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Senior Leadership

Jenny Livelli

Jenny Livelli

President and CEO

An unwavering advocate for children, Jenny applies her visionary leadership and business acumen to build The Children’s Guild’s capacity to positively impact the children and families it serves.

With her considerable expertise in administration, special education, continuous quality improvement and behavioral health, she is uniquely positioned to lead the organization in building a culture that engages students, fosters achievement and meets the needs of every learner.

Prior to being named CEO in March 2021, Jenny served as chief operating officer of the organization. She has also served as director of continuous quality improvement. Learn more…

Elizabeth Garcia, LCSW-C, MSSA, MNO

Elizabeth Garcia, LCSW-C, MSSA, MNO

Chief People Officer

Ensuring the highest quality of clinical care in behavioral health, residential and treatment foster care programs is the focus of Elizabeth’s work as Interim Chief of Children’s and Community Services.

She joined The Children’s Guild in 2011 and previously served as Director of Behavioral Health Services. Her leadership has overseen the growth of the Expanded School Based Mental Health Services to six counties and 90 schools.

Prior to joining The Children’s Guild, Elizabeth was Division Director for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau in Cleveland.

She is an LCSW-C with more than 25 years of experience providing direct practice clinical services as well as managing behavioral health and out-of-home care for children and families. Elizabeth currently serves on the Board of The Behavioral Health Association of Maryland. Learn more…

Charley Gordon

Charley Gordon

Chief Revenue Officer

Charley brings 39 years of experience in the private sector to his work as The Children’s Guild Chief Revenue Officer. He is a senior executive with extensive experience in diverse industries such as wholesale distribution; manufacturing; computer hardware, software and services; hospitality; integrated marketing; public accounting; start-up consulting and funding; not-for-profits in human services, music and theater; and real estate development, acquisitions, investing and management.

Charley joined The Children’s Guild in November 2020 as its Chief Financial Officer before moving to the CRO role in July 2022. Prior to joining The Children’s Guild, he held the positions of President of OPS Unlimited; VP Finance & Administration for Calico Industries; Chief Financial Officer for SuiteLinq; VP of Operations for Micros Fidelio Direct; and Chief Financial Officer for Hayman Systems.

Charley is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.

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Hughes Johnson

Hughes Johnson

Chief of Staff; Interim Chief of Educational Services

In addition to his leadership role as Chief of Staff, Hughes fills the vacant position as Interim Chief of Educational Services. Mr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in therapy. He has been a classroom teacher and most recently oversaw compliance for schools across three states. Hughes’ 30-year career has focused on serving at-risk youth and children with intellectual disabilities.   He brings this experience in education, training, and compliance, as well a clear focus on developing and measuring quality systems, to the new strategic plan and vision set forth by The Children’s Guild Board of Directors and CEO Jenny Livelli, emphasizing effective, efficient, and quality operations across all Guild service areas. Hughes’s expertise positively impacts The Children’s Guild operations as Chief of Staff as he focuses on creating and supporting quality operations across the entire organization, and provides steady leadership as The Guild completes a thoughtful search for a new CES.

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Agnes Kibirige

Agnes Kibirige

Chief Information Officer

Agnes comes to The Children’s Guild with a range of professional experiences that will be vital in shaping the organization’s direction. With over 20 years of experience designing, developing, and delivering IT solutions for fortune 500 clients, Agnes mixes her knowledge of technology with a unique understanding of how it all fits on an individual human level.  

Agnes’s prior experience includes a 14-year career at Accenture (a Fortune Global 500 company specializing in information technology services and consulting), culminating in her position as a senior manager. In October 2019, Agnes founded ExperTribe LLC, which allowed her to bring expertise to a broader range of clients, including the world of non-profits. Through this new endeavor, Agnes first became connected to The Children’s Guild and was immediately impressed by the importance of the work taking place in the organization. Learn more…

Chris Zimmerman

Chris Zimmerman

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Zimmerman decided to trade his Board responsibilities for those of the new CFO because he knows, firsthand, how important getting The Guild’s financial team structure in place to support its new direction and goals is a critical piece to the organization’s growth plan. Before joining the board, Chris had been supporting The Guild as a volunteer since 2014. He was as a founding member of The Children’s Guild DC Charter School Board of Directors.

Chris is coming from Diligent Corporation, the leading governance, risk, and compliance SaaS company. As a director there, he partnered with all areas of the organization to institute new policies, processes, and systems enabling the company to scale in five years from $150 million to nearly $600 million in revenue. Learn more…

Advisory Leadership

Laura Anaya

Laura Anaya

Program Manager, TAWS

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson

Program Manager of the Community Collaborative

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Bryan C. Daniels

Bryan C. Daniels

Principal, The Children’s Guild D.C. Charter School

Deborah Downs-Lynch

Deborah Downs-Lynch

Human Resources Manager

Ronesha Estep

Ronesha Estep

Managing Director, School Operations

Erin Finnegan -Smith

Erin Finnegan -Smith

Managing Director, Workforce Development

Gregory Jordan

Gregory Jordan

Talent Acquisition Manager

Esther Mack, LCSW-C

Esther Mack, LCSW-C

Program Manager, Behavioral Health Services

Rae Meneses

Rae Meneses

Managing Director, Compliance

Mark Rapaport M. Ed.

Mark Rapaport M. Ed.

Managing Director, Autism Services

Liesa Ross

Liesa Ross

Marketing Director

Kelly Schwalbert

Kelly Schwalbert

Managing Director, Mission Advancement

Jillian Szczepaniak-Gillece, LCSW-C

Jillian Szczepaniak-Gillece, LCSW-C

Managing Director, Behavioral Health Services

Krissie Taylor

Krissie Taylor

Director, Monarch Preschool College Park

LaToya Tyson, MSW

LaToya Tyson, MSW

Certification & Licensure Manager

Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner

Director of Admissions

Maurice Wagoner

Maurice Wagoner

Manager, Infrastructure and Facilities Manager

Dr. Katina Webster

Dr. Katina Webster

Principal, The Children’s Guild, Inc., Baltimore Campus

John Weitzel

John Weitzel

Managing Director of Facilities

Sarah Weitzel

Sarah Weitzel

Director of The Children’s Guild-Transformation Academy

Jamie Wilson, LCSW-C

Jamie Wilson, LCSW-C

Managing Director of Employee Engagement

Ashley Woozley

Ashley Woozley

Manager, Legal Affairs

Joy Zollinger, MSW, LCSW-C

Joy Zollinger, MSW, LCSW-C

Managing Director, Residential Services