Meet Our Staff
Val DePerrio, President
Val DePerrio founded The Dry Cleaner by Val in 1989 as a retail dry cleaning facility in Newton, MA. Two years later, he made the decision to dedicate his company specifically to restoration dry cleaning. Val has grown the business to where it is today, along with Vice President, Richard Swanson. Currently, Val oversees the company’s finances, oversees billings and heads the marketing department. Val resides in North Reading, MA with his two daughters, Stacia and Raquel.
Richard Swanson, Vice President
Rich Swanson joined The Dry Cleaner by Val at the age of 21 and has been with the company since 1992. Due to the nature of the restoration dry cleaning business, Rich, along with Val, has amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding both the dry cleaning and insurance industries. His expertise makes him a strong, influential asset to the company. Rich is active in all sectors of the company and oversees day-to-day operations, as well as the office and production staff. Rich resides in North Reading, MA with his wife Gracielle (also an employee of the Dry Cleaner), son Roy, and their dog Chooch.
Gracielle Swanson, Payroll Specialist
Gracielle began working at The Dry Cleaner by Val in 2003 hanging and itemizing clothing. She has also worked on the tagging line and in delivery. Gracielle spoke no English when she first started; over the years she has learned to speak the language fluently. Through working in various parts of the plant and the office, Gracielle has grasped the functionality of both facets and is currently a plant manager. She also works with Holly to ensure operations run smoothly between the two divisions. Gracielle resides in North Reading, MA with her husband Richard, son Roy, and their dog Chooch.
Grace Rocheleau, Director of Business Development
Grace Rocheleau began her employment in 2003 at The Dry Cleaner by Val’s Malden plant, where she worked as a clothing itemizer. Like her sister Gracielle, Grace spoke no English when she first started. After itemizing, washing, pressing, folding clothing and working as a plant manager; Grace began to work alongside Val in the company’s marketing division. Grace now travels throughout New England meeting with the many adjusters and contractors we work with. Grace enjoys spending her time off with her daughter Ava and nephew Roy. She loves Crossfit.
Derrick Morgan, Production Supervisor
Derrick Morgan has been a member of the Dry Cleaning by Val team since 1991, and has been the Production Supervisor for twenty-two years now. He lives in Worcester, MA with his wife and family. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and anything involving sports.
Kyle DiPanfilo, Operations Manager
Kyle started with the company in July of 2015. He now manages our fleet of loss coordinators and ensures that jobs run smoothly each day. Kyle recently received his Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing from UMass Lowell, and works part time as a disc jockey with his father. His drive and ambition will help him learn new aspects of the business as his career develops within the company.
Gregory Peck, Office Administrator
Gregory started working for The Dry Cleaner by Val in January of 2014 as a Loss Coordinator. He is a full-time student at UMass Lowell and now works in the office part-time. Greg applies his knowledge of both positions to improve our day to day scheduling.
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