Meet the Chaplaincy Team

Meet the Team

Chaplaincy Team

Team Leader

Jon_Cordas_bioJon Cordas, PhD

Transitioning from an organizational consulting career to strategic planning at Pathways for Veterans has provided a greater sense of meaning and purpose as I live my life in service to others.

With a PhD in psychology and a Masters in sociology, I spent over thirty years worked as a consultant with clients such as the FAA, NASA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Intel, Lockheed and General Dynamics. I helped these organizations innovate and collaborate more effectively. In addition to working with great people and great companies, I found much personal satisfaction teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational leadership.

While I enjoyed helping people work together more effectively, I found a new level and clarity of purpose and meaning working in service to veterans at Pathways. I find profound satisfaction every day as I engage my passion for focusing convergences of extraordinary people with resonant values and vision. My varied roles at Pathways include:

  • Board member
  • Director of Curriculum Development
  • Coordinator of coaching programs
  • Trainer for VIA Institute signature strength and mindfulness coaching
  • Strategic planner and facilitator
  • Project management


Team Support

Betsy_Coffman_bioRev. Betsy Coffman

M.S.W., L.I.S.W.

Rev. Betsy Coffman was appointed Chaplain of Urbana University, Urbana Ohio, in 2009. She developed and leads an Interfaith Chaplaincy Program which includes volunteer clergy from the area who represent a variety of faith perspectives. The Chaplaincy program seeks to support the spiritual, moral and ethical development and concerns of university students, faculty and staff, while honoring the religious freedom, dignity, conscience, personal spiritual welfare and the religious tradition of every person.

Rev. Coffman has been the pastor of the Urbana Swedenborgian church since 1998, initially as an authorized lay pastor. She was fully ordained as a minister in the Swedenborgian Church of North America, in June of 2013. She has actively served her church at the local, regional and national levels for 38 years and is presently serving as Vice President of the denomination.

Rev. Coffman is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Ohio and has had a 40-year career in the field of clinical social work with a history of progressive responsibility working therapeutically with diverse populations, clinical management, staff supervision, administrative and program oversight in both Mental Health and Addiction Treatment settings; significant experience leading and co-leading educational and training workshops for professionals and lay people; 16 years of experience as co-owner of private practice counseling group involving both administrative and clinical responsibilities.


Gary Ferguson - Founder and CEOGary Ferguson

Founder and CEO

Gary Ferguson is a highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran (Tet 1967 – 1968)

"Pathways for Veterans was created as a non-profit 501(c)(3) to help other veterans understand the VA resources and offerings. The Pathways program will enroll you in transformational activities that help guide you along the way."


Julie_Rodriguez_bioJulie Rodriguez

Julie Rodriguez, co-founder of Inner Journeys Life Coaching. Julie is a Certified Dream Builder and Spiritual Life Coach who has a deep passion to inspire and empower you to reach your highest potential to live the life you would love living. Offering techniques, strategies and support every step of the way to close the gap from where you are now to living the life of your dreams. Julie will empower you to shine your light brightly so that you can give your unique gift to the world! Also certified as Meditation Teacher, Neuro-Linguistics Programming Practitioner (NLP) and Hypnotherapist, Julie is well-equipped to teach and work with you to incorporate the predictable laws of the universe into your life to overcome the obstacles and circumstances that often hold us back from experiencing true joy and fulfillment.

In addition to her coaching, Julie also has a Masters degree and is a professor of psychology at Folsom Lake College. In addition to her teaching, she has also been involved in course and curriculum development, student mentoring and student learning assessment processes on campus.

Before developing the skills and finding the path to living her purpose, she worked in the corporate sector in various Human Resources settings. She is now living her dream and wants nothing more than for others to do the same.


Scott_Stockton_bioScott Stockton

Scott is currently the President of YOU. Only Better.™ -- a coaching and training firm specializing in organizational development, leadership coaching, executive coaching, teenager coaching, and young adult coaching. Scott’s client list includes Sodexo, M&T Bank, HSBC, Kaleida Health, University at Buffalo, Canisius College, and over 150 others.

He holds a B.A. from Houghton College; an M.A. in Leadership from Asbury; and various other degrees and credits from institutions such as the University at Buffalo, the University of Kentucky, and the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies.


Karen_Sykes_bioKaren Sykes

Karen was raised in the Monterrey Bay area of Northern California and now resides in the Sierra Foothills of Rescue Ca. on 5 acres, with her two sons, two dogs, and a cat.

She was a massage therapist for 7 years, and a preschool teacher for 5 years. And for over 15 years she has studied the teachings of Wayne Dyer, Maryanne Williamson, and Ernest Holmes to name a few.

Seven years ago she started an organic community garden with her friend Dan Daniels; a two time Vietnam Vet. Enlisting the help from her Spiritual Community, they built 10 - 24ft x 4ft raised beds, with room to plant fruit trees. Growing her own food, and tending to the garden with a community of friends was a magical experience for her. She donated food monthly to "The Upper Room," who serves meals to the homeless in El Dorado County.

Her intention since then has been to go out into the surrounding communities and help others build and start growing their own organic food and promote Self Sustainability.

Pathways for Veterans Organic Farm Program is improving the health mentally, and physically for those Vets in the program. Giving them a sense of accomplishment; selling what they grow, feeding their families, and a new found love of community for the good of themselves and "Mother Earth." I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful organization.

link: Rescue, CA


Chris_Wagner_bioChris Wagner

Chris Wagner is the co-founder of Inner Journeys Life Coaching and a Certified Spiritual Life Coach and DreamBuilder Coach. She is also on track to become a Spiritual Practitioner accredited through the Emerson Theological Institute.

Also certified as a Meditation Teacher, Neuro-Linguistics Programming Practitioner (NLP) and Hypnotherapist she is well-equipped to teach and work with you to incorporate the predictable laws of the universe into your life to overcome the obstacles and circumstances that often hold us back from experiencing true joy and fulfillment.

Through principles of her own teaching, Christine has been able to fulfill her own goals in entrepreneurship by founding and managing her own successful Private Dog Boarding Service that embodies her love and compassion for these beings by providing a healthy and nurturing environment for her clients and their beloved pets.

Her passion is to inspire and empower individuals to let their light shine brightly and live a life of true purpose and deep meaning. Chris truly believes living a life that you love is a blessing to those around you causing a ripple effect that reverberates out into the world in a positive way.


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