Meet the Team
Mentorship & Leadership
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 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.
Jon 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:
- Coordinator of coaching programs
- Trainer for VIA Institute signature strength and mindfulness coaching
- Strategic planner and facilitator
- Project management
Karen was raised in the Monterey 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.
The 30 years I spent working in Western medicine and my own extreme health issues have made it clear to me that Western medicine does not have all the answers. I understood that much of my mystery illnesses were only to be healed by looking within. My biography was now my biology and I was really the only one that was ultimately responsible for my own health and well-being.
I soon began to understand and use all the mindfulness tools that were available to help me heal my body, mind and soul. I was becoming well as a result of my encounters with growth and healing modalities like mindfulness, meditation, fitness and spirituality.
I have always been a natural coach, teacher and mentor. I now found myself inspired to share everything that I had learned and experienced with others.
Through my own experiences and witnessing healing in others, I have come to absolutely believe that we all have the potential to change and heal our own lives in ways that will create more freedom, aliveness and vitality; therefore increasing our effectiveness and impact on the entire planet!
I know that everyone can use the tools of mindfulness and create positive turning points that will then become positive tipping points giving rise to greater love, joy, connection, wealth, health and harmony…
Following a long career in non-profit management during which time Dr. Gillman earned the professional designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE), she served various nonprofits in the role of Executive Director. In 2007, Dr. Gillman graduated from Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Social Work. In 2010, she earned a Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) and in 2013, she graduated from ITP with a Ph.D. in Psychology.
Dr. Gillman’s doctoral research topic was, The Psychospiritual Dimensions of Living with Life-Threatening Illness, which was published in 2013. Dr. Gillman, is both a long-term cancer survivor and twice a widow, and has an active private Therapeutic Life Coaching practice. She loves working with individuals who are seeking health of mind-body-soul, and who are seeking permanent weight loss, and how to redesign their lives to deal with everyday stress. Dr. Gillman teaches clients various meditation techniques, the use of HeartMath™, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and how to use Mindfulness to achieve permanent transformational change.
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.