AMBUCS Welcomes Jay Laurens
PMA Consulting is pleased to announce that National AMBUCS, Inc. has hired Jay Laurens as its new Executive Director.
The mission of AMBUCS is creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. The 95-year-old organization boasts more than 5,000 members in more than 150 chapters across 30 states—all working on a grassroots level to fulfill the mission. Each year members of this 501c3 nonprofit charity donate approximately 3,500 Amtryke therapeutic tricycles to people with disabilities. They support over 260 educational scholarships for students studying for a career in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech language pathology and hearing audiology. Members also contribute countless hours and dollars toward various community service projects.
Jay comes to AMBUCS with nearly 20 years of nonprofit management experience and eight years in higher education administration. The majority of Jay’s nonprofit work involved the oversight of residential, vocational, and educational services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Just prior to joining the staff at AMBUCS, Jay served as Director of Career Services and Internships at Pfeiffer University, a private North Carolina liberal arts university. In this capacity, he coordinated placement of undergraduate and graduate students in experiential internships with nonprofit, corporate, and governmental partners.
Jay’s educational background includes a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and a Master of Arts in Special Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University. On a more personal level, he is father of a child with special needs, a former special education teacher, and a recreational cyclist.
As the new Executive Director, Jay is responsible for overseeing the operations of the organization and its subsidiary (Amtryke, LLC); leading staff, volunteers, and members to fulfill the AMBUCS mission; and ensuring all nationwide AMBUCS programs are appropriately supported from the AMBUCS Resource Center in High Point, NC.
Eric Oschwald, AMBUCS National President and Chair of the search committee, said “I am pleased to announce that Jay Laurens began his career with AMBUCS on January 1, 2017. I am excited to have him on the team. We are heading into exciting new times for our organization and we feel Jay is the best fit for our culture and our expectations for growth.”
Please join us in welcoming Jay Laurens to his new position at National AMBUCS!