AbilityFirst Gains New Chairman

Harlan Thompson
Harlan Thompson

Harlan Thompson, a retired finance executive, has been elected chairman of the board of AbilityFirst. Thompson follows long-time supporter of the organization, John Kelly.
The new executive committee for 2018 consists of Thompson, Ray Cherry (vice chair), Wendy Lees (treasurer) and Mike Dokmanovich (secretary). Also on the board: Steve Brockmeyer, Will Craig, Dr. Diane Danis, Mark Fedde, Tom Fenchel, Richard Frank, Maria French, Stuart Hemphill, Jay Henneberry, John Kelly, Joanne Kim, Carol Llewellyn, Mordena Moore, Kathryn Sanders Platnick, Randall Repp, Arthur Rothberg and Patricia Vick.
Thompson has been active in the financial services industry for nearly 35 years and is also a member of the USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board. He received his master’s of business in finance and financial management services from USC and received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Oregon State University.
“I am honored to assume the role of chairman of AbilityFirst,” said Thompson. “Supporting children and adults with disabilities is an extraordinary opportunity. The employment programs, such as College to Career, and enabling a wonderful camp experience brings joy and empowerment to the participants and their families. AbilityFirst has been a leader in Greater Los Angeles helping children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their personal best for 92 consecutive years. I know we will continue to build on that deep partnership with the community.”

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