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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 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 Vice President

Carolyn Szweda, MBA, MSW, LISW-S

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

LaVisa Bell, MSM, CPHQ

Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Karvonen, CPA

Chief Human Resource Officer

Peggy Corbin, MSM, PHR