Andrew L. Ross, Ph.D., LCSW-C
President and CEO
Dr. Andrew Ross 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.
A. Duane 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.
Stephen M. Baldwin, MBA, CPA
National Children’s Guild Fund President and Chief Growth Officer
Steve Baldwin is a senior executive with extensive experience in finance, strategic planning, business operations, business development, and information technology. Baldwin brings 25 years of experience in the private sector to his work as National Children’s Guild Fund President and The Children’s Guild’s Chief Growth Officer. He comes to his position having previously served The Children’s Guild as its Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to his tenure at The Children’s Guild, he held the positions of Vice President of Finance for Wilmac Corporation; Chief Internal Auditor for Perdue, Inc.; and Controller at Herr Foods, Inc. His accolades include CFO of the Year by Baltimore Business Journal in 2014 and CFO Winner of the SmartCEO’s Executive Management Awards in 2016.
Baldwin is a certified public accountant and earned his MBA from Wilmington College and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting magna cum laude from Towson University.
Steve Howe, MSW
Chief of Human Resources
Steve Howe is the Chief of Human Resources for The Children’s Guild Alliance. Howe has 40 years experience in child welfare, family services, and behavioral health in the public, private, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. Prior to coming to The Children’s Guild Alliance, Howe served as senior consultant with Open Minds, and also worked on mergers and acquisitions with some national agencies. Howe was the National Director of Foster Care and Family Services for KidsPeace, overseeing 40 offices in nine states and Washington, D.C. He was also the Maryland/D.C. Director for The Pressley Ridge Schools based in Pittsburgh.
In the public sector, Howe was a key staff member in the establishment of the Citizen Foster Care Review Boards – developing over 50 review boards across the state. He then was named Foster Care Program Manager for the state Social Services Administration where he established the first Treatment Foster Care programs in the state as well as overseeing the work of the foster care staff in Maryland’s 24 county departments of social services.
Howe has served as a board member and president of numerous professional associations,including the Maryland Conference of Social Concern, Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY), the University of Maryland School of Social Work Alumni Association, and the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA). He also served on the board of the Family Preservation Network and is currently an advisory board member for Open Minds. In 2014 he was named NASW Maryland’s Social Worker of the Year. Howe has his Master of Social Work from The University of Maryland School of Social Work and his bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College.
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.
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.
Josh Sutherland, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Josh Sutherland is the Chief Financial Officer for the Children’s Guild Alliance since 2017. Sutherland has approximately more than 20 years of previous experience working in public accounting for several international and regional accounting firms as a business consultant, advisor, and auditor for clients primarily in the non-profit and government contracting industries. His non-profit experience included educational, social services, and healthcare clients, among others. Sutherland received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola College in Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.
Sutherland received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola College in Maryland in January 1998, and passed the CPA exam in 1999. Subsequently, he also obtained a Certified Internal Auditor designation.
Sutherland is an active member of his community, serving on several local boards of non-profit organizations including JDRF Maryland (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Maryland CASA Association, The Perry Hall Improvement Association, and Leadership Baltimore County 2019/20.