Community Options National Staff

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.

Robert P. Stack - Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Options

Robert P. Stack

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Options

According to the New Jersey Business Journal’s Book of Lists for 2018, Community Options is ranked the 3rd largest non-profit in New Jersey. He has an M.B.A. and a BA from the University of Dayton. Robert attended the University of Friborg, Switzerland, University of Rome and the University of London. He taught at Kent State University where he was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Award. He is an Adjunct Professor for the graduate school at Kean University. Stack was recently appointed as a trustee of the Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability. He is the author of two books: I Matter-So Does Your Cause – Starting a Nonprofit and Meaningful Day: Day Program Services Curriculum and Staff Guidebook.

David P. Sweeney - Chief Financial Officer

David P. Sweeney

Chief Financial Officer

David graduated from Rutgers Business School with an M.B.A. from LaSalle University. He has a C.P.A. license in PA and is responsible for financial operations. David spent his career working in the healthcare sector managing operations. He has twenty years of comprehensive financial management experience.

Courtney Eidel

Courtney Eidel

Chief Human Resources Officer

Courtney has an M.B.A. from Georgian Court University and a B.S. in International Business and Management from Montclair State University. Courtney has over twenty years of experience in employee relations, talent management and compensation and benefits in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Svetlana Repic-Qira - Executive Vice President

Svetlana Repic-Qira

Executive Vice President

Svetlana oversees operations in Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee. She earned an M.A. in Psychology, a B.A. from the University of Connecticut. Svetlana 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. Svetlana was a social worker and before that a discharge planner at Summit hospital.

Kerry Brady, Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of New York

Kerry Brady

Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of New York

Kerry Brady received her BA in Psychology from Mercy College and holds a MA in Counseling Psychology from Long Island University. Kerry brings with her over 20 years of non-profit experience in compliance and operations management.  

Lisa Smith - Vice President Corporate Compliance

Lisa Smith

Vice President Corporate Compliance

Lisa has worked over two decades at Community Options. She began her career as a Direct Support Professional and eventually promoted to executive director for southern New Jersey. She is responsible for federal, state and local compliance oversight, licensure, quality assurance and administers oversights for platforms memorializing individual plan monitoring and auditing.

Wei-Han Zhou - Vice President - Department of Strategic Operations

Wei-Han Zhou

Vice President - Department of Strategic Operations

Wei-Han has a BA from Rutgers in Political Science. He worked for a Congressional leader and eventually Governor Christie. He joined Community Options in 2017 and has been promoted to Vice President. He oversees Government Relations, Media, Marketing, Grants and Fundraising. He interfaces with government leaders and funding entities for continued development and marketing.

Greg Thoennes - Regional Vice President

Greg Thoennes

Regional Vice President

Based in Austin, Greg oversees operations in Arizona, Iowa, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. With a BA from Utah Valley University in 2013 Greg has over 10 years of experience in various roles working with individuals with developmental disabilities in the community and has a passion for working with and advocating for individuals with disabilities. Greg speaks fluent German. His passion comes from his experience working as a Direct Support Professional, Home Manager, and Associate Director, while attending University in Provo, Utah. Previously, Greg held the position of Executive Director for Community Options in the Austin, Texas Region.

Lacie Parker - Vice President Pennsylvania

Lacie Parker

Vice President Pennsylvania

Lacie joined Community Options in 2012 as a Direct Support Professional. After finishing her MA from Pennsylvania State University, she was appointed as Vice President. During her tenure she held various roles within the organization to include Program Manager, Program Specialist and Executive Director. Lacie began her career as a mental health worker for families with at risk youth.

Michael Burnett - Arizona State Director

Michael Burnett

Arizona State Director

Michael received a Master of Science in psychology from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Northern Arizona University. He brings nearly twenty years of experience to Community Options, including direct care, operations management, program development, and executive leadership. In addition to his work in the human services sector, Michael is a licensed counselor and holds a faculty position as a lecturer at Benedictine University where he teaches undergraduate courses in psychology and disability law.

Tigest Alemu - State Director of Maryland

Tigest Alemu

Maryland State Director

Tigest Alemu began her career as a direct support professional, progressively building 15 years of experience and education in developmental disability and healthcare management. She recently became a Certified Project Management Professional and has a Master of Business Administration from Wilmington University in Delaware.

Noemi Rivera - New Mexico State Director

Noemi Rivera

New Mexico State Director

Noemi received her BA in Sociology from New Mexico State University. Noemi joined Community Options in 2009 as a Direct Support Professional in Las Cruces, NM. Her career steadily progressed to Program Manager, Service Coordinator, Director of Program Services, Associate Executive Director and then to Executive Director.

Lindsey Daniel - South Carolina State Director

Lindsey Daniel

South Carolina State Director

Lindsey received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of South Carolina.   Lindsey started her career with Community Options in 2007 and has 20 years of experience in the Human Services field. During her tenure with Community Options, Lindsey has worked in various positions to include Program Manager, Residential Director, and Executive Director.

Meika McClendon - Tennessee State Director

Meika McClendon

Tennessee State Director

Meika has a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Kentucky University. She began her career at Community Options three years ago as executive director of the Nashville region. Meika brings more than twenty-five years of experience in progressively responsible roles within the disability field including direct support professional, program manager, case manager, residential director, and corporate conservator.

Monica Cherie Ryan - Texas State Director

Monica Cherie Ryan

Texas State Director

Monica received her Master’s in Human Services and Bachelor’s in Management from Lubbock Christian University. She has a decade of experience in clinical operations and strategic planning for healthcare and human service organizations across Texas.