The strength of Community Options has always been its people. The careful selection and training of staff members has created a culture based on commitment to community-based support and respect for individual dreams. The corporate structure provides national support and local autonomy. The early decision to maintain one corporate entity nationwide and to centralize functional departments has proven effective. Planning, human resources, fiscal services, technology, training and public relations support are all based in Princeton, New Jersey.
This allows executive directors to concentrate on people and program issues. National staff members maintain a sharp focus on the corporate mission through connections with the people receiving services. This convivial atmosphere allows employees at every level to celebrate individual triumphs and to understand the direct link between job performance and the quality of life for people with disabilities. Employees are valued for the professional and personal talents they bring to their positions.
A composite bond application was approved by the Economic Development Authority of the state to maximize future capital acquisitions. Insurance costs have been reduced through membership in an insurance pool. National vendors are utilized to reduce unit price costs, thereby taking advantage of volume discounts. The goal of the business office is to identify opportunities to allocate maximum funding to direct service expenditures.
Robert P. Stack
Robert Stack†is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Options. According to the New Jersey Business Journal's Book of Lists for 2011, with over 2,600 employees and over 35 offices in several states, Community Options is ranked as the 5th largest non-profit in New Jersey. He has an MBA and is a graduate of the University of Dayton, Mr. Stack also attended the University in Friborg, Switzerland, University of Rome and the University of London. He also taught at Kent State University where he received the Graduate Student Teaching Award and he is an Adjunct Professor for the graduate school at Kean University.
Mr. Stack has extensive international experience in entrepreneurial business development and non-profit management. He has spoken throughout the world on employment for persons with disabilities using a social entrepreneurial model. He was a keynote at the Yale Goldman-Sachs School of Management and has given the plenary session at the National Council of Negro Women USAID conference in Cairo, Egypt, and at Perspectiva in Moscow, Russia on entrepreneurial management, business development and advocacy.
David P. Sweeney
Chief Financial Officer. graduated from Rutgers Business School and an MBA from LaSalle University. Currently, he has a C.P.A. license pending in PA.
Mr. Sweeney is responsible for all financial responsibilities and assists in performing all tasks necessary to achieve the organizationís mission. Mr. Sweeney spent his career working in the healthcare sector managing operations and resolving debt issues. He brings seventeen years of comprehensive financial management experience, with special skills in cash flow management, bad debt control, admission procedures, auditing and accounting processes, and building effective leadership.
Vice President of Human Resources and Quality Management, holds a M.B.A. from Georgian Court University and a B.S. in International Business and Management from Montclair State University. Courtney has over ten years of experience in employee relations, talent management and compensation and benefits in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Regional Vice President oversees operations in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Carolina and Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Education and also holds a Master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Administration from Murray State University. She over twenty years of experience in supporting individuals with disabilities and was previously the Chief Operating Officer for Easter Seals Tennessee.
Regional Vice President oversees operations in New Jersey. She holds an MA in Psychology, a BA from the University of Connecticut and is also a licensed Professional Counselor. Svet is not new to Community Options, she was an executive director for North Jersey for three years; a community support coordinator; and administrative coordinator; and in 1998 she was an assistant manager at Community Options. Svet was a social worker and before that a discharge planner at Summit hospital.
Regional Vice President, oversees operations
in New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Hansen has a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland in Therapeutic Recreation and held a license as a CTRS. He has 14 years of management experience in a variety of Human Service fields.