Getting IT Done Right – Vincent D. Pettinelli

Vince Pettinelli About The Author   

Author, lecturer, and educator, Vincent Pettinelli writes books, articles, and blogs on the subjects of entrepreneurship and human services management. His book, Human Services Management That Works, was published by IDS Publishing Corporation in 1993 is used in a number of University Management training programs. His forthcoming book, Getting IT Done Right: Pragmatic Wisdom for Human Service Managers a revised and updated edition is being published by High Tide Press November of 2018.

Vincent has over 40 years of senior management experience in the organization, administration, and provision of services in both the public and private sectors to persons with mental retardation, developmental disabilities, mental illness, and geriatric dementia.

Vincent began his career in government administration, serving as Director of Education for the Mental Health Association of Houston/Harris County, Texas; Director of Regional Services for the South Carolina Department of Mental Retardation; Commissioner for Mental Retardation for the Pennsylvania State Department of Public Welfare; and Director of the State of Ohio Joint Mental Health and Mental Retardation Advisory Review Commission. He is the former Chairman and Founder of PeopleServe Inc.

In 1979, after 15 years as a top management executive in government, he founded PeopleServe, Inc. as one of the first of its kind for-profit company created to serve persons with severely handicapping conditions. Since it’s founding, PeopleServe had grown to a $350 million company, serving over 7000 individuals in 12 states and the District of Columbia. The company employed over 9,000 people, who developed and operated homes, provided residential and day programs, and consultation and training for families, caregivers, and not-for-profit groups. PeopleServe was acquired by Res Care, Inc in June of 1999. Res Care provides services to persons with developmental disabilities, people with acquired brain injury, persons with severe, chronic mental illness as well as services to youth with special needs. Res Care is a publicly traded company and serves over 26,000 people in 22 states. Vince has served as a member of the Res Care Board from 1999 to 2004.

He has authored articles and presented conference papers for such distinguished groups as the American Association on Mental Retardation, the American Psychotherapy Association, the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Vincent holds Diplomates in The American Psychotherapy Association, The American Association on Mental Retardation, The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, and the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. Vince won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1990.

Born in Houston, Texas and raised in New York City, Vincent received his BA degree from the University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX), and his MSW from Tulane University (New Orleans, LA). In addition, he completed post-graduate study at the University of Alabama and the University of Wisconsin. As an educator, Vincent has served on the adjunct faculty of the Ohio State University School of Social Work, the University Of South Carolina Department of Social Work, and the Temple University School of Social Work.

Developed and implemented The Masters of Human Services Management curriculum at the National Lewis University, Chicago Illinois and the Human Services Management curriculum at The University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas.

Vincent also served as an Executive in Residence at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Vince is a current member of the President’s Advisory Committee at The University of St. Thomas in Houston Texas

Most recently, Vincent served on the Board of Trustees of Kent State University and as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. In 1995, he was appointed by the governor to serve a term on the Ohio State Board of Education. Most recently, Vincent initiated the development of a Human Services Management curriculum for the University of St. Thomas in Houston Texas. In 2010, Vince was selected as a contributor to the book How They Did It by Robert Jordan. This book details the accomplishments of successful entrepreneurs in the Midwest.

Vincent is also active in the community. Among his volunteer activities, he was a Trustee of the Ohio Business Roundtable, is Past-Chairman of the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Inc., was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Central Ohio, a Founding Board Member of Community Research Partners and was a member of the Board of the National Center for Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. Most recently, Vincent was appointed to the Client Advisory Committee for Merrill Lynch.

He and his wife Judy are residents of Naples Florida and maintain homes in Dublin, Ohio, and Chicago.

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