- Rachel Maus
- Jan Harper
- Pat Price
- Nancy Gasparotti
- Cindy Fern
The group is comprised of Rachel Maus (founding member, retired 2008 as Director of Finance at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering), Jan Harper founding member, retired 2007 as Principal Administrative Analyst in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost), Pat Price (founding member, retired 2012 as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel), Nancy Gasparotti (retired 2010 as Degree-Works specialist for Registrar’s office), and Cindy Fern (retired 2014 as Director of Student Affairs for the School of Physical Sciences).
The members developed an interest in stitching in 2002 when Nancy Minear, then Research and Evaluation Director for Student A_airs (passed away in 2012), showed co-workers a quilt she’d made. Colleagues expressed an interest, so she showed everyone how it was done. Thus began weekly lunch-hour sewing bees in Aldrich Hall.
From 2002 to 2012, the UCI Stars created one group quilt per year that was auctioned for charity. They raised over $20,000 for various charities including the Chao Family Cancer Center. In 2009, while still UCI staff members, the group was awarded the ‘Living Our Values’ staff team award by Chancellor Michael Drake.
In retirement they have continued donating their individually made items to the cancer center -- hundreds of quilts, pillows and tote bags made at monthly sew fests. Donna Baker, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, was the initial contact coordinating donations to the cancer center. Baker retired in 2014 and has now taken up quilting herself and joins the sew fests from time to time.