Edward P. Kelley, 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, President
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 of Organizational Capacity
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.
Leigh G. Mahoney, Senior Director of Education
Leigh Mahoney has over 25 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 and was promoted to her current role in December 2016. 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.
Michelle Mead, Senior Director of Clinical Services
Michelle Mead began working in residential programs in 2001 providing direct care to children. She has worked in multiple states at various levels of care, holding supervisory, direct care, clinical and consulting positions. Michelle joined the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in June of 2013. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Barry University and is also an adjunct professor at Boston University.
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. In 2015 Karen was awarded the H. Betsy Munzer Award for leadership and managerial excellence. She 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.
Emily E. Daniels, Director of Juvenile Justice
Emily Daniels has over 14 years of experience working with at-risk youth. She has extensive experience developing, implementing and maintaining residential programs to meet the individual need of all students. She has consistently been recognized as a positive role model for staff and students. In 2015 Emily was awarded the H. Betsy Munzer Award for leadership and managerial excellence. Prior to joining Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in July 2014 Emily served in various roles during an 11 year career at Justice Resource Institute. She holds a BS in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.
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.
John A. Tuell, Executive Director, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
John Tuell currently serves as the Executive Director for the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice at Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Co-Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice initiative at Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. John has also served as the President of Tuell & Associates Consultation, LLC which provided expert consultation and technical assistance in juvenile justice, child welfare and multi-system reform and quality improvement. He was also an instructor to Multi-System and Information Sharing Certificate Programs at the Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. John has been an author and contributing author to numerous publications that support the work of the Dual Status Youth Initiative and Probation System Review, and related issues impacting the juvenile justice system. Prior to the initiation of the MacArthur Foundation work in 2001, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997-2001, during which time he was the Deputy Director of the State Relations and Assistance Division in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). He also worked in the Fairfax County, Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in probation and residential group care for delinquent offenders. John earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree from James Madison University and his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from George Washington University.