Tim Muri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Rockford, has over 40 years of progressive management growth and success within the non-profit service provider sector. His day-to-day responsibilities include policy development and implementation, strategic planning, maintaining effective board and volunteer relations, and overseeing legislative affairs.
Mr. Muri’s dream became a reality with the building of a “one-of-a-kind” Easterseals Academy in Chicago’s Illinois Medical District. In partnership with the Brain Body Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Easterseals school for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder offers the chance for students to receive an education and, at the same time, access additional treatment protocols and learn appropriate socialization. The goal for every student is to return to school and work in their home communities. This landmark facility offers students individualized education services, medical assessments, nursing, behavior therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work services, art and music therapy, vocational training and community training. It is the first in the nation to integrate education, cutting-edge, real-time research, training and independent living in a single campus facility. Designed from the inside-out, the one-of-a-kind facility includes several unique design elements specifically created for its students.
Muri began his career as a teacher in 1973, working for Easter Seals as a school coordinator and teacher for children with disabilities in Altoona, Pennsylvania. There he was responsible for four multi-disciplinary pre-school programs for children with disabilities.
Tim served as an Executive Director for the Blair County Easter Seal Society in Altoona, PA; Lancaster County Easter Seal Society in Lancaster, PA; and Georgia Easter Seal Society in Atlanta, GA. He was named President & CEO of Easterseals in 1989. Under his guidance, Easterseals (a $50 million agency) has continued to grow and proactively respond to the needs of the Chicagoland and Rockford communities.
Tim received his Bachelor of Science in Education, with a minor in Humanities, from Pennsylvania State University with an additional 26 credit hours through The University of Michigan Management Program for Supervision in the Health Field. In 1980, he was presented with the Outstanding Young Pennsylvanian award by the Pennsylvania and Altoona, Pa. area Jaycees. He was also named Easter Seals Executive of the Year in 1986 by the Pennsylvania Easter Seal Executives Association. Tim is past president of the American Business Club of Altoona, Pennsylvania (AMBUCS) and a member of the Navy League Pennsylvania. He has also served in various leadership positions at the state and national levels of Easterseals throughout his 40+ year Easterseals career. Tim is a member of Rotary One Chicago. In 2010, he received the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award from Exceptional Parent Magazine, which gives recognition to the extraordinary achievements of individuals involved in the care and development of the disabled.