Leadership Team

John Dziewit, LMHC, CRC, CASAC - Founder & President

John along with his wife Jean (Hogan) founded Venture Forthe in 1997. John has over 25 years of health care experience. Prior to starting Venture Forthe, he served as the Clinical Director at Brylin hospital in Buffalo and then as the Clinical Director for Lockport Memorial Hospital.
John is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. John served in the United States Marine Corp from 1969 - 1971 and was honorably discharged by the USMC after serving a tour of duty in Vietnam.  John has an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.


 David Hogan - Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, David plans, organizes, and leads the day-to-day activities of the agency. David Hogan started at Venture Forthe as an office manager, scheduler and field employee. In 2007 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

During his time at Venture Forthe he has performed a variety of tasks and has played an integral part in the Venture Forthe licensure process, their bid to become a Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver provider and the expansion of the Rochester, Canandaigua and Jamestown offices. David graduated with honors from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration.

 James Tretter - Administrator

As the Administrator, James has his eye on the total well being of the company and leads enterprise compliance efforts. He is responsible for designing and implementing internal controls, to assure compliance with applicable state and federal laws, regulations and third party guidelines. James manages audits and investigations into regulatory and compliance issues and responds to requests for information from regulatory bodies.

James joined Venture Forthe, Inc in 2008 after completing his BS in Engineering from Binghamton University, where he graduated Cum Laude. He received membership to Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society; and is a member of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. James is an active member of Big Brothers of Erie County; a former Division 1 Collegiate Wrestler and current Section 6 Wrestling Officiant.

Chris Roche, MS, CRC, LMHC - Director of Clinical Services


As Director of Clinical Services, Chris is responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of Venture Forthe's clinical services. He provides leadership and is involved in every aspect of recruitment, training and development for the organizations' clinical staff. Additionally, he oversees the Independent Living Skills Service and the Structured Day Programs.

Chris joined Venture Forthe in 2000 and over the course of his tenure, has provided direct care to participants while acting as a CIC, ILST, PBIS and HCSS caregiver. He has a background in psychology and criminal justice and has worked with both children and adults with various disabilities for 20 years. Chris has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Buffalo, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and Certified Dementia Practitioner and Trainer.




Debbie Rougeux, RN - Director of Patient Services

As Director of Patient Services, Debbie is responsible for providing leadership, oversight, and direction for the Nursing Department and Personal Care Aides across the organization.

Debbie joined Venture Forthe in 2003, where she worked as a Service Coordinator for six years before being promoted to her current role. Debbie has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. She has extensive hands on experience working with patients, prior to joining Venture Forthe she worked for 13 years at Mt. Saint Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY. She has her BS in Nursing from  Niagara  University.








Contact Venture Forthe

Searching for job opportunities?   Click here to visit our careers section

This form is for service inquiries only.