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PathPoint’s Board of Directors, Management Team, and staff would like to thank you, our family members and friends, for your dedicated support of PathPoint. 

PathPoint Management Team

Henry "Harry" Bruell

President and CEO

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Harry joined PathPoint in 2017, succeeding Cynthia S. Burton who retired after 30 years. From 2004 to 2017, Harry served as President and CEO of Conservation Legacy and has worked in various leadership roles with service and conservation corps since 1991. From 1994 to 2004, Harry served the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (now The Corps Network) as Chief Operating Officer and previously in other positions including Vice-President. Harry co-founded the national Public Lands Service Coalition and the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC). In 2011, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior as Chair of the 21CSC Federal Advisory Committee. During Harry's tenure, Conservation Legacy increased its annual revenue from less than $1M to over $20M and started numerous new programs.  He graduated with honors from Rice University with a degree in civil/environmental engineering.  Harry's dedication to helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages to reach their fullest potential comes from a deep personal understanding of some of the challenges faced by PathPoint's clients and their families.

Patricia Enger

MBA, COO

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Patricia Enger has been with PathPoint since 1977. She held the position of CFO from 1994 to 2017, until assuming her current role as COO.  Her prior positions at PathPoint included Instructor, Behavior Analyst, Case Manager and Human Resources Director. Her education includes a BA in Social Work (Sacramento State University), MA in Counseling and Guidance (Cal Poly University, SLO) and MBA (California Lutheran University). She previously held the designation of Associate Financial Planner and held the Series 7 Securities License from 1983-85. Ms. Enger also has lifetime credentials as instructor, counselor and student personnel worker for California Community Colleges. She served on the Board of Directors for California Disabilities Service Association (CDSA) from 2008-2012; was Board Chair in 2010-11 and currently chairs the CDSA Finance Committee.  

Juliette Ugartechea

MBA, CFO

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Juliette joined PathPoint in 2017 as CFO, succeeding Patty Enger who transitioned to COO.  Juliette is responsible for the fiscal health and management of the nonprofit's $26 million annual operating budget.  She oversees finance, accounting, and information technology.  Juliette's career has included leadership roles in finance and business operations at education, nonprofit, and start-up organizations, including the role of Vice President of Business and Information Services at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.  Juliette earned a bachelor's degree from Vanguard University and an Executive MBA at Pepperdine University.

Curt Dennett

VP of Technology and Infrastructure

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Curt is responsible for the technology and physical infrastructure for the organization that spans 24 properties and 18 networked sites, over seven division sites in five counties. Curt joined PathPoint in 1994 and has held a variety of positions supporting participants, including: Direct Support Professional, Community Access Program Instructor, Job Coach, Individual Supported Employment Coordinator, and External Situational Assessment Coordinator. He later became the first full-time IT staff person for PathPoint and transitioned to Manager of Information Systems and IT Director. He was promoted to Vice President in 2017. His service to the community also includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center, 1994-2015. Curt has a degree in Computer Science from Butler County Community College and a degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he studied language and cognition in dolphins. 

Seth Miller

VP of South Santa Barbara County

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Seth Miller has worked at PathPoint since 2008 and holds the position of Vice President of Santa Barbara. Seth graduated from Westmont College, and later went on to Antioch University in Santa Barbara to complete his master’s in Psychology. Seth has worked in the field of disability services for over eight years. Seth’s previous work as Program Director of Cornerstone House of Santa Barbara shaped a passion for leadership. However, it was his role as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education Department through Santa Barbara School District that established a passion to serve individuals with disabilities. Seth and his wife Kim, reside in Santa Barbara with their rescue beagle, Elizabeth.

Karen Moore

VP of San Luis Obispo County

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Karen Moore holds the role of Vice President in San Luis Obispo. With over 25 years of experience working with PathPoint, Karen understands the vital message and impact we are making in the community. Pairing her degree in Disability Studies with her experience, Karen is a strong contributor towards our mission and progress. Karen also brings a person-centered approach to her work. She has been a mentor-trainer for Person Centered Practices with the Learning Community for over five years. Person-centered leadership, implemented in tandem with our services, impacts not only the people PathPoint supports, but the community at large. Karen was born in San Luis Obispo, but has lived in both California and Texas. Karen has two children, a grandson, and a dog named Mei-li. Karen stays active in her community. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross for over 15 years, teaching community classes in CPR, First Aid and Disaster Preparedness.  

Jennifer Newbold

MFT, VP of Behavioral Health

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Jennifer is a Licensed MFT and has worked at PathPoint since 1986. Jennifer has accomplished many firsts for PathPoint, initiating major programs, such as Supportive Services in 1995, the County’s first mobile team providing housing assistance for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and establishing the first client-run residence with Housing Authority of City of Santa Barbara funding. In 2001 she began consulting on the Supportive Housing Initiative Acts grant awarded to PathPoint as part of a multi-agency collaborative program. Jennifer supervises a staff of coordinators, instructors, coaches, and assistants. Many are long-term employees of 25 years or more. Collectively the combined years of experience equals over 160 years! In 2002, the Division received the Santa Barbara Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Matters award for excellence in community service. The Nonprofit Support Center awarded the Division its Santa Barbara County Leadership in Action award in 2008. And in 2010 the Behavioral Health Division was recognized as Community Partner of the Year by HACSB.  

Maria Ortiz

VP of Los Angeles County

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Maria joined PathPoint in 2006 after working for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Starting with PathPoint's Supported Employment services, she rose up the managerial ladder and was promoted to several PathPoint leadership positions. As former Director of Program Services, she oversaw Long Beach services, Residential services, and the Pathfinder program in Chatsworth, a unique behavioral program for individuals who are transitioning out of the State’s development centers. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from California State University Northridge and has served as a Member of the Work Investment Board in Cerritos since 2011.

Lisa Padgett

VP of Quality Improvement

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Lisa received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University at Northridge and is currently completing her master's in Information Science from San Jose State University. She joined the PathPoint team in 1997 and has been the VP/Director of Quality Improvement since 2004. Involved with employment standards, Lisa has been a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Surveyor since 2007. Lisa acts as PathPoint’s Corporate Compliance Officer, conducts annual internal quality reviews, monitors CARF standards, coordinates the tri-annual CARF survey, and oversees staff training and satisfaction surveys. She also administers the PathPoint safety program and has reduced accidents and injuries by more than two-thirds in the past five years. In 2012, PathPoint was awarded a Safety Award from State Compensation Insurance Fund. 

Lynn Storey

VP of Human Resources

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Lynn received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Michigan. After graduating, Lynn moved to Santa Barbara and worked for the Devereaux Foundation, Special Olympics and as a Physical Therapy Assistant. In January of 1991, Lynn joined PathPoint to manage an intermediate care facility called Project Independence, which housed six non-ambulatory adults diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. After seven years, she moved into her current HR role and enjoys working on employee benefits, employee relations, employment law, HR policies and training supervisors and managers.   

Kim Whitaker

VP of Ventura County

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Kim Whitaker leads the Ventura County Division and has 30+ years of experience at PathPoint.  Most recently, she was Director of Program Services before her promotion to Vice President in 2018.  Her career has been dedicated to supporting children and adults with disabilities.  Kim joined PathPoint as an instructor in the Day Training and Activity and Community Independent Living programs, and has held management positions in Employment Services and Youth Employment.  She is a certified instructor in CPR, Professional Assault Crisis Training and the Work Readiness Certificate Program.  Kim holds a degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.   Her service to the community includes volunteering with Camarillo Hospice as a bereavement group facilitator. 

Lauren Loza

Director of Community Engagement

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Lauren joined PathPoint in 2014. She oversees the fundraising and communication efforts for PathPoint. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lauren is active in the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara and currently serves as Club Secretary. She is the Advisor for the Aktion Club of Santa Barbara, a service club for adults with disabilities; and regularly volunteers in her local community. Lauren is passionate about creating effective partnerships, engaging the community, and connecting support to PathPoint services.

Shawn White

Director of Kern County

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Shawn joined PathPoint in 2015 and is responsible for the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of all services offered by PathPoint's Kern County Division.  His experience managing programs for adults with development disabilities includes serving as Program Manager at Bakersfield ARC, 2011-2015.  At Clinica Sierra Vista, Shawn supervised case managers connecting community resources to families of southeast Bakersfield, 2003-2007.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and earned a master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield.  Shawn volunteers as a coach with Special Olympics Southern California.  

Board of Directors

  • Gerald "Jerry" Pelton, Chair
  • Michael Franzen, Vice-Chairman/Treasurer
  • Jean Smith, Secretary
  • Jeff Dodds
  • Stephanie Eubanks
  • John Hunt
  • Billie Maunz
  • Julie Solomon
  • Barbara Steveson
  • Michael Zuckerman

Community Engagement Team

Here in Community Engagement, we believe in learning, living and building communities. PathPoint staff connect with our local partners through PR, fundraising and other development efforts. 

Lauren Loza

Lauren Loza

Director of Community Engagement

805.966.3310 x 1028

Reporting to the President/CEO, Lauren leads the Community Engagement team in all fundraising and development activities. Lauren's efforts include advancing key individual and philanthropic support while promoting the mission and services of PathPoint to all of our community partners.

Jeannie Barbieri-Low

Jeannie Barbieri-Low

Communications Manager

805.966.3310 x 1011

Jeannie facilitates community engagement and manages PathPoint’s public relations, news and outreach for PathPoint’s programs in five counties: Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

Lauren Johnsen

Lauren "Lo" Johnsen

Community Resources Manager

805.966.3310 x 1020

Lo is responsible for individual and institutional giving, including: grants, annual appeals, major gifts, corporate contributions, planned giving and individual donations. She also assists the Community Engagement team with events, marketing, and special projects.