Easterseals Hawaii (Easterseals) recently announced that its CEO, Ron Brandvold, will be retiring from his role, although he will be staying on in a part-time capacity as Public Relations Officer and to support the organization’s transition to its new CEO. That new CEO will be Jennifer La’a, who is returning to work for Easterseals after having spent the past two years working for the Hawaii State Department of Health as the case management branch chief of its developmental disability division.

Prior to holding her position with the Hawaii State Department of Health, Ms. La’a served as Easterseals’s Youth and Adult Program director. Mr. Brandvold cited Ms. La’a’s depth and breadth of experience in disability services and government work as one of the greatest strengths she will bring back to Easterseals. The announcement of Ms. La’a’s return comes as Easterseals Hawaii looks forward to celebrating its 73rd anniversary of providing services for Hawaiians with disabilities or special needs.

Throughout its 73-year history, Easterseals Hawaii has made a profound difference in the lives of tens of thousands of individuals with disabilities, special needs, and their families to help them live, learn, work, and play to their full potential. Easterseals Hawaii is the state’s largest provider of early intervention services for infants and toddlers, a leading provider of applied behavior analysis (ABA) programs in Oahu, and is one of the state’s largest providers of Medicaid Waiver services for adults with developmental disabilities.

This was reported by Business Wire on January 10, 2019.

Contact Information: Easterseals Hawaii, 710 Green Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813; (808) 536-1015; Website: www.eastersealshawaii.org


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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit https://openminds.com/live-mbpi/ for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at events@openminds.com or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer
OPEN MINDS

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