Introducing newest leadership team members at Easter Seals Hawaii!

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Easter Seals Hawaii is pleased to announce three new executives to round out the senior management team, including Jennifer Schember-Lang, vice president of programs, JoAnn Lumsden, chief financial officer and most recently Ted Burke, director of early intervention services.

Schember-Lang has a legal and human services background, and has worked for many years within Hawai‘i’s not-for-profit community. With experience as the Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii and several years at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, she oversees all ESH programs and direct services for individuals with disabilities.

Lumsden joins ESH with considerable experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and extensive connections within Hawai‘i’s financial and business communities. Her impressive financial background notably includes having worked 20 years as CFO at Aloha United Way.

Burke comes to Hawaii via Illinois where he was Director of the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois. With over 20 years of experience supporting families and children at local, state and national levels, he will oversee the ESH Early Intervention Program that is one of the first programs of its kind in the United States and has been modeled across the nation.

These announcements mark the completion of the first component of CEO Ron Brandvold’s plan to reorganize the Easter Seals Hawaii leadership team, who states; “These individuals enhance our already strong management team by bringing added expertise, experience and communication skills to facilitate our next important phase, which is that of clearly defining our vision, consistent with our mission, and refining our strategic plan to ensure the success of our organization.”

Other key management team members include; Esther Underwood, vice president of human resources,
Jennifer La`a, director of home and community-based services; Sean Tarrant, director of autism services; Ellen Ching, director of Kauai development and program growth; Kelly Ikeda-Ellis, director of development; and Melissa King-Hubert, statewide manager of safety and quality assurance.