Who We Are

Leadership Team

John Roberson
Andy Caires headshot
Marcia Morris
Miriame headshot

John Roberson

Executive Director

Andrew Caires

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration

Marcia Morris

Chief Operating Officer

Valle Dwight

Director of Development & Communications

Mariame Kounta

Director of Nursing

Terri Presby

Assistant Vice President of Family Based Living Program

Kathleen D. Salois

Vice President of Human Resources

Scott Spafford

Assistant Vice President, Residential
Board of Directors

Denise Cogman


Kelly Pignatare

First Vice President

Bridget Haley

Second Vice President

Trevor Smith


Jon Lumbra


Mark Germain, CPA, CITP

Assistant Treasurer

Henry "Hank" J. Drapalski Jr.

Past President


William Brown

Denise Cogman

Michael J. Cooley

Henry J. Drapalski, Jr.

James F. Foard, Jr.

Mark A. Germain, CPA, CITP

Bridget Hailey

R. Susan Hurt

Mary F. Knight

Kristen Lech

Stephen J. Levine

William H. Loomis

Judy Luddy

Jon Lumbra

Tenneille McFarlane-Smart

Michael Moriarty

Kelly Pignatare

Trevor Smith

Glenn S. Welch

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pioneering history and vision

Pathlight was the first organization in Hampden County to support people with developmental disabilities and their families. We founded the first nursery school, then the first developmental day school in western Massachusetts. Pathlight later established the first community residences in Massachusetts and the first Family Based Living options for individuals and families.

We didn’t stop there. Pathlight expanded services to include programs that strengthen the whole family. Autism Connections was founded as a parent-run program for children with autism, the first autism resource center funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Family Empowerment, a family program that supports individuals and their families joined Pathlight. In 2010 Whole Children, also founded by parents, joined Pathlight and offers a wide range of innovative after-school, weekend, enrichment programs (including Whole Selves, a groundbreaking sexuality curriculum started in 2018). Milestones, an individualized program for adults opened a few years later.

Recognizing that technology may enable people with disabilities to live more independently, we have partnered with Valley Venture Mentors to support entrepreneurs developing technology solutions for people with disabilities.

We have no intention of stopping. We promise your gift will contribute to the ongoing innovation of programs and services for people and their families.

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