About Us

Turning children’s lives around

Our Leadership Team

Rick L. Smith, M.A.

Founder and Executive Director

Rick L. Smith, M.A.

Founder and Executive Director

Driven by a passion to serve neglected and abused children, Rick has provided foster care and adoptive homes for thousands of children in the California foster care system since 1993. He has a Master's Degree in Business Administration and more than 27 years of Executive Leadership experience in providing quality care for children in the foster care system. Rick is the founder/CEO of Pathway Family Services and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He and his wife, Jane have three adult children (who are married) and six amazing grandchildren.

Nathan Smith

Director of Administrative Operations

Nathan Smith

Director of Administrative Operations
nathan@pfsffa.org

Committed to the vision and mission of Pathway, Nathan has served on the Pathway Leadership team since 2006. His significant skills are demonstrated in the recruitment tools that he designs and manages for the growing foster care and adoption agency. Nathan's long history with Pathway provides a rich knowledge of the inner workings of the day-to-day operations. Nathan has been married for 18 years to his wife Anissa and has three children.

Tamira Lopez, MPA

Director of Social Work

Tamira Lopez, MPA

Director of Social Work
tlopez@pfsffa.org

Tamira Lopez became a part of the Pathway team in 2015. She serves as the Director of Social Work. Tamira has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. She has outstanding communication and relationship building skills and enjoys marketing and community partnership development. In addition to her many years of experience in management roles in a private foster care agency she has over 10 years of experience in Executive Leadership roles in other community-based non-profits. Tamira has a passion and commitment to see children and families thrive. She is a certified TBRI Instructor and is committed to providing excellent, caring and compassionate service to foster children and their resource families. Her ultimate goal is that children find healing and HOPE. Tamira is the proud aunt of 6 nieces and nephews.

Rebecca Colaw, MCP

Adoption Program Director

Rebecca Colaw, MCP

Adoption Program Director
bcolaw@pfsffa.org

Becky serves as the Director of Pathway’s Adoption Program and Resource Family Evaluations Program or the Agency. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and more than 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors of Child Welfare Services with approximately 12 of those years in adoptions. Her strengths are in communication and writing, and she enjoys training and orienting people to the foster care and adoptive process. Becky has been a part of the Pathway team since 2012 and she is committed to providing excellent services to adoptive families and is responsible for overseeing the work of the adoption social work staff in all the counties that Pathway serves. Becky is married, and she and her husband have four children.

Michelle Moses, MFT & MBA

Deputy Director, Central Coast Region

Michelle Moses, MFT & MBA

Deputy Director, Central Coast Region
mmoses@pfsffa.org

Michelle Moses became a part of the Pathway team in 2012. She serves as the Central Coast California Deputy Director our Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties services. She has Master's Degrees in Marriage & Family Therapy and Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology – Human Resource Management and has more than 10 years of substantial experience in serving adults with disabilities and co-occurring mental health disorders, drug & alcohol treatment and Foster Family Agency services as an FFA Social Worker, Social Work Supervisor. Michelle is a certified TBRI Instructor and is passionate about serving foster children and resource families; she enjoys the opportunity to contribute to bringing hope and healing to children and families through the mission and vision of Pathway Family Services.

Luci Green, MA

Deputy Director of Southern California

Luci Green, MA

Deputy Director of Southern California

Luci Green became a part of the Pathway team in 2015. She serves as the Southern California Deputy Director for our Riverside & San Bernardino Counties services. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and she has more than 15 years of rich background in Foster Family Agency services as an FFA Social Worker, Social Work Supervisor and Area Administrator. Luci is very positive, encouraging and contributes much professional knowledge and many leadership skills as a member of the Pathway leadership team.

Ashley Thompson

Finance Manager

Ashley Thompson

Finance Manager

Ashley Thompson serves as the Finance Manager for Pathway Family Services. She attended Bakersfield College and she has more than 12 years of rich background in management with a majority of her time spent working with one of Kern Counties oldest non-profit organizations helping children and families with special needs. Ashley is a professional, knowledgeable, member or the Pathway leadership team. She is married and has two children.

David Stevens, MCM

Supervising Social Worker

David Stevens, MCM

Supervising Social Worker

David Stevens currently serves as the Supervising Social Worker for the Emergency Shelter Program in Santa Barbara County. David has been working with children and teens for over 16 years. He has served young people as a Youth Pastor, Summer Conference Director, and Director of Religious Education for various churches, and now as a Social Worker. David is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he served as part of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom from 2001-2005. David holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, a Masters Degree's in Christian Ministries from Southern California Seminary and is currently studying for his MSW from Brandman University.  David is passionate about serving foster children and resource families; he enjoys the opportunity to bringing hope and healing to children and families through the mission and vision of Pathway Family Services.

Isabel Chavez, MC

Supervising Social Worker

Isabel Chavez, MC

Supervising Social Worker

Isabel Chavez is the Supervising Social Worker for the Bakersfield office. She has been a part of the Pathway team since 2013 and has served in her current position for the past 5 years. Isabel has a Master degree in Counseling from California State University Bakersfield and has many years of experience in working with at risk youth in the public school system and in the Kern County foster care system. She is a very positive and pleasant member of our leadership team and is greatly appreciated by those she serves. Isabel is married and is the proud parent of her beloved dog, “Maximus Bear”.

Board of Directors

Rick L. Smith

CEO/Executive Director/Chairman of the Board

Raul Rodriguez

Local Mortgage Banker/ PFS Board Treasurer

Nathan L. Smith

Board Secretary

Kenny Davis

Board Member
CEO, Davis Group Real Estate

Sonjia Braun

Board Member
Lead Pastor, Believers Church

Randy Rankin

Board Member
Owner, Rankin Electric

Doug Pike

Board Member
Educator

Gail Bentley

Board Member
Principal of Foothill High School

Ways You Can Contribute

There are many ways to help children in need. We are a non-profit organization that can accept donations.