Leadership Team

Ruth Banta

Executive Director

Andrew Caires

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration

Carrie L. McGee

Vice President
Family Services and
Family Based Living

Kathleen D. Salois

Vice President
Human Resources

Kayombo Kamawu

Vice President of
Residential Supports

Rebecca Corey

Assistant Vice President
Residential Supports

Terri Presby

Assistant Vice President
Family Based Living Program

Mariame Kounta


Valle Dwight

Development & Communications


Lakesha Ruth

Vice President

Program Support


Board of Directors

Henry "Hank" J. Drapalski Jr.


Tara Reynolds

First Vice President

Denise Cogman

Second Vice President

Kelly Pignatare


Jon Lumbra


Mark Germain, CPA, CITP

Assistant Treasurer

R. Susan Hurt

Past President


Scott Berg

William Brown

Michael J. Cooley

James F. Foard, Jr.

Bridget Hailey

Mary F. Knight

Stephen J. Levine

William H. Loomis

Judy Luddy

Trevor Smith

Maria Tooley

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 a groundbreaking sexuality curriculum). 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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