Meet the Team

Executive Team

Mary Ann Curran
Chief Executive Officer
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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.

Tanveer Malik
Chief Financial Officer
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With more than 25 years of experience in Finance, Tanveer has built a successful career across various sectors. His leadership was pivotal in the development of senior housing at Revera and with the automotive manufacturing company Magna. His professional journey also highlights managerial stints at Second Cup Coffee, a proprietary petrochemical producer, and auditing roles with PwC. Tanveer is a CPA, CA and a proud alumnus of the University of Waterloo with a Masters in Accounting.

Now serving as the CFO at Brightpath, he leads a dedicated team offering robust financial and administrative aid to our centers. Together, they're deeply committed to upholding BrightPath's esteemed operational standards and ambitious growth trajectories.

Away from the hustle, Tanveer cherishes moments with his three kids and enjoys traveling and reading.

Nancy Walsh
Chief Operating Officer
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Nancy 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.

Samaya Khattak
Chief Education Officer
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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, traveling the world, or spending time with her husband and two children.

Nina Freier
Chief Human Resources Officer
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Nina has over 20 years of experience across multiple industries in international and North American Human Resources. Nina’s experience includes being a CHRO at CareRx Corporation, Vice President of Human Resources at Sienna Senior Living, and an HR leader at ADP, North America. Nina is well prepared to lead us through rapid growth and support our mandate of being the best early years education and care company and the employer of choice in our field.

Management Team

Jenna Minton
Director of Operations, Eastern USA
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Jenna has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2003 and started her career as an infant teacher. She has been an administrator in the field since 2004. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and is a proud member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Jenna truly enjoys supporting our Directors in ensuring that we are providing a high-quality experience for the children, families, and teachers in our schools.

Michael Willis
Director of Operations, Central USA
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Mike has over 30 years of leadership and team development experience in a variety of industries, including over 7 years in Early Childhood Education. He is a husband and father of 3 terrific children, with a passion for seeing children be happy, and healthy and develop a lifetime love of learning and discovery. As a Director of Operations with BrightPath, Mike is excited by the wonderful opportunity to guide the team toward its true north star, which is doing everything possible to deliver to the children we are blessed to serve. Mike is an avid sports fan and, when not working, loves to spend time with his family.

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