Staff & Consultants

Staff & Consultants

Staff

Rev. Jermine D. Alberty, BSB/M, M. Div.
Executive Director

Rev. Jermine Alberty brings a rich variety and depth of experience to his work with Pathways. He has worked over 20 years in nonprofit, faith communities, mental health and government serving in the roles as a community organizer working with different faith traditions, training director for a community mental health center, neighborhood planning assessments and staff development work.

He possesses a deep passion for mental health ministry through personal experience. Having had the first-hand experience with family members who live with mental illness, and understanding the importance of the faith experience in their faith journey. This inspired him to seek ways to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, and promote recovery in ministries. He has lead Pathways to Promise since 2016. Rev. Alberty is the Senior Pastor of Bethel Church in Columbia, MO and a National Trainer of Mental Health First Aid USA. He is also the co-author of the book Bottled-up Inside African American Teens and Depression.

To contact Rev. Alberty, please call 314-810-2234 or email jalberty@pathways2promise.org.

 

  Consultants

Jessica Dexter

Administrative Program Assistant 

Jessica  is the  Administrative Program Consultant for Pathways to Promise and is responsible for the Committee for Education and Resource Development.  She works primarily on program development for The Companionship Movement and with the Executive Director.  Jessica recently received her Masters Degree from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and became an Associate Chaplain at the Mental Health Chaplaincy.  She is passionate about working with and advocating for all people, especially persons living in marginalizing circumstances. To contact Jessica, please email jessica.dexter@pathways2promise.org 

 

 

 

 

Rita McElhany

Development Consultant

Rita develops and manages timelines for various fundraising activities and prepares and submit grant applications. She also oversees the planning and execution of special fundraising events and identifies and develops corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities. To reach Rita please email her at rmcelhany@pathways2promise.org.

 

 

Dawn Pennington
Program Associate

Dawn handles all communications for Pathways to Promise including mail, email and phone inquiries. Maintain the financial records through bookkeeping software: (record transactions, keep track of accounts, pay bills, reconcile bank statements) Handle yearly appeals campaign email/mailing she is a vital part of the Pathways to Promise team. To reach Dawn please email her at dawn@pathways2promise.org

 

 

 Traci Pettis-Johnson 

Regional Consultant-Greater Kansas City Mental Health Training Collaborative

 Traci  is a diverse educator throughout the state of Kansas and Missouri. This includes 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, business leader, mental health advocate, bereavement services, guest speaker and lecturer in the faith community, government entities, academic sector and nonprofit sector. Traci is currently coordinating the Mental Health Training Collaborative in the Greater Kansas City area. To reach Traci please call her at 816-877-2110 or email her at tpettis-johnson@pathways2promise.org  To learn more about Traci please click this link Traci Pettis-Johnson Bio.

 

Elizabeth Freshour

Social Media Consultant

Elizabeth provide digital media support, and manages the Pathways to Promise website.  Elizabeth also works to use social media as a more effective tools for promoting greater understanding of mental health recovery, for reducing stigma, for fundraising, and for generally communicating with our constituents. Elizabeth is also charged with creating and managing  social media-based fundraisers. To contact Elizabeth, please email her at elizabeth.freshour@pathways2promise.org