Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Pathways’ volunteer Board of Directors is composed of members of the community and consumers of mental health services: 

Patrick Chaing

Patrick Chaing

Chairman

Associate General Counsel, Sallie Mae

 

Dara L. Aldridge

Dara L. Aldridge

Director

Senior Mortgage Processor, Atlantic Union Bank

 

 

Dwight Robinson

Dwight Robinson

Director

Retired Freddie Mac Executive

 

 

Tom Rowe

Tom Rowe

Emeritus Director

CFO, Vie de France Yamazaki, Inc.

Jennifer Judelsohn, LCSW

Jennifer Judelsohn, LCSW

Vice-Chair

Owner, Soulworks Studio and Counseling Services, LLC 

Angie Garcia Lathrop

Angie Garcia Lathrop

Director

Global Corporate Social Responsibility Community Affairs Executive, Bank of America

 

James Ross

James Ross

Director

Retired Program Manager, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)

Susan Zywokarte

Susan Zywokarte

Secretary

Student, George Mason University 

 

Daniel L. Gray

Daniel L. Gray

Director

Partner, Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC

 

 

Dr. Ramesh Singh

Dr. Ramesh Singh

Director

INOVA Hospital

Jon-Michael Rosch

Jon-Michael Rosch

Treasurer

Assurance Supervisor, PBMares

 

Jennifer McGarey

Jennifer McGarey

Director

Corporate Vice President, Northrup Grumman Corporation

 

 

Emil Franks

Emil Franks

Emeritus Director

Retired Manager, CBS

Staff Leadership

Pathway Homes’ Leadership Team is composed of senior management who oversee all operational aspects of Pathway Homes, Inc. Leadership team provides information and guidance to the President and Chief Executive Officer, develops and applies policies and procedures, directs agency growth and evaluates outcomes.

Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC

Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, EdD, LCSW, LSATP, MAC

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Lambert-Woodard has over 30 years’ experience and was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Pathway Homes in 2011 having served as President and Chief Operating Officer for the preceding 14 years.

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Dr. Lambert-Woodard has over 30 years’ experience and was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Pathway Homes in 2011 having served as President and Chief Operating Officer for the
preceding 14 years.

Since she has taken on the role of CEO, the agency has gone through a tremendous period of growth and innovation. She has been nationally recognized for her ability to seize the opportunity presented during the housing downturn and grow Pathways’ housing portfolio to over 300 properties providing permanent supportive housing for individuals with serious mental illness in Northern Virginia and Central Florida. She was able to manage this growth while evolving service quality through strong fiscal management.

Dr. Lambert-Woodard is an avid supporter and advocate of Fair Housing and is known for her continued commitment to combating NIMBYism and eradicating stigma. She served as the 2014-2017 Co-Chair for the Fairfax Fair Housing Committee; and in 2012, she was instrumental in changing local policy and practice by creating political and community support to foster a more inclusive community in Fairfax County. Dr. Lambert-Woodard currently serves as Chair of the Virginia Association of Community Based Providers (VACBP), and is on the Advisory Board of the Advanced Credentialing Academy of Substance Abuse Counselors.

During her tenure, Pathway Homes has been nationally recognized by the NonProfit Times as a Best Nonprofit to Work in the nation from 2012-2018. Also, Pathway Homes received national attention from the National Association for County Community and Economic Development for a 22-unit project developed in collaboration with Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development. At the state level, Pathway Homes received the coveted 2013 Virginia Housing Award at the Governor’s Housing Conference for its innovative consumer- directed housing approach. Locally, Pathway Homes was recognized by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce as a finalist in their Best Corporate Citizen Award in the nonprofit category.

In 2014, Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard was the recipient of the 10th Annual Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman EXCEL Award.  This competitive award recognizes and spotlights outstanding leadership among Washington-area nonprofit chief executives.  And, has recently been showcased in the Washington “Profiles for Success” featuring area CEO’s that make a difference.

Prior to joining Pathway Homes, Dr. Lambert-Woodard served in several capacities. She is the Founder and current CEO of the Alliance Therapy Center, LLC which serves children, adolescents, and adults in Northern and Central VA for over 20 years. She is EMDR trained and works extensively with Veterans specializing in trauma. She directly worked in and managed federal, state and local programs and contracts with HUD, Department of Justice, and Department of Corrections, SAMSHA, and VAASAP within the metropolitan area. She has directly served and developed substance use and co-occurring services for habitual offender’s inpatient and outpatient, as well as, directly provided forensic services within regional prisons. Dr. Lambert-Woodard has provided pastoral counseling and professional coaching. She has taught at local universities, and provided training, lecture, and keynote presentations for conferences, universities, and organizations throughout the country and internationally. In addition, she has supervised and served in various management capacities within the Fairfax County’s Human Service division and Community Services Board.

Dr. Lambert-Woodard received her Bachelor of Science from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University, Washington D.C., and Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Professional (LSATP), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Board Diplomate- Fellow (FACASAC). In 2016, Dr. Lambert-Woodard successfully completed the Harvard University Business School Strategic Responsibilities in Non-Profit Management Executives training program.

Sherry L. Meyers, LDCSW

Sherry L. Meyers, LDCSW

Senior Vice President for Clinical Services

Sherry Meyers, LCSW and Licensed Assisted Living Facility Administrator, serves as Senior Vice President for Clinical Services providing oversight of the agency’s clinical management team and of service delivery within assisted living, semi-independent and supported living programs.

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Sherry Meyers, LCSW and Licensed Assisted Living Facility Administrator, serves as Senior Vice President for Clinical Services providing oversight of the agency’s clinical management team and of service delivery within assisted living, semi-independent and supported living programs. Sherry has over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field and 18 years of supervisory and management experience in the nonprofit sector.

Sherry began her career with Pathway Homes as a Mental Health Counselor II, served as a Division Director overseeing clinical services in the south county programs, and was the initial Director for the Stevenson Place Assisted Living Facility responsible for developing and opening the program.

Sherry is responsible for the development and delivery of a range of quality clinical, case management and residential services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness including recruitment, hiring, training and supervision of clinical management staff and direct service staff. She manages the agency’s wait list, coordinates screening and admissions, and works closely with DBHDS and DSS to ensure agency compliance with licensure regulations and standards. Her innovative work in the creation of our consumer-directed program has received national attention as an industry best practice.

Sherry holds a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Bachelors in Communications from Shippensburg University.

Anna M. Smith

Anna M. Smith

Director of Development

Anna Smith serves as Director of Development providing direct oversight and supervision to philanthropic and volunteer activities as well as the communications department. Anna joined Pathway Homes in September of 2012 after a long career in external relations with two of the largest philanthropic corporate funders in the region. 

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Anna Smith serves as Director of Development providing direct oversight and supervision to philanthropic and volunteer activities as well as the communications department.Anna joined Pathway Homes in September of 2012 after a long career in external relations with two of the largest philanthropic corporate funders in the region. Since joining the nonprofit sector, Anna has utilized her funding network of former industry peers and experience as a nonprofit funder to further diversify and grow Pathway Homes’ funding, in-kind and volunteer resources.

In addition to Anna’s professional accomplishments, she has been active in the community and served on the board of a local nonprofit and on the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for several years. She is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax Class of 2010 (Best Class Ever!) and serves as a Leadership Fairfax Team Advisor. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration with honors from George Mason University graduating at the top of her class.

Brenda F. Brennan

Brenda F. Brennan

Chief Financial Officer

Brenda Brennan serves as Chief Financial Officer providing direct oversight and supervision to administrative, property management, human resources, payroll and accounting personnel ensuring regulatory compliance of financial, program, human resource management and personnel policies.

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Brenda Brennan serves as Chief Financial Officer providing direct oversight and supervision to administrative, property management, human resources, payroll and accounting personnel ensuring regulatory compliance of financial, program, human resource management and personnel policies.

Brenda is a member of the Leadership Team and works directly with the CEO and Board of Directors in the strategic operations of the organization. She successfully coordinates and assures completion of the annual audit in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and OMB A-133 by an independent auditor. Due to Brenda’s exemplary financial oversight she provides financial consultation to other not for profits and is an administrative Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Brenda expertly manages funding and expenditures for multiple restricted and unrestricted funding streams. With over 29 years in the financial nonprofit sector, her extensive knowledge and experience includes managing nonprofit accounting, Human Resources and Property Management for 50+ owned sites and 100+ leased sites. Her demonstrated proficiencies have instilled confidence in our government contracting and grantee relationships. Pathway Homes continues to be an attractive partner and a proven steward of public funds.

Hired as Pathway Homes Administrator in 1990, Brenda quickly moved up the ranks to Controller, Director of Finance and Vice President for Finance to her promotion to Chief Financial Officer in April 2014.

Brenda graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science-Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

Anita Robinson, LCSW

Anita Robinson, LCSW

Vice President for Clinical Services

Anita Robinson, LCSW serves as Vice President for Clinical Services. She provides leadership and clinical oversight of supported living and semi-independent living programs in both Fairfax and Arlington. Anita partners with clinical managers around services, program development and evaluation.

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Anita Robinson, LCSW serves as Vice President for Clinical Services. She provides leadership and clinical oversight of supported living and semi-independent living programs in both Fairfax and Arlington. Anita partners with clinical managers around services, program development and evaluation.

Anita has over 25 years’ experience in Human Services. She was originally hired by Pathway Homes as a Mental Health Counselor I in 1988. She has steady been promoted through the agency ranks holding positions as an MHC II, Division Director, and Associate Vice President for Clinical Services prior to assuming her current role in 2011.

As a member of Pathways’ Leadership and Clinical Management teams, Anita supports strategic planning, implemented the design of our 360 evaluation, facilitates collaborative relationships with community partners, provides oversight to our clinical internship program, and plays a major role in staff training and in the development of programs and policies. Anita is Pathway Homes’ liaison to the Local Human Rights Committee. She provides clinical trainings at local universities and to other community organizations.

Anita has been a program surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2009. She is an approved Virginia Board of Professions Supervisor and is an Adjunct Professor with George Mason University.

Anita received her LCSW in Virginia in 2006. She has a Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Emory & Henry College.

Eleanor Vincent, EdD, LPC, CSAC

Eleanor Vincent, EdD, LPC, CSAC

Chief Operating Officer

Eleanor Vincent, works closely with the President & CEO to manage the agency operations including agency outcomes and communication, strategic planning, quality assurance, community partnerships, accreditation and training, technology, organizational planning and implementation

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Eleanor Vincent, provides oversight of the agency’s operations including housing, agency outcomes and performance improvement, technology and strategic planning, accreditation and training, community partnerships, and organizational planning and implementation.

Dr. Vincent has worked in the mental health field since 1990. She has a background in Psychiatric Nursing and worked in a variety of hospital and community settings within the National Health Service in England for several years. During that time, she worked in acute admission, psychosocial rehabilitation, and specialized programming serving individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Beginning in 1995, she worked as Program Director for a variety of residential and supported housing programs in Boston, Massachusetts and later in Fairfax, Virginia, providing services to adults with severe mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders. Dr. Vincent also spent two years managing the National Mental Health Information Center (NMHIC) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration providing mental health information and education to individuals and organizations across the US. During her time at NMHIC, Dr. Vincent and her staff were commended for providing “invaluable support and resources” to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.

Since coming to work for Pathway Homes in 2003, she has served as Project Director at the regional Discharge and Diversion Program for adults with severe mental illnesses and other co-occurring disorders. She also served as Director of Quality Improvement, creating and implementing the
agency’s outcomes management system.

Dr. Vincent is passionate about community outreach and advocacy and served as President of the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Advisory Council from 2004 to 2006. She also served as moderator for the regional Mental Illness Awareness Conference for several years and a member of the Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Council for six years. She is an inaugural member of the Virginia Association of Community Based Providers (VACBP) and currently serves as a member of the VACBP Board of Directors.  She also serves on the Magellan Healthcare Partner Advisory Committee and is an inaugural member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Psychology Industry Advisory Council.  

An instructor since 1995, Dr. Vincent has developed curricula for clinical training modules and graduate level courses, and was adjunct professor in the Forensic Psychology Master’s program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington D.C. campus from 2012 to 2017. A surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) from 2007 to 2013, she provided consultation and feedback to behavioral health organizations throughout the US on clinical and administrative practices.  She continues to participate in CARF standards field reviews.

Dr. Vincent received her Diploma in Psychology from the University of London, BA from UMASS Boston, MPA from Suffolk University and a Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia, and a Board Diplomate – Fellow (AFACASAC).