Robert J. Watson, Chief Executive Officer
Robert (Bob) Watson began his career with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services followed by a long and successful career in business and philanthropy. Bob is a former RFK Children’s Action Corps board member and the founder of the LPM Charitable Foundation. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in the service of youth and justice reform. A graduate of Northeastern University, Bob holds an MBA from Suffolk University.
Leigh G. Mahoney, Chief Operating Officer
Leigh Mahoney works to ensure the quality and efficacy of RFK Children’s Action Corps’ people and programs. After spending the last three decades in various leadership roles in education and human services, she believes in the power of removing obstacles for children and families marginalized by disability, trauma, and disadvantage. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing programming in the special education, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems, and has worked in settings ranging from schools to residential programs and those in the community. Leigh is a licensed teacher and special education administrator. She holds a B.A. from Westfield State University and a M.Ed. from American International College.
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.
Lauren Sousa, Vice President of Program Operations
Lauren Sousa has been with Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps since 2013. She has held numerous clinical positions within the agency prior to becoming the Senior Director of Clinical Services. Previously, she worked in school based settings, drop-in teen centers, and other community based services such as providing in-home and outpatient therapy. Lauren holds an LICSW and a Master or Social Work degree from Simmons College School of Social Work.
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.
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.