WHO WE ARE

Our Board

Raymond Cervantez

Raymond has been in the banking industry since 1996, he is currently Vice President and Branch Manager for Farmers & Merchants Bank.

Lindsay
Mais

Board Chair

Lindsay is a financial advisor with CBM Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services…

Diana
Hill

Executive Director

Diana has been associated with Pathway since 2007 and has served as a mentor, coordinator and board member.

Tracey
Hutton

Tracey is a retired nurse who became interested in Pathways to Independence in 2001…

Jerry
Green

Jerry is a retired CPA and business owner. He grew up in Long Beach and has been deeply involved in the development…

Anita
Beltran -Sutt

Anita Beltran-Sutt is an Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager for US Bank in Rancho Palos Verdes. 

Sylvia
Hendron

Sylvia is a civil engineer with Bioenergy Development Company where she is a Chief Development Officer.

Ana C.
Lopez

Community Impact Division Officer for the City of Long Beach, Health and Human Services Department.

Robert A.
Casares

Treasurer

Owner/Agent of State Farm Insurance and Financial Services in Long Beach.

Dr. Keeley
Lewis

Secretary

College Readiness Counselor for Los Alamitos High School and part-time teacher at CSULB.

Jonathan
Micklis

Jonathan brings six years in the non-profit sector and holds a Master’s degree in Behavioral Economics.

Cynthia
Gillis

The Director of Finance for the Assistance League® of Long Beach. She is deeply involved in the Long Beach nonprofit community for the past 35 years.

Xuemei
Wei

A native Chinese speaker with 17 years of experience in financial services, Xuemie focuses on private wealth management, serving ultra-high net worth entrepreneurs, executives and family offices.

Diana
Wolf

Diana began her career in the financial industry in 2006 at AG Edwards & Sons. She is now proud to be Managing Partner and to call Pacific Coast Capital Management her own. 

Raymond Cervantez

Raymond has been in the banking industry since 1996, he is currently Vice President and Branch Manager for Farmers & Merchants Bank in Long Beach.  Raymond earned a BA in History from CSULB, and he has devoted 20 years to his fraternity and is their longest serving National Council executive member for 10 years.  He is also an alumni of Leadership Long Beach.  Raymond joined the Pathways Board of Directors in 2019 and has served as the Board’s Treasurer since that time.

Lindsay Mais

Lindsay is a financial advisor with CBM Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services where she is a Certified Financial PlannerTM, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Certified Exit Planning Advisor® and Corporate Stock Benefit Consultant. Lindsay is very active in improving life in and around the Long Beach area. She has been committed to Pathways to Independence since 2008 as a Friend of Pathways, helping to raise millions of dollars for the organization, and she joined the Pathways board in 2021. It is Lindsay’s personal philanthropic mission to do good, meaningful work and to specifically lift up women in all aspects of the community.

Diana Hill

Diana has been associated with Pathway since 2007 and has served as a mentor, coordinator, and board member. Diana was asked to take the role of Interim Executive Director in February of 2022 and, in September of 2022, was honored to accept the position permanently.

Previously Diana owned and operated a national seminar firm for 18 years and was a Director of Education at Online Trading Academy for 14 years. Diana has been a community leader for over 25 years in Los Alamitos and the greater Orange County area. She is currently a governing board member of the Los Alamitos School District, among other volunteer positions.

Diana is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who have demonstrated a desire to grow and break the negative cycles in their lives. She is a leader who serves, inspires, and always reaches for audacious goals.

Tracey Hutton

Tracey is a retired nurse who became interested in Pathways to Independence in 2001, when she attended the yearly fundraiser. “I realized what wonderful work they were doing, and that it was life changing.” Tracey has volunteered in many different capacities through the years, from Mentor to Director. She has served on the Pathways board since 2018. “I am grateful to have had a small part in transforming these women’s lives.

Jerry Green

Jerry is a retired CPA and business owner. He grew up in Long Beach and has been deeply involved in the development of the Long Beach community. He and his wife Jean have been long time supporters of Pathways to Independence. Jerry was Pathways’ Hall of Fame Honoree in 2018 and joined the Pathways Board of Directors in 2019. “I feel passionately. about Pathways’ mission. I want to help them continue the valuable tutoring and support they give to young women in need.”

Anita Beltran -Sutt

Anita Beltran-Sutt is an Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager for US Bank in Rancho Palos Verdes.  She has been in the banking industry for 35 years and has developed and mentored others throughout her career.  Anita has supported Pathways to Independence for several years and joined the board in 2020.  “I’m honored to be part of the Pathways to Independence Board to help in the lives of these young women and be part of the change.”

Sylvia Hendron

Sylvia is a civil engineer with Bioenergy Development Company where she is a Chief Development Officer. Her work involves development of anaerobic digester projects in the US and Europe which convert organic waste material into renewable natural gas and divert waste from landfills into clean sources of energy. In the past she has been involved in philanthropic work with the Rick Rackers, Assistance League of Long Beach, and the Boys and Girls Club. Sylvia has been involved with Friends of Pathways for 6 years prior to joining the board and served as a mentor. Sylvia is passionate about the environment and advancement of women in engineering and technical fields.

Ana C. Lopez

Ana C. Lopez serves as the Community Impact Division Officer for the City of Long Beach, Health and Human Services Department. She oversees the development, implementation, and sustainability of the city’s collective impact approaches for violence prevention. She facilitates and co-leads several intradepartmental collaborations to advance peace, equity, and trauma-informed approaches toward working with communities most impacted by violence. She received her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin and Bachelor in Social Ecology-Criminology and Political Science from the UCI.

Robert A. Casares

Robert A. Casares is an Owner/Agent of State Farm Insurance and Financial Services in Long Beach, CA. He grew up in Downey, CA, and graduated from Warren High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Jose State University. During that time, he volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of America and traveled to Ecuador and Peru to work with children of impoverished communities. Robert stated, “Being a member of the Pathways Board is an amazing opportunity, I believe this will allow me to give back to this community and help others that are in need.”

Keeley Lewis

I am thrilled to join Pathways to Independence Board of Directors. Professionally, I serve as the College Readiness Counselor for Los Alamitos High School and also teach part-time at CSULB in the College of Education. I have nearly 20 years’ experience working in education across the K-20 continuum. At the heart of my work and worldview has always been a passion for empowering students to thrive in all areas of their life, particularly in education. Specific areas of professional interest include student identity development, career exploration, positive psychology, continuous improvement in education, and—most especially—supporting students’ postsecondary readiness and success.

Personally, I live in Long Beach with my boyfriend of 17 years and our two cats, Nahla & Tosh. I have come to fully embrace the “Crazy Cat Lady” label, though I am a lover of all animals equally! Outside of work I love to travel, read, and watch The Office on repeat.

I look forward to meeting everyone in the Pathways community and working alongside you all in support of our clients’ success!

Jonathan Micklis

Jonathan brings six years in the non-profit sector and holds a Master’s degree in Behavioral Economics. His childhood was marked by an encounter with homelessness, instilling in him an understanding of the many barriers those in poverty face every day. Jonathan advocates for access to higher education, comprehensive transportation options, and quality mental health care. He believes in the power of community collaboration to foster a more empathetic and supportive society.

Cynthia Gillis

Cindy is currently the Director of Finance for the Assistance League® of Long Beach and has been deeply involved in the Long Beach nonprofit community for the past 35 years. She has held leadership positions with The Junior League of Long Beach, Assistance League of Long Beach and her sons’ schools’ PTAs in addition to many committee positions in various local organizations, including Pathways to Independence.

She is passionate about the Pathways’ program, the impact it has on the young women who are involved and is committed to being a part of this team that supports their growth.

Xuemei Wei

A native Chinese speaker with 17 years of experience in financial services, Xuemie focuses on private wealth management, serving ultra-high net worth entrepreneurs, executives and family offices. She provides client centric strategies to help manage clients’ financial assets and family legacies. She assists with clients’ pre IPO planning such as trust planning, and post IPO investment management such as managing concentrated stocks, 10b5-1 plan, diversified portfolio management, liquidity
management, and philanthropy investments.

Today, Xuemei works with successful entrepreneurs and business owners, bringing extensive experience and skills to help maximize the value of their businesses at all stages of growth. She understands that each decision can have far-reaching implications for your future and takes a truly holistic approach to managing the personal and professional aspects of your financial life. From disciplined financial planning to proactively managing the complexities of a business succession plan,
she has the experience and knowledge to bring you important insights and tailored solutions—so that you can move forward with confidence.

Diana Wolf

Diana began her career in the financial industry in 2006 at AG Edwards & Sons. She is now proud to be Managing Partner and to call Pacific Coast Capital Management her own. She wants to help to build the next generation of wealth advisors and inspire women in the industry.

In addition, Diana enjoys giving back to the community having served, volunteered, and donated to many local non-profits including Pathways to Independence and a member of Friends of Pathways, Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach (current Board Member,) Non-Profit Partnership (past president,) Ronald McDonald House, and CSULB to name a few.

Diana is excited to further her commitment to Pathways to Independence by serving on the board.