Manuel E. Menendez, III
Mr. Menendez serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Chrysalis Health and is responsible for running all facets of business operations in Florida. Mr. Menendez is an accomplished behavioral healthcare executive with over 30 years of leadership in the behavioral healthcare industry. Since the early 1990’s Manuel has owned and operated businesses and is know for developing effective, high-quality mental health and substance abuse programs. Prior to assuming CEO position, Mr. Menendez served as Executive Director and Board Member of Crawford Center d/b/a The Chrysalis Center, a non-profit from 1999 until becoming for profit in 2006 as Chrysalis Health.
Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel
Mr. Lacasa has a Juris Doctorate and many years of experience in litigation, healthcare, administrative and corporate law with the firm of Ruden McClosky. Today he owns and operates multiple companies throughout South Florida, serves as chairperson for the state’s Boxing Commission and has served on numerous boards throughout Florida. Mr. Lacasa is experienced in contract development, negotiations, policy development, regulatory compliance, litigation and risk management.
Leslie Lynch, MS.
Chief Program Officer
Ms. Lynch obtained her Masters’ of Science in Mental Health Counseling in 1997 from St. Thomas University and has extensive experience treating mental health disorders and substance abuse. Her qualifications include expertise in program development and consultation; mental health assessment and treatment; outpatient and residential programming; child, adolescent, adult, and family services; administration; billing; records compliance, monitoring and auditing. Currently she serves on several committees throughout Florida.
Dr. Angel Junquera
Executive Vice President
Dr. Junquera holds a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology and has years of experience treating clients with mental health and substance abuse disorders. His experience includes program development and consultation; mental health assessment and treatment; outpatient and residential programming; child, adolescent, adult, and family services; administration; operations; policy development; risk management; marketing and public relations. He also serves on and chairs various mental health committees and boards. Go Gators!!
Jennifer Blue, MS, SPHR, CHC
Chief People and Experience Officer
Head of Strategic Communications
Ms. Blue is our Chief Human Resources Officer with over 20 years’ experience in behavioral healthcare both as a clinician and executive. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and earned a Master of Science in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. In addition, Ms. Blue is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute and as a Health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Joining Chrysalis Health initially in June 2000, Jennifer single-handedly created and developed our Human Resources department as a department of one.Ms. Blue serves as a member of the Human Resources Workgroup for One Behavioral Health Association. Ms. Blue also serves on the National Diversity Council and speaks on topics such as leadership, diversity and inclusion, HR service delivery best practices and mental health in the workplace and creating a culture of care. Ms. Blue was a finalist for two OnCon Icon Awards in the categories of HR Impact and HR Leadership in 2018. In 2019, Ms. Blue was an OnCon Icon Award winner for being considered one of the Top 50 HR Professionals globally.
Vince Vazquez, BA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Vazquez has 30 years’ of experience in the IT and Finance fields. After graduating with his degree in Computer Science and Finance, Mr. Vazquez became certified in numerous specialties throughout the IT field and headed organizations as CIO before starting with Chrysalis Health as the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Vazquez is also involved in community organizations, including the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Sheila Rapa, Psy.D.
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Rapa has dedicated herself to agency wide clinical quality, evidenced based treatment practices, and trauma-informed care. Is it her belief that the stigma of mental illness should be eradicated, education regarding mental illness should be plentiful, and evidenced based treatment should be available to all who suffer from any behavioral health disorder. Dr. Rapa received her doctorate from Carlos Albizu University and is also a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist. Dr. Rapa serves on the board of the Florida Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Doug Leonardo, LCSW
Senior Vice President
Mr. Leonardo joined Chrysalis Health with 24 years’ experience in the behavioral health field with extensive expertise in operational and administrative leadership. Mr. Leonardo has served on a variety of Boards including The Florida Hospital Association’s Behavioral Health Council, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), and the Florida Council for Community Mental Health. Mr. Leonardo has received numerous awards in the community, including Leader of the Year from FADAA.
Vice President of Quality and Contracts
Ms. Palmeri began her Chrysalis Health career over 12 years ago serving in various roles including, contract management, risk management and continuous quality improvement proving to be an integral player in planning and executing Chrysalis Health’s statewide expansion initiative which began in 2011. Now serving as Vice President of Quality and Contracts, Ms. Palmeri provides the vision and leadership for the development and implementation of the Chrysalis Health Quality Improvement Program. In addition, she oversees the agency’s vast portfolio of contracts. Ms. Palmeri earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and her Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University. She currently resides in South Florida with her family where she was born and raised.