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.
Maurice last served as Chief Strategy & Operations Officer for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). In that role, he was responsible for leading the strategic planning process, developing performance metrics and executing plans to deliver against the strategic goals. He is a high-integrity leader known for acting quickly and boldly to link strategy, operations, and people processes to drive performance-based results.
Maurice has over twenty-five years of success in entrepreneurial, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining BCPS, he was the Program Director for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurs organization and President and CEO of Harvest Advisors, a Chicago-based management education firm specializing in capacity analysis, strategic planning and business development activities for growth oriented for profit and non-profit organizations. He has served as Deputy-Chief Information Officer for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with responsibilities that included strategic planning, operations, business process improvement, and special project assignments. Prior to joining CPS, Maurice worked for a global consulting firm specializing in corporate and operations strategy for Fortune-500 companies in various industries, and he also spent several years with a major Consumer Packaged Goods company working in various functional capacities to include Sales, Finance and Strategic Planning. (READ MORE)
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
Angela Aracena is a 30-year veteran at Easterseals South Florida and serves as Vice-President of Adult Day Services. Angela has a medical doctorate degree from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. Since arriving in the U.S. in 1990, Angela has been involved in the field of Adult Day Services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders. As an adjunct professor in the Gerontology Program at Miami-Dade Community College, she has trained many professionals in the field of Recreation Therapy and Healthy Aging.
In 1990 the adult day care center was licensed for 25 participants. Angela has grown the program tenfold, expanding to 4 adult day care centers with a combined license capacity of 280 participants. In addition, she established an in-home respite program that serves over 100 families on a weekly basis and developed programs to assist family caregivers at home.
As an expert in the field of adult services, Angela has published a handbook for the Spanish speaking caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s. Angela has presented in the areas of Adult Day Services, Alzheimer’s disease and Cultural Competency on numerous occasions throughout the United States, Mexico, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. In addition, Angela has appeared as an expert in these fields in several videos, television, and radio. Her main interest is the delivery of culturally competent community-based services for the aging population.
For her work in the field of adult day services and Alzheimer’s Angela has been awarded the Margaret Weedman Elder Advocate Award, the National Lowenkron Program Innovation Award, the National Easterseals Program Excellence Award, and Barry University Caritas Award.
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, School-Readiness, and Court Care Programs.
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.
As Chief Financial Officer for Easterseals South Florida, Maher is responsible for all finance functions. Maher is committed to working with Easterseals South Florida’s leadership team and board of directors to successfully manage agency finances. As a visionary operation executive, Maher has solid experience managing multi-level budget and administrative projects utilizing cost-efficient resources and quality performance.
Maher has over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit financial field having served as Chief Financial Officer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County and Infusion Technologies Inc. Home Healthcare, Controller for Spectrum Program Inc. Miami Behavioral Health Care, and Accounting Manager for YMCA of Greater Miami. As a result of Maher’s leadership, agencies have seen an increase in grant revenues, reduction in unemployment costs, and greater controls in cost with vendors, suppliers and banks. Maher has received 4 Stars (the highest rank) from Charity Navigators for four consecutive years.
Maher is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Chartered Accountant (CCA), and earned his master’s degree in Cost Accounting from the University of Alexandria.
Enid Martin serves as the Director of Human Resources at Easterseals South Florida. She joined Easterseals in 2012 overseeing all human resources functions and provides support to the agency and all personnel. In her capacity as human resources director, Enid works to create an engaging and collaborative workforce which reinforces the Easterseals mission.
With over 20 years of progressive human resources management and payroll experience, Enid is a strategic business partner who works alongside senior leaders to achieve goals. Her areas of expertise include compliance and best practices, human resource infrastructure, policy and procedure development, employee relations, and conflict resolution. Enid leads with compassion which encourages employees to actively participate in and discuss solutions, understanding that they are have a voice and are heard.
Enid has a passion for providing human resource solutions by partnering with leadership teams and helping them build an effective program infrastructure through compliance, technology, coaching, mentoring, and staff engagement among other areas. Prior to joining Easterseals South Florida, Enid held various human resource positions with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. which also serves the underserved in our community.
Enid holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management with support in Business Administration and Psychology and is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
As Vice President of Development of Easterseals South Florida, and with more than 15 years of experience in non-profit, Marta Quintana is responsible for securing close to $1 million annually in corporate support, individual contributions, grants, and from fundraising events. Marta excels in the areas of strategic planning and developing and cultivating strong relationships with individual donors, corporate sponsors, and partners with key stakeholders to promote Easterseals’ mission and funding needs to prospective donors.
With over 30 years of management experience, Marta has successfully led the development team at Easterseals since 2012; promoting a team environment, supporting and motivating the team to meet annual goals through the successful execution of annual events, fundraising campaigns, volunteer activities and community engagement.
Prior to joining Easterseals South Florida in 2010, Marta was Senior Development Officer at United Way of Miami Dade where she led the fundraising efforts for the legal and Real Estate division and co-led the new business development team to grow the corporate donor pipeline for the agency. In her role at United Way, Marta oversaw the Women’s Leadership committee and was part of the team that produced the renowned Annual United Way Women’s Leadership Breakfast.
Marta is a member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Chamber and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Marta is the proud mom of two aspiring artists, an alumna of Miami Dade College and graduate of the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.
As Educational Services Director, Camila Rocha is responsible for the day to day operations of all special education services at Easterseals South Florida, which includes early intervention and therapy, K-12 special education, after-school, and summer programs for children and young adults with autism and/or other disabilities.
With over 15 years of experience in non-profit management, Camila has made it her goal to positively impact the lives of children and young adults with disabilities. Camila directs programs with high levels of integrity and implements evidenced based intervention strategies to support the development and wellbeing 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.