Jay Deppeler, M.Ed., President
Jay 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, Jay 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. Jay’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, Jay 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. Jay 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.
Kristin DeForest, LPC, Vice President/Executive Director
Kristin is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with at-risk youth, adults, and families within the forensic mental health field. She obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University and completed additional instruction at LaSalle University. Kristin began her career working with adolescents who had committed sexual offenses and were in foster care receiving specialized counseling services. She has facilitated group and individual counseling to both mandatory and voluntary clients. She has completed psychosocial and psychosexual assessments of children, adolescents, and adults for the Court and Child Welfare agencies. Kristin is trained in the use and interpretation of the Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest and has been conducting assessments since 2005. She is a clinical member of ATSA.Kristin has worked for Edison Court since 2001, holding a variety of positions over the years from Clinical Therapist to increasing levels of management. She has established an extensive knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues, implementing a system of continuous quality improvement, and treatment best practices. In 2013, Kristin led the agency through the process of accreditation with the Council on Accreditation (COA), achieving an expedited status. She has since been selected by COA to be a volunteer Peer Reviewer which involves conducting onsite and offsite reviews of organizations pursuing accreditation to confirm implementation of best practice standards.
Ryan Kraus, CPA, Treasurer
Ryan 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.
Ryan founded Inperium in January of 2016. Inperium is the sole member of non-profit agencies that provide person-centric mental health, intellectual disability, co-occurring disorders services, health-related supports, and other related services. Inperium was established to support and oversee affiliated companies to ensure quality services and continuity of care, and efficient use of public funding and resources. The corporation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of its Officers and independent members of the communities served by Inperium.
Since March of 2000, Ryan has also served as the President and CEO of Supportive Concepts for Families, Inc. During his tenure, he developed and oversaw business processes to realize efficient and effective utilization of corporate resources; to achieve both organic growth as well as the development of a diversified array of services and of corporate structure. Through introduction of a focused strategic planning process, Ryan has also ensured that these business processes resulted in an equilibrium between the company mission and vision which reflect person focused values. Ryan has long credited these achievements, to the experiences he gained when he had the privilege of beginning his tenure with Supportive Concepts for Families, as a Program Coordinator in November of 1993, serving as the Director of Programs for more than two years, and then as Chief Operating Officer prior to his appointment as CEO.
In his present position as President of Inperium, Inc. & Family of Services, Ryan continues his efforts to expand upon his proven track record of developing, revitalizing, and growing business enterprises. Ryan continues to further utilize his strategic planning and implementation strengths, to guide and direct other enterprises through substantial change management, with strong and effective leadership and an on-going commitment to providing quality outcomes to all stakeholder representatives.
Ryan’s numerous and varied experiences have resulted in significant successes for the communities served by Inperium’s “Family of Services”, as well as for those employed by these entities. During Ryan’s tenure as CEO of Supportive Concepts for Families, revenue has grown from $4.5 million in 2000, to more than $65 million in 2017. In addition, as a direct result of a strategically planned quality management system, SCFF’s 1,300 employees (grown from 200 when Ryan assumed CEO duties) provide consistent and high quality services. The company employees, the most valuable asset of quality human service organizations, also derive benefit from an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). This “first of its kind” program for a non-profit, was created in March of 2015.
Perhaps most significantly, Ryan has provided oversight of Inperium’s Family of Services growth, which has resulted in the expansion of a robust array of quality services to customers, financial diversity and strength, and affiliations that leverage resources to achieve quality results. This growth includes:
- The creation and development of Fortis Holdings, Inc. and Fortis Housing Services, LLC in March of 2015, to control capital of non-profit shareholders and to issue stock as part of the ESOP.
- The creation of Callan Housing Services, LLC, designed to create housing opportunities for those with unique housing needs, in March of 2015.
- The founding and creation of S Automotive & Fleet Services, LLC to provide automotive maintenance service to the Supportive Concepts fleet, other for- profit and not-for-profit Companies & the general public at affordable pricing while affording cost savings, other revenue opportunities, and potential future employment opportunities for disabled individuals.
- The creation of Sustainable Energy & Lighting Solutions, LLC. The company provides green energy solutions & electrical installations for both residential and commercial interests, and is now authorized to install power conditioning units/solutions in three states including PA.
- The expansion of service capabilities with the creation of Person Driven Clinical Services, LLC, in January of 2015. The company provides behavioral health services & training to those with behavioral health and intellectual disabilities. These services are currently offered to both the Inperium Family of Services affiliates as well as other provider agencies throughout Pennsylvania.
- In October of 2012, Harmonycrest Personal Care Services, LLC was established. This 16-bed personal care home provides long-term living solutions for aging individuals with behavioral and physical health conditions.
- The January 2016 affiliation with Community Prevention Partnership of Berks County, Inc., which receives funds through grants and contracts with various government entities providing services to children and youth throughout PA.
- The February 2017 affiliation with Edison Court, Inc., located in Doylestown, PA,. Edison Court provides treatment and services to adult and adolescent needs through residential & outpatient services.
Dr. Vincent J. LaSorsa,Ph.D., CEO
Dr. Vincent J. LaSorsa officially took the role of Executive Vice President / Chief Program Officer for Inperium, Inc. and Family of services in November 2017. He maintains his position as President and CEO of The Children's Home of Reading (CHOR), where he has successfully grown the organization to an over 15 million dollar multi-faceted regional, mental, behavioral and education agency. The continuum of care included 2 private schools, 3 residential treatment programs for adolescent boys and girls, an acute partial hospitalization program, along with award winning community programs that provide services to over 1,300 children and families throughout PA each year.
Prior to joining CHOR, he was employed at Kids Peace, The National Center for Kids Overcoming Crisis as the PA Executive Director of Community-Based Programs, leading all new program development and expansion across PA. He also worked in numerous Southeastern PA outpatient clinics doing private practice work, serving primarily children and adolescents.
Dr. LaSorsa holds a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University; as Master of Science Degree in Clinical / Industrial Psychology from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University); and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, from Beaver College (now Acadia University).
Dr. LaSorsa has been providing services to children and adolescents for over 30 years. he has served on many boards, and is viewed as a community resource. He has provided leadership and expertise at the local, state, and national levels on subjects related to mental and behavioral health, as well as issues related to children and families.
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.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 an MBA in Management Information Systems. Ms. Cerwin currently resides in Furlong, Pennsylvania.