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A note from our Founders – Bobby and Tiffany Vossoughi

When our daughter, Ellie, was born we had the same concerns and questions every new parent has about feeding, bathing, sleeping schedule, and so on. One symptom we noticed is she would cry around the clock. Our pediatrician initially thought it was simply reflux and provided treatment. With no changes we tried a naturopath, a functional medicine doctor, and our own research. Our daughter was not responding to the drastic dietary changes, supplements, or medicine – something was wrong. Ellie was now two years old and we were all emotionally and physically exhausted. We would give anything for Ellie to be happy and have peace.

I ran into a friend who was having the same complications and issues with, for example, certain clothes, chewing on non-food things, loud noises, crowded places. In addition to constant crying and more anxiety than any child should have. My friend directed me to a book: Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Dr. Lucy Miller. This book could have been written about our daughter. The back referenced The STAR Institute in Denver, CO. We reached out and upon our first conversation we knew this is where our daughter needed to be.

Ellie was now three and half years old, upon arriving to The STAR Institute she had her initial screening. The therapist diagnosed her with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). We were happy to finally have an answer, now we needed help for treatment. The STAR Institute provided Ellie with intensive therapy sessions, and she responded phenomenally. Additionally, parental support and teaching sessions were provided for us. Our experience with The STAR Institute was amazing and we want to help families like ours.

The purpose of Starry Starry Night is to provide scholarships for families who cannot afford to take time away from work, costs to travel to The STAR Institute in Denver, CO, and receive the extraordinary care they provide. To date 70 families have received scholarships from Starry Starry Night, our goal is to raise one million dollars and help 100 families. Our fourth gala raised $159,000, we expect to achieve our goal of helping 100 Arizona families at our 5th Starry Starry Night Gala thanks to the incredible support of The STAR Institute and the Arizona community. We’ll continue to help families reach for the STAR.

-Bobby and Tiffany Vossoughi

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STAR Institute Vision A world in which all people with Sensory Processing Disorder receive support and services that result in having a meaningful and fulfilled life.

STAR Institute Mission To improve the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults with SPD, and their families by providing: Comprehensive assessment and effective intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder Sensory Processing Disorder Rigorous research with our collaborating university-based research partners Education for caregivers, pediatric professionals, and educators Advocacy for official recognition of SPD world-wide

Hear From Those Helped by the STAR Institute

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Local Committee Members

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Bob Vossoughi, President

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Angela Siegel

I'm honored to be a part of the committee for Starry Starry Night, supporting the STAR Institute. I am originally from Arizona, my husband and I have been married since 2001 and enjoy being involved in our community, hiking, biking, cooking, traveling, and spending time with our two dogs. My career is in digital marketing and lead generation, mostly within higher education working with universities and digital marketing agencies. Our close friends' grandson has SPD and they invited us to the first Starry Starry Night gala. We are proud to contribute and be a part of the event to help make a difference for children and their families.

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Nancy Silver

Nancy Silver is the Vice President of Organizational Development for Phoenix based Classic Hotels & Resorts, a boutique hotel management company with properties in Arizona and California, including the newly branded Scott Resort & Spa, and Arizona Grand. With over 25 years in Human Resources, Nancy has spent her professional life inspiring people and organizations, creating optimal, visual and measurable results in service, leadership, relationships, wellness and teamwork. Nancy’s career highlights include opening the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, 17 years with Destination Hotels as the Area HR Director for Royal Palms Resort and Spa, leading her own HR/service consulting company and transitioning the former Ritz Carlton Phoenix into the new Camby Hotel. Most noteworthy is Nancy’s personalized connection to culture creation, community, commitment to service excellence, talent search, training and organizational development.

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Kristen Lee

Kristen Lee is a busy mother, wife, and attorney with Fennemore Craig.  Kristen and her family been supporters of Ellie and the STAR Center for years, and she is excited to be a part of the Starry Starry Night Committee.  Her two boys, Justin and Scott, are the same ages as Ellie and her brother Lucca, and it means so much to watch them all grow up together and thrive with the support of this amazing community.

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Jennifer Konerko

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Rhiannon Hertzberg

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Najla Kayyem

Ms. Kayyem is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Pacific Retail Capital Partners (PRCP). In this role she oversees comprehensive branding, strategic communications, repositioning, public relations and marketing activities for PRCP’s expanding portfolio of properties.

Prior to PRCP, Kayyem was CEO for SICFIT, a national lifestyle fitness brand where she drove the strategic expansion of the SICFIT brand, which includes gyms, competitions, retail, media and virtual networking.

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David Reinfeld

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, David is returning home as a full-time MBA Student at Arizona State University after spending several years working in Business Development, Sales, and Operations at technology startup businesses in San Francisco, California.  He met Bob Vossoughi through a mutual friend and was moved by both his personal story as well as what the STAR Institute is accomplishing.  This is his first year working with us but is looking forward to many more to come.