Eugenia Drobit is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Quality Management Associates, Inc. (QMA). Genie has over 38 years of experience serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and she is a nationally recognized expert in Organizational Development. She has established a variety of programs for people with disabilities in over seven different states, along with systems that assist in continually monitoring and improving the quality of services delivered.
Genie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Urban Planning from Rutgers University, and her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Temple University. Prior to her time with QMA, Genie served as the Residential Director for the Lynch Homes of Pennsylvania, as well as the Director of Developmental Disabilities for Jewish Family Services of Philadelphia. In 1987, she co-founded QMA, which began as a consulting company providing technical assistance, training, and assessments for residential providers in Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, New York, and other states.
In 1992, the Director of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) (the agency tasked with the care of the developmentally and intellectually disabled) asked Genie to bring QMA to New Jersey to provide services to people with disabilities here. As she does to this day, Genie believed that all people with disabilities should have a say in their own living situations. With the desire to push boundaries, formulate innovative behavioral approaches, and create uniquely functional home designs, Genie agreed to expand services to the Garden State. QMA has been a fixture in New Jersey ever since.
Genie has a great deal of experience designing behavior plans and leading staff teams in order to transition individuals from developmental centers, psychiatric facilities, family homes, and crisis situations into community-based housing. Under her leadership, and using a person-centered approach in all areas, people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Self-Injurious, Destructive, and Elopement Behaviors have all moved into community environments successfully. Based on each individual’s need, Genie has led the planning of Behavior Intervention Plans and Functional Behavior Assessments, and has developed Community Immersion Activities and staff training methods to support these tools.
Genie strives to bring positive change to all of New Jersey’s citizens with disabilities. She takes particular pride in helping people labeled as “challenging” or “difficult” by bringing them out of institutions and into the community setting, where they can blossom as individuals. As President and CEO of QMA, Genie leads a dynamic organization that promotes support, training, and supervision of a staff of dedicated professionals doing exceptional work to help people with disabilities.
In addition to her roles within QMA, Genie currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP), where she is the Chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee. She served as President of NJACP from 2011 to 2013. Under her leadership as president, enormous steps were taken to close institutions and move many more people to better lives in the community.