Board and Executive Staff

Board of Directors


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

Michael D. Scales, Vice Chairman
Rebecca A. Farrington, Treasurer


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

Denise Ray-Shields, Ph.D.
Regan P. Kelly, NET President and CEO
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.

Initially working with NET 1995 – 2011, Jennifer returns to NET with 27 years of progressive leadership experience in Human Services, Healthcare, and Behavioral Health. Serving in multiple capacities in profit and non-profit operations, nationally and throughout Southeastern PA, Jennifer brings experience in strategic organizational development and operations supporting children, adults and families across multiple levels of care and acute care services. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Jennifer received both her BS and MS from Drexel 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 Chief Operating Officer, Eboney is responsible for Human Resources, Training, 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.

Lisa has 22 years of experience in the behavioral health field working with adults and children in multiple complex levels of care. Lisa is an experienced, progressive leader with expertise in implementing evidenced based practices and innovative new programs, identifying data driven outcomes and creating trauma informed services. In her previous employment, she managed the fiscal, quality and clinical aspects of outpatient, CIRC, STS, BHRS and Specialized Services. She has her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University, her master’s in Social Work from Temple University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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.

Bio to come.

Bio to come.

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.