Susan Ventura, President and Chief Executive Officer has been a part of the Easterseals Florida family for more than 34 years where she has led with a deep personal commitment to the communities we serve, and the donors who support our work. Under her direction as CEO, Easterseals Florida effectively fulfills its mission to make profound, positive differences in people's lives every day. Since Sue became CEO in 2005, Easterseals has more than doubled in size financially and exponentially grown in the innovative programs we offer. Sue proudly leads an experienced and successful executive team with an average tenure of 17 years.
After graduating with her BS in Rehabilitation Service, Sue received her Certified Rehabilitation Counseling credential, as well as designation as a sign language interpreter. Sue earned her Master of Science Degree from Florida State University in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a graduate of the Florida International University’s Leading Decisions leadership program. Professionally, Sue has received some of the highest honors including being recognized in 2010 as one of the top Women-Led Businesses in Florida, was nominated as a Woman of Distinction in Central Florida, and in 2016 Easterseals Florida was honored as an outstanding nonprofit in Tampa Bay.
As an active member of Easterseals Affiliate Leadership Network (ALN), Sue was peer-elected to serve two consecutive terms as Chair of the ALN and an ex-officio member of the Easterseals National Board of Directors. She has also been appointed to Easterseals National workgroups such as Strategic Realignment, Brand Renaissance, Unified Fundraising Team and she assists with new CEO orientation. Sue enjoys traveling, to Iowa to visit her daughter, Rachel, Son-in-Law, Ross, and grandchildren Dillon and Ellie. A golf enthusiast and avid tennis player, Sue lives in booming Lake Nona, Orlando with her husband, Gary.
Rob Porcaro joined the Easterseals Florida team in April 2005 as the Executive Director of Monroe County operations. Currently, as the Chief Operations Officer, Rob oversees a variety of functions including: Early Steps contract, Managed Care contracting, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Facility Maintenance, and Contract compliance. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology, Rob pursued a career in healthcare. He worked with Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, various hospital systems, and multi-specialty physician groups. He applied his knowledge of the healthcare industry to the non-profit sector, in an effort to further the mission of Easterseals. Rob currently resides in Palm Beach County and is actively pursuing additional credentials in the field of training.
Rikesha Blake is the Chief Financial Officer of Easterseals Florida. As CFO, Rikesha is responsible for all the organization's financial functions including accounting, audit, the development and management of budgets, tax reporting, and insurance administration. She joined Easterseals Florida in 2012 and has over 13 years of nonprofit accounting experience. Before she was named CFO, Rikesha was VP of Accounting where she oversaw the organization's financial reporting, accounts receivable & payable process, managed the general ledger, cash management, and the preparation of financial statements. As the most recent Corporate Compliance Officer, Rikesha is committed to maintaining the high level of integrity and transparency for which Easterseals Florida is known. Rikesha also serves on the Easterseals Florida State Board of Directors as staff liaison to the Audit, Endowment, and Fiscal Committees. Rikesha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Accounting from Kaplan University as well as a Master of Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude). Rikesha has also received her Nonprofit Accounting Certification and completed the Nonprofits First Rising Leader program. Rikesha lives in Lake Mary with her husband and three sons. She enjoys music, dance, and theater.
Leah Concannon joined the Easterseals Florida team in May 2023 as the Chief Development Officer. She serves as a lead fundraiser, strategist, and ambassador to help advance the organization’s mission and strategic goals. Leah is focused on helping to grow revenue streams for integrated fundraising and communications by building strategic partnerships, developing and implementing strategies to cultivate and engage donors, and expanding markets. Leah joined Easterseals Florida from Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, where she most recently served as Chief Development Officer. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from The Ohio State University in 2010, Leah pursued a career in non-profit development and served as a member of the development team at Give Kids The World Village in Florida from 2011-2019. Her accomplishments include leading a team to raise resources from major gifts, corporations, foundations, and special events, developing and executing an organizational strategic plan, leading key national partnerships, and building and developing boards. Leah is a Pittsburgh native and currently resides in Lake County with her husband, daughter, beagle pup, and 2 cats. She enjoys cooking, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
Suzanne Caporina, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Impact, has been advocating for children and adults with disabilities and their families for more than 20 years. Suzanne started her Easterseals career in Transportation Services in Brevard County. Her strong leadership and passion for our families led Suzanne on a career path to Adult Services. She has grown several programs to provide more care to more families. Through adult and senior services, employment programs, health and social services, as well as summer camp and recreational programs Suzanne has been a champion for individuals being the primary driver of their own care. Suzanne has been supporting the empowerment of independence by continuing educational services to adults with special needs. Suzanne was recognized as the 2016 winner of the Rhoda and Bert Ventura Leadership Award and is often caught providing her amazing mentorship to new staff and colleagues. Suzanne has a love for Florida's beautiful coastal area and spends lots of free time on one of its sandy beaches.
Stephanie Wallace, Chief Program Officer, joined the Easterseals Florida team in 2016. She started her Easterseals career in West Palm Beach as an Associate Vice President of Programs and has served as Vice President and Sr. Vice President of Programs. Stephanie has an extensive background in both program and grant development and administration. Before coming to Easterseals, Stephanie spent her career furthering educational opportunities for individuals of all abilities at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In her current role as CPO, she oversees the center and community programming throughout the state including early intervention, child development, mental and behavioral health, vocational and life-skills training, workforce development, autism, and senior services. Stephanie earned her Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan College, and Master's degree from Florida Institute of Technology. Stephanie is an active volunteer and board member of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America group. She lives in Port St. Lucie with her husband of 30+ years, Tim, a veteran of the US Army. Stephanie is also a proud mom to a daughter - a Navy veteran currently working as an Astrophysicist for the defense industry, a son - active duty Marine Aviation Tech, and a daughter-in-law who is a surgical ICU Nurse. In her free time, she enjoys participating in a monthly book club and spending time at the beach.
Marissa Barrera, Vice President of Early Intervention Services, has more than 28 years of experience in early intervention services working with and advocating for young children with disabilities and their families. She is a subject matter expert on IDEA Part C regulations and funding opportunities related to a broad spectrum of programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Her leadership of this high-quality state-funded program has set examples for others across the state and nation. She has extensive program knowledge including that of Service Coordination Supervision, local quality assurance, procedural safeguards, and staff training that ensure appropriate oversight and accountability for the implementation of the Early Steps Program. Marissa lives in Boca Raton with her husband and 2 children. She is an avid reader and absolutely loves movies.
Maria Shorkey is the Vice President of Development for Easterseals Florida. She is responsible for providing supervision and leadership of the development team, coordinating fundraising and stewardship activity as well as encouraging the sharing of resources and strengths to ensure the meeting of fundraising goals. Maria has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She was recognized as a 2020 "Super Woman" by Orlando Family Magazine for providing education and opportunities to youth experiencing homelessness. Her background includes planning and implementing effective initiatives to steward long-term relationships with individual donors, corporations, and foundations. She started working in the nonprofit sector shortly after obtaining her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. Maria has been a resident of Orange County since 1999, when she moved here from her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Maria enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in nature, relaxing at the beach, and reading.
Michael Slaymaker joined Easterseals Florida in August 2010. Mr. Slaymaker has over 30 years of experience in the fundraising and administration of nonprofit organizations. Michael has raised over $35 million for charities. He earned his Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources from Rollins College. Michael is an active board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Florida Chapter. He holds the distinction of Certified Fundraising Executive Emeritus. In 2011, he was honored as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional for Central Florida. Michael is noted by the Orlando Sentinel as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Central Florida for his expertise in the nonprofit sector and his highly regarded activism work for LGBTQ rights. Individuals wishing to learn more about Michael's skills and accomplishments can view his LinkedIn profile.
Executive Director for CBC of Central Florida, where she was responsible for the Seminole County child welfare diversion, case management, adoptions, and independent living services and a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) systems of care grant. Executive Director of PACE Center for Girls where she managed all Orange County programming, fundraising, grant writing, human resource, board liaison, legislative advocacy, and Center quality assurance. Senior Vice President & Vice President for Human Services Associate where she was responsible for Juvenile Assessment Centers, a Community Assessment & Intervention Center, an Addiction Receiving Facility, and substance abuse and mental health programs that served @16,000 clients annually. She managed SAMHSA, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) grants. Jill resides in Winter Park with her husband.
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