Indeed. In the Gelug centres there are several very qualified lay teachers. Two graduates of the 7 year (now it is 6 year) master program come to mind as particularily popular,
Emily Hsu http://gyalwagyatso.org/calendar/teachers/#emily
and Sixte Vincotte http://www.gendundrupa.ch/cms/enseignan ... cotte.html
The masters program is a residential full-time study program in Italy. It concludes with a mandatory year-long retreat. The teachers who graduate from it study a condensed curriculum using by and large the 5 Great Treatises studied at the major Gelug monasteries.
But if we go outside Gelug, for example in the Shambhala Organization, they have had lay "acharyas"-guiding teachers- for decades.
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
brtsal ba'i bkhra drin