About Us

Our Mission: To provide quality life enhancing programs and services to meet the individual needs of our consumers.

Our Vision: All people will be able to actively participate in all aspects of life and be seen for their abilities.


In 1953, a small group of committed individuals noticed a gap in services to address the needs of people living with a disability in the River Region.  Their primary motivation was for a more centrally located facility so that children would not have to be transported to other areas for service.

Starting out with five programs, Easter Seals Central Alabama (ESCA) was born on three acres donated by the Montgomery Baptist Association.  ESCA opened doors, and welcomed their first consumers in the fall of 1961, and the first individual served was a lady from Opelika who had lost one of her legs just below the hip.  She could not wear her artificial limb walking in, but she certainly did walking out!

Fast forward, and Easter Seals Central Alabama is still meeting the needs of people living with a disability in the River Region.  Through a variety of programs, and serving as a resource “hub”, ESCA serves thousands of children, adults and seniors across the state.

Easter Seals Central Alabama (ESCA) is committed to providing equal opportunity in all its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital status, gender identity, spiritual beliefs, culture, socioeconomic status, language, and familial and/or any other status protected by law. ESCA promotes the full realization of this through its employment practices.


Mr. Paul Walker
Chairman,Board of Directors

Mr. Ben Lott
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Chairman, Finance Committee

Mr. Monty Gordon
Chairman, Governance Committee

Mr. Keith Warren
Chairman, Audit Committee

Ms. Ruby Garrison
Secretary, Board of Directors
Chairman, Personnel Committee

Mrs. Connie Colvin

Mrs. Ernestine Crowell

Mrs. Cindy Mattingley

Mr. Bart Crum

Mr. Robert Kohn

Mr. Jay Morehouse

Mrs. Joyce Owens

Mr. John Jung

Mr. Gil Steindorff


Ms. Lynne Stokley
CEO, Easter Seals Alabama

Ms. Debbie Lynn
Executive Director, Easter Seals Central Alabama

Mr. Cary F. Boswell
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Mr. Mark Vosel
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Mr. John Ives
President, Board of Directors
Easter Seals Alabama