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
Chief of Staff
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 has been a member of the Operation Pathways team since 2008.  In his current capacity he provides support and oversight for housing-based programs and services that impact over 20 housing communities in 13 states and the District of Columbia.  Mr. Lewis has over two decades of professional experience in human services management, resources development (e.g. staff, programs, partnerships, and funding), and organizational assessment/evaluation.  Prior to his tenure with Operation Pathways he held several positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s programs in Southeast Louisiana and Southwest Michigan. Kevin has worked with school districts, faith-based organizations, businesses, community groups and local governments engaging them in community development projects and activities.  Mr. Lewis has been recognized for his public service by several entities, including the United Way, WBRZ Channel 2, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, The White House Office of Faith and Community-Based Initiatives, and Louisiana State University’s Center for Community Engagement Learning and Leadership.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tulane University and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University.

Maria Conticelli
Manager of Operations
In her role, Maria contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies, and practices. Maria ensures operational effectiveness by providing leadership for finance and human resource functions. Before joining Operation Pathways, Maria served as the Director of Sections, Divisions, and Administration at the Federal Bar Association in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to this, Maria served as the Director of Recruitment and Training at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois. Maria holds a master's degree in Child Development from the Erikson Institute and a B.A. in Communications and Theatre from Saint Mary's College.
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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