Our Team

Lorianne Panzara Griswold
Executive Director/Owner
Lorianne Panzara Griswold is the proud Executive Director/Owner of Pathways for People, Inc. She came to NorthCarolina from Boston, Massachusetts where she lived for 10 years. During that time Lorianne attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology as well as a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.
Before settling in North Carolina, Lorianne worked with a diverse group of individuals in a variety of settings. Her work experiences include counseling at an inner city woman's health facility; vocational rehabilitation counseling, case management, and job development/job training at Goodwill Industries; and court mandated family counseling at Child and Family Services where she conducted intensive counseling interventions with at risk youths and their families.
Once in North Carolina, Lorianne began the task of developing an agency model for what is now Pathways for People, Inc. During this time she spent many hours working 1:1 with individuals with Developmental Disabilities, being always mindful of the ways that their services may not be meeting all of their needs or the needs of their care giver.
Lorianne is very proud of what Pathways for People has become and all that it stands for. She is often heard referring to the agency as her "first baby" feeling affection for all of the unique individuals who have come and gone over the years. She is equally as proud of the dedicated office team, many of whom have been with her since the beginning of their careers. It is because of the complete trust and the faith in their abilities to represent the agency that she (with much sadness) left North Carolina to move with her "other family" to Essex, Connecticut where she currently resides with her husband, two children and dog Percy. 


Gloria Álvarez-Rothrock
On-site Administrator

Gloria was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, moving to Rome, NY at the age of 9.  She first became interested in working with children with disabilities in high school while being involved in a physical education mentoring program, where she was paired with peers with various special needs.
Gloria attended MVCC in Rome where she earned a degree in Human Services.  During this time she gained valuable experience interning at a special needs day care.
Gloria came to NC for job opportunities (and warm weather!) and joined the PFP family in 2002 as a Habilitation Technician.  Other interests attracted Gloria to the administrative side of the agency where she currently holds the position of On-site Administrator.  Gloria feels grateful that circumstances led her to PFP, Inc., where she has found a satisfying career, lasting friendships, and even her future husband!!  She resides in Cary with her two sons and husband.


Michele Sullivan
Qualified Professional (QP)/Operations Manager

Michele Sullivan was born and raised in Endicott NY. Michele Graduated from SUNY Brockport in Rochester NY where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in the Social Work program. She moved to Orlando FL in 2004 where she worked as a Day Treatment Counselor at a mental health center serving individuals with mental illness. In 2007, Michele moved to Clayton, NC to begin her career as a clinical supervisor for an agency serving individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. There, she was responsible for supervising 2 ICF/MR group homes. After less than a year of service, Michele took on the responsibility of Operations Manager, as well as maintaining her duties as QP. In 2009, Michele became a Team Leader for an agency providing Community Support Services to individuals with mental illness.
Michele was introduced to Pathways for People in 2010 where she currently acts as QP. Michele is excited to be a part of the Pathways team as she has a passion for serving others and providing exceptional care. Michele lives in Clayton with her husband and two children.


Larry Sampson
Qualified Professional (QP)

Larry Sampson was born and raised in Clinton, NC. While attending high school, he was very active in all sports, participating in football, basketball, and track with some of the now professional league greats. Larry is proud of the many honors/rewards that he has received including holding a high school track and field record, and being All American in football for two years, in addition to being a NC American scholar and a Who’s Who of high school students. He also spent three years with the big brother program.
Larry attended North Carolina Central University, graduating with a degree in Recreation Therapy. His work experiences during this time include a recreational therapy practicum at Life Skills center working with adults with developmental disabilities, an internship at the Volunteer Center of Greater Durham working with at risk youths and providing respite to the elderly.
Larry joined the PFP team in 2004 in the position of Habilitation Technician, working with children with both physical and developmental disabilities. In 2006, he was promoted to the position of QP and is currently a Certified NCI Instructor.


Rachael Edens
Day Program Director

Rachael Edens joins the Pathways for People team following 2 years working in the capacity of a general instructor at a Day Program serving Adults with Autism. She was born in Connecticut, but has lived most of her life in North Carolina. Rachael Graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy. During her time in college she was involved in several academic organizations, as well as completing an internship providing recreation therapy to individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. She was also employed as a Habilitaiton Technician, working 1:1 with children with Autism and other special needs. She continues to volunteer for Special Olympics, serving as a mentor for these talented athletes.
On her free time, Rachael can often be found enjoying East Carolina football, and playing kickball and softball for Raleigh Parks and Recreation. She currently lives in Raleigh with her husband, son and dog Bailey.


Blake Watson-Garrison
Qualified Professional (QP)

Blake was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has always loved children and at age 11, began tutoring her fellow students in middle school and continued through her high school career. She graduated from Bunn High School with honors and started college at NC state studying zoology. While attending NC State she discovered Pathways for People and became a care provider in 2003. Upon working with Pathways, she decided to further her education and completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Barton College. She realized that a career in psychological/behavioral health was where her passion lied, so she turned again to Pathways for People where she started working alongside individuals with autism. She enjoyed that so much, that when the opportunity arose, she accepted a position as an instructor. In May 2014, she transitioned to the role of Qualified Professional.
When not at work, Blake enjoys being active with sports, including her trained dance career of 18 years. She also is an avid North Carolina Tarheel fan and enjoys being outside whether she’s fishing at her family’s pond or spending time wither her horse, Trusty.


Shannon Brown
Qualified Professional (QP)

Shannon Brown was born and raised in Durham, NC and joined the Pathways for people team in June of 2012, working as an instructor at the day program as well as music therapist. Shannon graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy. After college, Shannon spent a short time living in Tallahassee, Florida where she completed an internship providing music therapy for individuals at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. There she worked with populations including children and adults with autism, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia, traumatic brain injuries and those receiving hospice care.
Shannon enjoys being a part of the Pathways team and sharing her passion for music every day with others. Shannon currently resides in Cary, NC and loves to spend time playing tennis, spending time with friends and cheering on her favorite Duke Blue Devils!


Jaime West-Haddock
Qualified Professional (QP)

Jaime West-Haddock was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC. In 2006, Jaime obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Fayetteville State University. Thereafter she worked as an ABA Tutor with children with the diagnosis of Autism for 5 years. In 2013, Jaime and her family moved from their hometown of Fayetteville to Garner, NC. Jaime came to PFP in October of 2013 as a Habilitation Tech working with adults with intellectual disabilities. In 2014, Jaime became a General Instructor at the Pathways for People Day Program.
Jaime loves hanging out with her family that consists of her husband, their daughter who is 7 years old and their 14 year old Chihuahua named Otis. Jaime also enjoys Photography, Music and watching movies.