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Senior Staff

Executive Leadership

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Carl Webster, Executive Director/CEO

Carl has over 40 years of experience in Not-for-Profit agency management and has served as Executive Director/ÇEO of Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2001. Prior to coming to the Philadelphia area Carl was the President & CEO for Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania based in Allentown. He served in this capacity for 12 years and had a proven record of program growth, quality management and sound financial stewardship. Prior to his tenure at Easterseals, Carl served for twelve years with the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Association of Fundrasing Professionals. Carl has a degree in Not-for-Profit Management from Salem University in West Virgina.

 

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Kimberley Brown-Flint , Ed.D. - Director of Programs

Kimberley has over 20 years of experience in special education. Her experience has provided her an expertise in managing complex special education programs while meeting or exceeding all federal, state and district education mandates. Kimberley's passion for special education led her to Easterseals. At Easterseals she oversees all programs and services for eight counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Kimberley has certificates for Supervision of Special Education, Principal, Special Education, Elementary and Letter of Eligibility for Superintendent. She has her Doctor of Special Education.

 

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Liz Meckes, Director of Development

Liz has been dedicated to telling Easterseals story to volunteers, donors, corporate partners and anyone who will listen since 2005. Starting her journey as Special Event Coordinator she worked with corporate partners to host employee engagement events, corporate fundraising events, led volunteer groups and helped our signature Walk With Me event grow from a $40,000 event to consistently reaching $100,000+.  In 2014 Liz became Director of Development, overseeing a team which is responsible for all fundraising initiatives. She is proudest of, and her favorite part of her work, is building relationships with donors and volunteers. She loves to learn how people became connected to Easterseals and is passionate about sharing the impact of their support with the world. When she is not sneaking into a classroom to watch the teachers and therapists, or meeting with donors, Liz loves to unwind in Ocean City, NJ, spend time outdoors and anxiously watching the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

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Ivy Lewis - Chief Financial Officer - CFO

Ivy has been with Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2004 and has served as the CFO since 2010. Prior to joining Easterseals, she spent time working for other nonprofits including the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and the Women's Christian Alliance, Inc. As CFO, Ivy monitors contract compliance and completes accurate billings to federal, state and local government fund sources.

 

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Melanie O'Brien - Director of Communications

Melanie has been with Easterseals for more than 20 years. Since she began with Easterseals, she has undertaken the evolution of Easterseals online presence including supporting the development of the website and establishing a social media presence. She works to create awareness of Easterseals programs and services through a variety of channels.  During her tenure, she has overseen several successful branding campaigns. Melanie has served on several national marketing partnerships and is currently part of the Easterseals National Brand Marketing Council.

 

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Rebecca Ross, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - Director of Human Resources

Rebecca oversees all Human Relations functions for the over 300 employees of Easterseals. Prior to Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Rebecca spent many years in both non-profit organizations and higher education. Her primary responsibilities have included recruitment, human resources special projects, compliance, and human resources generalist work. Rebecca has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

Senior Management

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Adrienne Aiken - Division Director, Bucks County

Adrienne has over 25 years’ experience in Early Intervention and Special Education. A native of New York City, Adrienne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from City University of New York and a Master’s Degree and Certification in Special Education from Arcadia University.

 

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Braelyn Beaver M.Ed, LBS, BCBA- Director of Behavior Department

Braelyn has worked for over 10 years as a behavior therapist with individuals of varying ages and abilities and their families. Braelyn has worked with us for 5 years as the behavior specialist at the BUCKS division and provided support to our charter students through evals and continuous consultation. She is the Positive Behavior Support Facilitator thought PAPBS and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her areas of expertise include Autism, Verbal Behavior, and individuals with persistent challenging behavior.

 

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Danielle Franchini-Muir, MS. ED, BCBA - Division Director Delaware & Chester Counties

Danielle has worked for almost twenty years supporting individuals of varying ages and abilities and their families as an educator, behavior analyst, and now division director of Delaware and Chester counties. Danielle previously oversaw the behavior support department at Easterseals for four years. She is a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) facilitator through the Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support (PAPBS) Network and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Her areas of expertise include Autism, Early Intervention supports, and individuals with persistent challenging behavior.

 
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Fran Hagarty - Division Director, Philadelphia Division

Fran has expertise in all facets of human services operations, including 37 years of experience in nonprofit management, Fran is a tireless advocate for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and underserved populations. Fran is a consensus builder and enjoys working with diverse stakeholders.  He strives to contribute the utmost to the advancement of the mission of Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Fran is an analytical problem solver who has earned a reputation as a loyal, hardworking, and motivated self-starter subscribing to a team-oriented approach to the provision of supports and services.

 

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Joy McGowan - Director of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication

Joy McGowan has served as a consultant to Easterseals’ Program for over 35 years.  She is currently the Director of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication.  Joy’s respect and admiration for Easterseals’ mission and staff have served as a motivation to create innovative ways to improve communication skills for the children and clients we serve.  Joy has lectured and published several book chapters, papers, and webinars on the topic of developing speech and language skills for children with complex communication needs.  She has specialized in oral motor and feeding difficulties in children and has published several papers on this subject.   Recently, Main Line Magazine recognized Joy as a “Health Care Hero” for her work at Easterseals using technology to foster independent communication and empower people to function at home, school and work.

 

 

Michele McGlynn - Division Director, Montgomery County

 

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