The Children’s Guild Alliance Host Snow “Birdie” Golf Event in Florida and 13th Annual Golf Classic in Maryland
New Snow “Birdie” Golf and Oriole’s Spring Training Getaway
13th Annual Golf Classic
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The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations, promoted Jenny Livelli to chief operating officer. In her new position, Livelli will join the executive management team, work to improve the organization’s operating effectiveness and build organizational capacity.
“Jenny’s expertise in special education and continuous quality improvement combined with her familiarity with behavior health, strong problem-solving skills and systems orientation made her an ideal candidate for this position. We look forward to her continued leadership,” said Andrew L. Ross, president and CEO of The Children’s Guild Alliance.
Livelli previously served as director of continuous quality improvement for The Children’s Guild Alliance. She brings more than 20 years of experience in administration and education focused on students with special needs.
Before joining The Children’s Guild Alliance, 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. Previously, she was a senior school administrator for a large behavioral health system in Towson and focused on compliance and risk management, program development and school leadership. Livelli also held positions including vice president and director of administration and program development for a child-serving organization in Silver Spring.
Livelli remains involved with the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the National Association of Private Special Education Centers. She holds an advanced professional certificate from the Maryland State Department of Education as well as certificates in perfecting patient care lean methodology and implementing effective human-centered design.
She holds a Master of Education in school administration and supervision from Loyola University. Livelli earned her 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 lives in Baltimore.
The Children’s Guild Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and is dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy public charter and contract schools, The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Transformation Education Institute, National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN), and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (www.childrensguild.org)
We invite you to take a moment and review this year’s Annual Report and learn about the many ways The Children’s Guild Alliance educates and supports children. It begins with putting kids first. Whether we are giving a student a chance to try new things or helping a foster parent care for a child with special needs, The Children’s Guild Alliance is addressing the challenges faced by today’s children and families.
Highlights from FY2019 include:
- The launch of Kids First, a movement designed to transform the way America cares for and educates its children. Our goal is to influence the leaders in our society to take the actions needed to give every child the opportunity to succeed.
- Thirty-eight high school seniors graduated from the TranZed Academy for Working Students program. Many of these students are continuing their education at some of the best colleges and universities in the country.
- The University of Maryland College Park selected The Children’s Guild Alliance to manage College Park Academy, a 650-student school serving 6-12th graders in College Park.
- A partnership with League of Dreams that gives our students the opportunity to experience the joys, challenges, and personal growth gained from playing baseball regardless of their physical or mental ability.
- The unveiling of a new name, The Children’s Guild Alliance, which pays homage to our founding as The Children’s Guild more than 65 years ago and creates a unified Children’s Guild brand.
We are excited to share our accomplishments and stories of success. None of it would be possible without our dedicated staff, our visionary board, our generous donors, and the support of countless individuals. Together we are making a difference in the lives of children every day.
The Children’s Guild Alliance is off to an exciting start in 2020, and we look forward to sharing some of our news in this issue of Transformation. We are excited to announce the inaugural Kids First Celebration and introduce Baltimore philanthropists and civic leaders, Guy Flynn and Nupur Parekh Flynn, who will be honored with Sadie Awards at the event. We invite you to join our Kids First movement and help us transform the way America cares for and educates its children.
In this issue, we celebrate the opening of new outdoor play spaces at Monarch Academy Annapolis, the ten-year anniversary of Monarch Academy Glen Burnie, and the five-year renewal of The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School’s charter contract. We are proud of third grade authors at Monarch Academy Glen Burnie and students at Monarch Global Academy Laurel for raising awareness about bullying. We congratulate winning sports teams at The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School and The Children’s Guild School of Baltimore.
You will learn about the new partnerships TranZed Apprenticeships is developing to promote apprenticeships and help veterans learn online, and you will read about the success of the 17th annual NAREN-TranZed Conference.
This issue highlights some of the ways The Children’s Guild Alliance makes a positive difference in children’s lives with stories about the wellness initiative for young women from Staffa House and students with special needs playing baseball at Camden Yards. We introduce a new swim program for students with autism from The Children’s Guild School of Prince George’s County and share a recent adoption story from our Family Life Education Treatment Foster Care program.
We could not accomplish what we do without our dedicated staff. Check out our list of Monarch Award winners, and read about Tamiko Gomez of Monarch Global Academy Laurel, a finalist for the 2020 Anne Arundel County Public School Teacher of the Year. Meet Kristin Taylor, the newly named director of Monarch Preschool College Park opening later this year. We also welcome new leadership within our schools and on our schools’ board of directors.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue of Transformation and thank you for taking the time to learn more about The Children’s Guild Alliance.
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Located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis, Monarch Academy Annapolis is a primary performing visual arts school and follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which challenges students to think critically and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues.
Monarch Academy charter and contract schools are affiliate members of The Children’s Guild Alliance www.childrensguild.org , a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Transformation Education Institute, National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN), and The National Children’s Guild Fund.
The Kids First Celebration will commemorate The Children’s Guild Alliance’s heritage of innovation and transformation and launch Kids First, the organization’s campaign to transform the way America cares for and educates its children. Through the Kids First campaign, The Children’s Guild Alliance will work nationally to create the cultural awareness, teacher preparation and political will to put kids first.
WYPR Host Tom Hall will emcee The Kids First Celebration. Hall hosts “Midday,” a daily news and public policy program on Baltimore’s public radio station. He has hosted public radio shows for more than 15 years and has spoken at and moderated public forums at institutions throughout Maryland.
At the event, The Children’s Guild Alliance will present 2020 Sadie Awards to Guy E. Flynn and Nupur Parekh Flynn for their leadership in innovation and philanthropy. The Sadie Award recognizes people who embody the organization’s spirit and vision of making the seemingly impossible possible.
Guy E. Flynn practices law at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms, where he serves as chairman of the firm’s Maryland real estate practice and partner-in-charge of the firm’s Baltimore office. Flynn serves as a trustee and board president-elect of The Walters Art Museum, a trustee and executive committee member of the Baltimore Community Foundation, a trustee of the Living Classrooms Foundation, a director of Maryland Legal Aid, a governor of The Center Club and a member of the Baltimore City Ethics Board. Global, national, regional and industry publications have recognized him as a top lawyer.
Nupur Parekh Flynn is one of the foremost women in the Baltimore area whose skills in board leadership have gained respect throughout the region. She is currently a trustee of LifeBridge Health, a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and a trustee of the Open Society Institute – Baltimore and actively involved with the United Way of Central Maryland. Flynn’s career in business and government included serving as a managing director for marketing and public relations at Brown Capital Management from 2004 to 2019. Previously, she served as a political appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development and as a marketing executive at DLA Piper.
For more information about Kids First and sponsorships or tickets to The Kids First Celebration, visit KidsFirstAmerica.org.