6 women ,all DP Board members, smile and stand side by side. A woman in the middle holds an award made out of multicolored glass.

Mayre Lynn Schmit Honored with 2023 Developmental Pathways Board of Directors Lifetime Achievement Award

Developmental Pathways is thrilled to award departing Board member Mayre Lynn Schmit the inaugural Developmental Pathways Board of Directors Lifetime Achievement Award. This award demonstrates a board member’s significant, lifetime achievement of supporting people with I/DD through DP and the community.

Before joining our board of directors, Mayre Lynn enjoyed a career as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the Denver Metro area for over three decades, also serving as Director of Dental Marketing and recreating the role of Dental Recare Consultant. Her practice-building strategies and love of dentistry contributed to innovation and sustainable programming, leading her business to recognition as “Best Dentist” in 5280 Magazine during the last five years of her career. She resides in Arapahoe County with her husband, Dave, and their son, Brad, who has been in services with DP since 1999.

Marye Lynn served on DP’s Board as a member at large and family member for nine years and was a tremendous presence as a leader. She was an enthusiastic member of numerous committees, serving on the Executive Committee as secretary, the Public Affairs Committee as chair, the Nominating Committee as chair, and the Mill Levy/Fund Balance Committee as a member at large.

In her nearly a decade of service, Mayre Lynn attended countless DP staff and community events, working tirelessly to support our vision and mission. Her passion and service mindset will have a long-standing ripple effect and her impact on our Board, organization, and community cannot be overstated.

Matt VanAuken, CEO and Executive Director of DP, said, “I count Mayre Lynn as a leader, mentor, and friend. She is a wonderful example of how a family member of someone in our services can so positively impact our organization and ultimately, the community we serve. It has been an honor serving alongside Mayre Lynn, and I appreciate the very high bar that she has set for future Board members to come!”

We are so very grateful to Mayre Lynn for her insight, contributions, and hard work and we extend our deepest gratitude for her dedication and commitment to our Board and this community.

We wish you well!

Image Caption: DP Board Members left to right. Nancy Sharpe, Treasurer; Michelle Kroger, Secretary; Mayre Lynn Schmit, outgoing DP board Member; Lois Vaughan, member at large; Michaela McDonnell, Vice President; Kristin Hoover, Past President