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 in 1995. Previously he 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 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is licensed as a clinical practitioner in the state of 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 and The Upside Down Organization (UDO).
Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD
Institute for Transformation Education President and Chief Operating Officer
Frank Kros, M.S.W., J.D., is a career child advocate, who has served as a childcare worker, child abuse investigator, children's home administrator, consultant, college professor, attorney, writer and speaker. He currently serves as Institute for Transformation Education President and Chief Operating Officer.
He joined The Children's Guild as vice president of programs in 2000 and became executive vice president in 2002. Prior to moving to Baltimore, Kros opened San Pasqual Academy in California, an academy that combines housing and high school for foster youth. While directing the academy from 2001 to 2002, he consulted for The Children's Guild. Kros practiced law with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, focusing his work on children's issues. Between 1985 and 1991, he worked for Children's Square USA in Iowa, where he served as vice president, director of residential services and therapeutic foster care, and youth life educator. Prior to serving as a child abuse service officer for the Douglas County Juvenile Court, Kros taught at Father Flanagan's Boys Home in Boys Town, Nebraska.
In 2005, Kros coauthored "Creating the Upside Down Organization: Transforming Staff to Save Troubled Children," which reveals the fundamental changes required for organizations to help challenged youth.
In 2008, Kros won the Association for Childhood Education International Award for Presenting. He received the Governor's Citation for Presentation from Governor Robert Ehrlich in 2006. At the 1993 National Trial Competition, Kros became national champion and won the George A. Speigelberg Award for Best Oral Argument. He also won the Edward F. Barrett Award for Trial Advocacy and the Dean David T. Link Award for Social Justice while in law school.
Kros earned his law degree magna cum laude at Notre Dame Law School in Indiana. He earned his master's degree in social work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and his bachelor?s degree in psychology at Creighton University in Nebraska.
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 and information technology. He also oversees administrative services, facilities and the human resource components of The Children's Guild. Baldwin brings 25 years of experience in the private sector to his work as National Children’s Guild Fund President and Chief Growth Officer. He comes to The Guild from Prince Telecom Holdings, where he served as CFO while also managing the information technology and human resources departments. He previously held the positions of vice president of Finance for Wilmac Corporation; chief internal auditor for Perdue, Inc.; and controller at Herr Foods, Inc.
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 in Maryland.
Steve Howe, MSW
Chief Program Officer
Steve Howe has more than 20 years of experience in family services. Prior to joining The Children's Guild, Howe served mental health consulting firm Open Minds as a senior consultant specializing in service development and management of community and foster care programs. Previously, he was national director of foster care for KidsPeace National Centers, where he expanded the program to 40 foster care and family services offices in nine states and Washington, D.C.
Howe was the Maryland director of The Pressley Ridge Schools in Pittsburgh and was the foster care manager for the State of Maryland, where he oversaw 24 local social services departments. While serving the state, he developed the treatment foster care program, including contracting with providers and establishing standards.
Howe has served on the board, including as president, for several family-serving organizations, in addition to co-writing publications for the behavioral and mental health field. He earned his Master's of Social Work from the University of Maryland and his bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa.
Kelly L. Spanoghe, MA, Ed.S
Chief Organizational Learning Officer
Kelly 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 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 George Washington University in special education. She holds a Maryland teaching certificate in elementary education, special education and administration.
A. Duane Arbogast, Ed.D.
Chief Innovation Officer
Allan Duane Arbogast, Ed.D., serves The Children's Guild as Chief Innovation Officer. Arbogast served Prince George's County Public Schools as chief academic officer since 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 received a Masters of Education and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. He was on the Governor's Effective Education Council, was a member of the Class of 2007 Leadership Anne Arundel County, and serves as a board member of Grassroots Education Nepal. 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.