As executive vice president of program services for Easter Seals, Erin N. Rogers oversees the planning, development, marketing, implementation and evaluation of program services throughout its expansive service region. She is responsible for the agency’s pediatric therapy and family support programs, ensuring compliance with accreditation bodies and standards; managing a staff of more than 70 clinicians and support professionals; and monitoring program operations, community education, grants, governmental affairs and budgeting.
A 6 Sigma Green Belt, Rogers has led and participated in four 6 Sigma projects in the last three years. She helped develop Illinois’ Autism Program Service Network, as well as the Autism Program at Easter Seals—work which has been replicated by affiliates across the nation. In 2012, she helped launch the Intensive Therapeutic Autism Program, and she led the initiative to develop the Academy for Autism, a collaborative venture with Children’s Home. She also helped coordinate a team to manage the state’s Early Intervention program through Child and Family Connections of Central Illinois, contributed to the initiation of the Ray and Kathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy, and has been actively involved with the Penguin Project.
Rogers has served on the board of Dove Inc., the Children’s Healthcare Council of McLean County, and the McLean County Association for the Education of Young Children. She chaired the McLean County Local Interagency Council on Early Intervention and served on the executive committees of the All Our Kids Early Childhood Network and Autism Society of McLean County, as well as the Heartland Inclusion Project task force. A 2008 graduate of the McLean County Leadership Program, Rogers has also been a volunteer mentor for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and chair of the Club Service Committee of the Bloomington-Normal Sunrise Rotary Club.
A proud alumna of Illinois State University and the University of Illinois, Rogers is a recipient of the Lou Lowenkron Program Innovation Award and the YWCA of Peoria Education & Care of Children Award. She has been a guest speaker and adjunct faculty at Illinois State University, and is part-owner of Kumon Math & Reading Center of Bloomington. iBi