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 Stack is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Options. According to the New Jersey Business Journal’s Book of Lists for 2016, Community Options is ranked as the 4th largest non-profit in New Jersey. He has an M.B.A. and is a graduate of the University of Dayton, Robert 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. 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.
Robert 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. In 2015, Stack was the keynote speaker at the University of Oxford Roundtable.
David P. Sweeney
Chief Financial Officer, graduated from Rutgers Business School and an M.B.A. from LaSalle University. Currently, he has a C.P.A. license in PA. David is responsible for all financial responsibilities and assists in performing all tasks necessary to achieve the organization’s mission. David 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.
Chief Human Resources Officer, 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 fifteen years of experience in employee relations, talent management and compensation and benefits in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Angelique Rajski Parashis
Vice President of Mission Advancement, is the executive designated with full responsibility for the functioning, growth and development of fundraising, grant development oversight, event operations and public relations. She possesses nearly 20 years of fundraising and project management experience, mostly in the non-profit sector and political world. She earned her Masters Degree in Public Affairs and Politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a BA from Rutgers University in Political Science and Criminal Justice.
Arizona State Director, oversees operations in Arizona. Justin holds a Bachelors Degree of Science in Human Services/Counseling from Geneva College and will soon be completing his Masters of Business Administration from Geneva College in the upcoming year. He has over 10 years of experience in providing housing, transition, and employment supports to people with disabilities. Justin began his career at Community Options as a Day Program Specialist. He then transitioned to Director of Employment Services. Most recently, Justin held the title of Executive Director of the Poconos region in Pennsylvania.
State Director of Kentucky, He is the Executive Director of the Bowling Green office, in addition to overseeing the Alexandria and Paducah regions. Nicholas Holds a Masters degree in employment and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been a Sr. DSP, CPS, Residential Coordinator, and Strategic Operations Manager during his 4 years at COI.
Senior Vice President, oversees operations in Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, Tennessee and Utah. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Connecticut. Brian brings over 30 years’ experience working to improve the lives of people with disabilities. His extensive resume includes positions in administration within state government in Tennessee, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He has held numerous executive positions in nonprofit agencies.
South Carolina State Director, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and has extensive experience working with people with disabilities throughout South Carolina. Dorothy has over 25 years of experience in administrative and programmatic services and a long-standing relationship with the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.
Regional Director, of Western PA. has a dual Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation from West Virginia University. She was the first Executive Director of Bucks County, Pennsylvania office and assisted in the establishment of the Pittsburgh office.
New Mexico State Director, has a proven track record in the development of housing and employment supports for people with disabilities. A native New Mexican, he began his career at Community Options as the executive director of Las Cruses. After several years of building the programs in the local area, Johnson’s responsibilities expanded for state oversight including Albuquerque and Santa Fe with planned expansion into Rio Rancho.
Regional Vice President, oversees operations in New Jersey, New York and, Pennsylvania. She holds an M.A. in Psychology, a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and is also a licensed Professional Counselor. 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.