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For Immediate Release

Easterseals Southern California Appoints Three New Board Members

Santa Ana, CA, April 23, 2018

Media Contact:
Vicki Greenleaf

Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities in Orange, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Riverside and Ventura counties – has appointed three new board members.

Joining the non-profit’s leadership are: Maureen E. Cormier, Rancho Cucamonga, Region Manager for CVS Health; Tom Porter, Newport Beach, VP, Corporate Services, Edwards Life Sciences; and Claudia Villamizar Laguna Beach, Operations Manager, Huntington Learning Center.

Said Mark Whitley, president & CEO of ESSC, “Maureen, Claudia and Tom are all dedicated supporters and friends of Easterseals Southern California and we welcome their personal enthusiasm, incredible breadth of experience and fresh insights to our board of directors to help us further our mission of changing the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.”

Photo of new board member Maureen Cormier

Maureen Cormier — A Region Manager at CVS Health, Cormier oversees the operations of the Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire markets, more 175 stores generating over $1.4 billion in annual revenues. She has been with the company for more than 30 years, also representing the company in its eastern and southwestern markets, and has been recognized with the company’s People Development Award (Western Division) and the Highest Profit Over Budget for a ChainAward. She has been a longtime supporter and fundraiser on behalf of ESSC.

Photo of new board member Tom Portern

Tom Porter With more than 25 years of senior management and leadership experience with Fortune 500 Companies, Porter has been VP, Corporate Services at Edwards Lifesciences since 2010. In that role, he is responsible for setting the strategy and execution of all of Edwards’ global facilities, including construction, environmental health and safety and real estate. In addition, he oversees procurement, security, travel and event management functions for the company worldwide. Prior to that, he was VP, Global Real Estate, Procurement and Travel for Aecom where he oversaw a 7 million+-square-foot real estate portfolio of over 600 sites in 100 countries and managed the corporate procurement and travel programs.  Prior to Aecom, Porter was VP, Corporate Services at Broadcom Corporation where he directed a team of 250 staff and consultants with responsibility for facilities and administrative services globally.  

Photo of new board member Claudia Villamizar

Claudia Villamizar — A systems engineer and consultant, is the Operations Manager for the Huntington Learning Center which provides supplemental instruction, academic skill building, tutoring and exam prep for K-12 students and meets the needs of students with learning disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia. Villamizar came to the U.S. in 2003 to establish a Miami office for a Venezuelan software company.  She later went on to work in Chicago doing software development on behalf of Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI), a business and technology consulting firm which specializes in a company’s digital business needs. Villamizar later worked for seven years at Telogis -- as the company grew from 40 employees to over 700 – an enterprise fleet management platform, which was acquired by Verizon in 2016.  She is active in the Laguna Beach and autism communities.

Changing the Way You See Disability:  Celebrate. Don’t Separate

In 2018, ESSC launched a thought-provoking new awareness campaign – featuring southern California residents who receive services from Easterseals – aimed at Changing the Way You See Disability. With a goal of inclusion, the multi-faceted campaign asks people to reconsider how they view people with disabilities with such challenges as: Celebrate. Don’t Separate; Dialogue. Not Doubt; Encourage. Don’t Exclude; Include. Don’t Isolate; Be Supportive. Not Sorry; and Spread Awareness. Not Assumptions. The campaign encompasses print, outdoor and internet ads, as well as a grassroots social media component with a “Make the Promise” call to action to support the campaign under the hashtag #CelebrateDontSeparate.  Learn more at: www.CelebrateDontSeparate.org

About Easterseals Southern California

For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals and families with developmental disabilities or other special needs. The services provided by Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – make profound and positive differences in people's lives every day, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. With 2,300 employees, 60+ service sites and hundreds of community partnership locations, ESSC assists more than 10,000 people, providing adult/senior day services; autism therapy; child development/early education; employment services, veteran employment support; independent living options; and more. At Easterseals, 88% of our income is spent on services. Join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities. 

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