Board of Directors


Pathways of Hope is led by a Board of Directors who provides the vision for a North Orange County community free from hunger and homelessness. Our Board is charged with sustaining our supporters’ trust in Pathways of Hope and maintaining the agency’s commitment to excellence in program operation and financial management. Our Board represents Pathways of Hope in the community and diversifies our supporting networks to increase our agency’s capacity for collective impact.



Executive Committee Members


Eric retired from Leiner Health Products Inc., where he served as the Corporate Marketing Director and Assistant to the President. He is active in several outreach committees at Fullerton First Presbyterian Church. Prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2005, Eric was a volunteer for Pathways (then called Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Service, FIES) for over fifteen years. He believes in Pathways of Hope’s mission to support people who are in need.

Eric Higuchi served at Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors for HomeAid Orange County, and the Advisory and Management Committees for the Urban Land Institute Orange County District Council. Eric supports Pathways of Hope because he believes that we, as a community, have the resources to end homelessness in Orange County.

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Lin is an Expeditor at ProSource of North Orange County and has an extensive background in event planning. Lin became involved with Pathways through her work at First Christian Church of Fullerton, where she serves as Vice Chair of Elders, Wedding Coordinator, and chairperson for the Hospitality and Welcome Team. Lin joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and since 2016 she has served as the Board Secretary. Thanks to Lin’s dedication, creativity, and expertise, she has helped Pathways raise over $400,000 in funding to end hunger and homelessness since she joined the Pathways Board in 2015. Her desire to make a difference for North Orange County’s most vulnerable residents is inspired by her faith and her deep belief that we all have a responsibility to work together to support our neighbors in need.

Members at Large


John was the Emeritus Dean of Library and Learning Resources at Fullerton College. He serves as a Chairperson of Fullerton College Friends of the Library, Chariperson of NOCCCD Chancellor’s Latino Advisory Committee, Member of the School Advisory Board for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in La Habra, Member of the Catholic Diocese of Orange County and OLG Parish Immigration committees, Member of Los Amigos of OC Education Committee, former Chairperson of Rosie’s Garage After School Learning Center in La Habra, Docent tour ministry (bilingual) for Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, and a Member of REFORMA OC Spanish Speaking Library services professional group. John’s belief in helping the poor and less fortunate is faith and family-based. That’s why he serves as a member of the Pathways of Hope Board of Directors.

Bev Gunter worked as a realtor before becoming a teacher of social studies at Fullerton Joint Union High School District. She has retired from teaching and now spends her time volunteering for Pathways of Hope, St. Mary’s Church, and several other community organizations. She serves as a member of the Assistance League of Fullerton, the Muckenthaler, the Needlework Guild of Fullerton, and the CSUF Music Department guilds and Friends of Jazz. Bev is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Pathways Board of Directors. She enjoys seeing first-hand the tremendous work of the Pathways staff and community of supporters in North Orange County, who make it possible to help struggling people back on the road to achieving housing, employment, and independent living.

Debra is self-employed, working full time as a partner in Developers Edge, an LLC partnership. She is a member of the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum and Fullerton Republican Women, Federated. She is also a member of the local YIMBY (“Yes In My Backyard”) nonprofit housing advocates. She regularly attends Planning Commission and City Council meetings and attends City of Fullerton functions such as ribbon cuttings and LOVE Fullerton. Debra supports Pathways of Hope because she believes we can be a part of the solution to end the experience of homelessness and hunger. She believes that Pathways of Hope is instrumental in engaging our community to help our cause.