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For Immediate Release


Miami, FL, March 30, 2021

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Roxanne Vogel
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Expansion of leadership team also includes appointment of first Chief Administrative Officer

MIAMI - Easterseals South Florida, the leading provider of services for people with disabilities or special needs and their families, is pleased to announce that Maurice Woods has been named President and CEO. At the same time, the organization is expanding its senior leadership capability with the creation of a new Chief Administrative Officer position for which Barry Vogel has been hired.

“These new hires are reflective of Easterseals’ commitment to the community we serve. We are investing to meet the needs to the South Florida community by increasing the capacity and capability of our leadership team,” said Eric J. Vainder, Chairman of Easterseals South Florida Board of Directors and Senior Managing Director, The Northern Trust Company.

An innovative leader with a passion for equity and inclusion, Woods brings a professional background that includes leadership roles with Chicago Public Schools, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and The Quaker Oats Company. Most recently, Woods served as Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for Broward County Public Schools.

“Maurice has extensive experience with programs and service-related solutions in the communities where he has worked. COVID-19 and the pandemic have created larger needs for the populations we serve, and we are confident that Maurice’s leadership approach will take Easterseals to a new level to meet these needs,” said Vainder.

Woods understands firsthand the disparities present for individuals and families with disadvantages or disabilities stemming from his experience as a black man from an underserved community with family members that have disabilities. According to Woods, “the ability to strategically collaborate and align our Easterseals South Florida mission with business and community organizations are critical pieces of our impact strategy. I look forward to working with current and new partners who support our mission and join our commitment to alleviate suffering for those individuals and families hardest hit by the pandemic.”

In addition to Woods, Easterseals South Florida hired Barry Vogel as its first Chief Administrative Officer, a new role focused on strengthening the systems and processes that support the organization’s mission and programs. Vogel previously served as Managing Director of Global First Year at Florida International University and as the Director of Administration at Johnson & Wales University.

“Easterseals of South Florida has grown significantly over the past six years, both in size and complexity as we deliver services to meet the community’s expanding areas of need. Vogel has the administrative acumen to support our successful growth trajectory,” said Bob Fatovic, Immediate Past Board Chair, and Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Ryder Systems.

 Recently, Easterseals South Florida received a transformational $6M gift from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. Woods succeeds Loreen Chant who served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Easterseals South Florida for the past seven years. He will lead a staff of 180 full-time and 130 part-time employees with an annual budget of $14 million, of which more than 92 cents of every dollar is historically committed to programs and services. Woods’ placement is the result of a national search conducted by Diversified Search.




Easterseals South Florida, the indispensable resource for more than 1,700 families in South Florida, is proud to have served people and families challenged by disabilities and disadvantages for more than 77 years. Easterseals is responsive to the needs of each community, helping to overcome barriers that frequently hinder access to high quality services for the families they serve.  They want every child to reach his/her full potential and every adult living with Alzheimer’s to live the fullest and most dignified life possible.  Easterseals provides special education programs for children ages birth to 22 years old, Head Start programs, Alzheimer’s day care and in-home respite services. Learn more at www.easterseals.com/southflorida.


Driven by its purpose to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, including veterans and seniors, as well as their families and communities for more than 100 years.  Together, its national network of Affiliates serves 1.5 million people annually through high-quality services and powerful advocacy.  Its services include early intervention; autism services; medical rehabilitation including physical, occupational, and speech therapies; behavioral health; workforce development; adult day programs; and more.  In schools, workplaces, and communities, Easterseals is fostering environments where everyone is included and valued – making a real and positive impact on us all.  Join us in ensuring that everyone – regardless of age or ability – is 100% included and 100% empowered to fully participate in life.  Learn more at www.easterseals.com.


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