Pathways Staff

Tim Thorpe, Executive Director:

A Minneapolis native, Tim spent 30 years in marketing/media and strategic business planning roles with ad firms in New York, Boston and Minneapolis before joining Pathways in 2009. In his current role, he oversees community relations and outreach, program, & services development and funding sustainability. His philanthropic endeavors include acting as board member and president for the Thorpe Foundation, board member for the Surdna Foundation in New York City, and the Minnesota Coalition of Death and Education Services (MCDES). He previously served on the boards of Youth Frontiers, Wilderness Inquiry and the Minnesota Council on Foundations and was one of the founding board members of the Andrus Family Fund in New York City.

(E-mail: tim@pathwaysmpls.org)

Erica Nelson, Program Manager:

Born in Minneapolis and raised in St. Paul, Erica earned her MA in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University. She is a certified Grief Support Specialist with additional training in Poetry Therapy, Reiki and Healing Touch. An active learner in the holistic field, Erica has benefited from mentorships in shamanism and astrology as well as ongoing experiential learning in movement, ritual, grief and dream work. Following roles as a Wellness Buyer at a local food co-op and an art facilitator for children, Erica joined the staff at Pathways in 2017. As Program Manager, Erica is committed to innovative programming that offers a compassionate space to explore, deepen and heal - both as individuals and as a community.​

(E-mail: erica@pathwaysmpls.org)

Dan Averitt, Office Manager:

Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Dan moved to Minnesota in hopes of utilizing his administrative talents within the Twin Cites non-profit community. Following roles of administrative support to the LGBT counseling unit at The Family Partnership (formerly Family & Children’s Service) and executive assistance to staff at One Heartland (formerly Camp Heartland), Dan joined Pathways in 2010 as Office Manager. In this role, he ensures the smooth operation of Pathways’ day-to-day activities, by creating and managing the calendar of services, maintaining the building, equipment, & office systems, as well as providing bookkeeping and finance support. He is proud to be a part of Pathways’ enduring legacy.

(E-mail: dan@pathwaysmpls.org)

Laura Nelson, Administrative Coordinator:

Laura recently moved back home to the Twin Cities after graduating with her BA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She is a fiber artist working primarily in weaving - her passion for fiber art brought her to Textile Center in Minneapolis. Here she discovered a love of non-profit work, which led her to Pathways in 2017. As Administrative Coordinator, she greets everyone who comes in with a smile, works directly with participants in scheduling, organizes the library, maintains the garden, and helps programming run smoothly.

(E-mail: laura@pathwaysmpls.org)

Catherine Blonigen, Development Manager:

Catherine Blonigen, a Minnesota native, is a nonprofit executive leader with over 15 years of experience in fund development, operations, administration, and advancing innovative services for individuals, families, volunteers, caregivers, and employees.  Catherine has extensive experience in fund development and has secured millions in resources for nonprofit organizations.  Catherine, a nationally certified Grant Writer, maintains expertise in grant development including corporate sponsorships, foundation, state, and federal funding sources.  She brings extensive experience in marketing, community outreach, event planning, collaboration building, business development, strategic planning, and service administration.  Catherine is committed to developing holistic and value based services that exceed quality standards.  As Development Manager, Catherine brings a broad depth of expertise in leading fund development strategies and securing revenue that will support Pathways’ growth and sustainability. 

(E-mail: catherine@pathwaysmpls.org)