Our Team

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Allison O’Neill, President and Chief Operating Officer

Allison O’Neill is an experienced operator and instructional leader with a proven record of directing and guiding teams through rapid growth while maintaining programmatic, instructional and operational integrity. As COO of ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy and Education, Allison’s primary responsibilities include development and execution of organizational, instructional and operational strategies to fulfill organizational goals; support for divisional and corporate leadership in the oversight of school and center operations; efficient execution of instructional and behavioral programs, systems and processes; student/staff safety; compliance; district relations and community outreach; goal attainment, and stewardship of resources.

Allison’s expertise in enhancing processes and infrastructure to support new programs are instrumental in supporting the company’s continued growth. Allison joined Ombudsman as a certified teacher in 1997 and served as regional manager, director of center operations and senior vice president of operations. She is a graduate of Marquette University.

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Gail Henderson, Executive Vice President, Special Projects

Gail Henderson provides leadership and mentoring to new leaders in the organization, assists in acquisitions integration and leads other special projects as assigned by the CEO. With more than 40 years of experience in special education leadership and juvenile justice alternative education, she previously served as ChanceLight’s Chief Instruction Officer and Chief Operating officer of ChanceLight Education Division’s Spectrum Center Schools and Programs.

As CIO, Gail developed ChanceLight’s instructional framework, which included aligning systems, processes, professional development and progress monitoring of all classrooms to ensure fidelity of practices and provided oversight, leadership and direction for all academic and behavioral programs to ensure high rates of student growth and achievement.

In her role as Chief Operating Officer of Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, she managed multiple school district partnerships, and designed and implemented evidence-based programs for students with special needs.

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Chris Holmes,Vice President of Operations

Chris Holmes holds a master of science in human resource management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a bachelor of science in communication, with an emphasis on public relations and advertising, from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. Holmes joined Spectrum Center in 2000 as the human resources quality assurance coordinator. During his service with Spectrum, he has been promoted to the roles of human resources director, director of operations, assistant vice president of operations and now serves as vice president of operations. He is responsible for daily operations, supervision of school directors and legislative policy.

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Lisa Britton, Vice President of Clinical Services and Integrity Assurance

Lisa Britton obtained a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of North Dakota and both a master of arts in psychology and a Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis on behavior analysis from the University of Nevada-Reno.  Britton joined the Spectrum Center team in 2000 as a senior clinician.  Since then, she has served as the clinical director and is currently the vice president of clinical services and integrity assurance.  Her responsibilities include quality assurance, training, research, dissemination, and outreach services.

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Mary Lengel, Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction

Mary Lengel earned her master’s degree in special education from Kansas State University. She holds California credentials in several academic subjects, special education and administration. She began her career as a teacher and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of education. Lengel has taught all grade levels (K-12) of students with varying disabilities, including students who are emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, moderately/severely handicapped and have autism. She has also held several administrative and management positions at Spectrum, such as education coordinator, regional director and director of educational services. Her true educational passions include implementation of intervention programs for special needs learners and assessing student progress. She has presented on numerous educational topics at state and national conferences and currently serves as vice president of curriculum and instruction for Spectrum Schools.