At Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee, our team is truly an extended family. Many of our staff members have sent their own children through the doors of Pathways, and some have even sent their grandchildren. Pathways’ strives to continue to enhance the learning and development of our teachers and entire team to ensure the highest quality, engaging and nurturing environment for all children in our program.

Beth Hatch

Executive Director

Nearly 20 years ago, Beth Hatch’s career began as an Exceptional Student Education Teacher for Collier County Public Schools, working in the migrant farming community of Immokalee and in East Naples. She has honed her skills in early childhood development, early learning center program development and expansion, as well as the non-profit leadership skills of strategic planning, budget and finance.

She is excited to return to the Immokalee community as the Executive Director of Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee.


Prior to joining Pathways she was the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.  From 2002 to 2012 Beth was also the Director of the Early Childhood Program at the Greater Naples YMCA.

She currently serves on several advisory councils & committees; including Florida Southwestern University advisory board, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Community Council, Healthy Start’s Exposed Newborn committee, Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s Future Makers, and is the facilitator of the Developmental Screening Group and on the management team for Future Ready Collier.  

Brandon Dowdy

Director of Development

Brandon Dowdy, Director of Development

Brandon Dowdy brings over 25-years of non-profit leadership to the organization, but more importantly a passion for advancing new initiatives. In his current role at Pathways, Dowdy will cultivate new relationships to help give the children of Immokalee the best possible start in life through education, literacy, and school readiness.

He and Beth Hatch, Pathways’ Executive Director, have a demonstrated track record of improving child care services in Collier County. While working together at The Greater Naples YMCA, they launched the Gaynor Early Learning Center. At the time, the center had 260 students and scored in the top 25 percent in the state for school readiness.

In 1999, Dowdy earned his master’s degree in Human Services Administration. Recognized as the top-revenue producing executive director, Dowdy was promoted to CEO in 2009, developing a vision for the YMCA that has left a lasting impact on our community. He has helped advance the mission of the Guadalupe Center, YMCA of West Central Illinois, as well as Meals of Hope. He is also a graduate of Leadership Collier, class of 2009.

Michelle Blackmon

Curriculum and Assessment Specialist

Interim Director

Michelle is the Curriculum and Assessment Specialist at Pathways, where she manages the curriculum, including Creative Curriculum®, MyTeachingStrategies™ and the Early Literacy and Learning Model (ELLM) to ensure Pathways’ students and teachers have the tools they need to succeed. Michelle also monitors all child developmental screenings and assessments, and implements individual learning goals and plans, to enhance each student’s learning experience and school readiness.

For the past 20 years Michelle has taught at a variety of early education centers, always with a diverse group of students from infants through preschool age. Michelle finds it deeply fulfilling to watch each one of her students grow more proficient and confident, within their inner little selves.

Michelle is a past winner of Collier County’s Apples Blossom Teacher of the Year award and brings many certifications with her to Pathways. She is certified in CPR & First Aid and AED certified, as well as Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten {VPK) certified and a Directors Credential.

Michelle was born and raised in Nottingham England. She is the proud mother of three beautiful girls. When she’s not cooking new recipes in the kitchen she is spending time with her family and staying active.

Chelsea Ziton

Office Manager

Chelsea Ziton has always had a passion working in the non-profit industry. As the Office Manager at Pathways’ Early Education Center of Immokalee, her job is to ensure that key stakeholders in Naples are connected to the staff and community in Immokalee. Chelsea manages the day-to-day operations, social media, and ensuring the mission of Pathways is met while running the Administrative Office in Naples. Prior to joining Pathways, Chelsea spent just under 5 years working with a community art center where she developed an appreciation for the arts and education.

Chelsea, a Naples native, attended Florida SouthWestern State College and graduated with her Associates of Arts and Sciences. She has always wanted to work in the medical field, but the children of Pathways have currently stolen her heart.

Board Members

  • Gary Wilson, President
  • Beverly Vining, Vice President
  • Amy Cooper, Treasurer
  • Susan Nunner, Secretary
  • Peter Garlock
  • Prudence Boyson
  • Vincent Keeys
  • Jerry Carbone
  • Jim Hart
  • Christina Davidow
  • Kent Anderson
  • Val Enghauser
  • Neal Boortz
  • Susan Ignelzi