Erika Gleason, Pathlight’s Behavior Specialist, has received the Donald Fletcher Scholarship! This scholarship was established in honor of Pathlight’s former Executive Director, Donald Fletcher, by the Board of Directors to offer financial assistance to dedicated Pathlight employees who are furthering their education. It is awarded once per year (this year being the first) in the amount of $5,000 to assist an employee in obtaining an undergraduate degree.
Erika started at Pathlight in 2013 as a Direct Support Professional in an intensive behavioral house. Pathlight was the first organization where she experienced problematic behavior from the individuals she cared for. However, for Erika, it was easy to “see past the negative”.
With her positive attitude and dedication, Erika quickly moved her way up the Pathlight career ladder, eventually becoming a Behavior Specialist. With this role, she is responsible for checking in with all of Pathlight’s residential homes, as well as conducting safety training sessions that teach people how to support individuals with special needs. The essence of her role as a Behavior Specialist is what Erika loves the most, which is all about ensuring that the individuals we serve are living a quality life, and are given the chance to be active members in their communities.
Erika is currently working toward an associates degree in Psychology at Holyoke Community College. Her goal is to transfer to Westfield State University, where she will enroll in their Psychology program.