As Chief Quality Assurance & Education Officer at The Guild, Dr. Armentrout develops and implements system-wide quality improvement strategies that help maintain the organization’s strong performance, as measured against state and federal education standards and national accreditation standards. Dr. Armentrout has served the special education profession for 20 years and has worked with state departments of education, university-affiliated programs, public schools and institutes of higher education. She is widely published and has presented at several national education conferences.
Throughout her tenure, Dr. Armentrout has helped to secure over $1 million in federal grants to fund projects in the areas of self-determination and teacher preparation. She has a Ph.D. in Special Education from Southern Illinois University, an MA in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of South Dakota and a BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa.
Dr. Canada serves The Guild as Chief of Admissions & Outreach. In this role, she facilitates the intake and admissions process for students, reaching out to families, school districts, and other organizations that make referrals to The Guild.
Before joining The Guild Community, Dr. Canada lived and worked in Ohio, where she held senior leadership roles in child welfare and educational policy development. She served as Director for two policy development commissions in Ohio – The Governor’s Commission on Teaching Success and The Governor’s Commission on Higher Education & the Economy. Dr. Canada is a Developmental Psychologist. She has dedicated her professional life to the fields of education and human services. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Butler University and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Charles Carter, Chief Financial Officer:
Mr. Carter serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Guild and is responsible for the business office and related functions at the Guild, including finance, accounting, and strategic planning.
Prior to joining the team at the Guild, Mr. Carter spent 13 years in the biotech/life sciences industry in the roles of CFO, head of finance and head of financial planning and analysis. Interspersed with full time roles, Mr. Carter has been a finance and accounting consultant, most recently consulting with Danforth Advisors as the primary operational finance and accounting professional at two publicly-traded life science companies. Prior to life-science finance specialization, Mr. Carter rose to the position of principal at Mercer Management Consulting, a top-five global strategy consulting firm. Mr. Carter holds Masters Degrees from the University of Chicago in Business Administration and in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Biology from Colgate University.
As Chief Residential Officer at The Guild, Maureen Costello-Shea leads the school’s residential program with a focus on ensuring residential programs contribute to student life and provide safe, therapeutic homes for all of our students. She brings to the Guild over 25 years of experience as both a manager and consultant for organizations supporting children and adults with disabilities and a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
Prior to joining the Guild, she was Vice President of a public sector management consulting firm working with school systems across the country. She also worked in a variety of capacities for the Department of Developmental Services managing both facility and community-based residential services. She received a M.Ed. in Intensive Special Education from the University of Vermont’s Center for Developmental Disabilities and a B.A. in Special Education from Simmons College. She is currently treasurer of the board of L’Arche Irenicon, a residential community that supports adults with developmental disabilities, and serves on the Human Rights Committee at American Training.
As Chief Clinical Officer, Julia Fomicheva, Ph.D., BCBA-D, oversees the Guild’s Clinical Services and provides supervision of clinical procedures and interventions. Dr. Fomicheva’s areas of expertise include treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, child and adolescent behavioral health, developmental disabilities, applied behavior analysis and neurofeedback. Dr. Fomicheva is a Licensed Psychologist/certified health service provider in Massachusetts and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral.
Dr. Fomicheva came to the Guild with extensive international experience in psychotherapy. Originally from Russia, she has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Moscow University and completed Advanced Graduate Studies at UMass Boston and MSPP. She received clinical training at Arbour-HRI Hospital and held her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysis.