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Easterseals National Leadership Team

Mark Hechinger

Interim CEO

Mark HechingerOn October 15th, 2021, Mark Hechinger was appointed Interim CEO by the Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors.

Mark joined the Easterseals National Office on August 1st as Chief Administration Officer and Counsel after serving as a part-time employee on Easterseals' healthcare insurance payor project and equity initiatives. Previously a partner with the Chicago-based law firm of Georges & Synowiecki, Ltd., as well as Associate General Counsel and Chief Health Strategy Officer at the YMCA of the USA, Mark’s experience includes health care benefits consulting, contracting, corporate regulatory compliance, and litigation.

Glenda Oakley

Chief Financial Officer

Glenda Oakley Glenda Oakley is Chief Financial Officer of Easterseals. With more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, external and internal audit, corporate finance and consulting, Glenda was with Aetna Medicaid before joining Easterseals. At Aetna, she led and drove financial best practices for the financial teams of three Medicare Medicaid Plans in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. 

Glenda received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University. She maintains current licensure as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Arizona.

She has a strong personal connection to our mission as her husband is a retired United States Marine who served our country for 30 years. While he was active duty, Glenda was in the Key Spouse Program where she assisted spouses and families through deployment readiness. Their eldest son is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and their middle son recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with 20 years of service.

Marcy Traxler

Senior Vice President of Network Advancement

Marcy Traxler With more than 20 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience, Marcy brings a wealth of experience and valuable skills that will serve us well. In her previous role at AMITA Health, Marcy re-deigned the business development approach that supports service lines, employed medical group practices and outreach to independent practices. She is a frequent speaker and panelist for the Forum of Healthcare Strategists, Beckers Hospital Review, Society of Health Care Strategy and Market Development. Marcy earned her Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois-Chicago and her Masters of Business Administration from Dominican University.

Marcy has always been a supporter of keeping communities healthy and active. Throughout her career she has worked with community agencies to advance the cause of health living. She has served on numerous community steering committees and boards including the Alexian Brothers Women’s Board, Northwest Compass, and WINGs.

In addition to working with the Affiliate Relations Committee of the National Board of Directors, Marcy’s responsibilities include network advancement, as well as business strategy and implementation.

John Osterlund

Senior Vice President, Development

John OsterlundJohn Osterlund is Senior Vice President of Development for Easterseals. In this role, John advances best practices in comprehensive development through fundraising at the organization’s National Office as well as through collaboration with Easterseals affiliates nationwide.

With nearly 30 years of nonprofit development experience, John was most recently Vice President of Development and College Relations at Monmouth (IL) College, was Chief Development Officer for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and served in a number of leadership positions including Chief Development Officer during his 25 years with the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. His expertise as a senior development professional at the local, national and international levels promises to advance a culture of philanthropy at Easterseals. John has a master’s degree in history from Florida State University and did graduate work in political science and social welfare at the University of Stockholm.

Sharon Watson

Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, Communications and Corporate Relations Department

Sharon Watson Sharon Watson leads Easterseals' Brand Marketing, Communications and Corporate Relations Department. In this capacity, Sharon works with the organization’s staff, affiliate and volunteer leadership to develop strategy to amplify awareness of Easterseals' brand and its societal relevance in the world as the indispensable resource for people with disabilities and those who care for them. Additionally, she and her team are charged with leveraging new and traditional communications and media channels to position Easterseals as a leader in the disability space to assure continued support from donors including valued corporate partners committed to the organization's mission.

During her tenure with Easterseals, Sharon has helped generate tens of millions of dollars to support its mission as the national relationship manager for valued National Corporate Partners including A. C. Moore, Bayer Consumer Healthcare, Comcast NBCUniversal, the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, CVS Health, the CVS Health Foundation, Freddie Mac, MassMutual Financial Group and others. 

Prior to joining Easterseals, Sharon enjoyed more than a dozen years in sales, marketing and public relations for global corporations including ITT Sheraton Hotels and Scandinavian Airlines. 

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