About Us

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40 Years Strong

Since 1978, Pathways has served the community with the utmost compassionate care. Originally staffed by volunteers to provide comfort care in the final days of life for just 17 patients, Pathways has expanded astronomically to offer comprehensive hospice care, palliative care and grief and loss support for all, regardless of ability to pay.

Throughout the past 40 years, we have built strong relationships with physicians, facilities, therapists and other members of the medical community to provide the best care possible. We now serve thousands annually, including 1,200 hospice patients, 2,800 palliative care visits and 3,400 community counseling sessions.

Our Vision

Pathways is committed to being northern Colorado’s preferred provider of hospice and palliative care services through excellent patient care in all settings, as well as comprehensive grief support. We educate about end-of-life care, partner with caregivers, remain good financial stewards, grow to meet our community’s needs, and strive to be an employer of choice.

Our Mission

Honoring every moment of life, Pathways provides compassionate, excellent, comprehensive care for those who have an advanced medical condition and those who are grieving.

Our Values

We honor life through compassion, respect, integrity, excellence and stewardship.

our incredible team

People Behind the Scenes

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Nate Lamkin

President

Nate Lamkin comes to Fort Collins all the way from Massachusetts, where he built his record of achievement with both nonprofit and for-profit hospices. With experience in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of an array of programs and services, Nate leads a staff of 150. Under his leadership and direction, Pathways operates as the preferred hospice care, palliative care, and grief and loss organization in northern Colorado.

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Soto Flouris

Director of Business Development

Soto Flouris made the transition from the tech industry to hospice in 2010 based on a request from a friend who was a hospice CEO. Soto has found the transition rewarding and self-fulfilling. Soto brings decades of entrepreneurial leadership in high tech, hospice operations and business development experience to Pathways. That unique combination puts him in an ideal position to manage relationships with providers and partner facilities, oversee admission activities and staff, as well as raise the community’s awareness of hospice and palliative services.

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Dr. Michael Towbin

Medical Director Executive

Dr. Michael Towbin has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, most recently serving as Medical Director and In-House Physician at Life Care Center of Westminster, where he supervised the medical care for the nursing home and served as an attending physician. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Towbin oversees Pathways’ healthcare professionals and programs. He also provides educational programs on the subjects of hospice and palliative care, advanced directives, and pain and symptom management.

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Tammy Brannen-Smith

Director of Pathways for Grief and Loss

Tammy Brannen-Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extra training in sand tray therapy, play therapy, and crisis/trauma counseling. In addition, she specializes in support to parents and families following prenatal, perinatal or infant loss. The compassion and insight that she brings to her position is an asset when helping children, teens and adults navigate the journey of grief following loss.

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Angie Sickmon

Director of Clinical Services

Angie Sickmon is a registered nurse and has been an integral part of the Pathways team for more than 17 years. Starting out as a nurse, she has filled many different positions at Pathways and now holds the position of Director of Clinical Services. Angie is first and foremost patient-focused, which has earned her the respect of her peers and the appreciation of the patients and families in hospice care. She has a strong commitment to customer service, and her prior nursing training enables her to bring tremendous insight into the special circumstances that may arise, as well as being a strong support to her team.

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Gayle Osterberg

Director of Quality, Compliance and Education

Gayle Osterberg is an Advance Practice Nurse with a MSN and a certification in Adult Gerontology. She has worked in hospice and palliative care for 13 years and brings to her role a passion for providing expert care during all stages of serious illness. In addition, she trains and mentors staff members to empower them to provide the same excellent care to all.

Marsha Sesskin

Marsha Sesskin

Director of Development

Marsha Sesskin is an accomplished Development professional, bringing over 25 years of experience to Pathways.

In her role as Director of Development, Marsha is dedicated to raising funds for hospice care, palliative care, and the Grief & Loss programs. She has taken the lead on larger initiatives including the completion of a $500,000 capital campaign for Pathways’ Children’s Healing Garden and our 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Marsha is a devoted community member and ambassador for Pathways, highly regarded and appreciated by peers and partners. She brings warmth and care to her position, making certain that donors, community members, and colleagues are valued and supported.

Pathways will never share or sell donor information to the community or public at large. All donor information is kept confidential between the development department and the donor. By signing up for our email newsletter list, you agree that you allow us to send information to you in regard to upcoming events or programs offered by Pathways. These email addresses and preferences are also confidential.

2018 Annual Report 

2018 Form 990