Our Mission

We provide a unique Christian program dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Our Mission

 

We provide a unique Christian program dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Our Vision

We assist each individual to achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual growth to his or her fullest potential.

OUR PILLARS

Grow

Every day students work to grow their faith through Bible study and worship. Students enjoy sharing about God's love in our community through volunteer work and the Pathways choir. Our students' goal for the year is to read the Bible cover to cover.

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Learn

Continuing education helps students to retain the skills they worked hard to learn while in school while providing an opportunity for growth. Students explore subjects like math, reading, science, art and life skills. Learning is made fun and practical by incorporating money handling and budgeting into math, or practicing reading and comprehension through the Pathways Book Club. Life skills range from the art of conversation to cooking classes with recipes students can recreate at home.

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Volunteer

Volunteerism is an important service learning opportunity allowing students to practice a variety of skills while serving others. Students volunteer in the community each week building relationships at assisted living facilities and helping to fight hunger at the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. These activities allow students to engage with their community and practice team work.

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Move

Staying active is important for our students to live happier and healthier lives. Each day students enjoy fitness activities like stretching and dance classes. Students also have the opportunity to train for and compete in Special Olympics swimming and track and field.

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Our Beginning

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Pathways was founded in June 2009 as an outgrowth of the Community of Friends Ministry of Kirk of the Hills church and thanks to the help and direction of Crystal Fulda. The great need for more programs in the Tulsa area to support adults with intellectual disabilities became apparent after countless phone calls and questions from the community. Adults with intellectual disabilities needed a place to live happier, healthier and more meaningful lives after high school graduation, so Pathways Adult Learning Center was first formed as a ministry of The Kirk with only 7 students attending 12 hours per week. Due to tremendous growth, Pathways became its own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2015 and now operates 40 hours per week, serving more than 60 students.

Meet Our Staff

Monique Scraper

Monique Scraper

Executive Director

Having volunteered and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities for more than a decade and being a guardian of an adult with special needs, Monique has developed a tremendous passion for helping these adults to live meaningful and fulfilling lives. Her nonprofit background and her education in public administration has equipped her to help maximize the impact of the Pathways mission. Outside of Pathways, Monique enjoys adventuring to distant lands, fluffy Pomeranians, and eating pancakes with her husband every weekend.

Charlene Johnson

Charlene Johnson

Program Manager

Charlene Johnson grew up in a small town in Montana where she worked with adults with developmental disabilities. Upon moving to Oklahoma and working with Teach for America and in the special education field, she was introduced to Pathways and immediately fell in love with the mission and students. Outside of her life at Pathways, Charlene enjoys quilting, cooking and crafting.

Katie Groke

Katie Groke

Communications Manager

A California native, Katie spent her Saturday afternoons leading soccer games for teens with intellectual and physical disabilities while in high school. Upon graduating from Trinity University with a degree in Communication she wanted to get back to her roots of helping those in need and the mission of Pathways fit what she was looking for. Outside of her managing communications work she crochets, runs, and watches puppy videos on YouTube.

July Syko

July Syko

Teacher

July worked in the fitness and music fields before joining the Pathways team. She spent six years at a local cancer hospital promoting 'work at your own pace' fitness. It was there where she developed a love for dancing, wearing crazy costumes, and making people laugh. She began volunteering at Pathways in September 2017 and is thrilled to be on staff full-time. In her free time, she loves all dogs, enjoys going to LaFortune Park, and is constantly eating green beans.

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Lori Williamson

Teacher

As a former classroom teacher and director of a supplemental education program in Oklahoma City, Lori has worked with students of all ages. Upon moving to Tulsa, Lori joined the Pathways team with the goal of helping students realize their full potential. She has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. When Lori isn’t at Pathways, you can find her serving at her church, reading a book, or crocheting items for donation to local hospitals.

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Athena McKeever

Teacher

A Kansas transplant, Athena is a mom with a passion for the mind and brain. Her dream is to impact the world of mental wellness and plans to pursue a neuroscience doctorate in the upcoming years. Whether inside or out of Pathways, Athena loves being outdoors, laughing and is always moving.

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Chelsea Mohan

Teacher

Chelsea grew up in St. Louis County and spent a lot of time at church and volunteering with her youth group. Chelsea felt that Pathways was an amazing opportunity for her as it allowed her to use her sociology degree, love for Jesus, and compassion for people in need all in the same place. Outside of being a teacher at Pathways, Chelsea volunteers at LifeChurch, enjoys doing Zumba and other workouts, and loves spending time with family and friends.

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Mary Keaney

Book keeper

Mary was born in England and raised in Ponca City. she married a wonderful man and is mother to two adult daughters who are currently studying special education and communications. Mary has worked in healthcare and Oil and Gas, finally landing at Pathways where she is very happy.

Board Members

Officers

Sabrina Triplett, President

Rachel Robison, Vice President

Ben Gray, Treasurer

Catherine Cooke, Secretary

Members

Barry Fulda, Past President

Janet Halbert

Janet Parker

Jessie Bennett

Kelly Monaghan