S.T.A.R. Programs

Board of Directors 

President - Ed Jacklitch

Ed is a retired electrical engineer, and has lived in Silicon Valley for 47 years. He joined the S.T.A.R. board in 2007. He first became aware of S.T.A.R. through Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, which was instrumental in the founding of S.T.A.R. His wife had been informally supporting S.T.A.R. for several years, and Ed took over for her.

Ed lives in Willow Glen, and is a car aficionado.


While studying Management Information Systems at Chico State, Merl worked two summers in a group home in his native Los Angeles. Accepting a role with IBM, Merl migrated to the bay area to focus on his career in IT delivery and sales. When invited to join the S.T.A.R. Programs Board in 2013 Merl jumped at the opportunity.  Currently living in Campbell, Merl is passionate about helping S.T.A.R. enhance its ability to help its clients succeed into productive members of society.  

Vice President - Fred Rupprecht

The S.T.A.R. Programs Board of Directors meets on the third Friday of each month. 

If you are interested in joining our board please contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Secratary/Treasurer- Marcel Provencher

Marcel is a certified public accountant and a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Marcel and his wife Marty are transplants from the East Coast but have lived in, and enjoyed, the Bay Area for 30 years. Having raised their two children, and being empty-nesters, both Marcel and Marty have each sought to make small contributions in areas of interest. Marcel has been a member of the S.T.A.R. Programs Board since August 2014,  Marcel believes strongly in supporting organizations that intelligently respond to the needs of abused and neglected children.

Board Member - Sherry Herrgott

Sherry’s strong interest and passion has always been in the field of education. She began teaching 6th grade in Colorado after graduating from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  She moved west to California to be closer to family and taught 6th grade in Sunnyvale for 17 years until Apple Computer hired her to teach new employees how to use the computers at their desks.  After working at Apple, she managed the testing center for Electronic Arts and became a consultant helping educators & students use all the new “computer tools” in the classroom. As an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University she guided future teachers. 

In her retirement she and her husband enjoyed a variety of activities for many years.  Now as a widow she hopes her background & experience can help foster children gain access to a good education both academically & personally.  It  is a passionate goal, she hopes to reach, along with the S.T.A.R. team.