Posted on: November 17th, 2012

Vice President of Human Resources & Administration Helped Launch StudiOut, Universal Orlando’s GLBT Employee Resource Group

Scot LaFerte

ORLANDO, Fla. – Thursday, November 1, 2012 – The Zebra Foundation for Youth, Inc. has named Scot LaFerte’, Vice President of Human Resources & Administration for Universal Orlando, as a member of its board of directors.

“I am excited that Scot has joined the board of directors for the Zebra Foundation for Youth,” said Scott Bowman, chairman of the board. “Scot helped launch StudioOut, Universal Orlando’s GLBT employee resource group and served for two years as its Executive Champion. He has already demonstrated a strong commitment to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (“LGBTQ”) community and we look forward to working with him on our growth initiative.”

The Zebra Foundation for Youth’s mission is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in LGBTQ youth and to provide them the opportunity to grow up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. Donations to the Zebra Foundation help to create and sustain programs that directly support LGBTQ youth, primarily through the Zebra Coalition®.

LaFerte’ is responsible for driving overall strategy and execution for the Staffing, Learning and Development, Internal Communications, Facilities Management, and Medical Services functions.

He began his career with Universal Orlando in 1998 as the Human Resources Manager supporting the entertainment department as their generalist. During his 14 years at Universal Orlando he has held senior leadership roles in all areas of Human Resources.

Prior to joining Universal Orlando, LaFerte’ worked for the Department of Defense in the fields of transportation, planning, training and operations. He started his federal government career as a Transportation Specialist and achieved the level of Executive Director of Administration/General Manager overseeing Public Works, EHS, Operations, External Affairs, and Human Resources for the Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, New Jersey.

He has served on the boards of Orlando/Orange County COMPACT, Workforce Central Florida, the Employers Association of Florida, and the Children’s Home Society of Central Florida. He currently serves on the Governor’s Commission for Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities.

Other members of the Zebra Foundation for Youth board include:

  • Scott E. Bowman, vice president of client relations, Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc.
  • Paul F. Bryan, principal, ZIO
  • Diana LaRue, president, Appleton Creative
  • Richard Russell, vice president of philanthropy, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Bryan W. Stevens, pilot, GoJet Airlines
  • Jefferson R. Voss, senior director, Tavistock Group and co-founder, Zebra Foundation for Youth
  • Bryce L. West, executive director, Bryce L. West Foundation

The Zebra Coalition® was established in response to the growing number of LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness, bullying, extreme physical and sexual abuse, isolation from their families, and a wide range of life challenges or setbacks.

It is a network of 18 Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provides a full continuum of services to at-risk LGBTQ youth.

The Zebra Coalition® members include: The Center for Drug Free Living, The City of Orlando Housing and Community Development, The City of Orlando Police Department, The Coalition for the Homeless, Equality Florida, The GLBT Community Center, GLSEN, The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc., Human Services Associates, Inc., Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Metropolitan Business Association, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando Youth Alliance, PFLAG Orlando, PFLAG Brevard County, Rollins College, Stetson University, and the University of Central Florida.

The Zebra Coalition® is a network of Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provides a full continuum of services to at-risk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability. The Zebra Coalition also operates a 24-hour youth crisis hotline (1.877.90 ZEBRA), short-term housing and provides the Zebra Coalition House as a safe haven and community resource. For more information about the Zebra Coalition®, visit http://www.zebrayouth.org.