Board and Executive Staff

Board of Directors

Officers

William G. Smith, Chairman
Lucia B. Williams, Secretary

Robert V. Caruso, Ph.D., Vice Chairman
Michael D. Scales, Treasurer

Directors

James Junikiewicz
Herman Mattleman, Esq.
David S. Owens, Jr.
Shelley R. Sylva, Esquire

Denise Ray-Shields, Ph.D.
Regan P. Kelly, NET President and CEO
Rebecca A. Farrington
Laura McGrath

Emeritus Board of Directors

Lawrence J. Devlin
Leonard Davis

Josephine Petrea

 

Executive Team

With over 35  years of experience as a mission driven leader in the behavioral health and social service industries, Regan Kelly is committed to improving services to  families and individuals of all ages.  Having served her entire career in the greater Philadelphia region, she has   been deeply involved in local systems transformation initiatives in fields of child welfare, mental health and  recovery services.    Following 10 years as Vice President of Youth and Family Services at  NET Centers , she assumed the role of CEO and President in 2013 and is responsible for the strategic direction ,  operations, and ongoing development   of a multi-system, multi-state social service organization with 15 sites throughout the mid-atlantic region.

Prior to NET, Regan held  operational and systems development roles at several behavioral health organizations in Pennsylvania, including the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network, which functioned as an extension of Community Behavioral Health (CBH)  at the time;  served as Philadelphia’s first coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP), a systems change initiative funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); served as a Committee Co-Chair for the Mayors Blue Ribbon Commission (2007);  and served as the first Director of the Living In Family Environments (LIFE) program in Philadelphia, a state funded demonstration program designed to develop community alternatives to institutional care for youth.  Under her leadership as a Vice President, NET was selected by the Department of Human Services to implement  a child welfare transformation initiative designed to bring child welfare case management into the community under the Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) model.   Since assuming the role of CEO, Regan has led NET to become the only Certified Community Behavioral Heath Center (CCBHC)  in Philadelphia, a model designed to integrate  mental health, addictions, and physical health care services,   and expanded the continuum of addictions services to include several new resources to serve individuals with an opiate use disorder.

She brings extensive knowledge of quality assurance practices, performance-based contracting, and managed care financial models with expertise in organizational and strategic planning, policy development,  implementation of internal and external systems controls, as well as fiscal and program management that is results-oriented and mission-driven.  Regan received her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from DeSales University.


Eboney has been a part of NET Centers since March 2005. She has over 20 years of experience in children and family services with specializations in child welfare and performance management. Prior to her current role, Eboney served as NET’s Director of Child Welfare Services and later established NET’s first child welfare quality assurance department. Eboney has been intricately involved with Philadelphia’s child welfare system- transformation, Improving Outcomes for Children. In her current role as VP of Strategic Quality Management, Eboney is responsible for facilitation of NET’s strategic plan, facilitation of the accreditation across all programs, and strengthening the agency’s consolidated approach to quality and performance improvement.

Dr. Jeanne Lehrer has her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Psychology from Villanova University. She has worked in a variety of settings including school districts, hospitals and residential settings specializing in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She has spent the last 15 years working in the area of community mental health both evaluating children’s needs for services as well as creating, expanding and improving services that currently exit within the system. Dr. Lehrer entered NET in 2007 as a Unit Director of Children’s Behavioral Health and has participated in the development of five new community based programs for children and their families, the newest of which is the SPIN-NET Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence (PACE). Dr. Lehrer is committed to ensuring that all children receive quality evaluation, services and treatment in programs that are under her direction.

Amy Andre McNamee, PsyD, is a Pennsylvania state licensed psychologist and has over 15 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with opioid use disorders and managing facilities that provide services to this population. Prior to joining NET, Amy served as the Assistant Director of the Addictions Recovery Unit and the Program Manager of the Opioid Treatment Program at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She received her Doctorate and Masters degrees at Chestnut Hill College and Temple University, respectively, and a degree in Psychology at Arcadia University.

Kevin Noel joined NET as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration in 2013. He provides leadership and strategic direction for all financial and operational functions and directly oversees finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, and facilities. Prior to joining NET, Kevin was the Chief Financial Officer for Children & Families First in Wilmington, Delaware with similar responsibilities. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and completed his undergraduate work at Widener University.

Deszeree Elis Thomas is a collaborative leader with over 17 years of experience in child services and local government as an attorney, consultant and executive. She has the proven ability to lead change management efforts, work effectively across sectors, develop strategic and operational plans, and manage systemic issues. Deszeree is committed to using her professional and educational backgrounds to improve systems and resources for children and families. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from Howard University, Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration from Temple University, and Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Felix joined NET Centers in January of 2018 as Vice President of Addiction Recovery Services. Prior to joining NET, Felix worked as Vice President of Continuous Quality Improvement and Chief Compliance Officer at Wedge Recovery Centers where he led the implementation of the electronic health record. A native of Philadelphia, Felix attended Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. Felix continues to practice psychotherapy as a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. At NET, Felix is responsible for managing a continuum of addictions programs including, intensive outpatient, outpatient, residential, and withdrawal management services. Programs in the Addiction Recovery Services division utilize evidenced-based practices including Beck’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Medicated-Assisted Treatment. Felix’s vision for the Addiction Recovery Services division includes a strong commitment to community engagement to address the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, increase quick access to treatment, coordinate care between providers, engage in assertive outreach including street outreach, and promote medicated-assisted treatment.

Neil Rosner is a distinguished HR executive with more than 30 years of experience.
His diverse work background includes experience in healthcare (nonprofit and for profit), high tech, manufacturing and service industries. Mr. Rosner joined NET in 2017 and provides leadership direction in the areas of recruitment and staffing, training and development, employee relations, compensation and benefits, succession planning and risk management.
Mr. Rosner has taught and lectured nationally on Service Excellence, Leadership Development, Excellence Through Service and the Organizational Journey from Good to Great. Mr. Rosner is born and raised in Philadelphia.

Christopher Waiters began his career at NET Centers over 13 years ago. He has demonstrated natural leadership skills from the beginning which afforded him opportunities for professional growth and development in a relatively short period of time. After working in several direct service roles with youth and only 2 years after starting his tenure at NET he was promoted to a management position as the In-Home Detention (IHD) Supervisor (Juvenile Justice Services). He helped to transform the IHD program into one of the lead programs of its kind in the city. Within two years he was again promoted to Interim Director of the Consultation and Education (C and E ) program and tasked with both closing the program , which was being phased out by the city, and supporting NETs proposal to provide School Based Social Services (SBSS), a new service funded to replace C and E services. When NET was awarded the contract, Chris seamlessly moved into the role of SBSS Director. In this role he further developed his skills of engaging schools and communities. He created a diverse portfolio of in school services and supports for youth, largely by utilizing and strengthening community partnerships. After serving as SBSS Director, he was asked to help stabilize a newly acquired NET affiliate agency, Best Nest Inc., and served as the Director of In-Home Protective Services (IHPS). He led the agency to acquire the highest IHPS evaluation score in the agency’s history.

As IHPS was being phased out by the city when they moved to a new model under Improving Outcomes for Children (IOC) and Community Umbrella Agencies (CUA’s). Chris assisted in developing and presenting both of NETs IOC/ CUA proposals. He has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the IOC model from the beginning, initially serving as one of the first Case-Management Directors for the newly formed NET Community Care. When NET was awarded the CUA for the Strawberry Mansion section of the city, Chris moved into that region which is also the region where Chris was born and raised. Chris was eventually named CUA Director in August of 2017 and more recently promoted to the newly created position of Executive Director of NET Community Care, in which he leads and oversees both CUA regions. Chris, has a Bachelors in Social Relations and a Master of Public Administration from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University.