Our Leadership Team

Debbie Pantin, MSW - CEO

Debbie Pantin joined VIP Services in September, 2013, as the Associate Executive Director.  She was appointed as VIP's new Chief Executive Officer effective January 2017. She has over 25 years of experience in the human services industry, specializing in the fields of mental health, substance use disorder treatment, homelessness, supportive housing, vocational and employment services, primary care, and HIV prevention and services. Leading agency-wide changes and managing organizational transitions are the hallmarks of Ms. Pantin’s experience and reputation. Her professional experience includes staff training and development, and conference presentations and planning. She participates in various national, state, and local boards. Ms. Pantin has extensive knowledge of program development and services, as well as budget management.  Most recently, Ms. Pantin served as the COO of Palladia Inc., a not- for- profit agency in New York City. At Palladia she directed program and operational services, which collectively serviced approximately 17,500 clients per year; a staff of 470 employees, and an annual budget of $45 million. As a key member of the leadership team, Ms. Pantin was tasked with influencing systematic changes. She campaigned key agency initiatives; Outpatient Substance Abuse Services and Mental Health Services, Quality Improvement processes--- namely the NIATx (Network for the Improvement of Addiction Services) process, and the use of Data Driven Management. Ms. Pantin has been a driving force in educating her team, and staff in Health Care Reform. She brings to VIP her exceptional human services management experience and command of the critical policy issues of our times.  Ms. Pantin has established herself as one of the top professionals in the not-for -profit industry.

Irving Dela Cruz, CPA CIA CGMA - Executive Vice President/CFO

IMG_0581Irving dela Cruz leads the Finance Department, Infrastructure and Development activities of VIP Community Services Inc. (“VIP”). He also oversees the asset management operations of the affordable housing portfolio of VIP. He has over 23 years of extensive accounting, auditing and consulting experience servicing both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining VIP, Irving was the Chief Financial Officer of Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. He worked as an audit manager at Marks Paneth LLP, one of the largest accounting firm in the New York region. Irving also worked as a senior auditor in another CPA firm in the New York City area that specializes in financial and compliance audits of various nonprofit entities.  Prior to migrating in the United States, Irving was the managing partner of his own consulting firm in the Philippines.  Irving was involved in various audits and consulting engagements for several high-profile multinational companies when he was employed in Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co./Ernst & Young LLP during the early part of his career.  Irving also worked as a Senior Finance Manager of a car dealership in the Philippines, owned and affiliated with major bank.

Irving holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce major in Accounting. In July 2014, Irving completed the Hispanic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Program sponsored by the Hispanic Federation and Baruch College School of Public Affairs. He also attended a Leadership and Management Development Program at the Center for Continuing Education of Ateneo de Manila University.  He also had units in the Ateneo-Regis MBA Program from the same school.

Irving is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Virginia and has the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation, a globally accepted certification for internal auditors. In April 2014, Irving has been awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The CGMA designation recognizes professionals who have deep understanding of finance and have expanded their business skills through experience as management accountants to help drive better business decisions. Lastly, Irving is also an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Society of Human Resource Management.

Deborah Witham - Executive Vice President/General Counsel

Deborah WithamDebbi Witham has over 15 years of clinical and administrative experience in Social Service and Behavioral Health organizations.  She currently oversees the Compliance, Policy, and Planning functions at VIP Community Services.  This role includes ensuring the organization adheres to all City, State, and Federal regulations; overseeing all Quality Improvement and Risk Management functions; and exploring new lines of business and funding opportunities.  Debbi has been with VIP Community Services since 2010 and is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Lawyer.