Lisa MearsNorth Branch, MN – The Board of Directors of Family Pathways announced that Lisa Mears will become Family Pathways’ Chief Executive Officer on July 2, 2018, succeeding Dr. Reid Zimmerman, Interim Executive Director. Mears was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of VEAP, a basic needs and social service organization located in Bloomington.

“This is a wonderful time for Family Pathways and for Lisa,” Zimmerman commented. “Family Pathways is planning new strategies to help deepen our impact, strive for technology upgrades, and strengthen our business partnerships. Lisa will be a great fit to see these come to fruition.”

Kathy Lentz, Family Pathways’ Board Chair, echoed Zimmerman’s comments. “We are fortunate to have a person with Lisa’s talent, enthusiasm, and commitment to Family Pathways to step into Reid’s shoes. I and the other members of the board look forward to working closely with her.”

Lisa is a collaborative nonprofit leader with demonstrated success in starting - and significantly growing - a new nonprofit, as well as transforming a 45-year organization. As Chief Executive Office of VEAP, Lisa is credited with leading a robust - one of a kind - strategic planning initiative bringing the organization into a more focused and impactful future with innovative programming to better meet the needs of the communities. Lisa also led VEAP through an organizational “right sizing”, moving VEAP to a position of improved financial viability. She is known for her ability to create an open, inclusive and mission-focused culture of staff and volunteers, which extends to community and partnerships.

Lisa earned her Masters of Public Affairs from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. Her graduate work concentrated on Public Administration and Nonprofit Management with an emphasis in strategic planning. Together, her professional and academic background puts her in a position to lead Family Pathways into its next chapter.

“I am tremendously excited to join Family Pathways on July 2nd! As a nonprofit peer, I have held great respect for the important mission and strong staff team of Family Pathways over the years. I grew up and have always lived in rural Minnesota communities, and look forward to partnering with others in the Family Pathways service area to assure all community members have what they need to thrive,” explained Lisa.