Jonathan Pride

Jonathan Pride is the executive director for Texas at NPower. In this role, he… He joined NPower from Mobile Mini Solutions, a global storage solutions company, where he has served as Regional Director for six years. He is a former Army Military Intelligence Officer. He served seven and a half years on active duty and one year in the Virginia National Guard.

Jonathan has many passions in life, but his biggest passion is motivating and inspiring people. His greatest professional accomplishment was helping to promote several individuals into roles with greater responsibility. As such, he recently authored his first book titled Caterpillars Don’t Fly which encourages people to unlock their inner potential and live life to the fullest.

Jonathan has a master’s degree in Business and Organizational Management from Webster University, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from Norwich University, and a master’s certificate in Applied Project Management and Six Sigma-Black Belt from Villanova University.

Wendell Covington, Jr

Wendell Covington is Executive Director of Missouri for NPower. He is a nationally renowned public lecturer, consultant, and non-profit executive. He is the Principal of CSC consultants a full-service consulting firm providing training and technical assistance to education and non-profit organizations.

Wendell Covington has been a leader and pioneer in youth development for over 26 years. He has positively impacted over 30,000 youth in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Additionally, he has partnered with hundreds of non-profit and educational organizations locally, regionally, and nationally. 

Most recently, he has served as President and CEO of the historic Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls club where he championed the scholar-athletic curriculum. In 2017, his leadership enabled Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ club to be named as “Neighborhood Builder of the Year” by Bank of America. This award was only given to 62 leaders nationally. He was also a community partner with MLS4daLou ownership group to bring Major League soccer to the city of St. Louis.

Prior to becoming President and CEO, Wendell Covington was a national leader for dual enrollment and dual credit movement with the Bill and Melinda Gates funded, National Gateway to College program. He served on the national leadership team, where he provided training and technical assistance to dual enrollment programs in Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Mississippi. He also served as an advisor to the national Gateway to College leadership team. Because of his efforts thousands of youths have had opportunities to attend colleges and universities.

Wendell was also a pioneer of the Father Involvement initiative in early childhood education, youth workforce development, as well as scholar-athletics. He is respected for his innovative approach to executive leadership, strategic planning, and fundraising and development.

Kendra Parlock

Kendra Parlock is the Executive Director of Maryland in NPower. She is responsible for overseeing program administration, strategic partnerships, advocacy, and development.

In 2017 Kendra was appointed Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainable Solutions for the City of Baltimore where she was charged with rebuilding and expanding Baltimore’s CitiStat program for issue driven performance management, data analysis and cross agency collaboration for service delivery, public safety and neighborhood revitalization.  Prior to this role over a span of two decades, Kendra worked as a global segment manager at Cabot Corporation, led innovation projects in W.R. Grace’s New Business Development Incubator and held various technical, sales and marketing roles at DuPont.

Kendra is highly engaged with several community and charity organizations.  She is a member of the inaugural United Way of Central Maryland Philanthropic Women’s Leadership Development Program, a longtime executive board member of the Bolton Hill Community Association and a business mentor with Innovation Works, an organization working to improve Baltimore’s neighborhood economies. Named The Daily Record’s 2021 Top 100 Women in Maryland, Kendra is recognized for her collaboration and results-driven leadership style and commitment to changing the lives of your people in her community.

Chris Starling

Chris Starling is the Executive Director of NPower California.  In this role he recruits and trains veterans, veteran spouses and young adults in IT fundamentals and then places them into tech jobs throughout California.  Prior to joining NPower in 2019, Chris worked at Vets in Tech and at the Marines’ Memorial Association in San Francisco.   Chris is a US Marine Corps veteran with over 26 years of active duty.  He completed ten overseas deployments including three combat tours in the Middle East.  Command assignments included Kilo Company 3/3 in Kaneohe Bay, HI, Second Battalion, Second Marines in Camp Lejeune NC, and the 23d Marines in San Bruno CA.  Chris’s staff assignments were varied and included instructor duty at the US Military Academy, West Point, NY, an operations planner at Joint Task Force 5 in Alameda, CA, and as the Partnership Division Chief of US Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.   

Camille Walker Banks

Camille Walker Banks is the Executive Director leading NPower’s expansion into Detroit. In this role, she oversees program administration, strategic partnerships, advocacy, and development.

Most recently, Camille served as Executive Director for Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University, which invests in small businesses, providing resources needed to succeed. She brings more than 20 years of experience helping small businesses across Michigan increase their revenues and creating new job opportunities that exceeded the national average. She’s helped spur economic development in underserved communities, helping create 5,000 new jobs and generating $5.5B in capital investment during her tenure with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  Camille is a Detroit-native and thought leader in economic and community development, capital entrepreneurship, social impact investing, and business growth. She is deeply committed to the revitalization of Detroit, and the economic advancement of all Detroiters.

Helen Kogan

Helen Kogan is the Executive Director of New York and New Jersey (Metro) regions at NPower. She joined NPower in 2014, working her way towards increased responsibilities as Program Director of the Brooklyn site, then as Executive Director of NPower New York and adding Executive Director New Jersey responsibilities to her portfolio in 2020.  She believes that NPower serves as a strong connector between untapped talent that needs the right training and opportunity to thrive and industry that is looking for a diverse, tech talent pipeline. As Executive Director, Helen oversees strategic partnerships, advocacy, development, and high-level program administration.

Before NPower, Helen honed her workforce development skills as Director of Career Services at three colleges in New York. At these schools, her passion for helping young adults navigate their careers blossomed into a life-long ambition.

Bea Tassot

Béa Tassot is the Vice President of Field Operations and Military Programs for NPower. She is responsible for leading NPower’s programmatic direction and strategic growth agenda for impact and expansion. This includes managing the regional locations across the country and support the Executive Directors to achieve best-in-class outcomes; drive operational excellence and lead the creation and refinement of systems, processes & practices for recruitment, curriculum development, facilitation & training, professional development, placement and governance. Béa joined NPower as the NJ Executive Director in September 2015 to launch the program in Jersey City. Since then, seven classes of young adult and veteran classes graduated under her leadership.

After a career in public relations for Federal Express, Ogilvy & Mather, AT&T France, and Lucent Technologies USA. She pivoted to a role as Corporate Contributions Director at Lucent Technologies Foundation where she led several signature programs globally before becoming the Executive Director of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation. After Lucent, Bea joined the Verizon Foundation to design and implement their International philanthropic strategy. She was also in charge of Domestic Violence Prevention and Military programs.

Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn serves as Vice President, Head of Instructors Institute at NPower. In this role Robert oversees our national instructional staff and leads the strategic design, direction, and integration of curriculum. Robert also helps innovate around technical content and ensure the effectiveness of NPower’s proprietary pedagogical approach to teaching.

Robert brings two decades of experience with him having served in various roles such as a Chief Technology Officer, Global Information Security Officer, and Chief Information Security Officer for major corporations such as GM Financial and Globelife. 

Robert has trained thousands of veterans and service members internationally as part of the DOD Cybersecurity Warfare Program. As a national leader in curriculum and IT certifications training, Robert has served as a National Dean for leading global for profit training organizations (New Horizons, NEC, and Global Knowledge).

Robert brings over 42 professional IT certifications and a passion and commitment to developing tech talent in underserved communities. Notable accomplishments include being recognized as a “Global Leadership Forum Superstar” at the 3rd annual Global Leadership Forum Summit 2019 and award recipient for “Global Influence” at the SABSA World Congress APAC Conference.

Melody Brown

Melody Brown is the Vice President of Human Resources at NPower. She has held this role since March 2016. She is responsible for the full scope of HR activities to include HR alignment with business needs, identifying and implementing process improvements, driving positive employee relations, compensation planning, performance management, succession planning, training and development, recruiting and retaining top talent, and driving a high-performance culture.

She has 25 years of experience in the fields of human resources, customer care and corporate social responsibility for Verizon Communications.  During that time, she worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions, managed multi-million-dollar programmatic budgets, and spearheaded award-winning corporate responsibility initiatives.  

Melody is invested in her community, currently serving on the national board of A Call to Men, and the YWCA of Union County. She was formerly on the board of trustees for the Morris County Urban League, and the advisory board of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University.  

Tom Sussman

Tom Sussman is the Vice President of Finance and Business Operations at NPower. He joined the nonprofit organization in 2012. In his capacity, Tom serves as an officer of the organization and is responsible for the accounting and finance functions, payroll processing, information technology and real estate management.

Tom’s leadership experience prior to joining NPower includes roles as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Controller, Vice President, Corporate Accounting and management consultant.  His professional experience includes time working for organizations in the following industries: investment banking, telecommunications, food & beverage, home entertainment and various types of professional services.