Staff

 

Our staff is comprised of diverse professionals who are committed to ending hunger and homelessness for families and individuals in North Orange County. Each staff member brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and compassion to our agency’s mission to provide access to shelter, food, and permanent housing for our community’s most vulnerable residents.

 

 

Leadership

 

David Gillanders

Executive Director
David Gillanders

David Gillanders, Jr is the Executive Director of Pathways of Hope. As a North Orange County native and a ten-year veteran in the work of ending homelessness, and most recently working in central county on the intersection between Domestic Violence and homelessness, he returned to his roots in 2017 to lead Pathways of Hope’s efforts to provide food and housing services to our friends, neighbors, and community members experiencing hunger and homelessness. David is a board member of the Fullerton Collaborative, a group of Non-Profits and community members concerned with the well-being of our community, and is also on the Executive Committee of the Family Solutions Collaborative, a group of agencies that focus their work on ending the experience of homelessness for families across Orange County. David is a graduate of Fullerton College, California State University Fullerton (where, along with University of California Irvine, he continues to give back through teaching), and holds a Master of Science from DePaul University. Previous work includes various program and agency leadership roles, including working at Orange County United Way managing investments into anti-poverty programs. David enjoys nothing more than ending homelessness, except spending time with his wife and partner and their two children at their home in Orange. David enjoys snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, bicycles, and hanging out drinking coffee and listening to records with his dog Ezra!


Sarah McClellan

Director of Programs
Sarah McClellan

Sarah received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from USC in 2016, and prior to that she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 2011. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, she began working at Crittenton Services for Children and Families, a group home for at-risk, teenage girls located in Fullerton. Sarah worked as both a Residential Counselor and a Client Liaison during her time there, and quickly fell in love with the helping profession. Three years later, she began her Master’s program at USC and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that has strengthened her passion for helping others.
All of this led her to Pathways of Hope in 2016, and she is honored to be part of this organization and to have the opportunity to come to work and do what she loves. Being able to see the journey clients take while they are in our programs and watching them strive to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain a permanent home for themselves and their family is what she loves most about her job – seeing the successes, no matter the size, each and every day.


Mychael Blynde

Development Manager
Mychael Blinde

Mychael received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the team at Pathways in 2015, Mychael served as the Community Business Development Manager at Barnes & Noble in Fullerton. Mychael believes that every single member of our community deserves a roof over their head and food on their table and she is proud to lead the Development Team at Pathways. Mychael enjoys working hard to find the funding and resources necessary to make a tangible, lasting impact on the lives of our neighbors in need. She says, “It is a great pleasure to spend every day working with individuals, businesses, organizations, and faith communities who share Pathways of Hope’s belief that we are always stronger when we work together, and if we work together, we can end hunger and homelessness in North Orange County.”


Community Programs Manager
James Kennedy

James received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. Before joining the Pathways team in 2019, he began working at Casa Youth Shelter, an emergency shelter for homeless, runaway, and abandoned youth. James is proud to be part of the Pathways of Hope team. James enjoys offering food pantry services, interfacing with community members, and offering service navigation to those in need of housing. His favorite part about being part of the leadership team is having the opportunity to work with a committed, capable, and empathetic group of people working together to end hunger and homelessness.


Gary Stinson

Facilities Manager
Gary Stinson

Gary grew up in Fullerton and received his Associate’s Degree from Fullerton College. After working at various jobs through high school, college and beyond, he started a career at the Marriott hotel in Fullerton, where he worked as a Senior Mechanic for 10 years. In 2011, Gary brought all of the experience he acquired over the years to Pathways of Hope as the Facilities Manager. His favorite part of being a member of the Pathways leadership team is having the opportunity to help cross-train new employees and to share his knowledge of the organization with them, helping to ensure a smooth-running operation.


Operations Manager
Kim Stinson

Kim grew up in Whittier and attended California High School. After a brief time at Fullerton College, she went to work full-time as an Account Coordinator in the trade-show decorating industry. About 10 years later, Kim chose to be a “stay at home” mom to her 3 children, volunteering in classrooms and holding every PTA position. When her kids were older, she re-joined the work force, first as an Executive Assistant at the Fullerton YMCA, then as a Human Resources Coordinator at the YMCA of Orange County. In 2016, Kim came to Pathways of Hope, and she couldn’t be happier. The thing she likes the best about being a part of the staff leadership at Pathways of Hope is being able to have a hand in all aspects of the operations of the organization and being able to work with every employee in the organization in some capacity.

 


 

Program Team

  • Kevin Amezcua – ERA Service Navigator
  • Pablo Antunez – ERA Service Navigator
  • James Bacon – ERA Service Navigator
  • Brittany Benford – Cypress College & NOCE Service Navigator
  • Rose Casillas – New Vista Case Manager
  • Erin Collins – ERA Service Navigator
  • Onely Flores-Velazquez – ERA Service Navigator
  • Megan Green – ERA Service Navigator
  • Ramon Guzman – ERA Service Navigator
  • Onely Flores-Velazquez – ERA Service Navigator
  • Katy Hammer – ERA Service Navigator
  • Hillary Hassani – ERA Service Navigator
  • Brittney Hernandez – ERA Service Navigator
  • Natalie Hernandez – ERA Service Navigator
  • Mary Ibarra – ERA Service Navigator
  • Deanna Leaning – New Vista Resident Manager
  • Jackie Maraya – Rapid Re-housing Case Manager
  • Joshua Mercado – Service Navigator/Food Coordinator
  • Karen Munoz – ERA Service Navigator
  • Vernon Newburn – Via Esperanza Resident Manager
  • Mariah Nguyen – ERA Service Navigator
  • Elisabeth Pineda-Garcia – Via Esperanza Case Manager
  • Andres Preciado – ERA Service Navigator
  • Cecilia Rivas – ERA Service Navigator
  • Michael “Joey” Rocha – Fullerton College Service Navigator
  • Hannah Roddenbery – Program & Grants Support Specialist
  • Rosita Sary – ERA Service Navigator
  • Francisco Vargas – ERA Service Navigator
  • Zorayda Velez – ERA Service Navigator
  • Amber Villescas – ERA Service Navigator

Operations Team

  • Desiree DeLaura – Administrative Assistant
  • Ida Tan – Accounting Associate

Development Team

  • Ann Stoddard – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Vince Tran – Development Associate

Facilities Team

  • Ken Stitch – Facilities Assistant