Karen Peret, Ed.D.

Vice President, Operations


Dr. Karen Peret provides overall operational support management to Liberty contracts in the areas of physical and intellectual disabilities, aging, long-term care, and quality review. As a board-certified nurse executive with over 40 years of clinical and administrative experience, she has strong knowledge of the clinical and regulatory frameworks that support individuals with disabilities, and has skillfully managed turnarounds for programs facing Medicaid decertification and US Department of Justice actions. Karen has managed major quality improvement projects in nearly 20 ICFs/IID in many states and has, with her team, developed two statewide HCBS quality programs for Liberty, as well as a statewide program for Medicaid beneficiaries who may be eligible for personal care services.

Prior to joining Liberty, Karen served as the Director of Nursing for two ICFs/IID in Massachusetts for over twenty years. Since joining Liberty in 1994, she has directed multiple Liberty management teams that have helped to achieve CMS re-certification of state-owned ICFs/IID with the restoration of millions of dollars of federal funds, resolution and termination of U.S. Department of Justice lawsuits, and abatement of immediate jeopardy citations in several states. She has also directed the down-sizing and closure of state-owned ICFs/IID safely, under budget and earlier than predicted, in combination with building community capacity and fostering integration through expansion of person-centered community-based services. 

Dr. Peret earned her Doctor of Education in organizational development from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Master of Science in nursing administration from Boston University, and Bachelor of Science in nursing, magna cum laude, from St. Anselm College. She is also a graduate of the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities of the University of Delaware. Karen is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, American Nurses’ Association, and American Medical Director’s Association.