Jean Evans retired as Executive Director of Palama Settlement in 2013 with more than 30 years’ management experience in non-profit health, education and social service agencies in Hawaii. Prior to her service with Palama Settlement she held the position of Executive Director with the American Lung Association in Hawaii.
Jean worked at ALU LIKE, Inc., the service organization that assists Native Hawaiians achieve social and economic self-sufficiency, for nine years. There she was the Director of ALU LIKE’s Ho`okahua Early Childhood Department and previously was administrator of its Pulama I Na Keiki Project, which became part of the larger department.
She was affiliated with Kapiolani Health for 12 years and departed in 1997 as Manager of Community and Outreach Education. She previously headed the Central/Leeward Unit of the American Cancer Society.
Jean was awarded two degrees from the University of Hawaii – a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Public Health, concentrating on Health Services Administration and Maternal and Child Health.
Since retiring, Jean has done some consulting work for the Hawaii State Department of health and non-profit organizations. She lives with her husband Don in Aiea Heights and enjoys reading, watching old movies and traveling.