Gary Ivory currently serves as President and National Director of Program Development. In this capacity, he maintains oversight of numerous programs that provide a range of community-based services for children, youth and families throughout the southwest region. He also travels the country to explore and develop new opportunities to implement the YAP model. Gary pioneered work with juvenile street gangs in Fort Worth, TX. This work was featured in several national publications including Catalyst, a national newsletter of the National Crime Prevention Council, and the PBS series In Search of Law and Order. The Tarrant County programs, known as TCAP, have been featured as a national model for developing community-based alternatives for serious juvenile offenders.
Gary received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College. In 1999, he received the alumnus of the decade award from his alma mater. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary with a focus on public policy and ethics. He has also completed graduate course work at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University. In 2003, he completed training at the Harvard Negotiation Project Program at the Harvard Law School. In 2008, he was selected by the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as a Center for Social Innovation Fellow for Executive Nonprofit leaders.
Alan Kassirer is YAP’s Chief of Performance and Quality Improvement. He joined the agency in 1992 as a management consultant. After consulting YAP on and off for two years, he agreed to become a full time employee. Alan currently oversees quality improvement department which includes outcomes measurement, maintenance of YAP’s COA accreditation, contracts, leases and procurement.
Before becoming PQI Chief, Alan spent time as budget director, auditing and monitoring director, financial analyst and program services chief. In 2005, upon becoming CEO, Jeff Fleischer named Alan to the role of Chief of Quality Assurance. In 2007, Alan researched the Council on Accreditation and recommended that YAP try to become an accredited agency. The internal improvement process took two years and YAP was accredited in 2009. The agency achieved its second re-accreditation in August 2017.
Prior to joining YAP, Alan was an assistant treasurer at Chemical Bank in New York where he started off as an installment loan officer and was a leader of the bank’s merger implementation team when Chemical Bank merged with Manufacturer’s Hanover in 1991. He originally hails from Rochester, NY and attended Long Island’s Hofstra University. Alan is married and has a son, two step sons and a step daughter.
Dorienne J. Silva, MSW, is Deputy CEO, President of Southeast Programs and President of International Relations and Development with Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP). As Deputy CEO, Ms. Silva leads YAP's elite National Leadership Team responsible for strategic planning, coordinating operational and business functions, building and facilitating collaborative working teams, and pursuing business efficiencies, best practices and program innovation. Intricately involved in YAP's human resources and personnel matters, she also informs and assists Board members with their critical responsibilities. As President of the Southeast region, she manages diverse youth, family advocacy and behavioral health programs across seven states overseeing all personnel, policy, quality compliance, media/marketing, and fiscal concerns. Proficient in cross-cultural communication, for eleven years she has also led YAP’s international programs including facilitating the autonomous constitution of YAP Ireland as an organization. Successful international initiatives championed by Ms. Silva include collaborating across 5 continents to explore best practices in engaging disconnected youth, informing policy reforms favoring juvenile deinstitutionalization and community-based programming, and partnering with local stakeholders in launching pilot projects modeled on YAP’s wraparound/advocacy model.
A 20 year plus veteran with YAP, Ms. Silva's other organizational leadership roles include serving as Vice-President of the New Jersey, Texas, Florida and South Carolina programs. She has over 25 years combined direct social service practice, management and policy experience including her top leadership roles with New Jersey's Governor’s Committee on Children's Services Planning and the former cabinet-level Department of the Public Advocate. She has also worked with La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc. in Newark, New Jersey, PROCEED, Inc. in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the Department of Social Services in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Catholic Big Sisters, Manhattan Family Court in New York City. Her service to these organizations ranged from advocacy on behalf of youth and families to developing and managing programs for at-risk youth. Dorienne brings a unique cultural understanding to YAP and the families served. Born in Puerto Rico, she fluently speaks and writes both English and Spanish. She holds an MSW from Rutgers University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.
Richard Stottlemyer, II joined the YAP Team in 1989 at the start of a period of tremendous growth within the agency. Demonstrating strong fiscal leadership early in his YAP career, Rick worked in concert with corporate officers and external consultants in the development of policies, procedures and systems necessary to support YAP’s current and future growth. He became thoroughly knowledgeable of all facets of YAP’s fiscal operations as well as the mission that drives the agency’s work with youth and families. With a then small team at the YAP Support Center (Administrative Headquarters), Rick was instrumental in helping YAP meet the challenges that accompany an agency’s rapid expansion. With his extensive experience in all fiscal areas, he was well prepared for new responsibilities when he was named YAP’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Rick is a graduate of Elizabethtown College (PA) where he earned a BS in Accounting.