Our Senior Staff
John A. Ducoff, Executive Director
John joined the Covenant House Pennsylvania community in January 2014 as Acting Director, where his passion for helping homeless youth spearheaded the agency’s Night of Broadway Stars event, raising more than half a million dollars in just three months — the most successful fundraising event ever in CHPA’s 15-year history. In July 2014 John was officially named Executive Director of CHPA.
Prior to leading covenant House Pennsylvania, John served as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and General Counsel of Covenant House International. In addition to the legal work he has handled at the corporate and site levels, he has also directed efforts in quality assurance and implementing a new data-driven and outcome-focused performance management system at all Covenant House and Casa Alianza sites in the US, Canada, and Latin America.
Before joining Covenant House International in 2010, John served as the Deputy Commissioner for Child Welfare Reform at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, where he oversaw a comprehensive organizational reform initiative to overhaul New Jersey’s child welfare system as well as the development and deployment of a case management database for 6,000 caseworkers. Previously, John had served as Special Deputy Commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Human Services, the Director of Litigation and Chief Counsel at the New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate, and as an associate at Latham and Watkins LLP. After receiving his BA from Rutgers College Phi Beta Kappa and his JD from the Rutgers-Camden School of Law with high honors, John clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Hugh Organ, Associate Executive Director
Valery Bailey, Director of Finance and Administration
Valery’s 35-year career in human services began on the front lines of care working as a direct support professional, behavior specialist and regional trainer for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Valery spent 20 years in New Jersey’s Department of Human Services (DHS), where she perfected her knowledge in state and federal regulations. After fifteen years of service to the Office of Licensing, Valery accepted a position in the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Program Integrity and Accountability (OPIA). She served first as a Quality Assurance Coordinator to the Director of Licensing and later as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner of OPIA. Her impressive accomplishments at DHS led to an appointment by the Commissioner to the Office of the Chief of Staff where she served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff and subsequently to the Chief of Staff. In 2006, Governor Jon Corzine signed legislation creating the Department of Children and Families (DCF) of which Valery became a part of the inaugural DCF leadership. Her extensive work in establishing and reengineering business practices led to her appointment to the Director of Contract Administration, Accounting and Procurement where she served until she ended her state service.
After her lengthy career in the public sector, Valery took her talents to the private sector, assuming the role of Executive Director for The Mentor Network overseeing two state operations. Valery managed a leadership team of eight and a general work force of 1,000 employees; $50+ million in revenue and complex contracts including Medicaid, state, county and private funding streams; and consistently maintained a census of 500 service recipients. Valery developed a service portfolio to include residential treatment, group homes, treatment foster care, in-home therapeutic supports and day habilitation services. She executed a business strategy resulting in a twenty-five percent increase in revenues, establishing 40 new residential sites to support a census increase of 150 service recipients. Valery elevated the company’s brand and positioned the company as the leading provider of out of home care for at-risk youth. Over her tenure with the organization she distinguished herself as a leader by consistently going above and beyond to serve her staff and the individuals she supported in the various programs. She received Network-wide recognition for her high marks in quality services and for her business acumen.
Valery now serves as the Director of Administration for Covenant House Pennsylvania (CHPA). She joined this team at the urging of a former colleague who knew well Valery’s administrative and leadership talent and who said: “we need change, we need you.” CHPA serves homeless, runaways and trafficked youth. Her goal is to create an infrastructure to support the tremendous work of the organization. Congruently, Valery shares her transformational leadership approaches as a consultant to other agencies whose efforts are in line with her personal mission – “changing lives from the inside.”
Valery holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Rowan University and Masters of Science in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Valery is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Mediator, and completed training through the National Association of Regulatory Administrators. She is a member of the American Society of Public Administrators and the National Association for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Director of Health Services
Read Dr. Ken’s bio here