Services for the developmentally disabled children just got a bit sweeter for kids on Maui: Imua Family Services (imuafamilyservice.org) named Dean Wong their new Executive Director. What’s more, Program Director Christi Masters came home with a Pacific Business News 40 under 40 award this weekend.
Imua Family Services serves more than 2,500 Maui and Lanai residents through their Infant and Child Development Program, Early Childhood Development Program, Newborn Hearing Screening and Camp Imua. Wong says the need for these programs on Maui — which fall out of the scope of the Department of Education’s Special Education Services — is limited only by their resources.
Former Executive Director Karen Jayne left in February, and the Board of Directors formed a national search for a replacement. Board President Brian Kakihara said Wong’s combination of vision, compassion and management expertise made him their ideal candidate. Wong has a 15-year background in health and human services and non-profit leadership, having served as house manager of Maui Arts and Cultural Center and former director of HIV/AIDS prevention services at Maui Aids Foundation.
Masters has been with Imua Services since 2005, helping children improve physical movement, communication and personal and social skills through physical therapy, speech therapy and other services that the DOE does not provide to children with developmental disabilities. PBN’s Forty under 40 Award recognizes Hawaii’s brightest young business professionals.
“My game plan is to bring us back to a time when we supported each other and each others families as in the village community,” said Wong. “We are not isolated on this island, we are dependent on each other, we need to pull together, work together, care for each other in order to fully live together.”
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