Rose Jane Ancheta, a Lana‘i High alumna with a long career in health care on the island, has joined Maui Economic Opportunity as Lana‘i branch manager.
Ancheta began in the post leading MEO operations on Lana‘i in March. She replaces Kaena Doolin, who moved to Oahu.
Prior to joining MEO, Ancheta worked in the health care field, most recently as a certified clinical medical assistant at Straub Family Health Center in family practice. She joined Straub in 2015.
Her resume also lists time at Ke Ola Hou O‘Lana‘i and Lana‘i Community Health Center and Aiea Vision Clinic and Pacific Cardiology on Oahu in positions including community health care worker/certified nursing assistant, lead medical assistant and medical biller/receptionist.
Ancheta earned an applied science degree in medical assisting from Heald College on Oahu in 2004 and received certifications as a phlebotomist and nursing assistant. She graduated from Lana‘i High in 2002.
As Lana‘i branch manager, Ancheta will manage the Lana‘i office and staff of three and administer MEO programs on the island. This includes rental and utility assistance and surplus food and Sansei Farms produce distribution and supporting the Lana‘i kupuna Planning and Coordinating Council members.
The agency also operates the Maui County supported Human Services bus transportation system on Lana‘i, transporting youth, seniors and persons with disabilities to shopping, dialysis, senior meal sites, sports and other activities. The Lana‘i shopping shuttle includes a once-a-week subsidized trip to Lahaina to pick up groceries and supplies.
The branch manager acts as a liaison between the Lana‘i community and MEO, informing the community about MEO programs and helping identify and assess needs.
For more information about MEO Lana‘i, call (808) 565-6665.