For Immediate Release
Bloch announces retirement after 37 years of dedication to community and people with disabilities
Peter Bloch to retire from Easter Seals TriState and JVS Career Services
CINCINNATI, December 9, 2013
Peter Bloch announced today his retirement from Easter Seals TriState. Bloch’s planned departure as executive vice president at Easter Seals TriState takes effect December 31, 2013. He is also retiring as President and CEO of JVS Career Services on January 31, 2014.
Bloch’s contributions to the community reached its pinnacle with the combination of Easter Seals Work Resource Center and Jewish Vocational Service to create Easter Seals TriState and JVS Career Services. “Peter’s unwavering dedication to the people we serve was never more evident than with the creation of Easter Seals TriState,” said Pam Green, president and CEO, Easter Seals TriState. “His vision and leadership in integrating these two strong agencies has resulted in just what he thought it could be – an organization built for the future with a foundation focused on the wants, needs and desires of the people we serve. That is exactly what his career has been about.”
Bloch first came to JVS in 1977 when he joined the board. He was chair of the JVS board of trustees 1984-86 and, in December 1996, became president and CEO. Bloch served in that capacity until Easter Seals TriState was established in July, 2012. He continued to lead the renamed JVS Career Services which provides job and career services to the Jewish community and concurrently led the integration process at Easter Seals TriState. With focus always on individuals and their choices, his contributions during his career at JVS reflect his willingness to take risks for the people served. Bloch was at the table to ensure the needs of families with disabilities were addressed in the creation of Community Link, a groundbreaking partnership that became a leader in transitioning people from public assistance to the workforce.
It was Bloch’s courage and tenacity that led JVS to assume the failing Connex Group’s work center operations in Butler County within one week to ensure uninterrupted services for more than 100 people with disabilities. And, when Lisa FitzGibbon, former president and CEO of Easter Seals WRC, announced her retirement, he seized the opportunity to suggest combining forces. He felt that together the two organizations would be better able to increase impact and sustain their complementary services in an ever more complex and challenging environment.
“It is rare in the business or nonprofit worlds to find someone like Peter who has been so passionate about his work for so many years,” says Jan Armstrong Cobb, JVS Career Services board chair. “He is committed in every way to the success of the agency. To be able to work with Peter, to watch him execute on his vision, has been a privilege.”
Prior to joining JVS Bloch, was an investment counselor at Bartlett& Company, plant Manager of Duro Bag’s Covington division and the first executive director of The Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation. He is past president of the Leadership Council of Human Service Executives, the Ohio Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services. He served as the chair of the Free Store/Food Bank, president of the Isaac M. Wise Temple and president of the Plum Street Temple Historic Preservation Fund. A member of Leadership Cincinnati Class XIV, he is currently a trustee of the Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County, Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation and the Mercy Health Partners Foundation of Southwest Ohio.
“The Easter Seals team is truly outstanding,” said Bloch. “When you begin a career you only hope to make a difference. To have worked with so many dedicated people and to have been part of the success of countless individuals over the years has been an extraordinary privilege. I retire knowing that I leave two strong organizations destined for even greater success.”
Bloch has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Miami University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He and his wife Randy have two children and enjoy traveling, photography, the arts and volunteering.
About Easter Seals TriState
Easter Seals TriState empowers people with disabilities and disadvantages to more fully live, learn, work and play in our communities. A leading tri-state nonprofit and winner of the 2013 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, Easter Seals TriState serves more than 15,000 individuals with disabilities and disadvantages each year in Hamilton, Butler and Clermont Counties. Easter Seals TriState helps youth, adults and veterans increase their independence through, transition, employment, job training and adult day programs. More information can be found at www.eastersealstristate.org.