Stephanie's love for the arts started when she was 8 years old after seeing her first production of the Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. It was magical!
Her love of philanthropy blossomed when she was a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin at Madison when she was the philanthropy co-chair for Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, supporting domestic abuse causes. Throughout college, she worked for Red Caboose, a non-profit, fully inclusive day care center, running its afterschool program site.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Special Education, she worked for 6 years as a teacher in the Chicagoland area and Portage, Wisconsin. While living in Wisconsin, she had the opportunity to sit on the board of the Hope House, a non-profit battered women and children’s shelter, for two years.
Additionally, she was on the Circus World Museum’s fundraising committee, which raised more than $120,000 in one night. Her husband’s career relocated her family to Phoenix. After staying home with her kids for 5 years, she started her own special education advocacy business, Stars Special Educational Services and Consulting.
She continues to help children with disabilities and their families navigate through the testing and IEP process.
She is on the PTSA Board for Stetson Hills School where her two children, Alexandra and William, attend. There I am in charge of planning, organizing, delivering, and serving special teacher meals during the school year. Additionally, she serves as Vice-President of my Home Owners’ Association and as a member of the Architectural Review Committee.
Stephanie joined the board of the Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre iin 2018. Her daughter, Alexandra, has been dancing at Arizona Dance Artistry since 2015. I have had the pleasure of watching Alex find her joy in dancing and fall in love with being on stage.