Board of Directors
Laura Jean Palmer-Moloney, Chair of the Board of Directors, brings 30 years of experience and expertise in problem-based learning, sustainability and systems assessment (water-food-energy), and holistic health to The Stardust-Startup Factory. She also brings her fascination with the stars. She runs her own consulting business, Visual Teaching Technologies, as well as the digital marketing company ABEM Digital Creations (Angus Moloney's internet-based business). She is Angus Moloney's mom. (See full bio; see resume)
Rhonda Moloney devotes her time to organizations doing great work, such as Feed My People, Girls Hope Boys Hope, Loyola Academy, and Easter Seals. A member of the Walter E Hausettee Foundation, she brings its financial support to the Stardust-Startup Factory. As a woman achieving her goals in a predominately male occupation, Rhonda was the first female firefighter to complete and pass the St Louis County Fire Academy. She worked as a Paramedic firefighter and as a Paramedic in the emergency room before owning and operating her own private investigation company for 26 years. As Angus Moloney's aunt, she cherishes his wonderful life. He had a bright future and big plans; she hopes to carry his torch through this foundation to make some of those dreams come true. (See Full Bio)
Ted Cope brings his passion, vision, energy, intellect, and network to the Stardust-Startup Factory. Retiring after 42+ years of government service, Ted is learning new ways to put a dent in the evil empire of the status quo mindset from the private sector perspective. He inspires those he works with to challenge conventional wisdom. Ted strives to help those he works with imagine, explore, innovate, and ultimately to execute what others thought impossible. He truly embodies the "Rebel Outpost" philosophy. He is currently a consultant for Thermopylae Sciences + Technology, strengthening information sharing initiatives to enhance international law enforcement efforts addressing illicit trade. Ted's life links to all of the Stardust-Startup Factory focus areas--sustainability, health, learning.
As Chief Financial Officer at Velocity Sciences since 2014, Jill's extensive financial and operational experience spans multiple sectors including biotechnology and hi-tech. With almost 20 years of experience as the financial leader for companies primarily in early and development stages, Ms. Clark is passionate about start-ups. She has a proven track record of leading companies from angel rounds through multiple private rounds, having raised more than $140M from private equity and venture funding, to successful exits via IPO and acquisitions of approximately $1B. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Administrative Management from Clemson University.
A marketing communications executive with 30 plus years’ management experience in the insurance/financial services, retail, professional services, non profit, education and entertainment fields, Fran again calls Carteret County, NC home. She is a versatile marketer, event manager and creative technician. Her experience includes strategic communicating consulting and planning, developing and implementing new product/services campaigns, managing branding strategy, and developing and managing media and social media relations. Her expertise also includes planning, organizing and promoting special events.
In addition to serving on The Stardust Board, Fran serves as Ambassador for the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and is an Advisor for the Carteret County Food Network. Fran is involved in other philanthropic work as a member of The Rotary Club and the Beaufort Woman’s Club.
Camille Babington lives in Montreal, Canada as a young entrepreneur. She has a B.A. in Geography & Urban Studies. As an experienced private French teacher, she understands the value of learning. She also is the executive assistant of The Stardust-Startup Factory. She loves spending time in nature, especially while camping, kayaking, and hiking. She is always working on a creative project, especially in the areas of photography, graphic design, film-making, and music. She was Angus's partner in business and in life.
Jim Moloney is a professional in the field of mental health. He currently works with active duty Marines and Sailors at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, NC as a Substance Abuse Counselor. Jim's contribution to the Advisory Board is multifaceted. He is a regular TM Meditator and interested in the holistic approach to mental and physical health and wellness. He love the outdoors and is a DIY learner. Jim plays guitar, rides motorcycles and gets regular exercise riding his bicycle at the beach. Jim is Angus Moloney's dad.
A son, a brother, a father, a husband, a coach
A lover of life, a student of earth and beyond
A joker, moderately philosophical, fisherman/loves music/poor dancer
A sloppy chef, an optimist, a dreamer, not the best plumber
A self-proclaimed businessman
An old diver
Usually an “over-comer,” through failure and grit
A believer (in keeping things positive), until it is time to get dirty
Larissa Miller hails from Oneonta New York, a former stomping ground of Angus’s, which came to light as a friendship was developed through shared appreciation for experiential learning, adaptive technology, and integrative healing methodologies as classmates at the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage. Larissa went on to pursue manual therapy specializing in spinal reflex therapy, and founded Dynamic Integrations Wellness (DIW). In addition to a background in environmental policy and urban sociology, Larissa is a former special educator in high-need public and charter schools in New York City and New Orleans and specialized in the development of empowerment-driven interventions for highly diverse intellectual, emotional, and physical needs.
Lilyanne Randle Smith is an independent ceramic artist who focuses on functional pieces using a high-fire, stoneware clay. She is the proud owner of a tiny house that was built and designed by her and her husband, Sam Smith. They are thrilled to be a part of the tiny house movement and excited about the growing popularity of sustainable, eco-friendly living. She brings her love of the outdoors, her dedication to sustainable living, and her artistic passion to the Advisory Board. Lily is Angus Moloney's cousin.
Sashka is a young filmmaker, currently living in Vanadzor, Armenia. She has had her films screened at multiple small festivals in Montreal and works for the University of McGill as a videographer and editor in addition to doing freelance work. She is now building a video editing business in Vanadzor. Sashka’s interest lies in using film to explore cross cultural dynamics. Sashka was raised in Moscow, Russia until the age of 15, and lived in Canada until her move to Armenia in 2016.
Project Review Panels
Project Review Panels consist of members of our network with experience and expertise in each area of focus: learning, mental and physical health, and sustainability. Each reviewer screens applications appropriate to their field by commenting on what makes that project great as well as potential causes for concern. Panelists are selected by the Executive Director. Positions rotate bi-annually.
Staff and Volunteers
Executive Director and Acting Program Officer Dr. L. J. Palmer-Moloney
Executive Assistant and Marketing/Communications Officer Camille Babington
Writer and Content Creator Thalia Bloom
IT Coordinator Mosiur Imraan Rahman
"Camille and Jean, who lead Stardust, are two of the most passionate individuals I've ever known. They care deeply about the causes that Angus believed in, and they want to find ways to leverage his community of family and friends to keep his legacy going. Even beyond Angus, I feel like I watched as they networked and met other entrepreneurs and visionaries in the areas of sustainability, health, and learning, and they deepened their passion for making a difference in the world as a result. That's inspiring." - Erin M.