Andrew L. Ross, Ph.D., LCSW-C
President and CEO
Dr. Andrew Ross (pictured above, on mic) is an innovator in serving children with emotional and behavioral problems. He became president of The Children’s Guild Alliance in 1995. Previously, Ross served as executive director of Family Services in Philadelphia; president and CEO of Children’s Square U.S.A. in Council Bluffs, Iowa; and director of residential services for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Ross received both a master’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in social welfare administration from Case Western Reserve University. He is licensed as a clinical practitioner in Maryland and is the author of numerous articles and co-authored two books pertaining to the treatment of emotionally troubled children and the management of organizations designed to serve disadvantaged children. He is also the cofounder of the Transformation Education field, has founded public charter/contract and special education schools in Maryland and D.C., and has established the first modern non-traditional apprenticeship services in Maryland.
Allan D. Arbogast, Ed.D.
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Allan (Duane) Arbogast serves The Children’s Guild Alliance as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. He joined the Children’s Guild in 2014. He has direct responsibility for innovative educational program creation and expansion.
Arbogast served Prince George’s County Public Schools as Chief Academic Officer in 2010 and served as the Acting Deputy Superintendent for Academics in 2012/2013. Prior to that time, he worked for 32 years in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, serving as Senior Manager for Academic Accountability, a principal, assistant principal, and teacher. Arbogast was a Washington Post Distinguished Leader in 2004 for his performance as an elementary school principal and his school was named School of the Year by Exceptional Parenting Magazine in 2000 for successfully implementing a special education cluster site in a mainstreamed environment.
Elizabeth Garcia, LCSW-C, MSSA, MNO
Chief of Clinical Services
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
Interim 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.
Gary Kellner, Ph.D
Chief Mission Advancement Officer
Gary Kellner is the Chief Mission Advancement Officer for The Children’s Guild Alliance, a position that oversees all fundraising functions of the organization, including the National Children’s Guild Fund and the Mission Advancement department.
Kellner excels at team building and management and has had a rich and multi-faceted 40-year career that includes experience in politics, administration of higher education, graduate level teaching, public relations, institutional fundraising, and event planning. He has led the fundraising efforts for capital campaigns for charitable and educational institutions.
Kellner ran and won a seat on the board of education as a progressive candidate in Springfield, Mo. He was a prime mover and strategist in passing three tax initiatives for the Springfield School District. During his six year tenure, he served as legislative liaison for the school district. Additionally, Kellner has been involved in leadership at an international level, working on a variety of social and political projects from Ukraine to Jamaica.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Before joining The Guild, Livelli consulted for Kids First Educational and Behavioral Consultants and provided educational and behavioral consultation services to families and private schools working with children with special needs. She also served as a senior school administrator for a large behavioral health system in Towson and held positions including vice president and director of administration and program development for a child-serving organization in Silver Spring.
Livelli received a Master of Education in school administration and supervision from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in English and a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure B-12 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds an advanced professional certificate from the Maryland State Department of Education and certificates in perfecting patient care lean methodology and implementing effective human-centered design.
Alexis Rice, MA
Chief Communications Officer
Alexis Rice leads communications, marketing, branding, digital engagement, and outreach efforts for The Children’s Guild Alliance as the Chief Communications Officer. Rice brings three decades of experience in strategic and crisis communications, public affairs, marketing, branding, development, community relations, and digital engagement for mission-driven national education and advocacy organizations plus governmental entities. She has been widely quoted in national media including The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC’s “Meet the Press” and has appeared on CNN and NPR.
Her work in education includes serving as a managing partner at K12 Strategies, advising educational and child-serving organizations and leading communications and digital strategies for the National School Boards Association, representing the more than 13,500 school districts in the U.S., and their Council of Urban Boards of Education.
Rice received a Master of Arts degree in communication in contemporary society from The Johns Hopkins University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political communication from The George Washington University.
Kelly L. Spanoghe, MA, Ed.S
Chief Organizational Learning Officer
Kelly Spanoghe leads the Transformation Education Institute. Spanoghe is a special educator who has been a volunteer, coach, teacher and administrator of special needs children. She taught emotionally disturbed children in Prince George’s County and was an administrator of a special education program in Anne Arundel County. Spanoghe joined The Children’s Guild Alliance in 1996 as director of education at the Anne Arundel Campus. Under her leadership, the school received the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Exemplar Award seven times and The Maryland Character Education Award twice. Spanoghe co-authored “Jazzing Up Instruction,” which is a supplemental curriculum on integrating the arts.
Spanoghe received both her master’s and education specialist degrees from The George Washington University in special education. She holds a Maryland teaching certificate in elementary education, special education, and administration.