P: 317-588-6318 ext. 103
Crystal Givens joined Starfish Initiative in May 2021 as the President & CEO. A native of Indianapolis, Crystal, was raised in Center Township and attended Indianapolis Public Schools. She is a seasoned, highly dedicated, cross-functional professional in the non-profit sector. Crystal has spent her career working to improve education settings and informing the community of the importance of investing in children.
Prior to joining Starfish Initiative, Crystal held multiple roles at Early Learning Indiana, the state's oldest and largest early childhood nonprofit for nearly twenty years. Most recently, she honed her skills at Child Care Aware of America, the nation's leading voice on child care issues. Within those organizations, she led efforts to advise, coordinate, implement and enhance access to quality education for families, early childhood professionals, and the community at large. Crystal is a cross-functional organizational leader with the proven ability to drive results and implement key initiatives.
Crystal earned an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University after a B.S. from Indiana State University. She enjoys helping others and believes it is her life’s mission to give back. Crystal is active in the community, she was a participant in the 2020 class of Leadership Hendricks County, she serves on the board of directors for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, and participates on various committees. Outside of her community and professional responsibilities, Crystal recharges by spending time with her husband, young son, traveling, and taking long walks.
P: 317-588-6319 Ext. 119
Maribeth Salkovsky joined the Starfish Initiative team in April 2021 as a Match Specialist. With a long career spanning both the education and non-profit sectors, she has worked with learners of all ages from preschool through adults and has an especially soft spot for teenagers.
Most recently, Maribeth was the Volunteer Coordinator at Second Helpings and also previously worked for Indianapolis Public Schools at Center For Inquiry School 2, where she established a backpack program to provide students with food on weekends. She is passionate about fostering relationships between scholars and mentors, believing that both can grow and learn from the other’s insight and life experiences.
Maribeth holds a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ball State University and is an accomplished writer, editor, and storyteller. She credits her parents and immigrant grandparents with her gift of not knowing a stranger and her love of connecting people to other individuals, resources, and opportunities. She is happiest with a houseful of family and friends, exploring small towns along Lake Michigan, or listening to live music with her husband and teenage children.
P: 317-588-6317 Ext. 106
Alexus joined Starfish Initiative in April 2021 as a Match Specialist. She was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN & graduated from North Central High School. Alexus is very organized and driven, she brings a lot of new ideas to the table & is always thinking outside of the box. Alexus is able to relate to our scholars and offer experience and knowledge with many of their college preparatory questions & their concerns about 21st Century Scholars and other scholarships.
Alexus is currently in her last semester at IUPUI, pursuing her BS in Psychology. She will be continuing her education with hopes of receiving an MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She enjoys encouraging others, providing people with resources, and building people's confidence through knowledge. Outside of Starfish, Alexus works with domestic violence and sexual assault victims at Coburn Place & with other youth at Upward Bound.
Director of Mentor Programs
P: 317-588-6320 Ext. 118
Latrice Watson joined Starfish Initiative as Director of Mentor Programming in early Spring 2021. Latrice brings with her over 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit and government sectors. She is a native of Indianapolis, IN. A big piece of Latrice's heart she contributes to Center Township where she spent her childhood. She is a graduate of Arsenal Technical High. Latrice is a graduate of Purdue University where she obtained her BA. Currently, Latrice is pursuing her MPA at Indiana State University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.
Latrice spent many years working with local nonprofits. Latrice has a wealth of knowledge in serving many different populations and settings such as in school-based, group homes, community/home-based, and correctional facilities. She has the experience and demonstrated the ability to develop effective mentor and volunteer programs throughout her career. Over the years, she has been able to effectively build rapport with the students, families, teachers, and administrators to successfully provide the support needed for students to be successful.
Latrice is active in her community, serving on the Board of Directors with many different organizations such as Global Prep Academy, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Center of Wellness for Urban Women (CWWU), and Women Reaching Out. Latrice has a passion for serving and mentoring. She understands the impact of pairing a young person with a passionate mentor to walk alongside them as they set out to reach their goals.
In her spare time loves the outdoors, enjoys reading and cooking, and loves to spend quality time with her husband, her son and her family.
Ellen is the Office Manager for Starfish Initiative and has over 30 years of non-profit experience. She is often described as “the glue that holds us together” and enjoys working for an organization that truly makes a difference in peoples’ lives. She received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Manchester College. She and her husband Greg have 3 children, Shelby, a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Trevor, a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, and Sam, a senior at the University of Southern Indiana. Ellen spent many years cheering on her kids in gymnastics, baseball, and basketball and enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.