Intensive, Six-Month Program Inspires Emerging Leaders at Easterseals

2017 Easter Seals Leadership Academy

Twenty-one Easterseals supervisors and managers have completed an intensive, six-month program in leadership, offered through the nationally-ranked leadership program at Granite State College. This is the second group of Easterseals staff that has completed this course.

“Professionals in the nonprofit sector who have the capacity and desire to hone their leadership skills often face limited opportunities for professional development due to lean budgets,” explained Larry J. Gammon, Easterseals President & CEO. “By working with Granite State College, we were able to deliver a comprehensive leadership development program to our employees that will help them grow as professionals, and position them to support the organization at a higher level.”

The Leadership Academy that Granite State College developed for Easterseals consisted of six face-to-face sessions and weekly online studies.

“The partnership between Granite State College and the Easter Seals embodies the vision of our graduate programs,” said Dr. Johnna Herrick-Phelps, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Granite State College.

She adds, “Our programs are built to be relevant to working professionals, which students appreciate. On a statewide-level, what these programs accomplish is a more educated workforce that can rise to the leadership challenges presented by our complex and constantly evolving economy, which is something that employers value. Through our work with Easter Seals, we got to experience the positive impact for both the employer and the employee, which makes us incredibly proud.”

“Leadership Academy gave me the opportunity to forge new (and shore up existing) relationships with other managers at Easterseals, while I was developing (and honing) effective leadership qualities that were immediately applicable in my job,” said Easterseals Military & Veterans Services Director Stephanie Higgs. “Through a blend of introspective self-assessments, team projects and exercises, and participative classes, I have strengthened my management skill set. This is a great opportunity for professional and personal growth!”

On May 24, 2017, the 21 participants were honored for their completion of the Leadership Academy in a private ceremony at the Granite State College Concord campus.

About Easterseals NH
For 80 years, Easterseals NH has provided exceptional services to ensure we change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Easterseals services include autism services, inclusive child care and early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, dental services and veteran services. As a leader in social services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, Easterseals NH employs more than 1,400 individuals who serve more than 26,900 children, adults and seniors in over 90 programs throughout the state. To learn more about Easterseals NH, visit