KHK Team

Our Team

We are very fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated team supporting our work. Our leadership team and Board Members are an integral part of our KHK community.

KHK STAFF

 

Jennifer Bentley

Executive Director

Jen joined KHK in 2017 with the objective of promoting volunteer development, service learning and leadership skills. In 2021, she was promoted to Executive Director where her focus on on highlighting the impact of KHK and building relationships with parents, community partners and donors. She is inspired daily by the creative and thoughtful project ideas of our volunteers and immensely proud of their growth as leaders. Jen is a graduate of Boston University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She lives in Stamford with her husband and eight children.

 

Lissette Barreto

Operations Coordinator

Lissette joined KHK as an Operations Coordinator May 2023 with a degree in biology and sociology from Stony Brook University. She has a strong passion for working with Youth and has finally found her the ideal role, which allows her to assist them in any project idea they may have.  In her role as Operations Coordinator, she thrives on the daily challenges and hopes to continue to make a positive impact on the success of KHK.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Chiappetta

Board Chair

Tom is president and founder of Good Sports Solutions LLC, a consulting firm he started in 2006 that provides marketing communications, fundraising expertise, event planning, and celebrity securement for the sports philanthropy community. As a former local sportswriter, he has a
life-long career in the sports and media industries, with experience in public relations, marketing, sponsorships, television, special events, consulting and non-profit leadership. His volunteer work has been recognized on numerous occasions by a wide range of organizations in Fairfield County. 

Bobby Walker, Jr.

Board Co-Chair

Bobby is the Assistant Head for Student and Community Life at Greenwich Academy. Prior to this role, he was the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, Greenwich. Regarded as a pillar of the community, Bobby has extensive experience in nonprofit management as well as educational leadership. He is a graduate of Williams College, where he received a B.A. in history while playing football and earning numerous honors as a member of their track and field team, and he has an M.A. in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University. Bobby lives in Greenwich with his wife, Becky and three children.

Diane Urban

Secretary

Diane is a freelance digital learning producer/content developer. She has over 15 years of experience developing award-winning educational products for companies such as Disney Citizenship, Disney Publishing, and Pokémon. She has led all aspects of digital development including creative strategy, curriculum integration, and research/evaluation.

Richard Vogt, CPA

Treasurer

Richard D. Vogt, CPA, CVA is the principal of Vogt & Company, P.C., a CPA and consulting firm. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Mr. Vogt has over 11 years of professional accounting experience and over nine years of professional valuation experience.

Gene Alvarez

Eugenio (Gene) Alvarez is a Distinguished VP Analyst with Gartner, Inc. Mr. Alvarez has over 40 years of business and IT experience. Prior to joining Gartner, he held positions with Nine West Group, KPMG Peat Marwick, New York Power Authority, and AT&T Communications. He holds an M.S., from Pace University and a B.A. in computer science, from Iona University. Mr. Alvarez served on the board of directors for the Catholic Academy of Stamford for over 6 years. Mr. Alvarez is currently a corporate Advisory Board Member for HITEC and an executive at large with the CT Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2019, the Hispanic IT Executive Council inducted Mr. Alvarez into their Hall of Fame for his impact on the technology industry.

Dominick Cingari

Dominick is an owner of Grade A ShopRite, a business that began as a small family grocery store. The Cingari family prides themselves on their community service, giving back is a family tradition. For over 30 years they have been dedicated to fighting against hunger by supporting the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and a variety of other nonprofits in the local community. Dominick has 2 children who are KHK ambassadors and lives in Shippan with his wife, Lisa.

Ashton Dominique

Ashton has been devoted over 17 years to working with and empowering the youth as a high school paraprofessional, counselor at Stamford’s Boys & Girls Club, and Head coach of JV basketball at Westhill High. He has a passion for helping the youth reach their fullest potential. He loves to challenge our kids through the power of conversation while encouraging self-discovery and autonomy. Ashton believes every child deserves caring, inspiring and engaging adults that are dedicated to their growth and future. They need an active listening ear and safe environment to be heard. He is committed to helping our youth develop positive character and leadership traits so they can go out in the world and be productive citizens.

Charles Evangelakos

Charlie is an accomplished wealth manager and founder at Pallas Capital Advisors with over 24 years of experience helping highly affluent families, corporate executives and business owners manage the unique complexities of their financial health and legacies. Charles has advised Fortune 500 CEO’s, executives, multi-generational families and prominent business owners.

Allison Frattaroli

Allison is a Brand Marketing Manager at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street. In her time since graduating from Lafayette College in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology, she has developed expertise in marketing and TV production, and a passion for volunteerism. Since originally founding the Handled with Care Boutique project in 2012, Allison joined Kids Helping Kids' initial Junior Board in 2020, and was most recently elected to join the Board of Directors in Spring 2023.

Dennis Ladd

Dennis Ladd is a Vice President and Charitable Planning Consultant at Fidelity Charitable®, an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 300,000 nonprofit organizations with $42 billion in grants. Mr. Ladd currently serves on the Advisory Board at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford, CT. He enjoys volunteering as a University of Vermont Alumni Admissions Representative and Career Networker; Project Homefront, a volunteer-driven community home repair program; and a school mentoring program in Norwalk, CT.

Judy Marzen

Judy Marzen has a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from SUNY Binghamton and has her J.D. from St. John Law School. She specialized in securities fraud and class action litigation and handled some antitrust and employment discrimination litigation, as well as pro bono criminal and family law matters.

Esperanza Teasdale

Esperanza and her family were involved with KHK for several years before she joined The Board of Directors. She is a Vice President/General Manager at PepsiCo. Esperanza lives in Stamford with her husband, Jeff and their two children, Patrick and Isabella. Esperanza enjoys yoga, traveling and spending time with family. She is a graduate from Rutgers University, College of Engineering and The University of Connecticut, MBA.

Chip Cingari

Board Member Emeritus

Chip is an owner of Grade A ShopRite, a business that began as a small family grocery store. Today, their 12 stores are thriving. The Cingari family prides themselves on their community service, giving back is a family tradition. For over 30 years they have been dedicated to fighting against hunger by supporting the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

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JUNIOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lexi Kelley

Board Chair

Lexi is an Account Executive at Smartsheet, a category leader in collaborative work management. She primarily works with small and medium-sized organizations to help them manage their projects and processes more efficiently. Since graduating from Lafayette College in 2019, she has developed a knack for sales and account management.

Sasha Clark

Sasha is a Supply Chain Inventory Planner at the online grocery store, Misfits Market. She  graduated from Lehigh University in 2018 with a B.A. in Global Studies along with minors in Marketing and Spanish. She is a KHK aluma who began her involvement with the organization through coordinating the execution of the Handled with Care Boutique project. In her spare time she loves listening to podcasts, running and trying out new recipes.

Biyeni Eusebio

Biyeni is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California with a joint degree in Business and Cinematic Arts. On campus, she is on a consulting and engagement committee for the Marshall Women’s Leadership Board, the host of a mental health podcast for the Marshall Outreach Volunteer Entrepreneurs, and has helped student and local entrepreneurs in her community gain exposure on their talents as a member of the Spark business organization. She has been a part of Kids Helping Kids since 2014 starting as a volunteer and ending as a Youth Advisory Council member. Biyeni is really excited to continue her Kids Helping Kids journey through the Junior Board of Directors.

Arden Lesoravage

Arden is a legal assistant at White & Case with their Debt Finance group. She graduated from American University in 2021 with a dual degree in Justice & Law and Psychology and a certificate in Community Based Research. Arden has been involved with Kids Helping Kids since 2013 and looks forward to continuing to empower youth in her community on the Junior Board.

Jack Schulz

Jack is an investment banking analyst at TripleTree where he helps advise healthcare companies with mergers, acquisitions, and business developments. He graduated from Colorado College in 2023 with a B.A. in Economics. He has experience in accounting, financial modeling, and market research. In his free time, he likes to play sports with friends, listen to music, and walk dogs. Jack began is involvement with Kids Helping Kids through the coordination and execution of the Birthday Bash up until 2014. He is thrilled to rejoin Kids Helping Kids on the Junior Board and help support the truly selfless mission of the organization.

Gerard Spooner Martinez

Gerard is an undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying computer science. On campus he volunteers at the Hive Makerspace, helping students bring their project ideas to life with the school's state-of-the-art technology. He began getting involved with KHK in 2019, going on to lead weekly Scratch coding classes and a summer robotics program, eventually joining the Youth Advisory Council. He really looks forward to this new chapter with the Junior Board.

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FOUNDERS

Jennifer Kelley - Co-Founder

Jennifer is a certified teacher in grades K-6 and has a Masters in the Art of Teaching. She is passionately dedicated to making a difference in the community and collaboratively fostering future leaders. After her daughter, Lexi, came up with the idea of creating a platform for kids to make a difference in the community around their passions, she helped Lexi form KHK in June 2009 where she served as the executive director until 2020.

Lexi Kelley - Co-Founder

Lexi works at Smartsheet as an Account Executive on the New Business team. She is working with emerging markets/companies across the East Coast to provide a collaboration and work management solution designed to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents, and manage other work in an effort to increase workplace efficiency. She still holds the KHK mission close to heart as she works to change more students’ lives for the better and help to make these once-in-a-lifetime experiences open to as many students as possible.