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.

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 Visible Body, she is a Sales Representative working with colleges and universities across the East Coast to help integrate digital 3D anatomy and physiology resources into the classroom. 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 Bentley
Executive 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.

Hannah Paddock
Program Director

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

Charles Evangelakos

Board Chair

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.

Brian O'Connor

Vice President

Brian is a thoughtful 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.

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.

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.

Irene Eddy

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.

Lee Allen

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.

Brian Kluberdanz

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.

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.

Leah Kagan

Leah Kagan is a fundraising professional with more than a decade of experience working for international non-profit organizations. Since 2018, Leah has served as the Director of Development for the Anti-Defamation League's Connecticut office where she leads major gift fundraising, event planning and board relations. Prior to her role with the ADL, Leah has worked in fundraising for leading non-profit organizations including Planned Parenthood, AmeriCares and American Jewish World Service. Leah graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in journalism and political science and from the City College of New York with an M.A. in international affairs.

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 Co-Chair

Emma is the Director of People and Culture at Capitolis, SaaS platform that drives financial resource optimization for capital markets. Previously, Emma spent 8 years at Bridgewater Associates in various roles in Recruiting, Management Training & Development, and working with the Board of Directors. She graduated from Tufts University in 2013 where she studied anthropology and entrepreneurial leadership. She has been in the Kids Helping Kids orbit for many years, starting in 2012 as an intern.

Allison Frattaroli

Board Co-Chair

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.

Lexi Kelley

Lexi works at Visible Body, she is a Sales Representative working with colleges and universities across the East Coast to help integrate digital 3D anatomy and physiology resources into the classroom. 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.

Lauren Costello

Lauren is a Research Coordinator at Stanford University where she researches the cognitive and biological mechanisms that underlie the development, and intergenerational transmission, of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Her research career thus far has been motivated by her passions in promoting youth advocacy and 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. 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 the Bay Area, CA.

Cristina Ferreira

Cristina is a consultant at IBM. She graduated from UCONN in 2020 with a B.S. in Financial Management and a minor in English. She has experience in accounting, financial planning & analysis, and eCommerce. Outside of work, she helps out at her family's bakery - Angela Mia Italian Bakery - located in Norwalk, CT. Besides working the register and taking orders, she works on the bakery's website and social media platforms. In her spare time, you can find her reading, exercising, playing with her dog, or planning her next trip to visit somewhere new. In 2015, she was an ambassador and led her Baking Buddies project at Angela Mia. She is eager to return to Kids Helping Kids to keep "giving back."

Jason Cleary

Jason is a Director of Corporate Development at Buildertrend, a construction SaaS platform serving residential builders. He helps lead M&A, partnership, and strategy initiatives for the Company. Previously, Jason was an investment banker focused on mergers and acquisitions advisory for software companies. Jason has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a minor in Mass Communications from Washington and Lee University, where he was also a member of the Venture Club and the men's lacrosse team. He has been involved in KHK for many years, including a stint as an intern during his college years. He looks forward to furthering the mission and giving back to the KHK community.

Tyler Marzen

Tyler is an undergraduate information science major at the University of Pittsburgh where he is currently pursuing a Certificate in Homeland Security and National Preparedness. He has been involved with Kids Helping Kids since 2013 and has served in a number of roles ranging from lead ambassador to intern to a member of the Youth Advisory Council. Tyler is excited to continue his work with Kids Helping Kids as he progresses in his academic and professional career.