STARS Leadership

Kathy Jenkins (Co-Founder and Co-Director)

 

Coach Jenkins is one of the winningest coaches in women's lacrosse and has been a leader in girls’ sports for more than 40 years. Currently, she is the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. In 2016, she reached a remarkable milestone, with her 700th career win in April. According to national and local lacrosse records, only one other girl's lacrosse coach in the nation is believed to have surpassed 600 wins.
 
Kathy Jenkins joined the faculty at St. Agnes School in 1971 and co-founded the girl's lacrosse program with Alix Fellows in 1976. Over the past 41 seasons, she has developed one of the most successful girl's lacrosse programs in the country. Her teams have won 24 conference tournament championships, 21 league titles, six state titles, and have had eight undefeated seasons. She has sent hundreds of athletes on to play at the college level and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Potomac and Virginia chapters of US Lacrosse.

 

Coach Jenkins is recognized for her work with other schools and organizations to increase interest, participation, and support for girls lacrosse in the Virginia-Maryland-Washington, D.C. area, and nationally. She is the founder and current Director of STARS Lacrosse Club and also founded and helped grow Capital Lacrosse Club in 2005. She has served on numerous boards, while coaching and mentoring athletes through clinics, camps, and awards programs, including:

  • The US Lacrosse Coaches’ Council; the US Lacrosse-Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame Committee; and the Tewaaraton Trophy Award Foundation.

  • Committees for the National School Girls Lacrosse Tournament, All-American selections, Under Armour All-Star Game, and the HLA Foundation.

  • The Triple Threat summer lacrosse camp and has served on various US Lacrosse Boards

 

Kathy and her husband Henry have four children, Ande, Brooke, Molly and Alec- all have played college lacrosse.

Kristin Burkhalter (Co-Founder and Co-Director)

 

Kristin is a SSSAS graduate and an All-American high school lacrosse player who went on to play at Duke University, Class of 2001. After college, she returned to SSSAS to work in the Alumni and Development Office and was the assistant Varsity lacrosse coach alongside Kathy Jenkins from 2002-2005. In 2005, she and her family moved to Africa with the Foreign Service and enjoyed three tours in Zimbabwe, Ghana and South Africa. Currently she is the Director of Events at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. She and her family, husband, Chip, and three boys, Alec, Briggs and Barrett live in Alexandria.

Bea Cope - Assistant Director of Stars Lacrosse

 

Bea is a 1997 graduate of Randolph-Macon College where she played both lacrosse and field hockey. She has coached for over twenty years at the youth, middle and high school levels.  While studying in graduate school at the University of Virginia, she coached both lacrosse and field hockey at St. Anne's Belfield in 1997-1998.  She has an M.Ed. in Elementary Education with concentrations in both reading and educational policy from Vanderbilt University (2000). For the past twelve years, she has lived in Richmond, Virginia, where she was extremely involved in the growth of lacrosse.  While in Richmond, she was very involved with the Geronimo recreational lacrosse program and coached at both the Collegiate School and St. Catherine's School.  She also served as the Vice-President of the Richmond Chapter of US Lacrosse from 2015-2016.  She founded two travel lacrosse clubs while in Richmond - Richmond Rapids Lacrosse (3rd-7th-grade travel program) in 2013, which morphed into Richmond Strikers Lacrosse(3rd-12th-grade travel program) in the fall of 2014. She served as Richmond Strikers first Director of Lacrosse(2014-2015) and Lacrosse Development Director (2015-2016).  She started a sister-exchange program with the Harlem Lacrosse BCLL team in 2014. She helped to start an indoor box league in 2014 with the Richmond Police Athletic League and the Randolph-Macon College and VCU lacrosse teams, which offered league play for second grade to eighth-grade players. She is also level three certified and positive coaching alliance certified.

 

Bea and her husband, Greg and two children- Jack(15) and Lillie Bea(13) recently moved to the area and live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

STARS Coaches

8th Grade

Ali Curwin (Head Coach)

Ali is a Rochester, NY native who earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. During her time at JMU Ali was a two-time captain of the lacrosse team and also served as the volunteer assistant coach during graduate school. Ali is also a member of the Israeli national lacrosse team. After finishing graduate school in 2016, Ali moved to Northern Virginia, where she works as a middle school math teacher in Prince William County.

Kelly Chandler

Kelly Chandler is entering her first year as the Head Lacrosse Coach at the Madeira School in McLean, VA. Kelly Chandler comes to The Madeira School after receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Vanderbilt University and her Masters of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, Kelly served as the head lacrosse coach for Ultimate PA 2022 and the volunteer assistant at The Agnes Irwin School, where she helped lead the Owls to a 2016 Inter-Ac Championship and Runner-Up in PAISAA. During her time at Vanderbilt University, Kelly was a four-year starter on the varsity women’s Lacrosse team, helped lead the team in scoring for the 2016 season and was named to the All-Big East second team. 

Chip Gately

Chip is entering his fifth year as a coach for Stars Lacrosse. Prior to coaching with Stars, he was a coach and commissioner for Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse in Alexandria for six years and is a US Lacrosse Level 2 certified coach and a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance.  In addition to coaching lacrosse, he coaches girls youth basketball and was twice named a Most Valuable Coach in Fairfax County, VA.  As a Division 1 college athlete, Chip was a three-time varsity letter winner and member of the All-Ivy League Crew at Yale University.  He lives in Alexandria with his wife, AJulee, and three daughters.

Head Coach

Kristin Burkhalter (Head Coach)

Kristin is a SSSAS graduate and an All-American high school lacrosse player who went on to play at Duke University, Class of 2001. After college, she returned to SSSAS to work in the Alumni and Development Office and was the assistant Varsity lacrosse coach alongside Kathy Jenkins from 2002-2005. In 2005, she and her family moved to Africa with the Foreign Service and enjoyed three tours in Zimbabwe, Ghana and South Africa. Currently she is the Director of Events at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. She and her family, husband, Chip, and three boys, Alec, Briggs and Barrett live in Alexandria.

Beth Halayko

Beth Halayko is a native of Albany, New York and attended Niskayuna High School where she played volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. A standout athlete, she chose to attend Cornell University to study Policy Analysis and Management and play lacrosse. In her four years at Cornell, Beth anchored the team defense and earned a starting role in her junior and senior years. Beth also played in the first every Ivy League tournament in her time at Cornell. After graduating in 2012, Beth moved to Miami, Florida to work for the AmeriCorps Program, City Year. In here two years there, Beth served students from two under resourced urban public schools as a tutor and mentor.  Beth then completed her graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University where she is also coached with the Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club. Beth now lives in Arlington and works in public policy consulting. 

Emily Koestler

Emily Koestler is a 2012 graduate from Williamsville North High school and played field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse throughout her four years at North. Emily was a junior/senior captain for all three sports, won a state championship for field hockey in 2011, and was named All-Western New York in field hockey and lacrosse. Additionally, in her senior year Emily received the Female Senior Athlete of the year award. Emily played for these clubs throughout high school: Buffalo Wings Lacrosse, Knuckleheads Field Hockey, and Amherst Knights ice hockey.

 

Emily is a 2016 graduate from Mercyhurst University and obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Intelligence Studies and a minor in Chinese, while playing Division II Lacrosse and Field Hockey. While playing lacrosse Emily was a defender and a three year starter and senior captain. Emily received 2016 Second Team All-PSAC and 2015 Third Team All-PSAC for lacrosse. For field hockey, Emily was a four year starter that played midfield and was a junior/senior captain. Additionally, Emily received the Rookie of the Year award for field hockey. Emily received PSAC scholar athlete awards for lacrosse and field hockey at Mercyhurst for 2013-2016.  In Emily's Senior year, she received the Female Senior 2016 Scholar Athlete of the Year award and the Diane Roger's Legacy award from Mercyhurst University. Additionally, Emily was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Board (SAAB) and a Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) mentor for a Intelligence Studies Student. Emily also has coached a Women's Lacrosse club team in Buffalo when she was home from college and helped out with coaching field hockey clinics at Mercyhurst during offseason.

 

Post college, Emily is currently an analyst for the Department of Defense in Washington, DC and is a native of Buffalo, New York.

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7th Grade

Julia Reimer (Co-Head Coach)

Julia graduated from Hofstra University, class of 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She played at Hofstra all four years as an attacker. During Julia’s junior and senior year, she began coaching for the Top Guns Lacrosse Program on Long Island. After college, she moved down to northern Virginia to work for Tyco Integrated Security. Julia is a Project Manager for the US Marshals, Federal Systems Division. She has been with Tyco Integrated Security for two years and truly loves the northern Virginia/DC area.

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Lindsay McKinnon (Co-Head Coach)

Lindsay McKinnon is originally from Upstate, NY were she was an All American and continued on to play attack at Hofstra University on Long Island. After graduating she relocated to Northern Virginia area and is currently working in the Project Management industry, specializing in Security.

Head Coach

Anne Monahan (Head coach)

Anne Monahan taught and coached at Sidwell Friends School for 44 years and was a pioneer in introducing Lacrosse to the independent schools of the metro area in 1972 . She played varsity lacrosse at the Agnes Irwin school in Rosemont ,Pa., then played for the Baltimore and South regional lacrosse associations (5 years) Played on the USA Field Hockey touring team to Africa 1970 ...was a Nationally ranked Tennis and Squash player Anne has been inducted into 3 Hall of Fames...Agnes Irwin School , The American University and the Potomac Chapter of US lacrosse .

 

She is currently coaching at the Madeira School in Mclean ,Va...Field Hockey, Squash and Lacrosse .

Liz Anders

Liz is from Baltimore, Maryland where she played midfield at Maryvale Preparatory School. She continued on to play Division One lacrosse at Hofstra University on Long Island, competing in the Colonial Athletic conference. After graduating in 2014 with a degree in Global Studies and Geography, she was able to travel abroad to pursue her interest in other cultures. She then re-located to Northern Virginia and is very excited to be a part of the Stars club! 

Paige Britton

Paige is native of Virginia and an alumni of the Stars Lacrosse program!  She is a 2017 graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Counseling and Human Development.  She was an all-conference, all-region player in high school.  She then continued to play lacrosse for Liberty where she played both Midfield and Attack.  Paige is very excited to coach the game she loves.

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6th Grade

Bea Cope (Head Coach)

Bea is a 1997 graduate of Randolph-Macon College where she played both lacrosse and field hockey. She has coached for over twenty years at the youth, middle and high school levels.  While studying in graduate school at the University of Virginia, she coached both lacrosse and field hockey at St. Anne's Belfield in 1997-1998.  She has an M.Ed. in Elementary Education with concentrations in both reading and educational policy from Vanderbilt University (2000). For the past twelve years she has lived in Richmond, Virginia, where she was extremely involved in the growth of lacrosse. (Read More above)

Carter Reifsnider

Carter is a 2016 graduate of James Madison University where she played lacrosse and served as a captain her senior year. Last year, she attended graduate school at the University of Virginia which included the opportunity to live in China and Spain. She began coaching in high school and is now going into her ninth year of coaching travel lacrosse. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia and played club lacrosse for Geronimo in Richmond and Future Elite in the northern Virginia area. Now, she is excited to work for STARS and continue to have lacrosse in her life while also working for IBM.

Christina Benedetti (Head)

Christina, a midfielder, is a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee University, where she was a four-year letter winner in lacrosse and field hockey and served as a senior captain in lacrosse and a junior and senior captain in field hockey. During her college lacrosse career, Christina helped garner three ODAC titles and was named to the ODAC All-Academic team all four years. In her senior year, she received the Washington and Lee University Coaches’ Lacrosse Award, was named the 2012 ODAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year and was selected as a 2012 IWLCA DIII All-American. Christina grew up in Rockville, MD and attended the Academy of the Holy Cross. She recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a Masters in Commerce and is currently working at comScore, Inc. in Reston, VA.

Sabrina Elliott

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Caitlin Vizzi

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5th Grade

Kelsey Sheridan (Co-Head)

Eighmey Zeeck is from Colorado, where she learned to play lacrosse at Rampart High School.  She played as an attacking midfielder and a second home.  She attended Randolph-Macon Women's College where she was a four year starting left midfielder for the Division III field hockey program.  While in college Eighmey kept up with lacrosse by reffing high school girls lacrosse in the Central Virginia area.  She then became an assistant girls lacrosse coach for two seasons at Virginia Episcopal School, where she was in charge of creating attack plays.  Eighmey first became involved with lacrosse in the Northern Virginia area as a Volunteer Assistant Coach with the Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club U7 co-ed program. Eighmey finished her first year as the Head Girls Lacrosse Coach at JEB Stuart where she had an athlete named to the Second Team Region 5A North team, a school first!  This fall Eighmey will be in her first year coaching the Varsity field hockey program at Bishop O'Connell High School.

Michele Phillips (Co-Head)

Michele returns to Northern Virginia after graduating the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a degree in information technology management from the Mendoza College of Business.  At Notre Dame she lettered four years and played in four NCAA tournaments as a mid-fielder.  A graduate of St. Stephens & St. Agnes, Michele was a four year starter, two time captain and team MVP in soccer.  She also played basketball.  Playing for Kathy Jenkins, Michele was a four year starter on the lacrosse team and captain her senior year. Her awards include team MVP (2) , Alexandria Sportsman Club Lacrosse Player of the Year (2), High School All American (2), first team: All ISL (2), All State (2), All Met (2) and Virginia state player of the year (2).

Mollie Lane

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3rd & 4th Grade

Sarah Aschenbach (Head 4th Grade)

Sarah is a graduate of Stone Ridge Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and played lacrosse at Washington and Lee University, Class of 1995.  She began coaching in 1996 and has continued to coach youth and high school lacrosse for the past 20 years spending 7 years at Visitation and 12 years at Holy Child while coaching various Stars and Capital teams over the years.  Also back in 1996, she started a career in real estate, both residential and commercial and is still an active agent working at DC Living, LLC.  She was the general manager for Team USA U19 girls for both the 2011 and 2015 World Championships.  She has served on many US Lacrosse committees, is a board member of the Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse and will be inducted into the Chapter Hall of Fame in February 2017.  She is also the executive director of The Tewaaraton Foundation, a position she began in 2012.  She and her husband Tristan and red lab Grover live in Washington, DC.

Head Coach

Jessica Lowrance

Jessica is a NCAA lacrosse official, head umpire for the Northern VA Youth Lacrosse League and Washington Lacrosse Umpire Association (WLUA) Youth Program Coordinator, recent head JV coach at St Stephens St Ages, current assistant rising 4th grade STARS coach, current Fort Hunt coach, and past head coach at The Potomac School and Ultimate PlayHer Sports (travel team) out of Montgomery County MD. She has three kids. Reagan is her oldest and a goalie for the 4th grade STARS team. When not on a lax field, Jessica is also Director, Postal Policy and Sustainability for UPS and a soccer mom to her two youngest. 

Annie Dyson

Annie Dyson started playing lacrosse in first grade. She played in the Fort Hunt rec league with her friends from St. Mary's Catholic School, as well as her neighborhood friends who went to other various local grade schools. Annie played in the STARS program beginning in 6th grade and continued with the Capital Blue team in high school. She will be a senior at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School and is a 4 year varsity lacrosse player. She also played varsity field hockey for four years. Annie played on the DC Under Armour team for the past two years and is committed to play lacrosse at the University of Virginia next year.

Catherine Kahl (Head 3rd Grade)

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Erin Byrnes

Erin Byrnes graduated from West Islip High School in 2012.  While attending I was a 3 year starter on the varsity team.  During my senior year I was chosen as an All County player and 2nd team All Long Island. During my first year at Mercyhurst University I played both lacrosse and volleyball at the collegiate level.  Graduated Mercyhurst University in 2016.  Currently living and working in Washington D.C. for Stryker. 

Grayson Offutt

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Goalies

Stacey Williams

Originally from State College, PA, Stacey graduated from State College Area High School where during her years she led her high school teams to a 129-27 record and 3 state championship game appearances. Stacey went on to become a Buckeye at Ohio State University where she was goalie for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. A four time OSU scholar-athlete, Stacey majored in education and received her BS and MEd from Ohio State. Stacey has taught and coached field hockey and lacrosse for the last 8 years in Ohio, Florida and now Maryland and Virginia. In 2008 Stacey was named Lax Maniax Coach of the Year and in 2011 and 2012 Orlando US Lacrosse Coach of the Year.  Stacey is currently the assistant coach at Goucher College while working on a 2nd masters in athletic administration.  Stacey has coached with Capital since 2012.

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