Cape Abilities Hires New President

cape abilitiesHYANNIS – The board of directors of the nonprofit Cape Abilities have hired Rosalie Edes as the new President and Executive Director of the organization.

Cape Abilities serves people with disabilities on Cape Cod by educating, counseling and providing residential, therapeutic, social and employment supports that empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in the community.

She replaces Larry R. Thayer, who is retiring after 25 years at the position.

Edes has been the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Disability Policy and Programs in the Executive Office of Health & Human Services since March of 2013.

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In that capacity, she oversaw the work of the four disability agencies in the state, chaired the PCA Work Force Council and oversaw the Bureau of Transition Planning.

“We are thrilled to have Rosalie join our team,” said David T. Robinson, Chairman of the Cape Abilities Board of Directors. “Her experience and vision will bring wonderful opportunities to the entire organization, especially the 350 individuals we serve.”

Prior to her post as Assistant Secretary, Edes served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Disability Policies and Programs at HHS, coordinating more than $2 billion in long term care, rehabilitation and employment services since 2009.

During this time, she was a key player in the development of community based Medicaid waiver programs, advanced family support initiatives and she represented HHS on the statewide Autism and Brain Injury Commissions.

As a parent of a young adult son who was born with Down Syndrome, Edes has a passion for enhancing disability services for all people and in her role as Assistant Secretary, she demonstrated a strong focus on ensuring high quality, community-based services for children and adults with disabilities, according to the organization.

Edes is a resident of Falmouth and is expected to start her new position at Cape Abilities this November.