John Eirdosh was appointed as QMA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in September 2013. John has more than 35 years of experience in the provision of residential, treatment, and employment services to people with disabilities. As COO, John oversees the day-to-day operations of QMA and makes critical decisions to guarantee that the highest quality of care is provided to people with disabilities.
John received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kean University in Union, NJ, and his Master’s Degree in Arts in Education from Johnson State College in Johnson, VT. He has previously worked as the Statewide Director of High Risk Services at Sharp Visions in Pittsburgh, PA, the Director of High Risk Services at Resources for Human Development in Philadelphia, PA, and as the Director of the Philadelphia Division at Human Services Consultants in Kingston, PA.
Among other management roles in clinical and behavioral settings, John has served as the Director of the Suburban Division of Horizon House, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA, and as the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Director at Washington County Mental Health Services in Montpelier, VT. These positions helped John amass a wealth of clinical knowledge. He was part of the development of one of the first pilot programs for psychiatric rehabilitation in Vermont, in partnership with Boston University. There, he taught psychiatric rehabilitation to residential and vocational rehabilitation centers and measured successful outcomes.
At QMA, John previously spent five years as Program Administrator, where he demonstrated his undeniable ability to design and implement successful residential treatment services while providing successful strategies to continually improve quality. Prior to that, as Clinical Director, John oversaw the operation and quality of residential and day support programs, as well as nursing and behavior services. He has had great success in implementing values-based programs, managing diverse teams of high achievers, and securing broad-based support from stakeholders.
In addition to his responsibilities at QMA, John has been and continues to be involved with many professional organizations and boards. Among many others, these include Partners in Justice, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Criminal Justice Task Force, the Stakeholders’ Planning Team, and the Calvary Presbyterian Church Board of Trustees. He has presented his professional work before organizations such as the Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (PAR), the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (IAPSRS), and the Every Lives Conference. Additionally, John has taught at a variety of universities, and currently teaches at Holy Family University. Finally, he continues to partner with classroom teachers and school teams through Wordsworth Human Services to assess classroom management efforts.