Dr. William A. Metcalfe, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), has been with PATH since its beginning in North Dakota in 1994, and has been instrumental in developing family-based services throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. Dr. Metcalfe has also been very involved in furthering family therapy and systemic views in treatment foster care and other programming. He developed and provided training for PATH staff and foster parents in family therapy and sponsored training in North Dakota in structural family, systemic family, and brief solution focused family therapies. As PATH ND CEO, Dr. Metcalfe oversees all PATH programs in North Dakota and Idaho.
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.
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.
Prior to joining PATH, Tracey worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield for more than 10 years.
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.
Bobbie Geiger has more than 20 years of experience in child welfare and social services as a practitioner and a senior manager. She began in the Therapeutic Foster Care program in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1992. In January 1994, Therapeutic Foster Care in Fargo was assimilated with PATH. Bobbie has been with the organization since that time. She served as a case manager for seven years before moving into progressive managerial positions within PATH. In the fall of 2009, Bobbie moved to Boise, Idaho, to start PATH Idaho. She holds degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice from Minnesota State University, Moorhead; an M.Ed. in Counseling from North Dakota State University; and a Masters of Nonprofit Administration, MNA, from North Park University, Chicago. She is a Licensed Social Worker in both Idaho and North Dakota, and has been a foster parent for 20 years. She was the 1998 CWLA Western Region Child Welfare Worker and the recipient of the PATH Don Crompton Award of Excellence in Social Work in 2001. She is an active member of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association's Public Policy Committee.