Center For Family Guidance, PC is proud of the many physicians, psychologists, social workers, advanced practice nurses and support personnel which make up our staff.

Many of our dedicated professionals are accomplished in their respective fields for their clinical work, their research, or their contributions to improving the delivery of mental health services to the public. They are focused, creative, and readily embrace our mission to provide the best possible services to our patients and customers. By maintaining a staff of mental heath professionals fully accredited at different levels, Center For Family Guidance, PC is able to bring flexible customized programs to organizations and individuals.

varrellJames R. Varrell

MD Medical Director and President

The founder and Medical Director of Center for Family Guidance, Dr. Varrell is American Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and certified in American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Varrell has the ability to think outside the box in a way that brings success to the projects in which he becomes involved. He displays his creative abilities, great dependability and effective skills in psychiatry through his development and implementation of mental health treatment systems to numerous individuals, families and organizations. Dr. Varrell has an extensive background in child and adolescent psychiatry. His continuing success is easily seen through his development and implementation of psychiatric treatment systems through inpatient psychiatric units, hospitals and residential facilities, acute settings in correctional facilities, (adult and juvenile), as well as in school systems. He is widely known and recommended through out New Jersey and is greatly respected for his talent as a psychiatrist and entrepreneur. Dr. Varrell is responsible for monitoring the quality of medical and health services for all of CFG Health System’s contracts. Departmental activities include physician liaison with other medical professionals, utilization management, continuing medication education and management of our quality improvement program. He actively participates in the establishment of protocols, clinical policies and audit activities.


Les Paschall

Chief Executive Officer for CFG Health Network, LLC

As the CEO, Mr. Paschall brings over 20 years of creative leadership experience in the development, management, and coordination of cost-effective health care services in five major health provider venues. He has championed new models of need-based healthcare services for large hospital systems, state health and education systems, as well as serving as an advisor to the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health. He is adept at reviewing various systems crossing both the private and public sector while successfully creating solutions to their common goals. He also brings business acumen to CFG, which was recognized in business publications as one of the top 25 fastest growing business organizations in New Jersey.


Jay Deppeler, M.Ed

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Deppeler has over 20 years of Executive Leadership experience in the healthcare and behavioral healthcare industry. Most recently, Jay was an Executive VP at Valley Youth House responsible for program and organizational growth. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer at Inperium, Inc. While there, Jay helped grow the organization from $40MM to $160MM in total gross revenue over four years and aided in the expansion and diversification of operations into four states (PA, NJ, DE, & NC) through the combination of organic growth and mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations. He identified and implemented systems to increase operational efficiency, improve financial performance, and enhance outcomes for consumers participating in Behavioral Health, Forensic, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Drug and Alcohol programs. Mr. Deppeler has a M.Ed in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University and also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Muhlenberg College.


Ryan Kraus

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kraus has spent the last 25+ years as a CPA, CFO and Advisor to high growth enterprises across several industries. Most recently, he served as CFO for an active Consolidator in the Healthcare and Human Services space that closed 16 transactions in a four-year period and conducted varying degrees of due diligence on hundreds of others. He also led the Integration Team responsible for the post-closing assimilation of new portfolio companies. Ryan has built and led high performing finance teams and closed complex financing arrangements in excess of $40MM.


Barry Robinson

Director of Human Resources

Mr. Robinson joins CFG with over 23 years of Human Resources Management experience. His proven track record of recruitment expertise across a multitude of industry’s is evidence of his mastery. Creating a nurturing, caring and efficient environment for all employees can be seen in his experience with EEO compliance applications, time & attendance policies, wage & salary administration and employee benefits. Mr. Robison holds an HR Management Certificate and Project Management Certificate from Rutgers Institute for Management & Executive Development.


Ron DeFeo, MSEd.

Chief Executive Officer for Center for Family Guidance, PC

Mr. DeFeo has over 15 years of clinical and administrative management experience in the healthcare/behavioral healthcare field. As Executive Director of Hospital Services he is responsible for the oversight of all hospital based services including sub‐acute and acute programming. Mr. DeFeo collaborates with CFG’s healthcare partners supporting general operations, management of onsite providers, expansion of behavioral health services, and regulatory and accreditation compliance. He has developed innovative programs for underserved populations particularly children and adolescent services. He is actively involved in local and state hospital based and behavioral healthcare committees.



Clinical Vice President of Subacute and Outpatient Services

Teri has been with CFG over 19 years and most recently held the role of Director at A Step Ahead (ASA) located at Inspira Bridgeton and Elmer campuses. Teri currently is Chair of the Cumberland County Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council (CIACC) along with being the Cumberland County representative to the Southern Regional CIACC. Additionally, Teri holds certifications as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH), Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) and holds her Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) certification. Teri is a member of the CCPYDC Trauma Prevention and Intervention Workgroup and is the current clinical supervisor for the school-based services in Cumberland County. Teri also has previous experience with community programs including outpatient, in-home, and education. Teri will take a lead role in supporting the clinical needs of our Outpatient Offices, and the clinical and operational needs of our PHP programs and School Based Services.


Dena Ferrell

Director of Hospital Services

Dena has over 30 years’ experience in various behavioral health settings including Partial Care Programs, Intake services, Inpatient units and Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services. She has been with CFG for over 16 years and is certified in Project Management. She started CFG’s Virtua Intake/Case Management Service in 2007, created the CFG Access Center in 2009, was the Director of Operations for InSight Telepsychiatry from 2013-2019 and was the Project Manager/Contract Administrator for CFG Operations from 2019-2023. Dena oversees CFG’s hospital partner sites in the South Jersey area.


Emily Koifman, MSN, RN, PMH-BC

Center for Family Guidance, PC Vice President of Operations for Hospital and Community Based Services

Emily has many years of nursing and behavioral healthcare experience including the Director of Nursing role for a large Behavioral Health hospital in New Jersey. She held a per diem role as an Administrator with the same behavioral health system. Emily has her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Administration. Her extensive hospital based behavioral health experience is invaluable to the services CFG and our partners provide throughout New Jersey.


Moira Roberts, MBA

Director of Outpatient Services

Moira holds two Master’s Degrees including an MBA from St. Joseph’s University and an MSW from Rutgers University. She has over 25 years of management experience including seven years with CFG, the last five years as Outpatient Office Manager. Moira is proficient in NextGen EMR and PM, patient portal and the third-party integration programs of InstaMed and Medfusion.