Developmental Pathways recognized as a top service organization by three publications and works for positive change at the state level
November 10, 2015 - Englewood, CO – Developmental Pathways, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency created to serve persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and delays and their families, is celebrating three major honors this year. The agency has received recognition by the Denver Post as one of the Top Places to work in 2015, Parent Magazine’s top five Human Service Organizations, and one of the top ten Human Service Organizations in the Denver-Metro Area by the Denver Business Journal.
There are many reasons for the non-profit’s recognition in multiple publications, one major reason being the incredible leadership within the agency.
While Developmental Pathways primary goal is to provide inclusive services and programs to Arapahoe County, Douglas County, and the city of Aurora, Melanie Worley and Matt VanAuken, Executives at Pathways, are also looking at the bigger picture – influencing policy at the state level.
Melanie Worley, Chief Executive Officer of Developmental Pathways and its affiliate organizations, is no stranger to influencing government policy. Melanie was the Douglas County Commissioner for 10 years before coming to Developmental Pathways. Melanie officially took over as CEO in 2012; she has vastly improved the quality of service Developmental Pathways provides. On July 14, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Melanie to his Respite Care Task Force. The Respite Care Task Force studies, through data collection, the dynamics of the supply and demand for respite care services in the state. On or before January 31, 2016, the Task Force shall submit a report that includes its findings and recommendations to the State Legislature (http://1.usa.gov/1O1F0RZ).
More recently, Matt VanAuken, Chief Operating Officer of Developmental Pathways and its affiliate organizations, was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to the State Board of Health. The Board is responsible for promulgating rules related to Colorado public health, approving funding for public health grant programs, appointing members to specific department committees, and advising the executive director as appropriate. Some of the topics the Board is responsible for include disease control, immunization, food safety, and public health improvement (http://1.usa.gov/1GVhs1C).
Media Contact: Tara Foristal, Associate Director of Communications – Developmental Pathways, 303-858-2381
Learn more about Developmental Pathways and the services they provide by visiting www.dpcolo.org.