path story

It all started with a letter written by Claire and Rev. Charles Orr, calling for the community to address the ever-increasing issue of homelessness. In response, on the night of December 8, 1983, 60 people gathered together to figure out how to help people who were experiencing homelessness in their neighborhoods. On that night, PATH was born.

The group started by distributing food and clothing to people living on the streets. As homelessness continued to grow nationwide, research revealed that Housing First—a best practice model that first connects people to permanent housing and then focuses on stabilization through voluntary supportive services, proved more effective. Now, over thirty years later, we  provide services in more than 150 cities in five regions, and have more than 1,500 units of permanent supportive housing completed or in the pipeline.

Across the state, we help people find permanent housing and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, we have connected more than 9,000 people to permanent homes.

our mission, vision, and values

Our mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. PATH envisions a world where every person has a home. Our values include creative collaborations, strategic leadership, empowerment for all, and passionate commitment.

Executive Summary of Organizational Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assessment Plan 2022

ORGANIZATIONAL reports

Form 990 and earlier financial statements are available upon request.

CARF International Accreditation

PATH currently holds a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International in the following programs: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

What is CARF?
CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services. CARF assists providers in improving the quality of their services by applying sets of quality standards during a consultative on-site survey.

What are the benefits of being CARF accredited?
The benefits of conformance to the CARF standards can be realized by both the organization and its persons served.

For the organization, CARF accreditation is a catalyst for continuous quality improvement. CARF surveyors apply a consultative, rather than inspective, approach. They bring with them not only their own wisdom, but also the experience of similar organizations to promote quality within the industry.

For the consumer, choosing a CARF-accredited program or service can provide confidence that an organization is consumer focused and has met international standards for service delivery.

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the survey process, visit www.carf.org.

PATH LEADERS

Jennifer Hark Dietz

Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Hark Dietz, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer

A 15-year advocate in homelessness, Veterans, and mental health services, Jennifer leads PATH’s strategic direction, business management, and person-centered efforts across California. She guides the organization’s statewide initiatives, working alongside 900 staff with a shared commitment to establish permanent solutions to homelessness that are faster and more affordable. As the CEO, Jennifer manages the organization’s assets, direct mergers and acquisitions, analyzes risk for new projects and programs, and coordinates legal issues. Under Jennifer’s mission-driven leadership, PATH’s programs statewide have increased by more than 20 percent each year, increased operations from $15M to $140M, and expanded its reach from 4,000 Californians across 90 cities to 26,000 across 150. She also works with PATH’s real estate affiliate, PATH Ventures, with its housing portfolio’s rapid expansion to 2,150 units completed or in the pipeline.
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Prior joining PATH, Jennifer worked at the Greater Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs, where she managed the nation’s largest program to help Veterans and their families find supportive housing. She currently serves on the Los Angeles Regional Community Veterans Engagement Board and is a partner with Social Justice Partners Los Angeles. Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, double majoring in psychology and anthropology. She holds a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Southern California, where she later became an adjunct lecturer for the MSW course, Policy and Practice in Social Service Organizations.

Jonathan Castillo

Chief Regional Officer

Jonathan Castillo

Jonathan Castillo joined PATH in March 2014 and currently serves as the chief regional officer where he oversees the program operations for San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, and Sacramento. Programs under his purview include outreach, care coordination, interim housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing. Since he joined PATH, he has held positions as the director of veteran services and regional director for San Diego.

Jonathan brings 14+ years of experience in Veteran, homeless, and child welfare services. He currently serves on the San Diego Housing Federation Board of Directors and the advisory board for the Regional Task Force on Homeless Continuum of Care. Prior to joining PATH, Jonathan worked at the Greater Los Angeles Department of Veteran Affairs, where he served as Associate Coordinator and Social Work Supervisor for the HUD-VASH program. Jonathan also previously worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Science in Social Administration with a concentration in mental health from Case Western Reserve University. Jonathan is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

La Keishia Childers

Chief Compliance and Administration Officer

La Keishia Childers

Chief Compliance and Administration Officer

La Keishia Childers joined PATH in March 2013 and currently serves as the Chief Compliance and Administration Officer, overseeing PATH’s Corporate & Program Compliance, Quality Assurance, and Administrative operations. La Keishia manages a culture of continuous quality improvement and efficacy, emphasizing strategic initiatives that strengthen overall administrative functions, compliance, risk management, and operational improvements.

La Keishia’s professional background includes senior leadership roles in nonprofit operations and administration, corporate and program compliance, program development and evaluation, community engagement and strategic initiatives, and direct practice with vulnerable populations. La Keishia’s overall objective in her career has been to have an effective impact while maintaining a passion for nonprofit administration and the mission of service to individuals and communities.

La Keishia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, with a Minor in Behavioral Science, from California Baptist University and a Master of Social Work degree with a macro concentration in Community Organizations, Planning, and Administration from the University of Southern California.

Sarah Kolish

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Kolish

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah joined PATH in March, 2014 as the Chief Administrative Officer, and is now serving as the current Chief Operating Officer. Sarah is responsible for the oversight of several major operating divisions of the organization to include, Administration, Facilities and Operations, Information Technology, Quality Assurance and Compliance, as well as Human Resources.  

Sarah brings over 20 years of leadership and administration experience, both in the non-profit and corporate sectors, with significant experience in leading strategic operational change, policy and program development, business management and operations, employee development, organizational development, performance management, and developing effective service-oriented organizations. Sarah has played a key role in the growth and expansion of the organization over the last 7 years. 

Sarah is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a Certified HIPAA Privacy Security Expert (CHPSE). In her spare time, Sarah enjoys the slower pace of life by relaxing and spending time with her family and friends. 

Sandy Oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

Sandy Oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

Sandy has been PATH’s Chief Financial Officer since 2011 and oversees all financial management activities. She has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds and is a former Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining PATH, Ms. Oluwek was President of her own company, The Finance Oasis, Inc., which trained companies to understand their financial information and use it to improve their cash flow and profitability. She is the author of the book “Cash Flow Secrets”, an Amazon best seller. Ms. Oluwek has an Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University.

Matthew Soto

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

Matthew Soto

Matthew joined PATH in October 2022, and serves as the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. In this role, Matthew leads the development and implementation of PATH’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy, and helps advance the organization’s commitment to equity and inclusion. Matthew has been a DEI professional for over a decade working across different industries including: higher education, media, technology and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Matthew worked as a DEI leader at BuzzFeed, Inc. to help build their DEI strategy, employee resource groups and diversity training and development programs. Matthew is passionate about building sense of belonging within organizations, and increasing awareness around issues of identity, diversity and equity. Matthew received his BA in Communication and Ethnic Studies from Cal Lutheran University, his MA in Higher Education Administration from Cal State, Northridge, and his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from Cal State, Northridge. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, and his two dogs: Murphy and Pico.

Katie Tell

Chief External Affairs Officer

Katie Tell

Chief External Affairs Officer

With 25 years’ experience managing and raising funds for homelessness, healthcare, and international public health programs, Katie joined PATH in 2022 to lead our fundraising, communications, community affairs, and policy work across California. Prior joining PATH, Katie led the fundraising and external affairs efforts of organizations that include LA Family Housing and Eisner Health – increasing public support for homeless services, affordable housing development, and healthcare access for all. Katie spent seven years leading and doubling the institutional fundraising efforts of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and has also served as a Program Officer for Health Access with the California Endowment, leading grant making for Los Angeles programs focused on expanding access to healthcare for underserved communities. She spent the first ten years of her career working for the United Nations and other global nonprofits to improve the lives of women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa. Katie holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, double majoring in gender studies and French. 

Tescia Uribe

Chief Program Officer

Tescia Uribe

Chief Program Officer

Tescia Uribe found her calling as a social worker in 2005 and has made an impact in the community by being a leader who puts the people she is serving first. With over 15 years of social work and nonprofit experience, Tescia now oversees PATH’s service-delivery programs throughout the state as chief program officer. She ensures a consistent approach and quality of services across all PATH and PATH Ventures programs, which serves Veterans, families, and individuals with disabilities in interim housing and permanent housing. She also oversees PATH’s outreach and engagement, housing navigation, and case management services across the state.  Since joining PATH in November 2013, she has held positions as the director of veteran clinical services and regional director of Metro LA.  

Tescia’s experience working with vulnerable communities struggling with homelessness, substance use, and mental and physical health difficulties fuels her passion in ensuring PATH’s programs meet every client’s needs. Tescia believes it’s her job to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and to heal the hurting. 

Tescia earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2012. In her free time, Tescia visits national parks, travels to tropical destinations, and barbecues with her husband, two kids, and her dog. 

PATH DIRECTORS

Liz Adams

Regional Director, Santa Barbara

Liz Adams

Regional Director, Santa Barbara

Growing up in northwestern Minnesota, Elizabeth Adams (Liz) spent her teen years experiencing the foster care and probation systems and became one of the many youths who exit foster care to become homeless by the age of 26. 

Liz has more than 17 years of experience creating and implementing fund and program development plans and data collection, analysis, and reporting systems to set goals and priorities, assess challenges, and identify solutions to challenges. She has expertise in developing and delivering training programs to diverse audiences and cultivating and maintaining collaborative relationships and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders. After seven years in management in public education, in May 2023, Liz joined the PATH team as Santa Barbara Regional Director.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota in Duluth, where she studied English – Literature, Language, and Culture; Political Science; and Communications. She then moved to Los Angeles and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School, where she specialized in juvenile and education law and served as president of several school clubs, including their General Relief Advocacy Project, Teen Court, and Public Interest Law Committee.

Dr. Casey Adamson

Director of Community Care, San Diego

Dr. Casey AdamsonDirector of Community Care, San Diego

Dr. Casey Adamson serves as the Director of PATH San Diego’s Community Care Department, leading housing solutions in the community for San Diegans and Veterans. With over 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she oversees community-based programs encompassing housing services, case management, financial assistance, justice involvement advocacy, clinical services, employment services, and system navigation.

Dr. Casey has a Master’s and a Doctorate in Psychology and is dedicated to guiding her team in fulfilling PATH’s mission to end homelessness through action and support. She started her career as an employment counselor at Goodwill Industries of Hawaii in 2008. After moving back stateside a few years later, she joined Veterans Village of San Diego before becoming part of the PATH team in 2019.

Kayhan Azadi

Director of Philanthropy and Community Affairs

Kayhan Azadi

Director of Philanthropy and Community Affairs

Kayhan Azadi joined PATH in 2023 with 14 years of experience in fundraising and community engagement. He managed comprehensive fundraising programs across different landscapes in education, previously working at Polytechnic School, Cal Poly Pomona, and Occidental College, raising funds for financial aid, student equity services, and more. He brings a people-centered and data-driven approach to PATH’s statewide external affairs team, using principles of transformative philanthropy to inspire individual action and activate meaningful engagement.

As a lead support for donor and volunteer programs of the organization, Kayhan enjoys engaging with the people, internally and externally, who make so much possible for PATH and the community. Kayhan is a queer artist and organizer of Iranian and Kurdish descent who lives in Los Angeles on Tongva land.

Brian Byron

Senior Director of Facilities and Operations

Brian Byron

Senior Director of Facilities and Operations

Brian joined PATH in January 2021 as the Senior Director of Facilities and Operations, with over 10 years of experience overseeing policies and procedures for facilities, procurement security, and fleet management.

While Brian has tenure in upscale hospitality and has worked at companies such as Google and YouTube, he found himself gravitating toward the nonprofit realm and hasn’t looked back since; from career development and rehabilitation for former inmates, to enhancing the environments of youth with developmental delays and disabilities. He looks forward to continuing a meaningful career at PATH.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys going on hikes with his growing family and three dogs, adding accessories to his classic Volkswagens, and traveling abroad.

Andrea Carter

Director of Interim Housing

Andrea Carter

Director of Interim Housing

Andrea gained her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science at Cal Poly Pomona, and holds a Master of Science in Counseling, Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from University of Phoenix. Andrea’s education combined with her natural leadership is what makes her a trailblazer amongst the PATH leadership family. Andrea has a background as a behavioral specialist and social worker serving individuals in need. She also led an all-women’s veteran shelter at Veterans Affairs as a program manager and held a position as a program director for transitional age youth. Andrea’s extensive 15-year background working in the social service field provided a foundation for her to exemplify her leadership skills as the director of interim housing at PATH.

Andrea began her journey with PATH in 2014. She started as a case manager in the Assertive Community Treatment pilot program and quickly moved her way up to a regional manager. In 2015, Andrea was promoted to associate director of Los Angeles Metro interim housing. The combination of PATH’s mission, Andrea’s leadership, sense of humor, and bubbly personality pushed the program to thrive, which presented the opportunity of expanding Los Angeles’ interim housing. In 2018, Andrea accepted the challenge of opening and leading PATH’s YWCA shelter, ABH: Schrader, ABH: Casa Azul, ABH: Sunset, and ABH: Riverside.

Today Andrea oversees six shelters, leads a team of over 100 professionals, and provides services to over 600 guests. She has built the blueprint that is being practiced by many of PATH’s programs and partner agencies. Andrea is honored to lead PATH’s Los Angeles interim team and divides all the credit of its success between PATH’s vision and her relentlessly ambitious team.

Charlie Chang

Director of Operations

Charlie Chang

Director of Operations

Charlie Chang joined PATH in 2000 overseeing operations when PATH Los Angeles was a single-site agency in West Los Angeles. As PATH grew throughout the state, Charlie also grew within the PATH operations department. He now oversees operations and facilities in San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Jose, Long Beach, and Orange County. Prior to joining PATH, he was a general manager of a family-owned food services business in Asia and California. During his free time, Charlie is always in search of the best desserts.

Tamra S. Chávez, Ph.D., LCSW

Regional Director, Santa Clara County

Tamra S. Chávez, Ph.D., LCSW

Regional Director, Santa Clara County

Dr. Tamra S. Chávez has dedicated more than 25 years of her career to specializing in trauma-informed care for various populations. She recently served as the Director of Mental Health at Caminar, a division of Family & Children Services.

At Caminar, her mission was to train and lead staff in implementing inclusive and culturally competent care. Dr. Chávez spearheaded many initiatives, including the Transgender Care Coalition through Santa Clara County’s Behavioral Health Department. Apart from her daily responsibilities, Dr. Chávez serves as an inclusion panelist with NASA’s Astrophysics division.

She is also the CEO of DEW for Change, LLC, which provides DEIBJ training to businesses and corporations. Additionally, she is the board chair for Project Safety Net, a community collaborative dedicated to promoting youth well-being and suicide prevention.

Dr. Chávez has served as both a university professor and mental health trainer. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from San José State University and achieved clinical licensure in 2008. In 2020, she earned her Ph.D. in social work from Walden University, with a concentration in addiction.

Dr. Chávez is a lifelong San José native who enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Bernard Cody

Controller

Bernard Cody

Controller

Bernard Cody oversees PATH’s daily accounting operations which includes planning, directing, and managing the accumulation and consolidation of all financial data necessary for an accurate accounting of PATH’s business results. Bernard has been with PATH since October 2016.

Bernard has over 25 experiences in the financial reporting field. Bernard’s accounting career has span between both profit and non-profit industries.

Bernard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York State University and his mechanical engineering degree from Grumman’s Aerospace Program.

Melissa Cortez

Director of Administration & Campus Operations

Melissa Cortez

Director of Administration & Campus Operations

Melissa joined PATH in June 2023, with over a decade of experience in administration, operations, facilities, and security for non-profit and educational institutions. In her career, she has spearheaded company-wide initiatives, from campus renovations (living her HGTV dreams) to hosting large-scale local and global events. Now, as the Director of Administration & Campus Operations, at Metro Los Angeles, Melissa oversees all campus operations serving as the central hub for all administrative and operational services for onsite departments and community partners.

Her life-long passion for service, focused on assisting people experiencing homelessness, has ultimately led her to PATH. Whether working with internal or external partners, she is committed to building lasting relationships by advocating for equitable policies that meet the needs of both employees and clients while creating scalable solutions for the organization. When she’s not fine-tuning policies and procedures, you’ll find her spending time with her family and dog, Luna, or planning her next trip abroad.

Chaz Cruz

Director of Workforce Development and Culture

Chaz Cruz

Director of Workforce Development and Culture

Chaz Cruz is excitedly joining PATH as the Director of Workforce Development and Culture. In this position, Chaz will lead PATH’s learning and development portfolio, which includes professional development and leadership training, DEI workshops, PATH Academy, and more. 

Having worked in academia and tech, he brings years of experience as a DEI strategist and People Operations professional. Their most recent professional portfolio includes Tinder, TikTok, and the University of California, Davis. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies/ Education from Cal State L.A. and an M.A. in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Go, Golden Eagles, and go, Dons! 

If you would like to be on Chaz’s Top 8 friends list, know the following: they’re a Sagittarius; a writer and published author of two novels; a bachatero; and an avid traveler.  

Kimberly D’Amico

Director of Programs, SPA 5 & 8

Kimberly D’Amico

Kimberly D’Amico, LCSW, director of programs, oversees all programs in Los Angeles Service Planning Areas (SPAs) 5 and 8, including outreach and interim housing. Originally joining PATH’s team in 2013 as a regional clinical supervisor for the VASH program, she entered private practice before returning to PATH in 2017. Her background includes nearly 15 years of experience in homeless engagement, advocacy, outreach, and working with nonprofits in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Kim received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied sociology. She also holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Kim has been a licensed clinical social worker since February 2012. 

Trisha Davis

Director of Marketing

Trisha Davis

Director of Marketing

Trisha joined PATH in 2021 as their Director of Marketing. With over 20 years of experience in the public relations, entertainment, non-profit, travel, and lifestyle industries, she is a relationship builder who maintains positive connections with both internal and external partners. Trisha’s passion for philanthropy began when working on NBC’s telethon Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope, which raised an estimated $18.3 million for the American Red Cross International Response Fund after the 2004 tsunami. This experience inspired her to work with non-profit organizations and witness the power of people coming together to help others. Trisha has achieved top-tier media coverage across the globe by leading innovative media campaigns, executing events, and strategically communicating key messages to expansive media networks. As the Director of Marketing, Trisha is excited to guide PATH in support of its mission and drive engagement for PATH’s statewide movement to end homelessness.

Mayra Esparza

Director of Family Services

Mayra Esparza

Director of Family Services

As director of family services, Mayra oversees PATH’s family programs across SPA 4 that include time-limited subsidy, bringing families home, housing navigation, problem solving and families interim housing. With over 15 years of experience working for underserved populations, Mayra is passionate about advocating for the needs of families and individuals experiencing homelessness.  

Mayra joined PATH’s family services department in January 2020 after relocating from Oakland back to her native Los Angeles. Prior to PATH, Mayra operated a Family Resource Center in East Oakland where she organized community events, weekly workshops for parents, and provided essential resources to families in need.  

Mayra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University. In her spare time, Mayra enjoys rooting for the Lakers, traveling, beach days, coffee, cooking, hiking, and spending time with her cat.  

Christine Evans

Director of Human Resources

Christine Evans

Director of Human Resources

Christine is excited to join the PATH team as one of two Human Resource directors. Christine was born in Okinawa, to a Japanese native and an American military father, and grew up in San Diego. She went to college to pursue a career in social services. After graduation, she found a position as a human resources clerk. She soon learned that this was a career she wanted to pursue. She found a mentor who inspired and encouraged her growth and has been working in human resources for over 27 years in manufacturing and mental health care sectors. She earned her bachelor’s degree in behavior science from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. When not at work, Christine spends her time either camping or off-roading in the desert or playing in the ocean with her husband and daughter. Christine’s son is currently serving in the Army and she is excited to see him return from an international tour later this year. 

Steve Fiechter

Senior Director, Clinical Services

Steve Fiechter

Senior Director, Clinical Services

Steve joined PATH’s Veteran Services Department in 2013, and in 2015 co-lead PATH’s Intensive Case Management Team. Now, as Senior Director of Metro Los Angeles, Steve oversees PATH’s outreach, interim housing, and supportive service programs in metropolitan Los Angeles. 

Steve has long been an advocate for change and the application of theory into effective practice. Whether working with community and faith-based groups through transformational processes or working to assist people experiencing homelessness struggling with mental illness, his work has focused on helping people thrive. Steve is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who received his MSW from CSU-Dominguez Hills, his BA in Economics from Montclair State University, and Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  If you’re looking for him when he’s not at work, you might find him jogging somewhere in Hollywood or working in his garden.  

Haley Fuselier

Senior Director of Greater Los Angeles

Haley Fuselier

Senior Director of Greater Los Angeles

Haley Fuselier, LCSW joined PATH in April of 2015. On initially joining PATH, she was overseeing the Veteran Interim Housing Program. Within a few months, she expanded her leadership role to oversee interim housing, outreach in the WLA area, and rapid rehousing programs as a Regional Director.  Haley is extensively involved in collaborations that work tirelessly to reduce instances of homelessness throughout Los Angeles County, while finding innovative ways to address the ongoing issues associated with homelessness.

Haley received her MSW from the University of Southern California in 2005. She has extensive experience in the area of Child Welfare and worked at the Department of Children and Family Services before moving into homeless services in 2008.  She successfully ran a homeless access center in Venice for 7 years focusing on harm reduction, housing the chronically homeless and mental health needs for dual diagnosis individuals.

Claudia Garcia

Director of Intensive Case Management Services

Claudia Garcia

Director of Intensive Case Management Services

Claudia Garcia joined PATH in 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Intensive Case Management Services. She oversees scattered site permanent supportive housing, re-entry services, the outreach task force at Harbor/UCLA hospital, and care management and coordination for the Health Homes Program via Molina Healthcare. She is interested in organizational development, program management, and strategizing. Claudia strives to ensure her team has a supportive foundation to assist participants in making it home to live stable and enriched lives. 

Claudia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Master of Social Work in 2010 from the University of Southern California, where she also completed her undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Music Industry, and two Minors in Sociology and Photography. 

When she’s not at work, she can be found reading to expand her worldview, organizing playlists on Spotify, and spending time with her daughter. 

Lynn Hannath

Director of Human Resources

Lynn Hannath

Director of Human Resources

Lynn Hannath joined PATH in September 2015 and currently serves as the Human Resources Director.

Lynn brings 40 years of experience in HR which spans the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. She has worked in the publishing and travel industries, in the District Attorney’s Office and for the Child Abuse Network in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Many of her professional years have been spent starting and developing HR Departments for small companies.

She is a long-time member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Payroll Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in human resource management. She also recently obtained her certification as a Leave Management & Accommodation Specialist.

Brutus Lamour

Director of IT

Brutus Lamour

Director of IT

Brutus Lamour joined PATH in 2019 and is the IT Director with responsibilities ranging from vendor management to system enhancements. Brutus has played an instrumental role in bringing the IT department to a mature stage with excellent leadership and collaboration skills. One of his primary focuses from the start was choosing a provider that can support PATH’s growth and evolving technology needs. Other projects Brutus led involve optimizing PATH’s IT infrastructure, streamlining operations, and creating better lines of communication.

Brutus comes to PATH with a breadth of IT experience, spanning from the service industry with Marriott Hotels to a large conglomerate like Equinor. He successfully managed diverse projects, such as setting new office infrastructure in remote locations, adding new technology to conference rooms, and moving 900+ work staff to a new workspace.

In his spare time, Brutus enjoys woodworking and travels with his family.

Marisol Lara

Director of Care Coordination Services

Marisol Lara

Director of Care Coordination Services

Marisol joined PATH in November 2022 as the director of care coordination services. Marisol oversees PATH’s care coordination and encampment resolution programs in the central and south regions of Orange County. Marisol has over 10 years of experience leading specialized teams on multi-disciplinary research projects, health and public policy, outreach and engagement, advocacy, program development, and monitoring and evaluation. While Marisol has worked in various public health disciplines, her passion and drive in life has been focused on supporting resiliency in marginalized populations, specifically youth and adults experiencing homelessness, and people struggling with mental health illnesses.

Marisol received her Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University and a bachelor’s in molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside. She also holds publications in the Harvard Public Health Review, Journal of Health Science, and Ardmore Institute of Health.

During her free time, Marisol can be found mentoring high school youth, planning for her next oversees adventure, and having movie marathons at home with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

Yesica Leiva

Senior Director, Finance Grants Management

Yesica Leiva

Yesica Leiva has been working for PATH as a consultant overseeing the restructure and expansion of grant billing, compliance, and grant budgets management since 2016 and officially joined as PATH’s director of grants budgets & analysis in October 2021. 

Yesica has over 12 years of experience in contracts, grants, and partnerships management with many local and federal level funders. From 2010 to 2016, Yesica worked at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as a fiscal auditor, CoC program finance analyst, and grant accountant before becoming professional consultant where she put her education and experience into helping numerous LA based non-profits improve their budget management, compliance, and contract billing procedures. Her contributions have been instrumental in helping organizations such as PATH through rapid growth and restructures. During her time off work, Yesica spends time with family and enjoys helping her community. 

Melanie McQueen

Regional Director, Orange County

Melanie McQueen

Melanie is regional director for PATH Orange County, overseeing the Yale and Placentia Navigation Centers, rapid re-housing and other regional programming. Melanie has over 20 years’ experience in homelessness, housing, supportive services and criminal justice fields. Prior to joining PATH in June 2022, Melanie managed care coordination for the County of Orange, supporting regional initiatives to reduce and prevent homelessness. She has formerly held leadership positions in five nonprofits and has extensive operations and programmatic experience, developing and managing interim housing, shelter, outreach and prevention projects for vulnerable populations.

Melanie is passionate about evidencing social impact and is skilled in developing performance frameworks, quality standards, outcome measures and audit tools, to support teams in achieving their potential. Achievements have included developing a tenancy ready toolkit to improve the independent living skills of those exiting homelessness and institutions; establishing a multi-sector, city wide hoarding protocol for vulnerably housed adults, implementing case management re-entry services for those leaving jails; and, implementing the UK ‘Making Safe’ program for domestic violence survivors and perpetrators.

Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in applied social sciences, a professional trainer certification and accreditation as a domestic violence practitioner.

Swetha Medepalli

Director of Grants

Swetha Medepalli

Swetha joined PATH in April 2019 and currently serves as the director of grants. Prior to this role, she oversaw the management and administration of the agency’s 150+ government contracts. Swetha brings over a decade of experience in working with California’s most vulnerable residents, having held management positions at Blue Shield of California and Molina Healthcare where she worked to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Swetha holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and exploring Los Angeles with friends and family.

Sasha Morozov

Regional Director of Supportive Services

Sasha Morozov

Regional Director of Supportive Services

Sasha is an experienced and passionate homeless services professional who has spent the last decade working to support vulnerable communities in the Greater Los Angeles area.  She brings a focus on strategic development, housing operations, interagency coordination, and community engagement. Sasha’s dedication to the mission of eradicating homelessness has seen her in a variety of front-line and strategic positions at leading agencies, including SSVF Program Manager, Outreach Strategy Manager, Director of Housing Navigation, and Associate Executive Director.  She has served the city of Los Angeles as a Homeless Issues Response Consultant for Los Angeles World Airports and enjoys assisting smaller agencies in achieving their strategic goals as a non-profit consultant. 

Sasha joined the PATH team in August 2023 as the Regional Director of Supportive Services LA and is responsible for overseeing PATH’s work in outreach, housing navigation, time-limited subsidies, interim housing, families, and veteran services. Sasha is a passionate advocate and frequent public speaker on maternal mental health. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from Cal State University Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts from Rider University. When not working, Sasha enjoys traveling and spending time with her partner and two very energetic boys, who keep her very busy.

Genevieve Ostrander

Director of Special Events

Genevieve Ostrander

Director of Special Events

As director of special events, Genevieve oversees fundraising events, statewide for PATH. Having joined the PATH family in October 2022, she brings over 15 years of experience in producing events that raise funds and bring supporters together in a meaningful way. She has worked at various nonprofits such as Pasadena Playhouse and KPCC, and is very passionate about working somewhere that advocates for others and creates positive changes in people’s lives and the community. 

As a true lover of nature, she enjoys hiking and jogging. Genevieve also used to own a Southern style bakery and loves baking pies on a rainy day while listening to old Americana music. 

Tara Pak

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships

Tara Pak

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships

As senior director of strategic partnerships, Tara Pak oversees PATH’s government, foundation, and corporate grants across California. She works alongside local stakeholders to invest capital into permanently resolving homelessness. Tara and her team’s efforts have supported the PATH’s revenue growth from $35M in 2017 to $172M in 2023 by securing public and private funds.

Tara brings 13 years of experience leveraging institutional giving opportunities to advocate for our most under-resourced neighbors. During her career, Tara has led and been part of teams that have raised $152M in grants to advance critical issues such as homelessness, youth development, and public health.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in literary journalism with a minor in women’s studies from the University of California, Irvine.

Tyler Renner

Senior Director of Communications

Tyler Renner

Senior Director of Communications

Tyler Renner has worked in a variety of public service roles focused on underrepresented communities. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and began his career as a Behavioral Therapist for youth on the Autism Spectrum. He dedicated several years to LGBTQ advocacy by working at LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS Community Centers in Santa Barbara and San Diego, serving as a Program Coordinator, Development Associate and HIV Test Counselor. Most recently, he served as Director of Community Outreach for San Diego City Council, District Three. There he focused on constituent engagement, communications and advancing policies that reduce homelessness.

Michelle Rivera

Senior Director of Procurement

Michelle Rivera

Senior Director of Procurement

Originally from Irvine, CA, Michelle began her passion for nonprofit work at Pretend City Children’s Museum, providing information on developmental milestones for adolescents, access to free health screenings, and the startup of an autism-based event, providing safe interactions with local families and practitioners. While assisting with floor staff management, she discovered her drive to reduce costs, create local partnerships and develop companywide efficiencies.

Michelle relocated to Los Angeles and felt drawn back to the nonprofit world, specifically supporting our unhoused neighbors. After 10 years in purchasing, she joined PATH in 2019 to start the procurement department, constantly improving her skill set to best support PATH and our internal/external connections. Michelle carries a deep love and passion for PATH’s mission and plans to continue to dedicate her time and efforts to supporting our team’s out in the field, whose dedication changes lives daily.

Zachary Schlagel

Senior Director of Public Policy

Zachary Schlagel

Senior Director of Public Policy

As the Senior Director of Public Policy at PATH, Zach Schlagel leads government and community affairs across the State for this homeless service provider that serves over 10% of California’s homeless individuals. Mr. Schlagel is actively working with Federal, State and Local elected officials to collectively address and end the homelessness epidemic.

Prior to his arrival at PATH, Mr. Schlagel ran an award-winning government affairs program at UC San Diego Health. While there, he led the public outreach campaign that successfully built support for the $2B Hillcrest Health Campus Long Range Development Plan. He was also instrumental in the passage of a partnership with the County of San Diego around behavioral health.

Hanan Scrapper

Regional Director, San Diego

Hanan Scrapper

Regional Director, San Diego

Hanan Scrapper leads PATH San Diego as its regional director, overseeing its mission to bring equitable housing solutions to San Diegans experiencing homelessness. In her role, she oversees the region’s comprehensive programming that helps people move from street to home. Driven by the desire to help others and the community, she has extensive experience working with marginalized populations to overcome the most extreme adversities caused by homelessness, domestic violence, political torture, and human trafficking. Hanan leverages her 14 years of nonprofit leadership experience to oversee a team of 150 employees and help them achieve their vision of a world where everyone has a home.

Prior to arriving at PATH San Diego in 2018, Hanan served as PATH San Diego’s director of programs, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the several programs, including interim housing, rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, Whole Person Wellness, Health Homes, Community Care Coordination, and Coordinated Street Outreach. She comes to the agency from Veterans Villages of San Diego, where she led their Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration programs.

Hanan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in psychology from George Mason University.

Angie Striepling

Director of Housing Initiatives

Angie Striepling

Director of Housing Initiatives

After many years of collaborating with and supporting PATH events, Angie Striepling officially joined PATH San Diego in October 2022 as the director of housing initiatives. She currently oversees the Homeless Response Center, permanent supportive housing programs, interim housing and outreach.  

Angie began her career in Milwaukee, WI where she spent 11 years working for a Veteran service organization that provides housing and supportive services for Veterans and their families, and where she found her passion for serving the homeless population. This opportunity afforded her opportunities for advancement, where she ultimately became the director of programs, overseeing multiple grant and per diem programs, permanent housing and employment programs throughout the state of Wisconsin.  Prior to joining PATH, Angie worked at local nonprofit, Adjoin, where she spent 6 years as the director of veterans services, expanding their veterans services programming to increase the number of veteran households served, as well as funding. Angie was recently asked to co-chair the San Diego Veterans Consortium, a committee of the local Continuum of Care, and is a member of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and of the local San Diego Shared Housing Collaborative.    

Angie received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During her time off, Angie enjoys traveling with her partner both domestically and internationally, hiking, concerts, and spending time with friends, family, and her sweet kitty. 

Elizabeth Suarez

Director of Accounts Payable

Elizabeth Suarez

Director of Accounts Payable

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Los Angeles

Elizabeth Suarez manages all of PATH’s disbursements for PATH. Elizabeth has been with PATH since April 2017.

Elizabeth has over 11 years of experience in finance and business analysis in both for-profit and non-profit settings. Additionally, she has 15 years of research, project management, and data analysis experience in academia.

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Loyola University of Chicago and her Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD in Chemistry from Northwestern University.

Nikki Thomas Rhoden

Senior Director of Supportive Housing Services

Nikki Thomas Rhoden

Senior Director of Supportive Housing Services

Nikki joined PATH’s supportive housing services team in 2019. Nikki oversees scattered sites and project based permanent supportive housing services in Los Angeles. She has been in social services for over 15 years. She has worked with homeless youth in crisis on the west and east coast, intensive case management services, started drop in sites for transitional age youth, and worked on integrating individuals with intellectual disabilities into homes in the communities after being institutionalized.

Nikki has a MSW from Simmons University, a MPA from Cal State East Bay, and a BA in Psychology from Stockton University. Nikki is passionate about working for and with vulnerable populations in assisting them with living their best lives. When Nikki is not working she loves spending time with her family.

Jesus Torres

Director of LA Metro Programs

Jesus Torres

Director of LA Metro Programs

Jesus started at PATH in 2015 as an intake coordinator in the PATH Mall. He was able to grow within the organization and held several positions that included program coordinator, associate director of outreach and then the prior role of associate director of Metro LA programs.

Jesus currently serves as the director of LA Metro programs. Alongside his leadership team, he oversees PATH’s outreach, outreach coordination, housing navigation, time limited subsidies, prevention, COVID recovery re-housing, and retention programs within the Metro LA region. These programs are funded through multiple entities that include city, county, state, federal, and private organizations. In the region we serve around 2,500 people each year.

Jesus believes in advocating for people who are not able advocate for themselves. His purpose in life is to be in service of others. Prior to PATH he has worked in various entities that include youth development, higher education, and social services.

Outside of PATH, Jesus is planning for his next travel destination, being a new uncle, being around friends and family, and looking for a new hiking trail.

Janeth Ventura

Director of Programs, SPA 7

Janeth Ventura

Director of Programs, SPA 7  

Janeth joined PATH in 2016 as the Associate Director of SPA 7 Housing Programs, overseeing CES Rapid Re-housing, CES Homeless Prevention, Housing and Jobs Collaborative, Bringing Families Home, and CoC Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Retention Program. She is currently the Director of Programs in SPA 7 fostering community partnerships, seeking solutions to end homelessness, empowering PATH team members and striving for equity and inclusion.  

Janeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University Long Beach and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Alliant International University. She has over 18 years of experience working in un-served and under resourced communities in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial County. Janeth began her career advocating for Central American immigrant rights at CARECEN. She sharpened her clinical skills while working in a Strength-Based Full-Service Partnership program based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation. During her tenure as the Site Director of Jenesse Center’s domestic violence shelter in South Los Angeles, Janeth dedicated her efforts to advance social justice for survivors of intimate partner violence. While running the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program in San Diego at Community Catalysts of California, Janeth spearheaded its expansion into Riverside and Imperial Valley.  

Janeth is especially passionate about serving vulnerable individuals, families, and communities. She believes that housing is a basic human right and envisions a world where everyone has a home.  When she is not working, Janeth likes to take Zumba classes. 

Aiko Yep

Director of Programs, San Jose

Aiko Yep

Aiko joined PATH in 2012 and currently serves as PATH San Jose’s director of programs where she oversees all regional programs including outreach, supportive housing, and bridge housing programs. Her background includes a decade of dedication to homeless engagement, advocacy, and outreach and working with nonprofits in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose. She has been recognized for her excellence in service to the unhoused community and received various awards including the Champion of Change Award from the National Association of Social Workers and a commendation from the City of San Jose. Aiko received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis where she studied sociology and community and regional development. She also holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Los Angeles. Aiko became a licensed clinical social worker in 2017. In her free time, Aiko enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and traveling.  

PATH BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Ellen Evans Agee

Capital Group/Westwood United Methodist Church

Ellen Evans Agee

Westwood United Methodist Church

Sayed Ali

IU Group

Sayed Ali

IU Group

Jason Andrean

Capital One

Jason Andrean

Capital One

Terry Bird

PATH Co-Chair, Bird, Marella

Terry Bird

PATH Co-Chair, Bird, Marella

Jane Blumenfeld

PATH Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Jane Blumenfeld

PATH Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Eileen Dardick

PATH Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Eileen Dardick

PATH Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Laura Diamond

Attorney, Author

Laura Diamond

Attorney, Author

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Shane Goldsmith

PATH Co-Chair, President and CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation

Shane Murphy Goldsmith

PATH Co-Chair, President and CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Zondre Johnson

Lived Experience Advocate

Zondre Johnson

Lived Experience Advocate

Mark Jones, Sr.

Westwood Presbyterian Church

Mark Jones, Sr.

Westwood Presbyterian Church

Chuck Marquardt

Barrentine Group

Chuck Marquardt

Barrentine Group

Sal Mendoza

City National Bank

Sal Mendoza

City National Bank

Donald Morrison

PATH Co-Treasurer, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Donald Morrison

PATH Co-Treasurer, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Alison Myers

Megan Insurance Services (Ex officio)

Alison Myers

Megan Insurance Services (Ex officio)

Jeffrey Prang

LA County Assessor

Jeffrey Prang

LA County Assessor

Stanley Schneider

Gursey, Schneider LLP

Stanley Schneider

Gursey, Schneider LLP

Julie Summers

PATH Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Julie Summers

PATH Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Christine Swanson

Capital Group

Christine Swanson

Capital Group

Brian Tucker

PATH Vice Chair, Attorney, Chaplain, Veteran, LA County USC Hospital

Brian Tucker

PATH Vice Chair, Attorney, Chaplain, Veteran, LA County USC Hospital

Cathy Watts

Community Activist

Cathy Watts

Community Activist

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

Lindsay Wiggins

Watson Wyatt

Lindsay Wiggins

Watson Wyatt

Regional Advisory Boards

Santa Barbara Advisory Board

Sue Adams

Community Activist

Sue Adams

Community Activist

Mark Asman

Pastor, Trinity Episcopal Church, Retired Rector

Mark Asman

Pastor, Trinity Episcopal Church, Retired Rector

Don Bushnell

Nonprofit Consultant

Don Bushnell

Nonprofit Consultant

Nancy Fiore

State Farm Insurance

Nancy Fiore

State Farm Insurance

Ron Fox

PATH Governing Board of Directors

Ron Fox

PATH Governing Board of Directors

Brian McTeague

FastSpring

Brian McTeague

FastSpring

Juliana Minsky

Founder, Surf Media

Juliana Minsky

Founder, Surf Media

Dave Peri

CPA

Dave Peri

CPA

Sheridan Taphorn

Noozhawk

Sheridan Taphorn

Noozhawk

Dylan Ward

Hayes Commercial Real Estate

Dylan Ward

Hayes Commercial Real Estate

Devon Wardlow

Planning Commissioner of SB

Devon Wardlow

Planning Commissioner of SB

San Diego Advisory Board

Sayed Ali

IU Group

Sayed Ali

IU Group

Michael Copley

Makana Properties

Michael Copley

Makana Properties

Suchada Eickemeyer

Arga Designs, Principal

Suchada Eickemeyer

Arga Designs, Principal

Mimi Murray

Community Volunteer

Mimi Murray

Community Volunteer

Christopher O’Malley

County of San Diego – Health & Human Services

Christopher O’Malley

County of San Diego – Health & Human Services

Chris Olsen

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Chris Olsen

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Satomi Rash-Zeigler

San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council

Satomi Rash-Zeigler

San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council

Los Angeles Advisory Board

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Santa Clara Advisory Board

Thalia Anagnose

Vice Provost Undergraduate Education, San Jose State University

Thalia Anagnose

Vice Provost Undergraduate Education, San Jose State University

Jeff Arrilaga

Senior Vice President Newmark Cornish and Carey

Jeff Arrilaga

Senior Vice President Newmark Cornish and Carey

Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst

Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst

Derek DeScioli

IntraOp

Derek DeScioli

IntraOp

Brian Franklin

Morgan Stanley

Brian Franklin

Morgan Stanley

Julie Matsushima

Downtown San Jose Resident

Julie Matsushima

Downtown San Jose Resident

Raul Peralez

San Jose Police Department

Blake Tidwell

Paypal

Blake Tidwell

Paypal

Wade Williamson

Private Security Technology

Wade Williamson

Private Security Technology

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