KHK Team

KHK 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.

 

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.

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Lexi Kelley - Co-Founder

Lexi works at Education First where she helps high school educators plan international travel programs for their students. She continues to empower more children through her role and is able to explore her love of travel at the same time! 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.

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KHK Staff

Jennifer Kelley - Executive Director

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.

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Jennifer Bentley - Program Director

Jen B. joined KHK with the objective of promoting volunteer development, program growth and administration. She is a huge advocate of service learning and is excited to be fostering this initiative in children. You can find her working with the kids on a project or developing ideas to cultivate leadership skills and expand the reach of Kids Helping Kids.

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Hannah Paddock - Program Coordinator

Hannah is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Public Sociology. After being in the nonprofit sector for several years, Hannah is excited to be joining the team in order to bring her wealth of knowledge and skill set to KHK. You can find her working with the kids on projects and advocating for local youth both in and out of the Kids Helping Kids organization.

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Board of Directors

Lee Allen - Board Member

Lee is the CEO for the Americas at adm Group, a leading global marketing execution business in Stamford. He brings a plethora of strategic marketing, creative design and fundraising ideas that will launch KHK into the next stage of program development. Originally from the UK, Lee has been based in the US for over four years and currently lives with his wife and two children in Darien. In his spare time, Lee enjoys spending time with his family, CrossFit and kickboxing.

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Dominick Cingari - Board Member

Domick 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.

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Irene Eddy - Board Member

Irene is a global capital markets leader who specializes in asset securities and structured finance. She has over 20 years of experience in structuring and executing private Rule 144A and public asset-backed transactions. Prior to her career in structured finance, Irene was a legal intern at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and an auditor at the public accounting firm Deloitte.

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Charles Evangelakos - Board Member

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.

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Brian Kluberdanz - Board Member

Brian is a civil litigation attorney at Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky LLP in Stamford, who focuses his practice primarily on plaintiffs’-side personal injury, employment, and commercial litigation. He received his B.A. from Boston University, cum laude, in 2005 and his J.D., with honors, from the University Of Connecticut School of Law in 2014.

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Judy Marzen - Board Member

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.

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Brian O’Connor - Board Member

Brian is a thought leader who has a proven track record of developing successful growth and transformation strategies, including market entry, M&A, portfolio rationalization and building customer-centric strategies that maximize revenue and profits. Brian has diverse industry experience in Ecommerce, Software and Business Services.

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Marie Rocha - Board Member

Marie is a software developer and technology guru and has her own company. She has helped springboard KHK to the next level over the last year. She started by looking at how we managed all of our contacts and realized we needed a client relationship software. She spent time researching what would work best for KHK and suggested Salesforce. She has devoted over 100 hours in second half of 2013 to setting KHK up and training our volunteers.

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Esperanza Teasdale - Board Member

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.

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Diane Urban - Board Member

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.

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Richard Vogt, CPA - Board Member

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.

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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

Emma Raggio - Board Chair

Emma grew up in Fairfield, CT and found KHK during college while home for the summer looking for a part-time internship. She is excited to re-join the group 7 years later to build out the Jr. Board. Since graduating from Tufts, she's worked at Bridgewater Associates in various roles in Recruiting, Management Training & Development, and working with the Board of Directors. In her spare time, she makes her own pottery and enjoys traveling internationally, cooking, and exploring flea markets.

Allison Frattaroli - Board Secretary

Allison is a Marketing Coordinator at NBCUniversal within the Entertainment & Lifestyle Group. She graduated from Lafayette College in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology, experience in marketing and TV production, and a passion for volunteerism -- especially with animals. She is excited to rejoin the Kids Helping Kids team after originally founding the Handled with Care Boutique project in 2012.

Jason Cleary - Junior Board Member

 

Lauren Costello - Junior Board Member

Lauren is a Postgraduate Associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where she researches the impact of RULER, a social-emotional learning approach, on children’s school readiness and school and classroom climate in preschools across Connecticut. As an ardent advocate for the power of emotions to create a healthier and more equitable, innovative, and compassionate society, she is thrilled to support the KHK mission as a Junior Board Member.

Lauren has been involved with KHK since 2017 after working as a Summer Intern. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Camp Kesem at Yale University. Lauren graduated with her B.A. in Psychology with a double major in Classics from the University of Richmond in 2019 and currently resides in New Haven, CT.

Cristina Ferreira - Junior Board Member

Hi! My name is Cristina Ferreira. I am a recent 2020 graduate from UCONN. I currently work for Blue Buffalo, a General Mills Company, as an accountant. I volunteered with Kids Helping Kids throughout high school, and even started my own project called "Baking Buddies" that still exists today! The project pushed me out of my comfort zone and boosted my confidence for college academics and career opportunities. 

Outside of my academics and career, a top priority of mine is to give back. Upon graduating, I made sure volunteer-work was still a part of my life. I am so happy to be back with KHK and I cannot wait to see what the future holds. Feel free to reach out to me via email for any advice - whether it be KHK, career, or academics-related 🙂 cristina.ferreira@gmail.com

Lexi Kelley - Junior Board Member

Lexi works at Education First where she helps high school educators plan international travel programs for their students. She continues to empower more children through her role and is able to explore her love of travel at the same time! 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.

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