LEADERSHIP TEAM

Ken White
Executive Director
Vice President For Resident Services For The NHP Foundation.

Ken holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and has spent his 20 year career working with youth living in inner-city poverty. As both a former teacher and school principal, he has knowledge of the educational system and best practices in urban education. Ken has been recognized by the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana for his commitment to children and youth. He also earned the recognition of the United States Congressional Black Caucus for bringing technology education into urban housing communities. Presently, Ken directs comprehensive programs and services for residents in housing communities in 11 states reaching over 5,000 families.
Christopher Bentivegna
Deputy Director
Christopher has worked for Operation Pathways, Inc. since 2005 and has worked in the field of education and social services since 1995. During his time with Operation Pathways, Inc., Christopher has developed the nationally-recognized project-based learning curriculum “Virtual Vacation.” He is the author of the guidebook about this curriculum which is being used to implement this program in afterschool centers across the country. Christopher also developed the “Exploration Station” which is a small group and one-on-one tutoring program that focuses on math and literacy using hands-on manipulatives. Christopher has a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Kevin Lewis
Director of Programs & Services
Kevin brings over sixteen years experience in non-profit management, program development, and holistic family services to his current position. Additionally, he has almost eighteen years in supervising staff, hiring, and building successful teams. Prior to his current seven-year tenure with Operation Pathways Kevin held several positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s programs in Southeast Louisiana and Southwest Michigan. He has extensive experience, working with school districts, faith-based organizations, businesses, community groups and local governments engaging them in youth and community development. Kevin has been recognized for his service by several entities including the Capital Area United Way, WBRZ Channel 2, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The White House Office of Faith and Community-Based Initiatives, and Louisiana State University’s Center for Community Engagement Learning and Leadership. He is native of New Orleans and is a graduate of McDonogh #35 Senior High School and Tulane University where he earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.
Amanda Walz
Director of Development
Amanda plans and leads the resource development process in collaboration with local staff and supports the organization’s marketing and communications efforts. Before joining Operation Pathways, Amanda served as the director of corporate engagement and federal grants at Rebuilding Together, Inc. She was responsible for relationship management for a portfolio of corporate sponsorships and led efforts around healthy housing programing to build capacity and improve local service delivery. Prior to this, Amanda worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in both nongovernmental partner engagement and community development. Amanda holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton and an M.P.A. from Virginia Tech. In addition, Amanda holds a graduate certificate in non-profit and non-governmental organization and management from Virginia Tech.
Natalia Varshosaz
Manager of Data & Outcomes
Natalia joined Operations Pathways in 2013. Prior to joining Operation Pathways, Natalia spent four years administrating non-profit organizations dedicated to developing programs for at-risk youth in Dallas. In her current position, Natalia focuses on the national needs of the company with respect to data and outcomes management by collecting, managing and reporting data, and to ensure accuracy and consistency with established data collection standards. Additionally, Natalia assists in sharing data critical to develop policy initiatives that include developing comprehensive legislation for the preservation of affordable rental housing. She also oversees three properties in the Dallas metropolitan area as a resident services coordinator, developing and implementing services and programs for families, youth, and seniors. Natalia is a native from Buenos Aires, Argentina, an University of Texas at Dallas Alumni.
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