Telling My Story…

I grew up in a loving, working class, traditional Italian-American, Catholic home. Although an excellent, motivated student, there were very few choices offered to a young woman of my socio-economic background other than marriage and children. At 21, I was married with 2 babies.

The marriage ended, and after several years of being a working mother of 2 young sons, I was blessed with a new marriage and a beautiful daughter. I started attending college while raising three children and working part-time in a women’s health clinic. My passion and commitment to women’s issues remain an integral part of my life and work. Ten years later, I graduated from Bryn Mawr College, as a Katharine McBride Scholar, majoring in English and Women’s Studies. I recently earned my Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

My work evolved from women’s health to political campaigns, to public policy to national service. Throughout my life, I have been blessed with strong advocates, who supported and challenged me to ‘find my voice’ and to create powerful change in my life.

Now my life’s work is to be that advocate for others. Pathways Advocacy Coaching supports and challenges my clients to ‘find their voices’ and to live fearless, principled lives through action and advocacy for themselves, their communities and their organizations.


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Pathways, LLC, Coaching and Consulting, is about affecting powerful change-moving people and organizations to action-through assessing organizational effectiveness, strengthening leadership competencies, addressing work-life balance, understanding institutional systems and cultural expectations that stifle effective communications, developing performance management strategies, and building equity in organizations.


Over 20 years of experience as Trainer, Leadership Coach, Facilitator

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership and Management
  • Capacity Building for Organizations
  • Executive/Professional Coaching
  • Volunteer Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Performance Improvement Coaching
  • Training in Effective Communications
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Intergenerational Programming
  • Facilitator/Community of Practice

National and Community Service: Leadership Coaching, Community of Practice

Founder and CEO Pathways, LLC
January 1999 – present

  • As President and Founder of Pathways, LLC, this woman-owned business offers professional, executive and life coaching services to individuals and groups in the public, non-profit, and private sectors
  • Co-author: Management Coaching Curriculum, Balancing Professional and Personal Life, Workshop: Leading with Emotional Intelligence, and VoiceLessons: Supporting Women to Speak Out
  • Co-author: Community Service for Expelled and Suspended Youth

Independent Consultant: Technical Assistance Manager:
East Coast JBS International, Aguirre Division
July 1996 – present

  • Provide leadership coaching, communications consulting, facilitating and training for strategic planning, Board and Staff retreats, resource development, and marketing. Also, serve as manager and facilitator of the national ‘Community of Practice’ for training professionals in national service and nonprofits organizations as well as train the VISTA Program Service Orientation

Adjunct Faculty National Service Leadership Institute
San Francisco, CA
January 1999 – Present

  • The National Service Leadership Institute conducts leadership training for organizational and community development. The Institute provides national service leaders with the tools to increase effectiveness, strengthen the network of leaders in national service, and develops new leaders, adding to the diversity, richness and energy of those guiding national and community service organizations
  • Accomplishments include serving as contributor to content and process of the Leadership Curriculum, delivery of Leadership Development Training, facilitating learning groups, strengthening teams, Interpreting the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and providing executive coaching with individuals and groups

Senior Program Officer
Governor’s Commission on Service, Baltimore, MD

  • Created, implemented and successfully managed the Maryland Service Exchange, a statewide training and technical service network of 75 professionals that volunteered their expertise to non-profits and service organizations

Executive Director Delaware Commission on National and Community Service, Wilmington, DE

  • Conducted a statewide public relations campaign to increase visibility and awareness of the AmeriCorps program
  • Managed staff
  • Created a grant review process, grant administration, monitored and evaluated programs
  • Provided training and technical assistance to programs and prospective applicants
  • Facilitated and implemented the creation of the first National and Community Service Board of Directors in Delaware and launched the first 4 AmeriCorps programs

Politics: Public Policy, Resource Development/Fundraising

Finance Director
Joe Kohn for Attorney General of Pennsylvania Campaigns, 1992 and 1996

  • Generated, planned, and implemented fundraisers statewide
  • Recruited high profile celebrities to speak at events
  • Cultivated and solicited major donors
  • Created ‘Women for Kohn’ Statewide Committee
  • Contributed to the successful raising of $1 million dollars

Director of Communications for the Honorable Barbara Hafer, Auditor General

  • Conducted public relations campaign and developed community outreach strategies
  • Represented the Auditor General at various public functions

Associate Fundraiser for Pennsylvania’s Campaign for Choice

  • Generated and implemented fundraisers statewide
  • Cultivated and solicited major donors

Women’s Health: Director, Communications/Media Relations
Director of Patient Services
Allentown Women’s Center, Allentown, PA

  • Counseled, trained, public relations, media relations, advocacy, and conducted outreach regarding community health education programs
  • Supervised ten counselors and directed medical services to patients
  • Served as the Center’s Media spokeswoman during the Supreme Court case of Casey vs. Planned Parenthood and appeared on CNN as an advocate for women’s reproductive choice

Director of Education and Public Affairs Women’s Suburban Clinic, Paoli, PA

  • Created a speakers’ bureau, organized and managed an escort service program, counseled patients
  • Designed workshops for community outreach, recruited and managed volunteers, conducted media and public relations
  • Wrote newsletters, press releases, and reports
  • Collaborate and strategize on women’s reproductive choice with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center, Family Planning Council and NOW

Career Projects Manager Women’s Alternative Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • Responsibilities included counseling and providing career skills training to underprivileged women

Executive Director YWCA Northeast Philadelphia

  • Directed the changing organization, raised funds, developed programs · Managed staff, conducted public relations


University of Pennsylvania, MA in Public Policy
Graduated, May 2004 M.A.
Bryn Mawr College, BA, Katharine McBride Scholar, English and Women’s Studies
Graduated, May 1991 A.B.

Continuing Education

  • Coaching Certification: ‘Excellence in a Box’  A Proven Approach to Advance Performance
  • Columbia University, Teachers College and Business School: Coaching Strategies
  • Adjunct Faculty of the National Service Leadership Institute, Oakland, CA
  • Accredited User, Hay Group, to administer and interpret the 360 degree Emotional Competency Inventory (ECI) that measures emotional intelligence
  • Coach Training: ‘Now What’ 90 Days to Change your Work: Laura Berman Fortgang
  • Institute of Cultural Affairs – Training in Workshop and Strategic Planning Methods
  • Intensive year-long Professional/Executive Coaching Training with ICF Accredited Program, New Ventures and participated in Coaches’ Study Group
  • Lead Facilitator School focusing on Leadership Development, Coaching, and Diversity at the National Service Leadership Institute
  • Qualified Administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Indiana University, Center for Philanthropy Advanced Fundraising Certificate, Washington, DC
  • University of Pennsylvania, Fundraising Certificate, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Foundation Center, Intensive Grant writing Program, Washington, DC
  • Certificate HIV pre/post test counseling, Family Planning Council, Baltimore, MD
  • Train-the-Trainer, Cultural Diversity, Family Planning Council, Washington, DC
  • Harvard University, Executive Coaching Case Studies Program

Professional Recognition

  • Chosen to appear on CNN to demonstrate the counseling techniques and information provided and comprehensive education process offered to women in the reproductive health movement during the Casey vs. Planned Parenthood Supreme Court Case in 1991
  • Member of the Philadelphia Delegation at the NGO Forum, Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China
  • Published as 3rd author, Eastern Psychological Association, research on women and language

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of National Association of Fundraising Executives (NSFRE)
  • Member of Association of Women in Communications
  • Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Member of the International Association of Facilitators
  • Member of Emily’s List and the DNC Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF)
  • Member of Business for Social Responsibility