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MANCHESTER — Easterseals NH has announced its Residential & Educational Program will be named Gammon Academy in honor of longtime President & CEO Larry Gammon.
Gammon joined Easterseals in 1971 as a special education teacher before becoming principal. He steadily advanced through the organization and was promoted to president and CEO in 1988, a position he has held for the past 31 years.
Later this year, Gammon will transition out of this role. Once a new president and CEO is hired, Gammon will continue to serve Easterseals in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition and continuity in leadership across New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
“Our Residential & Educational Program has always had a special place in Larry’s heart,” said Easterseals NH Chairman of the Board Matthew Boucher. “We are honored to name this cornerstone program in tribute to Larry who has dedicated his life and career to ensuring that people of all ages with disabilities and special needs have every opportunity to live a life of their choosing.”
Easterseals NH Residential & Educational programs operate in Manchester and Lancaster. The programs offer a wide array of services where professional teams work to create and implement individualized plans to support the learning and development of youth ages 9 to 21.
Over the coming months, all locations and programs that fall under the umbrella of the Easterseals Residential & Educational Program will be called Gammon Academy.
In 2018 these program served 560 individuals.
“What started as a small school, established by Bob Cholette, previous Easterseals President and visionary, became a very large, cornerstone program that gave us the impetus and resources to build the most comprehensive and mission-oriented Easterseals in the country,” said Gammon. I was totally surprised by the naming and never more honored.”
Under Gammon’s tenure, Easterseals has grown from a small organization to a large non-profit serving 28,000 individuals, employs 1,800 people, and offers 13 core programs
A Roast & Toast Event honoring Gammon will be held on Sept. 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester.
For details, visit easterseals.com/nh