Thomas P. Royer, MPA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas P. Royer, MPA, has been Beech Brook’s president/chief executive officer since November of 2017.

For Tom, Beech Brook has always been more than just a place to work. Caring for Beech Brook kids has been a multi-generational mission for the Royer family, beginning with his grandparents, who served as houseparents on the campus in the 1950’s, and continuing through the generations that followed.

Tom brings a wide range of experience designing and managing community-based mental health, social service, prevention and early intervention programs to his role as president/CEO. He has served the organization in many capacities since joining the staff in 1991, beginning in direct service positions in the school-based program and moving up through a number of leadership roles. Before assuming his current role, he oversaw all programs and services and represented Beech Brook externally with many groups.

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio University and received his Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University.

Executive Leadership


Carolyn Szweda, MBA, MSW, LISW-S

Executive Vice President

In her current role at Beech Brook as the Executive Vice President, Carolyn participates in strategic planning while overseeing and evaluating multiple programs. Carolyn enjoys fostering effective working relationships among staff and develops trainings that facilitate growth and learning for leadership staff. She is also effectual at collaborating with multiple community partners and professional organizations. Carolyn participates in various committees and organizations including the Northeast Coalition for the Homeless, the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition, and the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee and sub-committees.

Carolyn received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Messiah College, a master's of social work with a specialization in mental health from the Ohio State University, and a master's of business administration from Baldwin Wallace University. She has maintained a private practice for the last fifteen years of her career where she specializes in helping children understand and conquer their anxieties, as well as with teens in navigating the challenges of high school and the transition to college.

Carolyn approaches her work as a values-driven leader who relishes building and leading teams, coaching and developing staff, and building partnerships with community organizations. As a Licensed Independent Social Worker, she has worked as an advocate for the underserved for more than 20 years.


LaVisa Bell, MSM, CPHQ

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

For nearly 30 years at Beech Brook, LaVisa has been acquiring skills and experience which she uses to ensure that the agency’s mission is securely embedded in the daily operations and service delivery. She promotes order, high quality, compliance and safety in clinical and operational functions. Her concern for helping and having a positive impact on others enhances the impact she has at Beech Brook. 

In her current role, LaVisa has responsibility for oversight and management of Beech Brook’s Corporate Compliance, Privacy, Policy, Safety, Performance Improvement, and Regulatory functions. She champions excellence, efficiency, quality, compliance, and morale in her own areas and in the agency overall. She strives to ensure that high ethical standards and a commitment to quality and safety remain at the forefront of every agenda.

LaVisa serves on the Executive Team, staffs the Board Services Review Committee and leads the internal committees of Medicaid Compliance, Continuous Readiness, Corporate Compliance, Safety, Managed Care Preparation, and Learning and Performance Improvement.  She is also a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, the Ohio Children’s Alliance CQI Affinity Group, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and the Greater Cleveland Safety Council. 

LaVisa completed her master’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She is committed to her own professional growth and development as she understands the necessity for being proactive in continuous organization change and success.   


Jennifer Karvonen, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Karvonen joined the Beech Brook staff in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. Jennifer previously served as the CFO at World Truck Towing and Recovery, Inc. in Seville, OH and Recovery Resources in Cleveland.

In all, Jennifer has more than 15 years of experience in finance and operations management, both in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  Throughout her career, she has demonstrated her ability to develop and implement financial controls and process improvements that increase efficiency, productivity and profitability.

Jennifer received her bachelor of science degree in business administration and accountancy from the University of Akron.


Peggy Corbin, MSM, PHR

Chief Human Resource Officer

Peggy joined the Beech Brook staff in August 2019 and came with a wealth of experience in human services. She was previously the Chief Human Resource Officer (and Director of Human Resources) at Recovery Resources since 2005. Prior to that, Peggy held the positions of Chief Program Officer, Head Start Director and Parent Involvement Coordinator from 1991-2005 at West Side Ecumenical Services. She started her career as a teacher in Bristolville, Ohio.

Peggy has a master of science degree in management (M.S.M.) from Indiana Wesleyan, a bachelor of science in education from Kent State University, a bachelor of arts in theatre and communication from Kent State University and is a certified Professional of Human Resources.

Senior Leadership


Jennifer Bruehler

Senior Director, Behavioral Health Services

Terri Davis 

Senior Director, Prevention/Early Intervention

Mark Groner 

Senior Clinical Director

Carol Hoffstetter

Senior Director, Foster Care

Nancy Kortemeyer 

Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

Heidi Lang

Senior Director, Development

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