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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Joseph Woodward 2013


  • Title: Executive Director
  • Company: Housing Options Made Easy, Inc.
  • Location: 75 Jamestown St., Gowanda, NY 14070
  • Birthplace: Corning, NY

Family: Married with four children

College: Associate degree from Erie Community College and bachelor’s degree from Empire State College; completed extensive work toward a master’s degree in Divinity, with emphasis on leadership.

First job unrelated to your current field: At age 16, worked at Wendy’s original location in Columbus, Ohio

What your firm does now and its plans for the future: Housing Options is a not-for-profit agency developed and operated by and for recipients of mental health services. Our agency helps individuals to find employment and affordable housing and to explore educational opportunities. Our vision is to continue building a continuum of accessible services that meet recipients’ needs and promote their empowerment, wellness and recovery.

Hobbies: Reading, golfing, fishing, camping, coaching, cooking

Favorite films: Field of Dreams, Matrix series

Favorite novel: “Lord of the Rings”

Keys to success: Respect, humility, gratitude, consistent behavior, transparency, communication, motivating and mentoring others

If you had to choose a different profession, what would it be? Executive chef or professional basketball player

Person you admire most (outside of the family): Mother Teresa