Cape Abilities Names Jonathan Sproul as President and CEO

Jonathan Sproul
November 16, 2018 — Cape Abilities, a Hyannis-based nonprofit that provides a full range of services to individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod, this week announced it has appointed Jonathan Sproul as its president and chief executive officer.

Sproul succeeds replaces Larry R. Thayer, who previously served as president/executive director of Cape Abilities for 25 years, and who has been serving in an interim capacity following the departure last summer of Rosalie Edes.

Sproul will assume his new responsibilities on Dec. 4.

"We are excited to have Jon join our team", said Marion Broidrick, board chairman of Cape Abilities, "As a native Cape Codder who graduated from Barnstable High School, Jon has first-hand knowledge of the Cape community and brings extensive experience in programs, fundraising and strategic management to Cape Abilities."

Sproul most recently served for the last 10 years with the Boston Public Schools, most recently as director of school-community partnerships. He also had been director of institutional advancement and partnerships and director of The Health And Wellness Department.

Earlier, he served as acting executive director of the Boston Educational Development Foundation and as a program manager for Boston Partners in Education.

Sproul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies from Columbia University and a Master of Education degree in school leadership from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

Edes, who served as president/executive director since Cape Abilities since 2014, stepped down to pursue other opportunities to advance services for individuals with disabilities.

Broidrick earlier lauded Edes, under whose leadership, Cape Abilities "experienced significant growth in its services and supports for over 420 individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod."

When the organization announced the change, Edes, said, “Over the past four years, we have made great strides in all facets of the organization and as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, there is a need for a new leader who can commit to years of service to our important, life-changing mission."

Cape Abilities traces its roots to 1868 when Nauset Workshop in Orleans was established on Cape Cod. It assumed its current organizational structure in 1968. It created its first work center in Hyannis in 1973 and, two years later, established its residential services program. Since then, it created a day habilitation program, expanded work opportunities, and established business relationships with a number of Cape-based organizations.

Today, the organization serves all of Cape Cod and has program centers in Hyannis, Eastham, and Falmouth. It operates four social enterprises that employ Cape Abilities participants: Cape Abilities Farm on Route 6A in Dennis, Cape Abilities Thrift Shop in West Yarmouth, Cape Abilities Farm Store in Chatham, and Cape Abilities Vending, which maintains and supplies nearly 100 snack and beverage machines at more than 40 Cape Cod locations, from Wareham to Provincetown.