Our Vision, Mission and Model
Vision: Flourishing communities free from addictive cycles where recovery is essential.
Mission: To place a person of understanding in environments with teenagers providing prevention, crisis intervention and support as they move through the dangers of the transition zone, the ages of 13-20, while creating a community of support.
The Problem: There is a transition zone that exists for between the ages of 13-20 where students are in the most danger for developing high-risk behavioral patterns. This presents an opportunity for Pathways2Life to engage students and help them to identify risks, choose wisely and live purposefully during those years which are traditionally middle and high school.
The Solution: Pathways2Life uses a proven process of prevention, crisis intervention, and support.
Key Differentiator: Pathways2Life wants to ensure that students and families are never alone in the transition zone and provide a continuum of care through this season of life.
Established as a recovery group for teens led by Ryan Stringfield
Launched under Segue, a non-profit corporation
Expanded to include prevention DnA assemblies
Partnered with 6 high schools in 4 counties
Provided crisis intervention and support services
Developed Pathways Discovery curriculum for students and leadership training program.
Re-launched under Focus Community Strategies (FCS), a non-profit organization
Piloted classroom guidance with Jewish Family and Career Services
Added classroom guidance curriculum for schools
Created an assembly presentation module called DnA
Partnered to develop a community-based prevention model and created the Alpharetta Drug Council
Launched Pathways2Life as a 501C3
Building a continuum of care, wrap-around model where all services are delivered on a school campus
Board of Directors
Ryan Stringfield, Executive Director, CADC
Ryan's personal experiences using and abusing alcohol and drugs as a teen, resulted in a 7 year battle with addiction. The path of reckless living led him into a myriad of trouble through his early 20's, but now he has come full circle, has been in recovery over 18 years and leverages his experiences and story to engage teens. Pathways2Life was initially birthed in 2007 as a support group, designed to create a safe and authentic environment to allow students to process their lives with a person of understanding.
In 2010, drug and alcohol prevention efforts began and Pathways DnA was created to educate youth and parents about the risks associated with teen substance abuse. Ryan's story, experiences, and skills in addiction counseling fuel him as he seeks to educate, engage and equip families to navigate challenges they face in today's society. He is happily married to Pamela and they have two sons, Josiah and Asa.
Kim Michell, Director of Crisis Intervention and Support
Since finishing her Masters in Social Work, Kim has been counseling and coaching students and their families for over 17 years. She has a passion for helping students and parents understand their identity and walk in the fullness of life. Prior to joining Pathways2Life, she worked with many different populations including, battered women, migrant farmworkers, those with chronic mental illness, foster children, and adolescents placed on a psychiatric unit. She also toured with a national ministry called Secret Keeper Girl, which focuses on helping tween girls understand their identity and worth related to their purity. Kim and Ryan jointly developed curriculum for the Pathways2Life support group and the Leadership Development Training Program. Kim lives in Cumming, GA with her husband Kerry and she has 2 grown children, Morgan and Christian.
Ken Griffin, Director of Prevention and Men's Support
Ken comes to Pathways2Life with a diverse background and work experience including two Master’s Degrees in Education and Counseling and two decades of teaching, counseling, mentoring and developing youth and their families. He served as a student/collegiate pastor and senior pastor and has over 16 years of practical experience working with students and adults navigating the issues of addictions, depression, emotional health and other spiritual matters.
Alyse Hensel, Marketing and Operations
Alyse has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and brings a diverse resume to assist and propel Pathways2Life to the next level operationally. She was a partner and Vice President of Sales at a small local agency and more recently has provided her skills to other organizations as a contract employee. Alyse lives in Johns Creek with her husband of 20+ years, Greg. Her daughter Sydney goes to Georgia Southern and her son Austen attends a local high school.
Abi Pratt, Assistant Director of Support
Abi began with Pathways2Life as a volunteer Discovery Group leader in the Summer of 2013. In 2016, Abi joined the Pathways2Life staff as the Discovery Group event coordinator and in 2017 she became the organization’s Assistant Director of Support. Currently, she is completing her Bachelor’s degree at North Georgia University, majoring in International Relations, with a minor in Communications and learning to speak Arabic. Abi relates to the students as she battled anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, the unexpected suicide of her sister and eating disorder behaviors which continued into her early adulthood years. In light of the difficult life experiences she has overcome through a recovery community, Abi is able to walk alongside students with empathy and compassion. Abi lives in Roswell with 4 roommates and enjoys spending quality one-on-one time with her students, family and friends.
Catherine Rosborough, Campus Clinician - Marietta HS
Catherine has worked in community mental health and addiction recovery since 2002. She is also a Motivational Interviewing Trainer of Trainers and conducts trainings throughout the state to peers in recovery and addiction recovery specialists. In addition to counseling and training, Catherine is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES), certified through DBHDD and trained through the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. CARES works throughout Georgia providing peer coaching and recovery support services. She is the mother of 7 children and an avid SCUBA diver.
Jessica Ly - Prevention Specialist
Jessica joined Pathways2Life after 10 years in Education and Youth Ministry. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Harding University in Youth and Family Ministry and her Master’s of Education from the University of Georgia. She specializes in instructional design and technology, which empowers her to engage teenagers using the culture around them. She is passionate about influencing teenagers through love and empowering them to make the most healthy decisions possible. Jessica’s family history is filled with addiction stories that have shaped her and led her to pursue a life of sobriety and service. She is dedicated to building bridges and supporting people who are struggling or who are oppressed. Additionally, outside of curriculum development and teaching, Jessica developed and directed the community service department at her former school. She thrives when she is able to connect people with practical ways to live a better life through community service. Jessica lives in Lawrenceville, GA with her husband David, and son, Lincoln.
Nathan Reed - Events Coordinator
Nathan struggled as a teen even though he grew up in a stable family. He believed that if people really knew him they would reject him, which among other things, spiraled him into the world of drugs and alcohol. After several stints in jail, he decided his way of doing things wasn’t working and he needed to listen to the people around him who loved him and who had wisdom. He’s been in recovery now for 2 years.
Nathan has worked in several different industries including sales, lawn care, and the restaurant industry however he says he finds his most rewarding work with Pathways2Life. He gets to walk alongside young men that are going through struggles that he experienced firsthand. Nathan says he is grateful to the community at Pathways2Life for the work he is allowed to do here because he feels he gets to make a difference.
Tim Strickland, Board Chair - CEO, NexGen
Tim has over 30 years of experience in the business community. He has held several executive level positions with P&L responsibilities and strategic direction. He currently serves as President and CEO of a national company providing services to utility and energy companies. He lives with his wife of 25 years in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Pastor Leonce Crump - Renovation Church
Léonce Crump Jr., is an author, international speaker, and the founder and senior pastor of Renovation Church in Atlanta. In 2006, Crump answered God’s call to relocate from Tennessee to Atlanta and begin the process of planting Renovation Church. He details the obstacles he and his family faced and the revelations he uncovered during this process in Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are (Multnomah Books, Feb. 16, 2016). A champion for the Church’s participation in focused and intentional cultural renewal, Crump is the leading voice of a generation committed to operating as God’s redemptive agents in the earth.
His unique background includes contacts from the world of professional sports and the music industry. At the University of Oklahoma, Crump was an All-American wrestler and defensive end for the Sooner football team; he went on to play professional football for the New Orleans Saints. He has been in ordained ministry for nine years and holds graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee and Resurgence Theological Training Center. He is currently a Master of Divinity student at Reformed Theological Seminary and a member of the Acts 29 church planting network. He and his wife, Breanna, reside in the heart of downtown Atlanta with their three daughters and son.
Carol Compton - Parent, Volunteer
Carol is a former Sales Manager for the Hospitality Industry and is currently managing a household that includes twin 14-year olds, three adult stepsons, two daughter in-laws and three grandchildren. She has served as chair of many committees at Perimeter Christian School and has also been an active room parent and volunteer in the school. She is an active member of PPPerimeter Church and has led and is currently a part of Women’s discipleship. She lives in Duluth with her Husband Keith and is excited to be a part of the Pathways2Life Board and organization.
Keith Compton - President, Compton Sales
Keith has over 35 years of experience managing and directing the Manufacturer’s Representative Firm of Compton Sales Inc. He is a member of and currently active in the National Home Builders Association, MANA, Former State President of NADRA and other industry trade associations. He is a former Deacon at Johns Creek Baptist Church and chaired many committees within the church body. He is an active Elder at Perimeter Church and involved in the Parent Connect ministry. Keith lives in Duluth with his Wife Carol and has five children and three grandchildren.
David George - Retired, Healthcare Industry
Over the past 30 years, David has held key executive positions with businesses focused on the management and delivery of healthcare services to the nation’s largest payers. He served as chairman and CEO of Healthcare Solutions, a leading healthcare services company providing technology-based healthcare solutions to the nation’s largest payers in the property and casualty market. David served as President of AdvancePCS, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager and health services company, and as a Director and Executive Vice President of the predecessor company, Advance Paradigm, Inc. He also served as Executive Vice President of United Healthcare, a leading health plan and managed healthcare services company. Prior to United Healthcare, David served as President of The Prudential’s Southeastern Healthcare
Division and led the healthcare industry’s early development and adoption of broad-based managed healthcare programs. George serves on the board of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, the only national organization dedicated to preventing the legalization and commercialization of the recreational use of marijuana. He currently lives in the Johns Creek area and has 4 children.
Alyse Hensel, Board Secretary - Pathways2Life, Marketing and Operations
Alyse has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and brings a diverse resume to assist and propel Pathways2Life to the next level operationally. She was a partner and Vice President of Sales at a small local agency and more recently has provided her skills to other organizations as a contract employee. Alyse lives in Johns Creek with her husband of 20+ years, Greg. Her daughter Sydney and son Austen both attend local high schools.
Frank Sabo - Retired, Volunteer
Frank’s professional career has varied from an Associate Editor of a regional travel magazine in Michigan to corporate life as Director of Marketing, Burger King Corporation. And since 1986, Owner/Operator of Sabo Ventures, Inc., which operated a group of Burger King restaurants in Atlanta/Athens. Frank retired August 2015 and over the years he has served both local and international nonprofit ministries as a board member/volunteer serving international youth in need and often at risk. Currently, Frank serves as a Board member, advisor and volunteer to several Atlanta faith-based ministries including Ambassadors for Christ International, City of Refuge, Love Beyond Walls, Pathways2Life and 7 Bridges to Recovery. Frank resides in the Peachtree Corners area with Connie, his wife of 43 years. He has two adult daughters, Chelsea and Taylor.
Kim Walsh - JBS International
Kimberly Walsh has 34 years of experience in the behavioral health field with experience in direct service, clinical practice, non-profit management, and state government administration. She has a Master’s Degree in both Social Work and Public Administration and a Certification in Educational Leadership. Kim is currently a Technical Expert Lead (TEL)/Consultant for JBS International, Inc. leading federal opioid and substance use project implementation across the country. Prior to joining the JBS Team she worked as the Deputy Commissioner overseeing state mental health, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disabilities systems of care in West Virginia. Throughout Kim’s career, she has held various roles and administratively responsible positions, has worked extensively to address the opioid epidemic, with homeless and housing initiatives, public school systems and social work services, residential treatment (youth and adult), Tribal services coordination, victim services, justice initiatives and crisis and
emergency disaster response efforts and has been an adjunct undergraduate and graduate professor for the past 12 years. Kim lives in Alpharetta with her husband, Gerry, and teenaged children, Daelyn and Cayden.
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