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ABOUT US

Our Team

We have years of combined experience in fundamental fields. We pride ourselves on recruiting team members with not only talent and entrepreneurial spirit, but also those who are passionate about the work nonprofit organizations do for our community. We know you are working hard to instill change in our community, and we want to help you reach your goals.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President

Marsha Alston

Past President

Dr. Andrew Pitts

Vice President

Larry Olsen

Secretary

Lesa Stellke

Treasurer

Jack Stiegelmar

General Members

Jim Brennan

Tim Moore

Key Leadership

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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.

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Erica Kitzman

Chief Operating Officer

Erica joined NMSC in February 2014, overseeing the human resources (HR) and learning and development teams.  Since then, she has had the opportunity to lead varying shared business services teams, including communications, project management, legal, maintenance and facilities, finance, and information technology.  In partnership with company leaders, she has played a key role in enhancing internal service delivery and innovation, stabilizing teams, developing future leaders, and helping to prepare for continued growth.

Prior, she worked at Qdoba Restaurant Corporation for 11 years, the last seven of which she served as an HR Director.  She began her professional career over 20+ years ago with Wild Oats Markets, where she served in several progressively responsible HR roles in the field and at their corporate office.  Erica received a B.A. in Psychology from CU-Denver, and has proven experience building engaged, high-performing teams, strategic planning and driving results through operational execution.

“Empowering others to be purposeful and achieve more, whether our staff or individuals we serve, is deeply meaningful to me.  I am proud to serve our mission and support our incredibly dedicated and talented professionals conducting ‘business with purpose.’”

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Bob Ward

Chief Strategy Officer

Bob has worked at Pathways for the past 15 years – the last 10 years helping Case Management and Program Quality manage the unprecedented growth in HCBS waiver programs. Bob’s experience and expertise in the IDD system will be tapped to help guide DP in our planning for meeting the requirements of conflict free case management; and remaining a vital Community Centered Board, ensuring the individuals and families we serve receive the supports they need. “I am very excited for the new opportunity to help chart the way forward for DP in the coming years as we navigate the many challenges and opportunities in our IDD system,” said Bob.

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Karen Flores

Vice President of Finance, Accounting and Billing

Karen graduated from Metropolitan State University, Denver and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Karen joined NMSC in February 2011 as the Finance Director and has since been promoted to Vice President. She provides leadership direction and support in the areas of Finance and Business Services for NMSC. She has over 20 years of experience in various industries including healthcare, telecommunications and asset portfolio management including the most recent 11 years in the nonprofit arena. Karen currently serves on the Finance Committee for Developmental Pathways and affiliated organizations. She also serves on the Finance Committee for Community Housing Development Association (CHDA).

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Daniel Harcey

Vice President of Shared Services

Bob has worked at Pathways for the past 15 years – the last 10 years helping Case Management and Program Quality manage the unprecedented growth in HCBS waiver programs. Bob’s experience and expertise in the IDD system will be tapped to help guide DP in our planning for meeting the requirements of conflict free case management; and remaining a vital Community Centered Board, ensuring the individuals and families we serve receive the supports they need. “I am very excited for the new opportunity to help chart the way forward for DP in the coming years as we navigate the many challenges and opportunities in our IDD system,” said Bob.

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