Edward P. Kelley, President and Chief Executive Officer
Edward Kelley began his human services career in 1968 as an outreach youth worker for the city of Cambridge’s Division of Community and Youth Services, a community-based agency that worked with at-risk and delinquent children. He later served as its director. In 1981, he joined Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps as deputy executive director, and in 1985, he was appointed executive director. Ed holds a Bachelor of Arts from Roger Williams University and a Master of Arts in education from Boston University.
Alan J. Klein, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Alan Klein has spent a long and distinguished career in child welfare. After serving as director of child care services at Boys Village Youth and Family Services in Milford, Conn., Alan came to Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in 1980 as director of the Lancaster Adolescent Diagnostic Center. He then served as director of the Rotenberg School. From 1987 to 1990, Alan left to serve as deputy assistant commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and returned to the agency in 1990 as deputy executive director.
Terence J. Shanley, Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Terry Shanley has been with Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps since 1994. Prior to joining the agency, he was a human resources consultant with Lynch Ryan and Associates. He worked as director of human resources for Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. in Worcester, Mass., for nearly 11 years. Terry began his career as a counselor for troubled teens and holds a Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College.
Letitia L. Howland, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Letitia Howland has been with Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps since 2003. She came to the agency after spending one year volunteering for Covenant House in New York City. Previously, she spent more than 10 years at General Electric Company in a variety of finance and business management positions. Letitia holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Lawrence University.
Cecilia M. Roddy, Vice President of Development and External Affairs
Cecilia Roddy joined Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in January 2009. Previously, she worked as a senior consultant for Development Guild/DDI, a consulting firm working with not-for-profit leaders to build organizational capacity and strengthen philanthropic support. Cecilia also worked for Palladia, Inc., a New York City based multi-service agency serving families in need, offering temporary and permanent substance abuse services and domestic violence shelter. She holds a Master of Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Alden S. Wells, Vice President of Financial Management
Alden Wells joined Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in 1999 as chief financial officer after spending eight years as purchase of service director for the Department of Youth Services. Alden has also served as director of contracts for the Department of Public Health’s Division of Substance Abuse. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in management.
Karen B. Cheyney, Director of Adoption Services
Karen Cheyney joined the agency in December 2008 when Bright Futures Adoption Center which she co-founded merged with Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. For twenty years, Karen has provided a broad range of legal and counseling services for parents and children. She is also an adoptive parent. Karen has a JD from Harvard Law School and is also a licensed social worker.
Linda Corey, Director of Training
Linda Corey joined RFK in 1993. During her tenure Linda has held a variety of positions on the Lancaster Campus, including direct care, supervisory positions, and Senior. Program Director. She assumed her current position as Director of Training in June 2012. Linda serves is an instructor for the American Heart Association, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting Program. Linda also serves on the state inter-agency training committee for reducing restraints and seclusion. Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Worcester State College and a certificate in Human Service Management from Clark University.
Leigh G. Mahoney, Director of National Education and Program Development
Leigh Mahoney has over 22 years experience teaching marginalized students. She spent 13 years as an educator for RFK’s students in the juvenile justice system as a teacher, Principal, and then as Director of Education and Juvenile Justice Programs. After leaving RFK to continue her work in education serving as a principal for a therapeutic day school, Leigh returned to RFK in July 2013 as Director of National Education and Program Development. She brings with her extensive experience working with and designing programs for students in the public, out of district, and in institutional settings. Leigh has an M.Ed in Education Administration from American International College.
Valerie L. Paen, Director of Education for Massachusetts
Valerie Paen has over 30 years of experience in Massachusetts Special Education. Her tenure at the RFK Lancaster School began with her role as a supervising teacher before her promotion to Principal in 1992. In July 2013, Valerie was named Director of Education for Massachusetts and is responsible for developing new educational programs as well as a strategical educational platform for Massachusetts. Valerie continues to serve as Principal of the RFK Lancaster School. She is involved in the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. Valerie holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Fitchburg State College.
David N. Strong, Director of Juvenile Justice Services
Dave Strong has over thirty five years experience in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Prior to joining RFK in 2006 as the Director of Training, his work experience included serving as a Facility Administrator than a Regional Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. He worked for the Commonwealth for 14 years than became a Regional Director for North American Family Institute, overseeing juvenile justice and child welfare programs in RI, MA, and CT. He assumed his current position as Director of Juvenile Justice in 2008. Dave is an adjunct professor at Cambridge College, where he assisted in developing the college’s juvenile justice certificate program. He received his Master of Science in Public Affairs at the McCormick Institute at the University of Massachusetts.
David Tivnan, Director of Operations and Administration, Lancaster Campus
David Tivnan’s career at RFK Children’s Action Corps has spanned almost 20 years. He began in 1994 as a Teacher’s Assistant at the RFK Lancaster School and was quickly promoted to the Lancaster Campus’ Community Services Coordinator the following year. His experience working with NYPUM during that time led to David’s appointment as the National NYPUM Director in 1997. In 2007, David became the agency-wide Human Resources Manager where he contributed to the creation and expansion of a Worcester State University Fellows’ Program Partnership with the Lancaster Campus. In July 2013, David was named Director of Operations and Administration for the Lancaster Campus. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Worcester State University.
Adrienne Williams, Director of Community Based Services
Adrienne Williams oversees child welfare services at Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, providing programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and the Department of Early and Secondary Education. She brings 30 years of experience in the service of vulnerable children, youth and their families. She served for 18 years as a certified special needs teacher, educational supervisor, behavioral specialist and program administrator at Boston Children’s Services Association and is the former New England region director of the Child Welfare League of America. She served as director of program development and national trainer for SPIN®USA National Training Institute, based in Carlisle, MA. As a consultant, she specialized in strengths-based service delivery, management/supervision, team-building, effective leadership and cultural competence. Adrienne holds a Master of Education from UMass Dartmouth.