Pathways for Children names new leadership

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Pathways for Children names new leadership

Two Cape Ann residents have stepped into top roles at Pathways for Children, which has been serving disadvantaged children and their families for nearly half a century.

Pathways announced its new executives who will replace two long-time staffers: Gloucester’s Caroline Haines who earlier this year retired after 32 years at the job as chief operations officer, and Rockport’s Kathy Morris who will retire as chief financial officer on Dec. 30 after 32 years on the job.

Pathways new chief financial officer is Elizabeth Redmond of Essex, a certified public accountant, who joins Pathways from the Boston accounting firm of CBIZ Tofias & Mayer Hoffman McCann where she was a member of the non-profits and education practice. A Wellesley College graduate with a Master of Business Administration degree from Simmons School of Management, she previously served as manager of Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

The new operations officer is Katherine Kershaw of Manchester, who brings 20 years of operations and human resource management experience to the job. Most recently, she served as operations manager for Addiction Treatment Services at Lahey Health Behavioral Services in Danvers. She holds a degree from Tufts University in child development.

Serving in the role of Pathways’ new director of Head Start is Marcela Di Savoia of Beverly, who brings a wealth of experience as a senior executive and consultant. She has guided the development of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. She holds a master’s degree in education from La Verne University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Concordia University. She also participated in Harvard University’s executive management program.

Pathways, headquartered in Gloucester, has restructured its education programs, which is part of an ongoing transformation to consolidate operations across 13 Cape Ann and North Shore communities and extend the reach of its services. Its mission is to empower the more than 500 local children and their families it serves through education, as well as social development and support services.

Sue Todd, president of Pathways, is eager to continue the organization’s work with these new faces and applauded the work of Haines and Morris.

“Elizabeth, Katherine and Marcela have incredible and complementary backgrounds that will help us fulfill our mission of providing the highest quality early education and family support services, as well as our goal of extending those services to a larger population,” said Todd. “While we will miss the experience and devotion of Caroline Haines and Kathy Morris, we are fortunate to have attracted highly qualified and dedicated executives who are committed to educational excellence.”

Morris, a Rockport Rotarian, will remain involved with Pathways in other ways, when she retires in the coming weeks.

I’m certainly going to miss the people. I have made friends for a lifetime,” said Morris. “Going forward, I will stay connected to Head Start. Once you get involved with Head Start you stay involved with Head Start — it grabs you.”

But the challenges for the families served by Pathways remained unchanged.

“There is still a lot of poverty on Cape Ann and the North Shore, and because there is such a need, we continue to grow to meet that need,” said Morris.

Haines, who retired July 3, may be best known on Cape Ann because she has been a singer with the a capella group Leven, an ensemble of Cape Ann women’s voices.

Looking to stay well connected with residents, families and donors, Pathways also launched a new website, www.pw4c.org,  as part of an extensive technology upgrade, funded by a grant from the Tower Foundation and the Dusky Foundation.

“We are committed to providing quality services for the hundreds of students and families served by Pathways as it grows and expands,” said Tom Zarrella, chairman of the Pathways board of directors. “The board of directors is extremely proud of what Sue Todd and her staff are accomplishing — and will continue to accomplish — on behalf of children and families on the North Shore.”