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. 

Erica Nelson (she/her), 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 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:}

Dan Averitt (he/him), 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:}

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.