President and CEO
Elizabeth Garcia, LCSW-C, MSSA, MNO
Chief People Officer
Elizabeth Garcia is the Interim Chief of Children’s and Community Services for The Children’s Guild Alliance. In this role, she ensures behavioral health, residential and treatment foster care programs provide the highest quality of clinical care. 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.
Garcia joined The Children’s Guild Alliance in 2011 and previous served as the 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. She serves on the Board of The Behavioral Health Association of Maryland.
Prior to The Children’s Guild, Garcia was Division Director for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau in Cleveland. She received two master’s degrees, in social work and nonprofit management, from Case Western Reserve University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College.
Charley Gordon, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Charley Gordon is a senior executive with extensive experience in such diverse industries as Wholesale Distribution; Manufacturing; Computer Hardware, Software and Services; Hospitality; Integrated Marketing; Public Accounting; Start-up Consulting and Funding; Not-for-Profit Music and Theater; and Real Estate Development, Acquisitions, Investing and Management. Gordon brings 39 years of experience in the private sector to his work as The Children’s Guild’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his tenure at The Children’s Guild Alliance, 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.
Gordon is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.
Kathy Lane, MA
Chief of Educational Services
Kathy Lane is the Chief of Educational Services for The Children’s Guild Alliance. In this role, Lane supports the development of The Children’s Guild Alliance’s special education programs and charter and contract schools. Lane has more than 30 years of education experience focusing on students who face barriers to learning in public school systems.
Lane held multiple positions with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, including executive director of alternative education, director of alternative education and safe schools, assistant principal of the Glendale Regional Program, and specialist for programs and services for students with emotional disabilities in the Division of Special Education. She was also a special educator with Prince George’s County Public Schools.
In addition to her educational experience, Lane serves on the board of the Early Childhood Coalition of Anne Arundel County and the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. She is also a member of the leadership teams at the Annapolis Collaborative for Change and Community of Hope Initiative. Lane holds a master’s degree in psycho-education of the emotionally disturbed adolescent from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in special and elementary education from The Catholic University of America. She earned a Maryland State Department of Education certificate in administration and supervision from Bowie State University.