Meet The Team

Executive Team


Mary Ann Curran

Chief Executive Officer, North America

An accomplished Canadian senior executive, Mary Ann supports BrightPath with its ambitious growth plans driven by her passion and dedication to care for and educate children and to raise the bar with respect to high-quality early years education and care.  

Mary Ann has over 25 years of experience across a variety of roles in strategy development, financial management, planning and analysis, and information technology, but perhaps the most notable part of her prolific career is being a proud mother of a now 16-year-old son and finding a harmonious work-life balance.

Dale Kearns

Dale Kearns

President of BrightPath Kids

Dale has been involved with BrightPath since its inception over a decade ago. As President, Dale oversees the corporate development function that identifies and concludes new locations and acquisitions.

Dale and his wife, Maria, have a family of six grown children who lead happy, healthy lives as a result of the long-standing support of their interests, education, and careers. These values and endeavors have helped shape the approach to child development at BrightPath.

Jane Todd

Jane Todd

Chief Financial Officer, North America

Jane has over 20 years of senior business and financial management experience in distribution, manufacturing, and technology, and provides extensive strategic, financial, and operational leadership experience.


Nancy Walsh

Chief Operating Officer, North America

Nancy Walsh obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut.

She has been a valued member of the team since 2001.

Director of Curriculum, Samaya Khattak

Samaya Khattak

Vice President of Education and Quality Assurance

Samaya has a love of all things academic and an inextinguishable passion for early learning and development. She believes in the power of education and empowering teachers through training, and continues to deliver the highest-quality programming for our BrightPath families.

When she's not working, you can find Samaya volunteering as a translator and writer for academic curriculums for international programs, involved in philanthropy, painting, hiking, travelling the world, or spending time with her husband and two children.

Marnie Falkiner

Marnie Falkiner

Vice President of Human Resources

Marnie is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of senior national and international Human Resources leadership experience and knowledge gained by working in diverse industries.

In addition to her passion for connecting with people, children and animals are the highlights of Marnie’s life. Marnie excitedly awaits the birth of her first grandchild, and cannot wait for the joys of becoming a grandmother.

Management Team

Carol Caddoo

Carol Caddoo

Director of Operations, Ontario

Carol has been fully invested in childcare since 1984. She works closely with the entire management team to ensure the delivery of our programs, quality assurance, mentoring of centre staff and directors, and providing the very best opportunities for children and their families.

When she's not actively engaged in the field, she enjoys spending time with her family, her one grand-puppy Zoe, baking, reading, travelling, and spending time by the ocean.


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