Ralph Coloma

Ralph Coloma wearing dark blue suit and light blue shirt

Executive Director, National Institute for People with Disabilities/New Jersey

Ralph serves as the Executive Director for the National Institute for People with Disabilities of New Jersey (NIPD/NJ), a YAI Network agency that provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). In this role, Ralph has worked to transition the agency from a contract model of health insurance reimbursement to a fee-for-service model. Although he has been with YAI for more than 22 years, Ralph’s experience in the field extends back to his parents’ work with Cardinal McCloskey Group Home in the early 1970s. In 1996, Ralph came on as a supervisor at YAI’s Hastings residence. Ralph holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a dual concentration in Psychology and Counseling from SUNY. He lives in Orange County with his wife and their three teenage sons. Ralph plans to continue his commitment to YAI in New Jersey where he has supported one person with I/DD for more than 19 years in his role as counselor at the Rockland County Association for People with Disabilities.