Chris Bennett, Founder, President

Chris has spent 20 years pursuing the dream of Starlite. After reading a Newsweek Magazine article about Maurice Ward and his miraculous invention, he searched the internet, found the inventor, contacted him, and soon was flying to England for a meeting. Maurice and Chris became friends, and they worked together for the next 17 years, until Maurice's unfortunate passing. Since then Chris has been  working with Maurice's daughters to  realize the dream of Starlite, a safer world where burn injuries and deaths are greatly reduced. 


Nicky Ward McDermott, Founder, Vice-President

Nicky has extensive experience with Starlite, she is also a swimming coach for children.


General George Demos, a long time friend who has been witnessing our efforts for 15 years,. He was a teacher to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher at California State University in Long Beach, and helped introduce Chris to Rohrabacher ten or so years ago. Together  we have attempted to contact the Congressman, who is George's representative, but his staff has always turned us away. Rohrabacher is on the committe which oversees NASA, so we are still hopefull that he will come around and pay attention to this potentially iife saving technology. 

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Professor at California State University, Long Beach

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Chief Ken Riddle  has over thirty years experience in EMS and fire services and recently retired from the Las Vegas Department of Fire & Rescue. He served as the Assistant Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief of every Division including the Operations Division, Emergency Medical Services Division, Support Services Division and the Fire Prevention Division where he served as the Fire Marshal. While serving in those positions, he designed and developed several major programs, including the Department’s infection control program and a comprehensive in-house firefighter health and wellness program.

Ken served on the Executive Committee for the International Association of Fire Chief’s. He also served as the President of the Southern Nevada Fire Chiefs Association. He is currently the Executive Director for the Nevada Fire Chiefs Association.

Ken has two AAS degrees; fire service management and fire science technology, as well as graduating from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.