Ryan Smith – Board President & Founder

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.     Read more…

Jay Deppeler –  Executive Vice President & Chief Administration and Program Officer

Jay Deppeler, M.Ed. has been an innovative leader in the Human Services sector for over 20 years. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University in 1997, Mr. Deppeler began his career treating adult and juvenile sex offenders in the Bucks County region. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Deppeler was promoted to administrative positions at Edison Court, Inc. (ECI) including Director of Ravenhill Psychological Services (2001), then COO of ECI (2004), culminating in his appointment to the role of President and CEO of ECI in March of 2012.  Shortly after being appointed to his new role at ECI, Mr. Deppeler completed two competitive and intensive week-long programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education entitled Using Evidence to Improve Social Program Effectiveness and Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations.  In February of 2017, Mr. Deppeler helped lead the process of affiliation with Inperium, Inc.  As a consequence, Mr. Deppeler helped spearhead integration efforts between the two agencies and assisted in the onboarding of no less than four other non-profit organizations including Youth Services Agency (YSA), Reading Specialists Education Agency (RSEA), the Children’s Home of Reading (CHOR), and Trenton, New Jersey-based New Horizon Treatment Services (NHTS).  In addition to his Imperium-related board obligations, Mr. Deppeler has served on the Board of A Woman’s Place, VITA, the Bucks County Bar Foundation, and he was on the Executive Council of the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance.  Recently, he has been asked to participate on the Rate Methodology Task Force (RMTF) to make recommendations to the legislature about funding much needed services for at-risk youth through the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems in Pennsylvania.

Ryan Kraus – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Ryan’s diverse experience includes 23 years in finance, operations and consulting in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from LaSalle University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive OPM Program.  Mr. Kraus joined the Inperium Team following its affiliation with Edison Court in February 2017, where he served as COO and CFO since 2012.  Ryan works closely with the Inperium Executive Team on strategy development and execution across the organization, as well as managing potential new affiliates from the due diligence phase through deal close and integration into the Inperium Family.

Rich Hunt – Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Richard Hunt has been providing leadership in the healthcare industry for over 40 years in both publicly-traded and privately-held organizations, as well as for-profit and not-for-profit ventures.  He spent over 20 years as a key member of the Baxter International, Inc. (American Hospital Supply, Inc.) leadership team where he progressed into senior-level finance positions.  Baxter International, Inc. is a Fortune 500 health care company that primarily focuses on products to treat hemophilia, kidney disease, immune disorders, cardiology and other chronic, and acute medical conditions, distribution of medical products and manufacture of IV products.  Richard was a founding member of Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC, a healthcare technology company that provides supply chain solutions for healthcare providers/suppliers, group purchasing organizations, healthcare manufacturers, and distributors worldwide generating in excess of $35 billion in medical products procurement.  He was the Chief Financial Officer for NeighborCare, Inc., a $1.6 billion publicly traded company which was one of the largest providers of institutional pharmacy services in the United States.  NeighborCare’s pharmacy operations included 62 institutional pharmacies, 32 community-based professional retail pharmacies, and 20 onsite pharmacies supported by more than 9,000 employees.   After facilitating the sale of NeighborCare, Inc. he joined several publicly traded start-up healthcare-related organizations.  Richard was the Chief Financial Officer for Salisbury Behavior Health, New Story and Growth Horizons which supports people with serious and complex challenges and helps them take responsibility for themselves and others.  Most recently Richard has served as the Chief Operating Officer for Inperium, Inc. which provides mental health, intellectual disability, and other health-related supports and services to individuals.   Richard has extensive merger, acquisition, affiliation, integration and leading world-class shared services support capabilities experience.  He has been a member of several Boards of Directors.

Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.  Richard is a Certified Public Accountant and resides with his family in Baltimore, Maryland.

Richard Eichen – Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Leveraging his more than 30 years’ technology industry and CIO hands-on leadership experience, Richard is highly experienced in leading IT and Digital transformations, including aligning technology and business strategy, modernizing in-place infrastructures for scalability, leading large systems integration projects such as global rollouts, implementing Business Intelligence and analytics, and process automation.  He has played key roles in planning and executing the technology and related legal components of acquisitions and divestitures.  Richard co-founded and developed one of the first job matching sites incorporating AI and has led multiple turnarounds where technology was a primary driver of revenue.  He has over 20 years of direct P/L operating experience and has negotiated complex multi-country vendor and outsourcing agreements in excess of $250M.  Immediately before joining, Rich was a Partner at Fortium Partners, LP, a national CIO consultancy.

Rich has an MBA from St John’s University, has bylined chapters in two graduate-level project management textbooks, and has served on several 9/11 related Not For Profit boards.

Stacy DiStefano – Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Stacy brings over 25 years of leadership experience, business development and strategy  in the health and human services industry to Inperium. Recognized for her clinical acumen with a deep understanding of SPMI and IDD population, Medicaid waivers, homelessness and systemic effects of SUD and the opioid crisis, Ms. DiStefano has a proven ability to understand conflicting interests and build consensus. In addition, Ms. DiStefano has been featured at numerous international speaking engagements discussing topics such as strategic planning, housing advocacy, and  innovation.

Ms. DiStefano previously served as the Chief Operating Officer at OPEN MINDS, where she was responsible for operations management, business development, and innovation for all of OPEN MINDS Strategic Advisory Services. Ms. DiStefano also previously  served as the Vice President of Innovation for Resources for Human Development (RHD) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this role, she led the innovation, strategy, and national development efforts to broaden the scope of services, diversify funding sources, engage and maintain political relationships, and design programs based on regional needs to enhance systems of care. In addition, she built and maintained relationships through individual meetings, public speaking, conferences, providing expert testimony and research, making her a trusted leader of remote, mission driven teams with matrix reporting.

Ms. DiStefano earned her Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Arizona State University.

Dr. Vincent J. LaSorsa – Executive Vice President of Pennsylvania Children & Family Services 

Dr. Vincent J. LaSorsa officially took the role of Executive Vice President/Chief Program Officer for Inperium, Inc., and Family of Service in November of 2017.  He maintains his position as President and CEO of The Children’s Home of Reading (CHOR), where he has been for 15 years.  While at CHOR, he has successfully grown the organization to an over 15 million dollar multi-faceted regional, mental, behavioral and educational agency.  The continuum of care includes 2 private schools, 3 residential treatment programs for adolescent boys and girls, an acute partial hospitalization program, school-based and outpatient programming, foster care and adoption programs, along with award-winning community programs that provide services to over 1300 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; a 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. Vincent J. 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.

Fred Lokuta – Executive Vice President of Compliance & Quality

Fred developed a comprehensive understanding of Pennsylvania’s human services delivery system for people with intellectual disabilities and autism through more than 30 years’ experience with the Department of Human Services and Office of Developmental Programs

Fred’s career began as a Direct Support Worker and, as his career advanced, Fred experienced a diverse range of opportunities and experiences that culminated in his appointment as Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Fred’s career included assignments within the Office of Developmental Programs Harrisburg Headquarters Office, Northeast Regional Office Community Bureau, and several State Centers, including tenures as White Haven Center’s Facility Director and the Acting ICF/ID Division Director. Fred helped coordinate efforts to eliminate the use of restraints during his assignments as Center Director at White Haven Center, Selinsgrove Center and Polk Center and received recognition for his and the centers’ teams’ efforts.  While working at agency headquarters, Fred spearheaded the Department’s strategic effort to address the Dual Diagnosis crisis by coordinating efforts between the Department’s behavioral health and I/DD programs and establishing a network of providers to develop targeted services and training in order to address this population’s needs.

He was twice nominated for the Governor’s Award for Excellence and has been recognized by the Department of Human Services for the development and implementation of the Leadership Development Institute.  Fred was also the past recipient of “The Arc Alliance Vincent J. FitzPatrick Humanitarian Award” and was presented “The Lifetime Achievement” award from The Arc of Luzerne County.

Theresa C. Wilson –Executive Vice President Inperium of New Jersey, Inc.

Theresa holds a Masters’ degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She began serving as the Executive Vice President of Inperium New Jersey, Inc., in 2018, after serving as President/CEO of South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources, Inc. (SJBHR), a New Jersey behavioral healthcare provider. Through her efforts and in partnership with Inperium’s leadership, SJBHR officially affiliated with the organization, which currently includes New Horizons Treatment Services.  Ms. Wilson’s strategy and the impetus behind this affiliation was to secure and ensure the future viability of SJBHR, partnering with a larger organization and benefitting from shared resources, resulting in enhanced efficiencies.

Ms. Wilson brings to Inperium a long history of accomplishments working in the field of behavioral health services both in the private and public sector.  Since accepting the leadership of SJBHR in 2007, she applied her extensive experience to building a team of experienced, multidisciplinary and dedicated subject matter experts who share her vision for the agency, and her belief that mental health consumers deserve community-based support services that will ensure progress toward living their best possible lives.

She instituted an electronic health records system that ensured success in managing many payers including Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurers, and as Social Security representative payees on behalf of consumers.  Ms. Wilson successfully transitioned agency programs to a state-mandated fee for service system.

Ms. Wilson served as the Deputy Commissioner of Disability Services for the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services. In this capacity she was responsible for operations and over 17,000 employees of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Division of Disability Services, and the Department’s Facilities Support and Emergency Management.

As the Assistant Director of the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, she supervised both State psychiatric hospitals and community-based programs and had both operational and fiscal responsibilities for all the budgets and over $20 million in community contracts.  She was also responsible for maintaining Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations accreditation of the hospitals and meeting all standards and regulations governing community programs.

Ms. Wilson is a member of several boards including the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, the Mental Health Corporation of America and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, and served as a charter member of the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners.

Jennifer Tursi – Senior Vice President Administration, Special Assistant to the CEO 

Jennifer began her career in the for-profit automotive franchise industry before joining Inperium’s first affiliate, Supportive Concepts for Families, Inc., in 2013 as an Executive Planner supporting its President and Board of Directors.  Upon Inperium’s creation in 2016 she was promoted to Director of Administrative Management where in addition to supporting the President/CEO she oversees the administrative team.  In 2018 Jennifer was appointed Sr. Vice President of Administrative Management, Marketing & Development.  In her current role Jennifer provides support to the President/CEO related to the affiliation process, due diligence, Board governance, and marketing of the Inperium brand.

Inperium Board Members

Ryan Smith – Elected Director – President – Executive Committee

Jay Deppeler – Elected Director – Vice President – Executive Committee

Rich Hunt – Elected Director – Treasurer

Ryan Kraus – Assistant Treasurer (non-voting) – Executive Committee

Dr. Vincent J. LaSorsa – Elected Director

Fred Lokuta – Affiliate Director (SCFF)

Michael Herr – Elected Director – Executive Committee

Dave Greif – Elected Director – Executive Committee

Greg Chaffee – Elected Director – Executive Committee

Cynthia Pachuta – Elected Director

W Lee Prussman – Affiliate Director (CHOR)

Susan Scott Daly – Affiliate Director

Timothy Profit – Elected Director

William Ruth – Elected Director

Gary Twardowski – Elected Director

Joseph Leone – Secretary (non-voting)

Jennifer Tursi – Assistant Secretary (non-voting) – Executive Committee