Leadership

Leadership

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.  Formerly the President and CEO of Edison Court, Inc. (ECI), Mr. Deppeler identified the need to achieve scale and scope in order to promote the sustainability of the organization.  At the time, ECI was a recognized leader in the Forensic Behavioral Health world providing world-class treatment to children and families generally referred through the Court system.  During his tenure as President and CEO, Mr. Deppeler led the diversification of service lines at ECI, the transition to managed care funding, and the successful accreditation of the organization by COA in 2015.   Read more…

Ryan Kraus – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Ryan has been a leader and trusted advisor for middle-market organizations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors for nearly 25 years. Mr. Kraus possesses a unique blend of strategic, operational and financial experience that has enabled him to be a key contributor to Inperium’s impressive growth.  Throughout his career, Ryan has held the position of President, COO and CFO, for mid-market and investor-backed companies in multiple industries, including Contracting, Health Tech, Workforce Management, and Human Services.  His earliest experience was in the assurance divisions of BDO and KPMG where he served both privately-held and publicly traded companies.

Ryan joined the Inperium Team as Senior Vice-President in February, 2017 following its affiliation with Edison Court, Inc., where he served as CFO and COO.  Since joining the team, his broad skill set and experience in high growth companies has enabled him to excel in numerous roles.  During his first year with Inperium, Ryan was instrumental in the due diligence and integration of several affiliates in the child welfare and substance abuse space. Shortly thereafter he was appointed as Inperium’s first Chief Strategy Officer.  As CSO Ryan implemented an entity-wide strategic planning process designed to align Inperium’s initiatives and priorities with its long-term goals.  Mr. Kraus continues to work closely in support of CEO Ryan Smith, the Board, and the Executive Team on crafting and executing the organization’s long-term strategy.

Ryan was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2018. In addition to overseeing the daily accounting operations of the organization, Mr. Kraus leads the due diligence and integration teams and is actively involved in all facets of the M&A process.  Since joining Inperium, Ryan has vetted, provided valuations, and performed due diligence on hundreds of potential affiliations and acquisitions.

Mr. Kraus has been instrumental in shaping Inperium’s debt and capital structure as it evolved away from a transactional approach to a more mature Corporate Finance model.  In April, 2020 Mr. Kraus led the formation of the Inperium Constellation Obligated Group and its first Debt Offering under a new Master Trust Indenture.  The 2020 Bonds refinanced $27.5MM of existing long and short-term debt, provided financing for an important acquisition, and enhanced overall cash flow.  Additionally, Inperium entered into a new $10MM Working Capital facility to support its continued growth and investment in its affiliates.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from LaSalle University and is a CPA (inactive).  Mr. Kraus is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s OPM Executive Program. OPM is an immersive 3-year curriculum exclusively for middle-market executives that focuses on innovation, strategy development and execution, corporate finance, and negotiation.

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 role as President and CEO of The Children’s Home of Reading (CHOR), where he has been for almost 20 years. While at CHOR, Dr. LaSorsa has successfully grown the organization to an over 15 million dollar multi-faceted regional organization providing mental health, behavioral health
and educational services. The continuum of care includes 2 private schools, 3 residential treatment programs for adolescent boys and girls, two acute partial hospitalization programs, foster care and adoption services, and many community-based programs, one of which gained recognition as the Pennsylvania Community Based Program of the Year through the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission. The organization serves over 1300 children and families throughout Pennsylvania each year. While at CHOR, Dr. LaSorsa led the organization through program expansion, MA realignment, and its initial Gold Seal  accreditation through the Joint Commission.

Prior to joining Inperium, Dr. LaSorsa had been actively collaborating with a number of PA Children’s non-profits for the purposes of “joining forces” through merger and/or other business combinations. It was during this time that Dr. LaSorsa and Inperium’s founder Mr. Ryan Smith became acquainted. Dr. LaSorsa became so intrigued with the business model of Inperium, that he championed it with his leadership and the CHOR Board of Directors. Soon
after, he led the due diligence efforts and ultimately signed the Definitive Affiliation Agreement on November 3rd, 2017. Since the affiliation with Inperium, Dr. LaSorsa has led continued efforts to expand services at The Children’s Home. New programs have been opened in Schuylkill County, the Lehigh Valley, and CHOR’s home county of Berks. In Dr. LaSorsa’s Executive Vice President role with Inperium, he oversees the PA Children and Family Division. His responsibilities include overseeing the operations of the affiliates within this division, as well as, supervising the Executive Directors for each of the entities within the division. In addition, Dr. LaSorsa helps to identify other organizations who might benefit from the Inperium business model. Dr. LaSorsa is an elected class member of Inperium’s Board of Directors. In addition to his Inperium-related Board duties, Dr. LaSorsa serves on many of the other Inperium affiliated organization’s Board of Directors. He has also served on a number of other local non-profit boards, served as a Board Member for Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services, and nationally has served as the Liaison to the Joint Commission representing the former Alliance for Children and Families and now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

Prior to his tenure at CHOR, Dr. LaSorsa worked 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 has 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 BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, from Beaver College (now Acadia University). While in his doctorate program, he completed a residency at Eastern State Hospital’s Juvenile Forensic Unit. He completed his dissertation in 1999. He has also authored articles related to studies in psychological testing. Dr. Vincent J. LaSorsa has been providing services to children and adolescents for over 30 years. He is viewed as a community resource and leader. In addition, 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.

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

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

Dr. Vincent J. LaSorsa – Elected Director

Michael Herr – Elected Director – Executive Committee

Dave Greif – Elected Director – Executive Committee

Greg Chaffee – Elected Director – Executive Committee

Cynthia Pachuta – Elected 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