Allison O’NeillView Bio
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 President and 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, one of ChanceLight’s other operating divisions, 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.
Karen LeFever, Ed.D.View Bio
Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Karen LeFever, Ed.D.
Karen LeFever, Ed.D., leads a dedicated business development team and the efforts to affect the company’s growth strategies. She has special expertise in leading the development of partnerships that connect public school and school district achievement concerns with innovative services and programs that benefit students, school districts and communities. She is an established industry expert, thought leader and educator with broad-based management experience who combines strategy excellence with strong financial management.
An experienced educator and administrator, Karen provided nearly a decade of leadership as principal of three large urban schools in two states – one of which was both a recognized California Distinguished School and Title 1 Achieving School. Karen’s academic credentials include a Doctor of Education in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration; Master of Science in Special Education; and a Bachelor of Science in General Studies.
Chris HolmesView Bio
Senior 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. Chris joined Spectrum Center in 2000 as the 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, VP of Operations and now serves as senior vice president of operations. He is responsible for daily operations, oversight of schools and legislative policy. Chris also serves on a California nonpublic schools and agencies board of directors and formerly functioned in the role of president for that board.
Carmen Rivera-Jara, M.P.H., M.A.View Bio
Vice President, Business Development
Carmen Rivera-Jara, M.P.H., M.A.
Carmen Rivera-Jara, M.P.H., M.A., has more than 20 years of leadership experience in special education and mental and public health. Her depth of expertise has helped her establish more than 20 new partnerships for ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education in the last six years.
Carmen earned a master’s in Public Health-Health Education and Nutrition from Loma Linda University and a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University. She served a program director in non-public schools for students with emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities and autism, and she was an administrator and adjunct professor of California State University, San Bernardino, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Carmen spent 10 years as a Mental Health Counselor and has taught in Japan and Costa Rica.
Angela ZamoraView Bio
Regional Vice President of Operations
Angela Zamora is a support and leader to Spectrum Center Schools and Programs in Northern California. Along with Program Directors, Angela takes pride in Spectrum’s conformance and compliance to licensing and or accreditation agency standards. She is responsible for working with each school campus to maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders. Actively monitoring facility and programs, to ensure the safety and security of students and staff.
Angela began her career at Spectrum Center as an Education Coordinator supporting teachers with IEP implementation and instruction in 2002; since then she has served as Assistant Director, Program Director and Assistant Vice President of Operations. She earned a bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Family Development from San Diego State University and her Master’s degree in Special Education from Sacramento State University.
Melissa ElvidgeView Bio
Regional Vice President of Operations for Southern California
Melissa Elvidge holds a master’s degree in special education from California State University Dominguez Hills and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of New Mexico. Melissa joined Spectrum Center in 2010 as a lead teacher. During her service with Spectrum, she has been promoted to the roles of education coordinator, program director, assistant vice president of operations and now serves as the regional vice president of operations for Southern California. She is responsible for supporting daily operations, supervision of school directors and state education reviews.
Mark DiConsiglioView Bio
Regional Vice President of Operations for the East
Mark DiConsiglio has over 10 years of experience working in exceptional student education and student services. He holds master’s (M.S.) and specialist (Ed.S.) degrees from Florida State University in School Psychology. Mark also holds Advanced Graduate Certificates in Applied Behavior Analysis (Florida Institute of Technology) and Educational Leadership (University of Central Florida). He is a Nationally Certified and Licensed School Psychologist. In his current role as RVP of Operations for Spectrum Center, Mark works to ensure the successful delivery of quality educational services, customer relations, marketing/development, and accountability oversight to all schools within his assigned region. Prior to his current role, Mark served Seminole County Public Schools, Florida for 10 years in a variety of capacities including: School Psychologist on the district’s behavior support team; Elementary Coordinator of Exceptional Student Education; Supervisor of Psychological and Behavioral Services; and Director of Autism and Emotional/Behavioral Disability Services. Mark also has experience consulting with school districts nationwide on the provision of special education and related services.
Dale Young, MAView Bio
Vice President of Behavior and Clinical Services
Dale Young, MA
Dale Young earned a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois and an MA in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Alabama. He received additional training in Applied Behavior Analysis at Kennedy-Krieger Institute and Florida Institute of Technology. Since joining Spectrum in 2000, he has served in several roles including Behavior Consultant, Education Coordinator, Director of Spectrum’s Solano Campus, and Asst. Vice President of ED Services. In his current position, Dale is responsible for development and oversight of Spectrum’s behavioral and mental health services.
Mary LengelView Bio
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. Mary has taught all grade levels (K-12) of students with varying disabilities, including students with emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, moderately/severely handicapped and young adults with autism. She has also held several administrative and management positions throughout her career; 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 to inform instruction. She has presented on numerous educational topics at state and national conferences and currently serves as vice president of curriculum and instruction for Spectrum Center.