Nancy McKenzie, Executive Director of PATH ND, is an experienced provider in treatment foster care, family support, and other behavioral health services for children and families. Her 35+ years in the behavioral health field includes both inpatient and community-based settings, for adults and children with serious mental illness and emotional disturbances, as well as substance abuse co-morbidities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Areas of extensive experience include program design and implementation, staff supervision, strategic planning, policy development, legislative activities, program accreditation, and budgeting. She has led Leadership Development programs for managers, taught Human Resource management courses, and implemented a statewide grant for consumers and families with mental health needs. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for a “ReThink Mental Health” initiative that is bringing together multiple community partners to reduce barriers and improve access to quality care.
Jodi Duttenhefer has served as Operations Director for Western North Dakota since May of 2015. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1997 from Creighton University and received her Master’s Degree in Human Service in 2006 from Capella University. Ms. Duttenhefer joined PATH ND in September 2011 as a Social Work Supervisor, then moved to Area Director in January 2013, before being named to her current position. She has worked in residential treatment, school social work, and administration in both North Dakota and South Dakota.
Heather Simonich joined PATH in May 2015, after serving 14 years with the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo and working as the Program Coordinator and Trainer for the Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She routinely provides trauma-informed care training and consultation to child-serving organizations across North Dakota. Most recently, Heather collaborated with the ND Department of Public Instruction to create a professional development curriculum for elementary educators that is now being provided to school districts across the state. Heather has published professional manuscripts on topics related to child traumatic stress. She is a 2012 Bush Leadership Fellow and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Janice Tishmack started her career working in County Social Services as a child welfare worker in 1978. In June of 1988, she was hired to develop the Therapeutic Foster Care program in the Bismarck region. In April of 1994, the Therapeutic Foster Care program was assimilated with PATH, and in July of the same year, Janice became PATH ND’s Regional Director for southwest North Dakota. Janice currently supervises the Dickinson and Bismarck PATH offices.
Jen joined PATH as a FIRST therapist. She was a Family Support foster parent from 2006-2009. In 2012, Jen became a supervisor at PATH, and is currently the regional director for the Fargo office, Southeast region of North Dakota. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, and her Master’s degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. She is certified in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is a Certified Trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach.
As the Regional Director of the North region for PATH ND, Genelle supervises offices in Minot, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, and Belcourt. She has served in many positions in North Dakota’s Child Welfare System, including county social services work, family therapy, and child protection and foster care programmatic supervision. Genelle completed her Bachelor’s in social work degree in 1995 and her Master’s in social work in 2009. She has been a licensed social worker in North Dakota since 1995.
Shera Brandvold received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary and Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Dakota. She has been employed with PATH since 2008. Prior to that, Shera worked in a nursing home, a hospital, and in a long-term rehabilitation facility focused on patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Karen has more than 30 years experience working in an office setting that includes Insurance and mental health care. She has been with PATH since June 1994.
Sonja McLean established the North Dakota Post Adopt Network at PATH for the Adults Adopting Special Kids Program and spent time as the Assistant Director of Community Relations before becoming the Director of Community Relations in April 2018. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New England in 2012. She has 9 years’ experience in case management, supervision, and service development with special needs adoption. Sonja is a foster and adoptive parent trainer and will complete her Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification in August 2018. She oversees the statewide Recruitment and Licensing Department at PATH and has a special interest in macro level community outreach.
Wayne Suchla has been associated with PATH since mid-1994 as a foster parent, and as Board Treasurer since 2000. Wayne began employment with PATH in May 2010 as Business Manager, where his duties inclue overseeing contracts and leases, assisting in the budgeting processes, managing all insurance policies, and ensuring office safety.
Tammy graduated from Interstate Business College with a Medical Administrative Assistant degree, and joined PATH in December 2012. She has more than 14 years of experience as an administrative assistant, working with non-profit agencies.
Kevin has been PATH’s Director of Technology since 2002. Prior to that, he was Director of Information Services for the Hazelden Foundation. With more than 35 years in the IT field, Kevin’s experience includes software development, networking, system implementation, and communication. In addition to his technology experience, he also has extensive experience in process improvement and CQI. He holds a BA degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Software Design and Development from the University of St Thomas.
Cindy joined the PATH in 2006 with 23 years of experience in the non-profit accounting sector. As PATH ND’s Accounting Coordinator, she works with administrative staff to generate prompt and accurate billing information for North Dakota.
April has been with PATH since May 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead for Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.