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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 Alliance 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, CPA

Charley Gordon, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Charley brings 39 years of experience in the private sector to his work as The Children’s Guild Chief Financial 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-profit music and theater; and real estate development, acquisitions, investing and management.

Prior to joining 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. Learn more…

Kathy Lane, MA

Kathy Lane, MA

Chief of Educational Services

Kathy has more than 30 years of education experience focusing on students who face barriers to learning in public school systems. In her role, she supports the development of The Children’s Guild’s special education programs and charter and contract schools.

She was previously employed by Anne Arundel County Public Schools where she served as 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. Learn more…

Kimberly Neal, Esquire

Kimberly Neal, Esquire

Chief Legal Officer

Kimberly’s mission-driven spirit led her to The Children’s Guild where she not only uses her legal talents to directly benefit children and families but engages with them directly to understand their circumstances and needs.

In her position, she manages all legal matters, including contracts, corporate governance, education, employment, and litigation matters. She also supervises The Children’s Guild’s Compliance Department and serves as a fiduciary and secretary to the organization’s Retirement Plan Committee.

Kimberly earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University with bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science. She is professionally rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and as a Very Important Professional. Learn more…

Advisory Leadership

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson

Director, Therapeutic Group Homes

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Abby Brandt

Abby Brandt

Principal, The Children’s Guild School of Prince George’s County

Bryan C. Daniels

Bryan C. Daniels

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

Ronesha Estep

Ronesha Estep

Managing Director, School Operations

Erin Finnegan 

Erin Finnegan 

Acting Managing Director, Apprenticeships

Kevin “Chip” Kruba

Kevin “Chip” Kruba

Director, Information Technology

Esther Mack, LCSW-C

Esther Mack, LCSW-C

Program Manager, Behavioral Health Services

Susan McFaul

Susan McFaul

Executive Assistant to the President

Rae Meneses

Rae Meneses

Managing Director, Compliance

Mora Okeowo MS-HRM

Mora Okeowo MS-HRM

Managing Director, Human Resources

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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

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 School of Baltimore

Jamie Wilson, LCSW-C

Jamie Wilson, LCSW-C

Program Manager, Behavioral Health Services

Joy Zollinger, MSW, LCSW-C

Joy Zollinger, MSW, LCSW-C

Managing Director, Residential Services