Empowering through education

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Our Team

Black Star Education Foundation Inc., maintains an all volunteer board that selflessly give of their time and talent.

Bryan Flecker


Bryan Flecker split his time growing up in both New York and Texas, and now lives in southwestern Vermont. He has an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences from DIFS and is currently retired after spending twenty years in funeral services. Flecker started Black Star Education Foundation in January 2016 after his first trip to Ghana. He is a US Army veteran and life member of the VFW, serves as an adult tutor for Vermont Reading Partners, and is a member of the Manchester, VT Lions Club.

Jennifer Parker

Vice President

Jennifer Parker is a native Georgian, and lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and three children. She has a BA in both English and Communication from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and is currently employed as the COO of Salon Red in Atlanta, GA. Jennifer is the current Vice President of her homeowner’s association and has spent many years active with her local Boy Scout Troop and with the North Cobb Band.

Karen E. Rose

Secretary / Treasurer

Karen E. Rose grew up in western Massachusetts and has a BA in Economics from Mount Holyoke College. She has been in the mortgage industry since 1992 and is currently employed by Envoy Mortgage. She lives on a small farm in southwestern, VT with her husband, and is a self-published children’s author having written three story books in the Two Mountain Farm series about the critters that live on her farm. Rose is on the board of Vermont Reading Partners and a member of the Manchester, VT Lions Club.