Meet the Bloggers

Henry Star is the foundations “Star Fish”; he joined the team in Spring 2016 and  lives at Starfish Headquarters in Baltimore, MD.  He spends a lot of time doing what fish do best – swimming! He travels between Ecuador and the United States so he can share information about the happenings at The Starfish Foundation with the world.

He has a knack for writing, enjoys dancing, and is always ready to celebrate a special Starfish Day. In his free time, he enjoys scoping out beaches, admiring coral reefs,  and yoga. He is immensely thankful for his ability to travel the world and share the Starfish story. His favorite book is a tie between When You Wish Upon a Starfish and The Rainbow Fish.


Amanda Benton is the Communications Co-Manager for The Starfish Foundation and one of the writers for this blog. When not working, she enjoys long-distance hiking / backpacking, reading, cross word puzzles, sitting around a campfire, and traveling. She is passionate about empowering youth, enjoys photography, and is studying German, Spanish, and American Sign Language in her spare time.

Professionally, Amanda is the Communications Manager for Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson. In addition to Starfish, she enjoys volunteering with the Special Olympics where she is a volunteer captain for floor hockey. She has a degree in Advertising and Radio/TV/Film and a minor in Spanish from Marist College. She lives in Poughkeepsie, NY with her housemate (Christina) two cats (Docena and Ninja) and a hedgehog (Ava).


Veronica Pilkenton is a Blog Coordinator for The Starfish Foundation and one of the writers for this blog. She has a degree in Communication from George Mason University and has held roles in Internal Communications, Human Resources, Social Media and Event Planning.

While not writing for the Starfish blog, Veronica is a stay-at-home mom with a 2 year-old! She enjoys traveling, hiking, trying new foods and learning about other cultures. You can also find her playing with Legos in her basement with her toddler. Veronica lives in Virginia, about an hour south of Washington D.C., with her husband, son and dog.