WHO WE ARE
Pathways to Independence is the inspiration and avenue for individual empowerment, personal healing and scholastic growth.
Presently, Pathways has 14 Board Members and 300+ volunteers collaborating to execute our mission.
Our active and involved Board of Directors, comprised of area professionals including two Pathways’ graduates, is charged with the financial and managerial oversight of our operations. We are extremely fortunate to have such a committed group at the helm of our organization. No Board Members receive any compensation whatsoever.
United in Mission
(Pictured) Pathways board and staff at the April 2022 retreat.
Our Current Board Members
Our Current Staff Members
Interim Executive Director
Diana has focused her career on real estate, education, and investing.
Fund Development Officer
Lisa has over 25 years of non-profit and fundraising experience with Pathways to Independence.
A graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and a minor in Psychology.
Renee is a fundraising professional with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit development.
Kitty owns and operates her own Accountancy. She is a Certified Return Tax Preparer, licensed by the State of California.
Cindy has been involved in the Long Beach nonprofit community since 1990.
Friends of Pathways
In 1996, Pathways to Independence was struggling financially, and ready to close its doors. Along came a small group of can-do women who formed “Friends of Pathways” (FOP) to raise money for Pathways to Independence (PTI).
We started with a bang, hosting a progressive dinner party in Park Estates in October of 1996. The generosity of that first group of guests enabled 12 students to begin their journey on the path to Independence. We have grown from a gathering of a handful of Friends to a committee of over 100; with over 650 guests in attendance each year. 2019 was a banner year for our Fundraising event – over $750,000 was raised at our “Fiesta in the Park” event.