Thank you for joining me on the blog today in what will become a recurring Catch Up with Melanie series! My hope is to provide an update from where I sit every couple of months. I hold monthly office hours open to all of our staff to bring questions, concerns, or just to sit down and chat. In case I don’t have a chance to sit down with you personally, perhaps this blog can serve as a way for you to hear the exciting things going on around here such as electing new officers to our Board of Directors!
Last month, our Board of Directors elected 4 new officers, 3 of whom are parents of people supported by Developmental Pathways. These officers are specially qualified to guide our organization. Not only do they hold a deep understanding of Pathways, but they also share the experience of caring for a loved one with a developmental disability/delay. Before we introduce them, however, we’d like to honor the outgoing officers.
Thank You to Our Outgoing Officers
The group of outgoing leaders guided our organization through a period of tremendous change and growth. Former President of the Board, Tim Moore, who serves as Bureau Chief of Operations for Douglas County, stepped up to lead the Board in 2013. Tim was in the right place at the right time to select and transition executive leadership and oversee our response to the largest growth in staff and people served in our history.
Likewise, outgoing Vice President JoAnne Zboyan has provided crucial leadership the past few years on the Pathways Board. JoAnne is an Attorney at Law and of-counsel with Springer and Steinberg, P.C. Before coming to Pathways, JoAnne was a member of the Adam’s Camp Board of Directors and formerly taught special education. Lynn Myers previously served as Vice President and Secretary of the Board while working as Chief of Staff for Denver South Economic Development Partnership. Before that, Lynn served as an Arapahoe County Commissioner for seven years. She has been a consistent supporter of our mission and the community that she calls home.
Tim, JoAnne, and Lynn helped us shift our perspective to the future and become thought leaders in a changing landscape for the people we serve. We’re grateful for their continued commitment to serving folks with disabilities in our community as they remain on our Board of Directors.
New Board of Directors Officers
Tim Batz, President
As for the new officers—they are likely not new faces to all of you.
Assuming the role of President is Tim Batz, a Risk Control Adviser at IMA, Inc., and dad to Dylan, a celebrated athlete supported by Pathways (See this post for more on Dylan’s recent honor from the John Lynch Foundation!). Tim has more than 3 decades of experience in safety consulting and holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree from the University of Central Missouri. When not consulting, you’ll find Tim coaching various sports for the Special Olympics or chasing Dylan down the ski slopes. A few years ago, Tim founded the McFlurries ski team for young adults with disabilities with the help of Pathways funding. Come winter, he spends many a weekend in Winter Park at the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
Kristin Hoover, Vice President
Our new Vice President is Lieutenant Colonel (R) Kristin Hoover, a proud member of an Air Force family and senior consultant for Allardice Enterprises, Inc. Kristin has 20 years of experience as an executive business advisor, Commander, and U.S. Air Force Contracting Officer/Negotiator. She is also mom to two adorable sons, one of whom is supported by Developmental Pathways. You may have heard her share her inspiring story at our 2015 Shining Stars Gala or our 2015 SUNraiser Breakfast.
Mayre Lynn Schmit, Secretary
Mayre Lynn Schmit will be the new Board Secretary after serving 3 years as a board member. Schmit is a registered dental hygienist and has spent the last 3 decades practicing in the Denver metro area. She connected with us through her son who is supported by Pathways. You’ll probably see her all throughout the community as her philanthropic spirit has her involved with many great causes.
Beth Klein, Treasurer
While our Board Treasurer remains the same, we would be remiss not to mention her continued dedication. Beth Klein is a Senior Vice President at FirstBank, so she’s aptly commissioned to oversee our finances. Beth is also involved with the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center as well as the Young Citizens of Philanthropy Board.
We feel honored to have a group of leaders whose unique vantage points help strengthen our organization. Not only that, but they make up a great marathon relay too.
If you’d like to find out more about our Board of Directors, please visit this page.
All the best to you,
Melanie Worley, CEO