Kenneth E. Lane, M.Ed., Founder
In 1987, with the aid of the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, Ken created The Adult Skills Center (TASC). After 33 years of leadership at TASC, Ken retired on January 1, 2021. As the founding Executive Director, Ken was responsible for the development of the TASC programs. TASC began as a small Day Services Program with 12 participants and 4 staff members. Today, TASC employs over 240 staff members and serves nearly 200 clients each year. Ken’s natural warmth and caring style has been his trademark in his work at TASC. This core culture has become the philosophy that has led TASC to become a role model for other agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities.
As the Executive Director, Ken has been responsible for leading TASC in the development of several TASC programs. With Ken’s philosophy of providing comprehensive services to the TASC clients, the following programs are now a part of TASC services: Community Integration Training (CIT), Independent Living Skills (ILS), Supported Living Services (SLS), Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS), Supported Employment (SE), as well as TASC’s microenterprises such as the Sunny Spot store.
Throughout his career, Ken has been actively involved with advocacy including being a member of the North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) Vendor Advisory Committee and a member of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA), as well as the Los Angeles Coalition of Service Providers. Ken received the Jynny Retzinger Award for Legislative Advocacy in 2017.
Ken says, “I am proud of the fact that TASC has grown to make it possible for over 240 staff members to be employed, providing professional and compassionate services to the men and women we serve. I am especially proud to have made a real difference in the lives of over 2,500 clients and their families over the past 30 years.”