Envision Consulting Finds New Leader for Jay Nolan Community Services

March 18, 2019 – Pasadena, CA-based search firm Envision Consulting has placed Edward Amey as the new executive director of Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS), a Mission Hills, CA-based non-profit which provides support services to those with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jeff Strully retired in December after 25 years with the organization.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Edward’s experience and skills as our new executive director,” said Clare Deffense, board chair. “He is committed to the mission and values of Jay Nolan, and we are confident that he will be a strong champion for our agency, our employees and the people we serve.”

The search firm was looking for a strategic, relationship-focused executive director to lead the organization into the next stage of growth. Mr. Amey fits that bill. He has more than 19 years of non-profit and for-profit leadership experience. And throughout his career, he has excelled in executive leadership, communication, alliance and partnership building, as well as strategic planning.

Previously, Mr. Amey served as managing director for the Institute for the Redesign of Learning, a leader in special educational, mental health and adult transitional and supported employment programs. He has also held management and social work positions at Children’s Bureau of Southern California, along with extensive experience with local regional centers, departments of rehabilitation and mental health, school districts, and other state and local agencies.

“I am excited to work alongside these dedicated and passionate professionals committed to supporting the dignity and well-being of each member of our community,” Mr. Amey said. “I look forward to continuing the great work that is being been done at Jay Nolan Community Services, and to lead the organization into its next chapter.”

Jay Nolan Community Services, established in 1975, supports individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities to live rich and valued lives as members of the community. The organization provides customized assistance to meet client needs, including supported living services, family support services, supported employment and other direct support services. The non-profit is an industry-leader in supported living services, empowering clients with an innovative supported living model and direct services that allow individualized care and top-level results.

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Envision Consulting was founded by Matt Kamin and Allison Fuller in 2006. In addition to executive search, the firm provides coaching, planning and staffing tailored specifically to the non-profit sector. Its broad spectrum of services are designed to help non-profits increase revenues, expand awareness and strengthen service delivery.


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Mr. Kamin, managing partner, has been working and volunteering in the non-profit world for over 16 years. He previously served as executive director of Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. in New York, Children’s Nature Institute in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Youth Network in Hollywood. Mr. Kamin has also been a consultant to organizations serving populations ranging from disabled adults, domestic violence, children in nonpublic schools and the geriatric community. He is co-founder of Youth for Charity, an organization bringing together teens of different faiths to raise awareness for families living in poverty, as well as founder of Eleventh Commandment, which has grown into JQ International.

Ms. Fuller, managing partner, has worked in the non-profit world for more than a decade. Her interest in non-profits began as a volunteer, leading her to co-founding her own non-profit organization. In the non-profit sector, she has held numerous staff and executive leadership positions, including executive director. As a former escrow officer, Ms. Fuller brings extensive planning and logistical experience into overseeing many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning and operations. In addition, as a graphic designer and web marketer, she brings in unique talents to non-profits, expanding resources and efficiency while substantially increasing fundraising revenues. She also has a passion for helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations, including Autism Speaks, YWCA and Step Up Women’s Network.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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