Jeff Cooper is retired from his position as President/CEO of UCP Central Pennsylvania, an agency with a multi-disciplinary staff of 500, a presence in 15 counties, and a $20 million budget. UCP provides Early Intervention therapies to over 700 children, inclusive childcare and preschool, assistive technology, adult programs, community homes, apartments, community-based assistance in daily living, geriatric care management and fitness/nutrition services.
From 1973 to 2001, he served in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. His final assignment was as Chief, Air Force Medical Logistics Office, where he was responsible for the development and execution of integrated global logistics, combat support, facility engineering and maintenance, purchasing, and technology management, for a worldwide healthcare system of 79 hospitals/clinics and aeromedical evacuation.
Mr. Cooper is currently a Principal Investigator on two National Institutes of Health (NIH) projects; Health Promotion for Persons with Disabilities and Reducing Obesity Risk in Children with Developmental Disabilities. These are joint projects of Temple University and UCP.
Mr. Cooper serves on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, UCP of Pennsylvania, and the Cumberland-Perry Housing Initiative. He serves on the Pennsylvania Mental Health-Mental Retardation Coalition and the Steering Committee of the UCP/Arc Legislation and Policy group in Washington D.C.
He has earned an MBA and an MS in Logistics and graduated from Air War College and National Security Management. He also attended Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School. Mr. Cooper lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Rayna, a Registered Dietitian. He has two daughters, both Penn State grads, Spring and Shayna.