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Yamashita named MEO Employee of the Month

Maui Economic Opportunity Community Services Director Cassi Yamashita was recently selected as the nonprofit’s Employee of the Month for August. Photo courtesy of Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui Economic Opportunity Community Services Director Cassi Yamashita was named the nonprofit’s Employee of the Month for August for demonstrating the agency’s core values of teamwork, integrity, personal excellence, empathy, creativity and flexibility.

The announcement was made at the nonprofit’s monthly general staff meeting on Sept. 29.

“Kindness is a natural trait of this person,” wrote nominator Carmelei Leano. “She treats all clients with respect and dignity whether in person, through phone or emails. She also feeds the hungry if needed . . . a very flexible person, she stops what she is doing and always helps with walk-in clients whenever there’s no coverage in front.”

Yamashita joined MEO in 2011 as a youth program specialist and rose through the ranks, becoming director of youth services in 2015, assistant director of community services in 2017 and director of community services in 2019.

She was also selected as one of Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40: Class of 2021. Her name appeared alongside some of the state’s top young leaders under age 40.

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