BREWSTER/ORLEANS --- Latham Centers, Inc., a leader in special education and residential programs for children and adults with disabilities, has welcomed Jo-Ellen Erickson of Harwich to its Board of Directors. Latham Centers’ mission is to create opportunities for independence, self-worth, and happiness for children and adults with complex special needs. Ms. Erickson joined the Board after years of volunteerism with the non-profit.
Ms. Erickson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing/Sales from Bentley University, and she has been a Cape Cod resident for 25 years, serving others as a small business owner, seasonal service industry worker, and high-end REALTOR, and contributing countless hours of volunteer service. Ms. Erickson said she is honored to join the Board of a human services agency she credits for its outstanding staff and their compassionate, highly-regarded work. "Latham Centers holds a very special place in my heart. I often wondered what was behind the great privet hedges on 6A in Brewster. It wasn't until my cousin arrived at Latham Centers that I discovered the magic of this important organization. The significant difference Latham makes for the individuals and families they serve is immeasurable. I am forever compelled to share Latham's story, and by doing so perhaps we can remove some of the mystery to what lies behind the hedge and bring awareness instead. I’m honored by this opportunity and look forward to bringing my enthusiasm, energy, and strong work ethic to Latham’s Board of Directors."
Ms. Erickson joins current Latham Centers board members who work with the organization’s senior management team in an advisory, advocacy, fundraising, and fiduciary role. Other volunteer board members include: Christine Gillstrom Burgess (Chair) of Dennis; Christine Thomas, MD, (Vice-Chair) of Reading; Jack Kelly (Treasurer) of Yarmouth Port; Keith Bradley (Clerk), of Chatham; Frank Burgess of Brewster; Dan Chamberlain, Esquire, of Dennis; Kathryn Earle of Cohasset; Robert Newman of Plymouth; Todd Squire of Orleans; Tyler Eldredge of Yarmouth Port; Matt McCleery of Chatham; Leslie Watt of Sandwich; and Vicki Dunnington of Winchester.
More about Latham: Latham Centers employs more than 260 people from Orleans to Plymouth, and its programs include a therapeutic residential school for students ages 8 to 22 in Brewster, and a residential program for adults including 12 homes and individualized supported community living settings. Founded in 1970, Latham Centers creates brighter futures for children and adults with complex special needs, including Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). Latham is internationally renowned for its expertise and success in working with individuals with PWS, a rare genetic disorder with no known cure. Latham Centers is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. For more information, visit LathamCenters.org.