award for Leadership in Research and Development. David also holds a U.S. patent for the airborne multi-function radar system. He is the Chairman and founder of Terbium Labs. Terbium Labs is an information security company that runs Matchlight, a data intelligence system that monitors the internet for breaches of organizations' most sensitive data. He is also Chairman of Gemstone Biotherapeutics LLC. Gemstone Biotherapeutics is a leader in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. It is developing bioengineering technology for clinical cell therapy solutions and wound healing products. From 2007 to 2010, David was a founding partner of Global Domain Partners, LLC, a managed futures company that uses advanced optimization modeling as a predictive tool for worldwide markets, currencies and commodities. From 1996 to 2006, he was the Chairman and CEO of Aether Systems, Inc., a leading provider of wireless and mobile data solutions for the financial trading systems, transportation, and public safety industries. He built Aether Systems from a small consulting company with a handful of employees to an industry leader in high-end wireless applications. From 1994 until 1996, David was president of NexGen Technologies, LLC, a wireless software development company. From 1992 until 1994, he was president of the Wireless Data Group at Westinghouse Electric. For a decade prior to that, he directed internal research at Westinghouse Electric, managing large programs in advanced airborne radar design and development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Evolving Systems, Inc. He is on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is the Senior Executive CEO In Residence. He also is on the Board of Directors for Paul’s Place, a community outreach center in Washington Village.

Tanya Konidaris

Tanya is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist with the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank Group. Tanya provides policy advice on capital market development to governments and securities regulators around the world. She has over 20 years of experience covering emerging capital markets, having worked for the Standard Bank Group in Johannesburg, Hong Kong, and as a Director in London. Tanya has a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Theodore J. Gillman, CFA

Ted is the Managing Principal at Crito Capital. Before founding Crito, Ted was a Managing Director at Ariane Capital Partners, which he joined in 2011. Prior to that he was affiliated with The Rohatyn Group as an investment advisor and prior to that held a position in institutional distribution with Davis Advisors. He also worked at Gleacher and held senior positions at Lazard Asset Management in New York and London. Ted began his career after business school at Wilkinson, O'Grady as an investment analyst.

Ted received an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, cum laude, in History and Philosophy. He earned an MBA from The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Administration. Ted is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Candice Behrens, Executive Director

Candice was born in South Africa, where she gradulated with a B.A (Law) from the University of the Witwatersrand, BProc (University of Johannesburg) and Higher Diploma in Corporate Law (University of Johannesburg). She ran a successful legal practice in Sandton before relocating to Dubai with her family in 2004. Dubai’s laws imprisoned female victims of human trafficking for prostitution. During the 11 years she lived in Dubai, she established a program to help these women and is very proud that all the women she assisted were released. In 2015, she moved to the U.S., where she continues to live in the state of Connecticut. Candice has a long history of humanitarian work and is particularly passionate about working with children. For the last 15 years, both in South African and the U.S., she has been an avid supporter and friend to Starfish. She has a deep knowledge of South Africa and the HIV/AIDS crisis.