After 47 years with Easterseals NH, ME and VT, President and CEO Larry Gammon will transition out of his role later this year. To facilitate the transition, the board of directors will work with an executive search firm to fill the position for the Manchester-based nonprofit.
“While the executive search unfolds, Larry will continue to lead the agency with the same level of dedication he has demonstrated throughout his career,” says Easterseals NH board chair Matthew Boucher. “We are extremely thankful to Larry for his life-long commitment to the people we serve and are grateful for all he has done to further our mission.”
Once a new president and CEO is hired, Gammon will continue to serve Easterseals in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition. Gammon joined Easterseals in 1971 as a special education principal and teacher. He steadily advanced through the organization before being promoted to president and CEO in 1988.
“Over Larry’s 47 years at Easterseals, and most notably during his time as president and CEO, he has set the tone for collaboration, kindness, and compassion,” says Boucher. “Throughout Larry’s tenure, he has focused on finding gaps in service and creating programs so people with disabilities and special needs are given every opportunity to increase personal independence and thrive in their communities.
“It is perfect timing for new leadership,” says Gammon. “We have exceptional board and staff leaders, experts in all service areas, are financially stable and are growing each year.”
Under Gammon’s leadership, Easterseals has grown now offering 13 core programs which include: child development centers, a family resource center, child and family services, early supports and services, autism services, residential and educational services, special transit, camps and recreation, community-based services, workforce development, military and veterans services, senior services, substance abuse treatment, and oral health services. Additionally, the organization has grown to serve more than 32,000 clients of all ages, annually, with a staff of 1,800.