Staff & Consultants


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 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


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 Master’s 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 

Rita McElhany

Development Consultant

Rita develops and manages timelines for various fundraising activities and prepares and submits 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

 Traci Pettis-Johnson 

National Training Consultant

 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 the 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 

Dr. Darryl T. Jenkins, National Training Consultant 

National Training Consultant

 Dr. Jenkins is the Senior Pastor of Faith Community Church of Itasca and Vice President of Interfaith Mental Health Council. With over two decades of corporate management and non-profit consulting in organizational leadership, training & development, project management, marketing, and strategic planning experience, Dr. Jenkins is recognized for delivering road-map solutions in Mental Health First Aid, Companionship Training, Clergy Wellness & Church Health Initiatives, Diversity, and Inclusion.

 Darryl remains committed in his pursuit to engage health care providers, law enforcement, faith communities and organizations with a comprehensive suite of resources, proven tools and techniques to strengthen organizations, clergy and communities’ relevant community programs. To reach Dr. Jenkins please email him at  


Elizabeth Freshour

Social Media Consultant

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