Pathways Staff

Tim Thorpe (he/him), 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}

Sarah France Ullmer (she/her), Program Manager

Originally from Colorado and a graduate of Macalester College Sarah has spent the past two decades working in various programming and management roles in education focused nonprofits in Minnesota including YouthCARE/Camp Sunrise, National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) and Minnesota Alliance With Youth.  In addition Sarah is a practicing massage therapist trained at Northwestern Health Sciences University, certified Life Coach and martial artist.  Sarah is excited about the opportunity to weave together her experiences as a non-profit professional and a body work practitioner to support the Pathways community. {Email: sarah@pathwaysmpls.org}

Emerson Smith (he/him), Office Manager

Raised in the Greater Metro Detroit area, Emerson spent four years in Los Angeles after graduating from Oakland University. There, he built his foundation in operations and administration at the fitness brand POUND Rockout Workout, as well as the online content production company Rogue Rocket, before setting his sights back to the Midwest. Since moving to the Twin Cities in early 2021, Emerson has spent the past year managing the calendar at Kemmetmueller Photography, perfectly prepping him for the task of maintaining Pathway’s schedule and daily operations. He’s eager to plant his roots in Minneapolis and to support and ingratiate himself into the beautiful and eclectic community here. In his spare time, he enjoys writing prose and music, and playing tabletop role-playing games with his friends. {Email: emerson@pathwaysmpls.org}

Venecia Mitchell (she/her), Administrative Coordinator:

Venecia recently graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. As Pathways' current Administrative Coordinator she is excited to be a part of a team that is aligned with her interests in holistic health and well-being.  Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, her unique educational experiences in that city inspired her senior thesis research titled In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: The Rise of Charter Schools in New Orleans and its Impact on Black Youth. She was awarded Carleton’s Class of 1963 Student Research Fellowship to execute her independent research study.  She looks forward to applying her analytical skills and recent educational knowledge to her work at Pathways. She loves spending her free time with family and friends and also enjoys reading and seeking out new experiences.
{E-mail: venecia@pathwaysmpls.org}