Peter Palanca, MA
Leading TASC’s strategic planning, development, service enhancement, and diversification efforts, Peter Palanca serves as executive vice president and COO of TASC. TASC is a statewide, nonprofit agency in Illinois that advocates for alternatives to incarceration and community reentry services for people with substance use and mental health disorders.
Peter is a board member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), co-chair of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), and past chair and current board member of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH). He serves on the advisory board of Prevention Partnership, a non-profit prevention and health promotion agency in Chicago. He also was appointed to the Children's Mental Health Partnership, the policy guiding group for children's mental health issues in Illinois.
A lifelong teacher and mentor to many, Peter serves as the chairman of the advisory board of the Governors State University Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health Department, and holds a faculty appointment as senior lecturer of Addiction Studies in the College of Health and Human Services.
Prior to joining TASC in 2003, Peter had established his career in the field of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery, serving as executive director and regional vice president with Hazelden Foundation in Chicago, executive director with Parkside Behavioral Health Services in Chicago, and deputy director of the Illinois Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. He developed and led adolescent behavioral healthcare programs at South Suburban Council on Alcoholism, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, and Lutheran Center for Substance Abuse. He also began the Region II Operation Snowball, a youth and adult partnership that provides awareness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
Peter earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.