Thomas Mantore, M.Ed.
As an undergraduate, Tom studied at The University of South Carolina and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. He went on to earn his Master’s degree from Kutztown University in Education with a concentration in School Counseling.
Tom was hired by The IMPACT Project, Inc., in 2000 as an entry level Case Manager. He was eventually promoted to Senior Case Manager and shortly thereafter he was chosen to run IMPACT’s therapeutic group interventions focusing on Moral Development and Social Skills Training for adolescent offenders. In 2007, Tom added The Collegiate Enrichment Program to his portfolio. This program partnered with The Lehigh County Juvenile Probation Department in order to provide at-risk youth with volunteer college students who served as mentors to them. The combination of pro-social activities and exposure to actual local college campuses was meant to model positive behavioral change while also encouraging further exploration of post-secondary pursuits for the at-risk youth.
In subsequent years, Tom was promoted to Educational Specialist, Placement Specialist and ultimately to his current position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He has served as the co-chair of the Independent Living workgroup for The Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services, he has served as a consultant on the statewide Rate Methodology Task Force workgroup, he has provided training for The Juvenile Detention Centers and Alternative Programs Annual Conference as well as for IMPACT’s foster parents.
In over two decades of service, he has had a hand in virtually every aspect of the agency’s success. While he has steadily ascended from an entry level employee to an administrative role, his strength and passion continues to lie in direct service to the children with whom the agency focuses on. In addition to client admissions, Tom also supervises the clinical department. Lastly, Tom continues to be an active supervisor in the recruitment, training and retention process of all prospective/new foster families.