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Matt VanAuken

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Matt brings more than 20 years of multi-unit and executive leadership and management experience to Developmental Pathways. He has a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Management from Western Governors’ University. Matt currently is a Governor-appointed member and 2019 President of the Colorado State Board of Health, and he is a senate-appointed member of the Healthcare Policy and Financing’s Medicaid Provider Rates and Review Advisory Committee. Matt also serves as the President of the Colorado Coalition of Developmental Disabilities and is on the Executive Committee for the Alliance Association. Matt is a former chairperson for the El Paso County Human Services Advisory Committee, and former board member for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Matt is also an active participant in the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). Previously, he worked as the Director for Children, Youth and Families for Jefferson County Human Services, Vice President of Operations for Hard Rock Café, and Vice President of Operations for Olive Garden. Matt lives in Colorado Springs with his amazing wife and two beautiful children.


Bob Ward

Chief Strategy Officer

Bob joined Developmental Pathways in January 2005 and provides executive leadership over all Case Management functions. Bob is the father of a young man with autism in a Medicaid Waiver Program. Prior to coming to Pathways, Bob worked in both the private sector and government for over 20 years as an attorney and executive manager. He has experience in special education issues, healthcare, banking, and Medicaid. Bob currently serves on the state Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council. He is a past chair of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Council. Bob is a graduate of the State University of New York and the University of Denver College of Law.

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Cindy Lichti

Vice President of Programs and Services

Cindy joined the DP team in August 1979 and has responsibility for leading the programmatic services and supports offered through Community Outreach and Early Intervention.  Having devoted her career to working in behalf of people with developmental disabilities and delays she has experience in running or overseeing every service/program within the agency.  She is skilled and highly trained in management and supervision, developmental disabilities and early childhood rules and regulations, complex Medicaid Waiver implementation and oversight, budget management and non-profit leadership.  Cindy proudly holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Social Work from Colorado State University and a Masters of Public Administration for the University of Colorado at Denver.