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Maurice Woods, President and CEO
Maurice Woods is President and CEO of Easterseals South Florida, a leading provider of disability services for people with disabilities or special needs and their families. With more than 78 years of service in Miami Dade County, Easterseals provides vital programs and services that support and strengthen families living with Autism, Alzheimer’s and other special needs.
As President and CEO of Easterseals South Florida, Maurice reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall functioning and funding of the organization. He leads a staff of 180 full-time and 130 part-time employees with an annual budget of $14M. In his role he drives the agency’s visibility across South Florida, engages the community in the agency’s mission in meaningful ways, builds and maintains relationships with funders and leads its annual fundraising efforts to bridge the gap between program funding/fees and the cost of providing services.
continue my spiritual growth, to love and attend to my wife, children and family, and to [help] build high-performing organizations that are better equipped to deliver great social impact.”
Camila Rocha, Chief Program Officer
As Chief Program Officer, Camila Rocha is responsible for working closely with the Program Leads to oversee the delivery of our core programming serving children, young adults, older adults, and seniors with special needs and disabilities.
With almost 20 years of experience in non-profit management, Camila directs programs with high levels of integrity and implements evidenced-based intervention strategies to support the development and well-being of children and adolescents.She has vast experience in grant management, education administration, and program monitoring. Camila holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
Camila moved to the United States in 2003 and since then she has dedicated her career to working with and supporting at-risk and underserved children and youth in Miami-Dade County. Her passion and dedication have been recognized in the community.
Under her leadership, the Easterseals South Florida Culinary Arts High School Program was awarded program of the year in 2019 by The Children’s Trust.
Steven Henriquez, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Steven J. Henriquez is a Florida Certified Public Accountant with comprehensive experience servicing prominent national and local clientele. He has extensively counseled not-for-profit entities, public corporations, wholesale and retail distribution operations, real estate interests, manufacturing entities, transportation logistics, and telecommunications companies. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Accounting from the University of Florida, Steven was previously employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Mallah Furman.
Barry R. Vogel, J.D., Chief Administrative Officer
As Chief Administrative Officer for Easterseals South Florida, Barry is responsible for all business functions. Barry is committed to Easterseals South Florida mission of providing exceptional services so that all people with disability or special needs have an equal opportunity to live, work, learn and play in their communities. He joins Easterseals South Florida bringing significant experience in results-oriented non-profit leadership, operations management, person-centered culture, and as an educational administration executive.
Most recently, Barry served as managing director for Florida International University’s Global First Year pathway program for international students in partnerships with Shorelight LLC. Previously, Barry held senior management positions for Johnson & Wales University where he provided leadership for more than three decades in a variety of business, administrative, and student services functions.
Barry’s array of civic involvement has included serving the Miami Dade and Broward community in a variety of volunteer roles including the Financial Stability Impact Council of United Way of Miami Dade, the Beacon Council, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce, City of North Miami Downtown Action Plan Advisory Committee, Miami Dade County Public Schools Academy of Finance Advisory Committee, West Broward High School Speech & Debate Boosters; West Broward High School Performance Ensemble Boosters, and Boy Scouts of America South Florida Council.
Barry earned the Juris Doctorate degree from the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University
Beatriz Hentschel, Head Start/Early Head Start Director
As Head Start/Early Head Start Director Beatriz Hentschel is responsible for the administration, financial management, and supervision of early childhood programs including Head Start, Early Head Start, Voluntary Pre-K, and School-Readiness.
Beatriz is a dynamic professional with over 23 years of experience providing high-quality early learning education for young children in primarily underserved communities. She has extensive experience in managing, mentoring, and coordinating programming across multiple early learning centers and has led large teams of more than 100 employees. Beatriz is an expert in the areas of early childhood curriculum development and implementation, program monitoring and support, budget development and adherence, human development and training, grant writing, NAEYC Accreditation, APPLE Accreditation and community relations.
Beatriz holds a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood and a B.S. Degree in Political Science and Public Administration with a minor in International Relations.
Gabriella Contreras, Director of Human Resources
Gabriella brings over 15+ years of experience in human resources and professional services, 10 of which she served in the non-profit health and human services field. Before joining ESSF, Gabriella spent over a decade at CHI Community Health of South Florida. Her professional experiences include executive-level management, compensation and budget review, strategic program management and planning, training/employee development, credentialing and privileging, organizational development, and employee relations. She is a committed member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the CHI Caring Society, as well as a passionate supporter of Zoo Miami, Live Like Bella Foundation, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). Gabriella obtained her BA in Psychology from Florida International University and is certified in Leadership Miami and Foundations of Leadership.