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President and Chief Executive Officer



Thomas P. Royer, MPA, has assumed the role of Beech Brook president/chief executive officer, bringing with him a wide range of experience designing and managing community-based mental health, social service, prevention and early intervention programs.

For Tom, Beech Brook has always been more than just a place to work. Caring for Beech Brook kids – as group home parents, cottage leaders, and adoptive parents to a residential child – has been a multigenerational mission for the Royer family.

Tom has served the organization in many roles 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. Most recently, he has overseen all programs and services and represented Beech Brook externally with many groups.

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

Executive Vice President

Carolyn Szweda, MBA, , MSW, LISW-S

Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Karvonen,  CPA

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

LaVisa Bell, MSM