Leadership of Pathway To Hope

Pathway To Hope is proud and honored to have many leaders donate their time and insights to our journey. Special thank you to our volunteer leaders as well as many others that encourage a Pathway To Hope.

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Kiersten Adkins

Executive Director

Stan Stark

Board of Dir. – Chairman

Kay Salter

Board of Dir. – Vice Chairman

Jenny Zimmerman

Board of Dir. – Secretary

Tom Galbrecht

Board of Dir. – Treasurer

Ron Shrum

Board of Dir. – Member at Large

Maurice Browersox

Board of Dir. – Member at Large

Trent Schwab

Board of Dir. – Member at Large

Vivian Thomas

Board of Dir. – Member at Large

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Charles Hayden

Board od Dir. – Member at Large

Organizational Leaders

Pathway To Hope may never say “THANK YOU” enough. Our team includes countless hours of preperation that must never go unnoticed. Thanks a million to our organizational leaders!

Larry Zimmerman

Blake House Manager

Michele Hayden

Facilitator Coordinator

Jim Keller

External Affairs Committee Chair

Jennifer Donahue Runyan

Networking & Business Liaison

Erin Kuntzsch

2018 Gala Coordinator

Dedria Rains

2018 Walk for Hope Coordinator

Roseann Armenta


Support Group Facilitators

Expect a warm welcome from our Support Group Facilitators when you visit our Courage Groups.


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E3 Course Facilitators

Our E3 Course is taught by trained volunteers that have personal experience caring for someone with mental illness.

Dick Lawrenz

Sharon Lawrenz

Bev Behm

Tracie Glassrock

Executive Director – Kiersten Adkins

     Kiersten has served the Kansas City’s non-profit community for more than 20 years and has been Executive Director for Pathway To Hope since January of 2014.

     She is married to John and together they have a bountiful family that includes eleven children (including spouses) and ten delightful grandkids. Kiersten holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership & Ethics and Bible Theology from the Nazarene Bible College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She operates a private practice specializing in trauma recovery, severe & persistent mental illness and family dynamics.

     Mental illness came home for the Adkins when their daughter faced a mental health crisis at twelve years old. Her young daughter spent much of her adolescence in and out of residential treatment facilities, finding the right medications and learning to cope with a new reality. This experience has allowed the family to develop a compassion that can only come from personal experience.

     Kiersten has developed a strong belief that no challenge or heartache is wasted and she has become devoted to nurturing joy. Her suffering theology has enabled her to see that pain provides a unique opportunity for growth and that every story is precious.  When teaching, Kiersten draws from her faith, experiences and humor to present compassionate, hope-filled messages to everyone, but especially those whose lives have been touched by mental illness. Her compassion and wisdom are evident when she’s speaking to a group, or interacting one on one.

You can reach Kiersten by email: Kiersten@pathwaytohope.org

Founder, Executive Director Emeritus – Sharon Lawrenz

Dick and Sharon survived the trauma of their son’s mental health problems. Sharon learned to cope with her own mental health. Strength over pathology prevailed in Sharon’s life.

     And that’s how she guides the agency today – building better lives for those suffering with mental illness; stegnthening distraught families; providing emothional health check-ups.

     Sharon , along with her husband Dick, are E3 Course facilitators and keep centered with their faith to guide them. 

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