Our people are the core of Starfire. It is their spirit, drive, dedication and passion that create the world-class environment you have come to expect.
Ben Oliver, President and CEO
Ben is in charge of, well, everything. From IT to construction management to dispute resolution, Ben is our go-to guy. We really should call him the Starfire Fireman, because he spends most of his day putting them out (metaphorically of course, though if a real fire broke out, he’d probably be there with a hose). In addition to keeping Starfire running smoothly, Ben dedicates a great deal of time to the local community, serving on the LTAC board, Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority Advisory Committee, and the Tukwila Branding Advisory Committee. The rest of Ben’s time is spent enjoying the company of his wife Sarah, and son Cooper. If you see him around, say hi—and then laugh at his funny Kiwi accent.
Pam Dunning, Director of Finance & HR
Pam’s primary responsibility at Starfire is to oversee the Finance and HR areas and to handle any other tasks and details that Ben throws her way. When she’s not designing new ways of analyzing the business, she can be found walking around the campus rain or shine. An avid runner, she competes in half marathons and loves hiking, cycling and travelling to tropical locations with her husband.
Steven Dahl, Director of Operations
Steven grew up playing and refereeing soccer in the area, and comes from what can only be described as a “soccer family.” With his dad being a youth coach for the better part of 20 years, a mom active in Washington State women’s leagues, and grandparents formally on the board of directors of local soccer clubs, soccer is in his blood. When not at Starfire, Steven enjoys being kept up all hours of the night by his new son, Elliott, making outlandish and ill-conceived bets with coworkers, spending time at the family cabin in Snoqualmie, and taking Elliott to the park to make sure all of the ducks in the pond are behaving themselves.
Mike Dianovsky, Ph.D., Director of STEAM Education & Outreach Development
Mike is a recent transplant to the Seattle area from the Midwest. He has a passion for helping kids learn everything about STEM. Mike is usually found in his office creating new STEM activities for the Starfire STEM Academy, which really means he gets to tinker with LEGOs and exciting new education technologies. When not at Starfire, Mike enjoys hiking the many trails of the Pacific Northwest with his three pups, and playing softball and dodgeball.
Antonio Alfaro, Director of Facilities & Fields
Ashley Gregory, Director of Communications & Public Relations
Kelley Talbot, Campus Resource Manager
Kelley has been called the Chaos Manager of Starfire Sports. From practices and games to parties and events, she makes sure all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Kelley is a true Seattle native who is fueled by mochas and enjoys olive oil popcorn, road trips and training her cat how to improve his penalty kicks with soccer ball toys–even if she is more of a DAWG fan.
Jon Frazier, Assistant Director of Operations
Amy N, Accounting & HR
Amanda Rentzell, Leagues & Tournaments Manager