Lexi Kelley, Founder
Kids Helping Kids is a 501c3 and was founded in the summer of 2009 by Lexi Kelley. The idea to start KHK came from the small acts of kindness from many people that Lexi experienced at 12 years old while recuperating from a bad car accident in January 2009. Lexi was so touched by their kindness that she thought to herself, if we can continue to have lots of kids do just a little, we can really make a difference for those in need. So she and a small group of friends organized their first KHK project in order to give other kids her age the opportunity to feel the impact, joy and reward of helping others. As the team of volunteers has grown and matured, so has their reach and impact in the community. There is now over 350 kids from 59 different schools involved in one or more KHK projects. In 2014, The World Affairs Forum named Lexi Kelley winner of the Future Global Leader Award for Fairfield County and the $10,000 Merit Scholarship for college.
In addition to over 800 hours dedicated to starting and growing KHK, Lexi is an avid hip hop dancer, shodan black belt, part of a cappella at school, and a tour guide and ambassador at school amoung a long list of other activities. She keeps herself active!
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 Kids Helping Kids in June 2009 where she is currently serves as the executive director.
She has worked in both private and public elementary school in the Fairfield County area. She has worked as a pre-school teacher and center manager for 12 years where she planned curriculum, trained assistants and taught three differentiated programs. She lived in Asia for 5 years where she was an ESL teacher. In her early career, she worked for 12 years at C2Media, an international presentation company, as a general manager.
She and her husband, Jack, and 17 year old daughter, Lexi reside in Stamford, CT.
Dan is a principal and partner at Brennan & Vlahakis Insurance in Stamford Connecticut. He is involved with every aspect of the agency, frequently working in sales, marketing, finance, advertising, claims and customer service capacities. Dan is also the Chairman of the E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Commission and sits on the advisory board for Union Mutual Insurance Company, as well as being involved with the Stamford Chamber of Commerce.
Dan attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated with the class of 1989 and currently lives in Stamford with his wife and three children.
Grade A 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 thirty years they have been dedicated to fight against hunger by supporting the food bank of lower Fairfield County. He is also very involved with the Yale Eye center. Chip Cingari has served as a member of the CT Food Assoc since 1983 and has been on the board of the Italian Center since 2004.
Chip lives in Stamford with his wife.
Charles Evangelakos is a wealth manager who specializes in working with the unique complexities of highly affluent families and business owners. Many of Charles’ clients are top executives of publicly traded companies, owners of closely held corporations and affluent retirees who are motivated to preserve their wealth. He has worked with many top executives up to the CEO level, with notable companies which include Dow Chemical, Praxair Corp., Albemarle Corp. and the former Union Carbide Corp.
He is a board member of the Resource Group, an alliance of top tier top 2% professionals within the Sagemark Consulting/Lincoln Financial Advisors organization who interact frequently and share intellectual capital. He is named a prestige planner of the Private Wealth Services Group at Sagemark, a select group comprised of twenty planners nationwide.
Prior to joining Sagemark, Charles was Vice President and Director of estate planning for the Northeast Region for Prudential Securities, Inc. At Prudential, he supported over 1,000 financial advisors with nearly 10 billion dollars under management. He was also one of the founding members of the program.
Charles is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council, Family Firm Institute, an instructor of continued education for Massachusetts Life insurance agents and a speaker at various trade and business association forums. He is a Certified Options Advisor which recognizes technical financial expertise to advise clients with equity based compensation.
Charles serves on the Board of Directors for Mercantile bank, a Boston area commercial bank. He serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Benefits and Compensation Committee.
Charles lives with his wife and 3 children in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Kelly Foley Sapio
Kelly currently serves on the Executive Committee of New Canaan Mounted Troop, a non-profit organization serving youth in our area. She has also spent considerable time in the community working with The Junior League of Summitt, Ox Ridge School PTO, Convent of the Sacred Heart Parent Organization and Darien YWCA Parent Awareness Committee, mostly taking on marketing and communications positions. Prior to staying home with her children and focusing on volunteerism, she spent 12 years working in New York for an Investment Firm and managed the marketing and client servicing efforts for the organization. She has a good amount of experience with both print and social media and desire to expand upon her volunteer commitments in the area. Her strength and desire is to lead the Development and Major Contributions at KHK as well as be on the strategic planning team. Kelly lives in Darien with her husband and 3 daughters.
Bob Hagan is Vice President Business Development Officer
Darien Rowayton Bank and is responsible for expanding the bank’s customer base and strengthening the bank’s relationship with it’s existing customers. Bob has extensive sales and management experience in the healthcare, information technology and financial services business, with special expertise in lending and new business development and brings a wealth of community knowledge to our team. He is a lifelong resident of Stamford, where he resides with his wife and three children. He is a Stamford football, soccer and Little League coach, former Executive Board Member of the Stamford Exchange Club, and was Chairman of the Fundraising Committee and a key member of the Executive Committee for the 2009 Stamford Mayoral election.
Brian is a senior strategy executive who delivers value from insight through implementation. As a thought leader and transformational change agent for businesses, Brian has aided businesses through innovation advancements, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and market expansions. Brian operates with an entrepreneurial mindset and quickly analyses situations to solve complex issues for the companies he works with. He currently works at Pitney Bowes and lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife and two children.
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. This new technology has allowed us to manage our incredible growth. We are grateful for her incredibly selfless donation of time, wisdom and energy. She continues to work with us to print reports and fine tune our database so we can maximize our growth. Marie is also on the PTA board at Northeast School and very involved in Greenwich Academy. She lives in Stamford with her husband and 2 children.
Richard Vogt, CPA
Richard D. Vogt, CPA, CVA is P 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 eleven years of professional accounting experience and over nine years of professional valuation experience. He is member of the South Carolina Association of Certiﬁed Public Accounts and the American Institute of Certiﬁed Public Accountants (AICPA).
In addition to providing tax and advisory services for small business clients, Mr. Vogt has provided valuation advisory services for a wide range of issues including complex business valuation, option pricing models, shareholder dissent, and economic damages.
He has worked as a senior auditor for Deloitte & Touche, a private industry controller for a manufacturing company and designed, developed and operated a four-unit restaurant company in California and Washington State. He has a Bachelor of Art in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Clemson University. He and his family are currently American expatiates living in Beijing, China, and he is pursuing a Masters of Taxation degree.
Donna Volpitta, Ed.D., is an educator, author, and parenting expert who is passionate about the field of resilience. Through her Nametags Education Program, Pathways to Empower Curriculum, parenting book and teacher and parent workshops, she offers practical strategies to build resilience in children.
Dr. Volpitta is on the Board of Directors for One Revolution, a non-profit foundation founded by Chris Waddell. Along with Mr. Waddell she designed Nametags, One-Revolution’s education program, which teaches students that “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.” Dr. Volpitta is an education advisor for both Little Noodles, a children’s educational television production company and Kids Helping Kids She writes an education blog for Modern Mom and has authored several articles, received a grant from the Department of Education, and has given presentations at numerous professional conferences.
Dr. Volpitta is a former classroom teacher with experience in both general and special education. She holds a doctoral degree in Learning Dis/Abilities from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in Pound Ridge, New York with her husband and four children.
Past Board Members
Michael D’Elia is a principal of Olympic Construction LLC. Michael founded Olympic Construction LLC in 2002. He has over 20 years of varied construction industry experience and more than 30 years of business experience in sales and business management. As founder of Olympic, he is committed to the advancement of the company with the same continued dedication to quality and service that he has developed over the years. Michael’s natural leadership skills and vision are responsible for the company’s strong growth. He has a reputation for integrity, reliability, and dedication. This, combined with his diversified experience, has earned Olympic a reputation as a premier general contractor in Fairfield County.
Michael has served on the Environmental Protection Board in Stamford, the Stamford Golf Authority, the Allyson Rioux Memorial Golf Tournament Committee and the Citizen Advisory Board for Bankwell in Stamford. Michael lives in Stamford with his wife and three boys.
Susan is actively involved in her local community. She volunteers for Horizons in New Canaan, CT and is on the board as well and is currently a board member at New Canaan Country School. Prior to becoming a full time mom, Susan worked in the domestic and international financial services industry for 14 years. Susan is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Susan lives with her two boys and her husband in Stamford, CT.