About us

Mission Statement

“Empowering children to change their world.”

Pathways to Children helps and empowers children in extreme poverty through carefully selected collaborative projects focused on education, healthcare, and volunteerism.

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This is accomplished by:
  • Partnering with Non-Government Agencies (NGOs), medical institutions, corporations and schools to adopt projects that focus on childhood education and health care.
  • Introduction of dedicated individuals to Pathways projects and providing opportunities to volunteer “on-site” with the children.
  • Raising sufficient funds to allow Pathways to make meaningful contributions to the projects they support.


Pathway’s Story

Pathways To Children was founded by Grace Strangis as a result of her 10 years experience as a pediatric nurse and then her many years of traveling the world with her Corporate Travel Agency.  She grew up with limited opportunities in a small Minnesota farming community and had no concept of the broader world needs and that so much of the world was engulfed in poverty.  After seeing the thousands of orphaned and abandoned children on the street with no school or medical care, she decided the best way she could help was to use her vast travel knowledge and travel coordination skills to bring volunteers to see, hear, touch and hold this vast segment of humanity. In making people aware of the extreme poverty of this world she felt they would want to help. She also recognized the opportunity to raise funds for the NGO’s (Non Government Agencies) that are working to provide for the needs of the needs of these children and their families.  The result is that the volunteers who accompany Grace not only change the life of a child but their lives are also changed forever!  Volunteers provide not only the “human touch” but also expertise in their field.  They also are inspired and inspire others when they return to provide financial support which has enabled Pathways to Children to financially support it’s projects of schools, medical facilities and orphanages.  

Pathways board is a  “hands on” board that is involved in the decision making process of both funding and management of projects.  Pathways makes sure it has sustainable projects and evaluates projects on the basis of measurable benchmarks.

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Grace Strangis

Grace Strangis founded Pathways in January 2009 as an US 501(c)3 organization. Grace brings over 25 years of travel and business experience to Pathways. She has been an owner and partner of Corporate Travel Services for 19 years. Throughout the course of her travels to many developing countries, she became aware of the plight of thousands of poverty stricken children and decided to use her travel expertise to help.

Grace has served on a number of nonprofit boards including, Washburn Child Guidance Center, The Guthrie Theater and The Children’s Home Society. Grace presently serves on the board of directors of The American Refugee Committee.

Gopal Khanna

Gopal Khanna is the Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (but is serving on the Board in his personal capacity). He was previously the Director of Enterprise Innovation Incubators in the administration of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Earlier he was appointed Minnesota’s first State Chief Information Officer (CIO) by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Mr. Khanna also served in the administration of President George W. Bush from June 2002 through August 2005, where he held several senior policy positions, including CIO and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Peace Corps and CFO of the Executive Office of the President/Office of Administration. Mr. Khanna has held executive leadership positions at MONY Financial Services, National Council on Compensation Insurance and the American Hardware Insurance Group, and was, more recently, a Senior Fellow at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota from 2011 through 2013. Over the years, Mr. Khanna has been involved with many community-based nonprofits, nongovernment organizations, and professional organizations, including serving as a member of the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center.

Leslie Miller

Leslie is a founding partner of Miller and Mann LLP, a law firm in San Francisco, California. Her practice has concentrated on commercial litigation. She was a member of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula. She has acted as a volunteer settlement judge for the San Francisco County Superior Court and as an arbitrator for the BASF fee dispute program. Leslie has used her love of travel to participate in a previous Pathways trip to India and is a major supporter of the Pathways Jan Seva school in Kolkata.

Sara Grace Newhall

Sara Grace is the founder of InFlux Partners, an international recruiting firm based in San Francisco, California. She has participated in Pathways trips to India and Ethiopia. Through these journeys she developed a passion for directing attention to the vast number of impoverished children worldwide. The importance of helping vulnerable children has motivated her to recruit people for Pathways programs. With thousands of contacts globally, Sara Grace continues to promote Pathways, bringing individuals and companies to participate in its mission.

Robert York

Bob has been on the Pathways board of directors since its inception. He is a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A. where he has practiced for 33 years. Bob is also a certified public accountant. Along with serving as a member of the Board of Pathways to Children Foundation, Bob is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Windsor Community Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Schools for Energy Efficiency Program.

Dr. Beth Virnig

Dr. Beth Virnig is a Professor & Senior Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. She completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. She teaches Research Using Administrative Data, Foundations of Public Health, and the Public Health Administration and Policy Master’s Project Seminar She will be helping to develop and direct Pathway’s collaboration with the U of MN School of Public Health, using Pathway’s projects to help train the next generation of professionals to tackle today’s biggest health challenges

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