Montpelier, VT— The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI) has hired Erica Hare as the agency’s new Chief Financial Officer. Erica will lead IPPI’s financial strategy as the agency continues to expand its service reach, unify its financial processes, and plan for future growth and development.

Hare brings nearly 20 years’ experience managing financial and administrative operations for several large nonprofits, including Academic Medical Centers in her native New York City. She is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where her portfolio included Finance, Human Resources, Fundraising and Alumni Affairs.

“We are pleased to welcome Erica to the IPPI team as our new CFO,” said Lou Giramma, CEO of IPPI. “Erica brings a wealth of experience in leadership of large nonprofit organizations, an extensive background in finance and strategic planning, as well as the leadership qualities needed to guide our agency into a new phase of responsible growth and development.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the team of committed professionals at IPPI, whose dedication to the critical mission of the organization was evident in every conversation I had during the search process,” shared Hare. “I can’t think of a more direct way for a finance professional to have a positive impact on the lives of those the agency serves as well as on the communities of which we are a part.”

Erica is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is also a co-founder of ElevateHer, a professional women’s networking group and was recently appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women for a four-year term.

About The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI) is multistate human services agency headquartered in Central Vermont whose mission is to build strong communities by empowering individuals. For more than three decades, IPPI has provided treatment and supports to people living with developmental disabilities and special needs throughout New England and Maryland. For more information, visit