Jay Deppeler, M.Ed. – President/CEO
Jay Deppeler, M.Ed. has been working in the forensic mental health field for the past 15 years. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University, Mr. Deppeler began his career treating adult and juvenile sex offenders in the Bucks County region. In 2000, he was asked to complete forensic screenings for adolescents as they came through the Juvenile Justice system in an effort to make recommendations to appropriately respond to the presenting concerns. Mr. Deppeler’s commitment to the Bucks County region intensified after purchasing a home in the region. He went on to serve on the Board of Directors for VITA, an agency that promotes literacy, and on the Executive Council of the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance. In 2007, Mr. Deppeler completed the Advanced Threat Assessment Academy run by Gavin DeBecker Associates in Los Angeles, CA. In 2012, Mr. Deppeler completed a competitive and intensive week-long program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education entitled ‘Using Evidence to Improve Social Program Effectiveness’. This experience followed shortly after his appointment as President/CEO of Edison Court, Inc. in March of 2012. Mr. Deppeler continues to provide direct care to clients and conducts Violence Risk and Threat Assessments on a regular basis while honing his executive and administrative skills in an effort to advance the mission of ECI—to provide responsive and innovative care to individuals and families facing behavioral and mental health challenges.
Ryan Kraus is a Certified Public Accountant with over 18 years of experience working with emerging companies in a variety of industries. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School's OPM Program; a three-year executive management program exclusively for owner-managers of companies from around the globe with revenues ranging from $5 million to several hundred million dollars. He received his BS in Accounting from LaSalle University.
In addition to providing management advisory services to numerous clients across multiple industries, he has served as CFO for a private equity backed company in the software industry and as President for a regional leader in the construction field. Ryan’s particular areas of expertise are financial and risk management as well as strategic planning and execution. Mr. Kraus has served on multiple Boards and maintains a robust network of professionals in the business, social service, banking and professional services fields.
Gregory D. Chaffee
Greg Chaffee is an accomplished professional in the field of logistics and supply chain solutions. He currently serves as Vice President of Sales for the international company System Logistic Corp. and its predecessor Diamond Phoenix Corp since 1998. Mr. Chaffee’s career in Industry spans 33 years since beginning with FMC Corp in 1979. Having received numerous appointments and accolades over his career which include: Global Chairman’s Award by FMC Corporation in 1990 for leading four independent divisions of the corporation to develop and sell the world’s first Automated Batch Retort System; to the appointment in 1991 by Mannesmann Corporation as National Automated Guided Vehicle System Sales Manager; to the development and sale of the first gyro based wireless AGV System to the Ford Motor company in 1995; his service as Executive Council member and Chair – Order Fulfillment Council of the Material Handling Industry in America during the past two decades; to the sale of the largest most automated Beverage Fulfillment System for Coca-Cola in the USA in 2011.
Mr. Chaffee’s experience in leading multi-disciplined and cross-functional professional teams in industry prepare him to be uniquely suited and experienced for advisory management functions and consult. In the community Mr. Chaffee is actively engaged in supporting community and commerce as a volunteer of the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance.
The father of seven young men and women, Mr. Chaffee lives with his wife in Jamison, PA serving the interests of family and community every day.
Frank Schmauk, Ph.D.
Dr. Schmauk is an avid Phillies fan who works as a part time therapist and clinical supervisor at Mathom House and Ravenhill. One of the founders of Edison Court, Inc., he earned his doctorate degree at Temple University in 1968 with a dissertation directed toward his major interests in delinquency and psychopathy. He then continued at Norristown State Hospital as a staff psychologist and director of a behavior therapy unit. In 1973 he founded Middle Earth, an alternative school for delinquent youth who had been expelled from public school. This was undertaken as a joint venture between Norristown State Hospital, the Bucks County Juvenile Court, and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and was the first program of its kind in the region. Frank served as the Executive Director of Middle Earth for 10 years and throughout this period and years to follow also conducted evaluations for the Bucks County Juvenile Court. In 1987 Dr. Schmauk founded Mathom House, a residential treatment program for juvenile sex offenders. He served as the Clinical Director and CEO of Mathom House for 20 years and also served that capacity for ECI during its initial years. In 1969, Dr. Schmauk received the Annual Creative Talent Award in Clinical Psychology from the American Institute for Research. In 1999, he was named the Juvenile Corrections Professional of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Probation, Parole and Corrections.
Dan Shine, LSW
Dan Shine has over 45 years of human service experience in various roles and settings, including inpatient and outpatient behavioral health agencies that deliver clinical services to children, adults and families; public schools; child welfare agencies; and residential treatment centers that provide clinical supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities and significant behavioral challenges. Prior to his retirement in 2011, Mr. Shine directed all admissions, marketing, and program development activities for a not-for-profit, residential school with over 50 service contracts spanning 12 states. The organization’s annual revenues, when he arrived in 1992, were just over 30 million growing to 130 million during his tenure. The growth was a function of creative program development, solid and thoughtful strategic planning and the ongoing cultivation of relationships with referral sources and funding entities.
Subsequent to his retirement, he formed a consulting company, D.J. Shine Associates Inc. offering a wide range of consultative services to human service organizations. His primary focus is on strategic planning, program development, funder relationships and merger and acquisition transactions.
Mr. Shine graduated from Temple University with a degree in Sociology and earned his graduate degree (MSW) from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Mr. Shine currently resides in New Britain, Pennsylvania.
Deanna L. Cerwin, CPA
Deanna Cerwin is a Certified Public Accountant with over 14 years of experience working with Not for Profit and Financial Services industries. For the last 7 years, she has worked as the Director of Accounting and Auditing for Resources for Human Development, Inc, a $240 million national human services nonprofit supporting 160 programs in 14 different states with caring, effective and innovative programs addressing intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health, homelessness, addiction recovery and more. A significant part of this role is customer service to our programs which means supporting the programs with my strengths allowing them to serve our clients with their strengths. Customer service within this definition means many things including designing and implementing improved processes streamlining administrative tasks both program and consumer finance related therefore allowing them to concentrate on the continued care of our consumers. In this and previous roles, significant experience has been accumulated in treasury management, policy and procedure creation, improvement and/or implementation, new software selection, design and implementation along with staff development, the goal of which is to allow individuals to be empowered to be responsible for the tasks related to the roles they were originally hired to fulfill and prepare them to take on new tasks or roles with increased responsibility.
Ms. Cerwin graduated from Temple University with a BBA in Accounting and a MBA in Management Information Systems. Ms. Cerwin currently resides in Furlong, Pennsylvania.