A native of Long Island, New York, Philip Cirrone made his way to Southwest Florida to attend Florida Gulf Coast University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in management followed by a Master of Science in exercise and health promotion from Florida Atlantic University. And it was his deep desire to promote health and wellness, both physical and mental, that propelled him toward his current position of chief operating officer at Elite DNA Therapy Services.

“Being in the behavioral health field allows me to create access to quality, evidence-based treatment and health programs our children and community gain tremendous benefit from,” Cirrone says.

Cirrone and his partner, Lewis, are both strong advocates of the LGBTQ+ community, and are raising two boys adopted through Children’s Network Services. As a former foster parent, Cirrone also mentors current families involved in the program. In addition, he is a frequent presenter at local colleges, businesses and vocational training centers, while also serving on several boards, including FGCU Alumni, the Center for Progress and Excellence Inc. and Lee County Continuum of Care, as a co-chair.

What are your future aspirations?

To create supportive housing and vocation training programs for young adults with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities. I would also like to continue to travel the world with my spouse and children.