Key Executives Join Pathways for Children

May 17, 2018
Key Executives Join Pathways for Children

Pathways for Children’s President and Chief Executive Officer Sue Todd announced that Eric D. Mitchell has been selected vice president and chief operating officer and Lisa A. Correnti has been named director of Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Eric Mitchell, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Pathways is the North Shore’s leading provider of early childhood education serving 14 communities including Gloucester, Salem, Danvers , Beverly and Peabody.  It serves more than 500 students and families annually with various programs, including Head Start, that reach children from birth to age 12.

Mitchell and Correnti join Pathways from Boston’s Action for Boston Community Development where they served in senior management positions.

Mitchell most recently was deputy director of field operations providing operational leadership for 14 centers throughout the city of Boston.  He previously was director of ABCD neighborhood service centers in the South End and Dorchester and was outreach and policy director for Head Start and Children’s Services.  Among his board memberships have been United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Dorchester Board of Trade and Roxbury Youthworks Initiative.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University and master’s degrees in public administration and in political science, as well as a graduate certificate in human services management, from Suffolk University.  Mitchell is a Danvers resident.

“I love the work that Pathways has been doing on the North Shore for the past 50 years,” said Mitchell. “My interest in serving children and families as well as wanting to have a significant impact in a community led me to Pathways.  The opportunity to expand the reach of its programs to a broader audience, to be innovative and to develop partnership with other organizations is exciting.  Extending the reach of quality early education means that more children and more families will be served by this outstanding organization.”

Lisa Correnti, Director, Head Start

Correnti had been ABCD’s education coordinator and coaching supervisor for 21 Head Start programs throughout the city.  Her responsibilities ranged from implementing strategies and tools to achieve school readiness goals, organizing and facilitating training for teachers in best practices and oversight of systems and services associated with mentoring and coaching programs.

Correnti was graduated from UMass Boston with a bachelor’s degree in humanities and English, received a master’s in early childhood education from Bridgewater State College and has a graduate certificate in human services management from Suffolk University.  She is an Arlington resident.

Correnti has been working in the field of early education for over 30 years, half of those devoted to Head Start.  She cited the quality of Pathways’ programs, noting “There is no other program that matches the intensity and comprehensiveness of service to children and families as Head Start does. Pathways has been a hallmark of this, providing Head Start services on Cape Ann for many years and now the North Shore, and is moving towards innovation and expansion of its programming. To be part of this movement and affect positive changes in teaching and early education on the North Shore is very exciting for me and a major influence in my decision to join Pathways.”

Sue Todd said Mitchell and Correnti are “tremendous additions to our management team.  Their insights and experience managing major programs will help guide the growth of our quality education services to children and their families throughout the communities we serve.  We are excited that they have joined us and with their support look forward to important early education developments in the near future.”

About Pathways for Children

This year marks 50 years since we have launched the dream to provide every three – and four- year old child with quality early educational programming through Head Start.  Over the past five decades, Pathways has grown from a small Head Start Pre-School Program to its current status as a leading provider of comprehensive early education and care services on the North Shore for children from birth to age 13 in centers in Beverly, Gloucester and Salem.  Pathways conducts the following programs: Head Start and Early Head Start, School Age CareFamily Enrichment Programs, and Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Programs.