Meet The Team


Melinda Wade Engelbrektsson, Co-Founder

Development and Logistics Coordinator

Corporate Business Partners Liaison

Food For The Poor Liaison

Special Group Project Coordinator

Melinda is responsible for corporate donations (storage space at CubeSmart; material support (trailer space and boxes from Interstate Van Lines); and simulation lab space/medical personnel  (INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital) to implement our project objectives.

Melinda meets with FFP to determine needs in Haiti for the medical staff, midwives and new mothers (training subjects and pack n plays, to name a few). She also coordinates and serves as advisor to those young people doing a Girl Scout or Eagle Scout project.

To talk about how you can help Stella Marina by making kits, a donation or volunteering, you can reach her at

Meg Hanrahan, Co-Founder

Birthing Kit Coordinator

College and Community Liaison

Meg is responsible for organizing our birthing kit builds. She works with colleges, youth ministries, marriage groups, and any other group interested in raising funds and making clean delivery birthing kits.  She can be reached at

Social Media Manager

Keeps social media sites up-to-date by posting on our Instagram and Facebook sites about events, donations, projects, and the situation in Haiti.

Susan Welch-Paris

Pack 'N Play Coordinator

My name is Susan Welch-Paris and I've recently come on board to help with the Stella Marina project.  I will be in charge of Pack 'N Plays if needing to be picked up from others who are donating, as well as from in the narthex and then checking to be sure all are in clean and in working order before we ready them to send in our next container to Haiti.  Susan can be reached at


Tara Shimp

Volunteer Coordinator

Event Assistant 

Tara has been volunteering with Stella Marina for about two years and helps with the Birthing and Newborn Kit Builds by coordinating the volunteers through an on-line signup portal.  Tara manages our newborn kits including our annual drive, which is typically held in the summer and our fall newborn kit build. Tara also assists at tabling events at Nativity.

Andy Felschow

Website Design

Social Media Coordinator

I provide support to the Stella Marina team through designing and maintaining the organization's website.  Other support is provided in serving as the IT coordinator and ensuring email and other social media platforms are provided for the team.

Theresa Danner

Letter and News Article Writer

Diaper Company Liaison

Theresa reaches out to cloth diaper companies to secure them for the newborn kits, and procures other items.  She also writes letters and newspaper articles to advertise what we do.


Sandy Horner

Stella Marina Newsletter Creator

I have been creating the Stella Marina newsletter, The Sea Star, for the past couple of years, including writing articles and assembling the contents. I also coordinate the decoration of onesies with little starfish for our Newborn Kits. Sandy can be reached at