A Message From Our CEO

Dear Families and Friends,

I’m excited to be writing to you during my first few weeks as President and CEO of Pathfinder Village. I’m honored to join this community and thank the Board of Directors for having faith and confidence in me to lead Pathfinder in shaping our future.

Recently relocating to Central New York, I’m eager to get out, and meet our individuals, families, and Pathfinder’s many friends, neighbors, and partners. My passionate belief that everyone has unique gifts and talents to share informs my work daily and inspires me to continue creating possibilities for individuals served.  I’m eager to leverage my experiences, both as the parent of a young adult with disabilities and as a 25-year career professional in disability services, to advance Pathfinder’s mission.

Over the past 15 years, former CEO Paul Landers guided and championed that mission with innovative initiatives that firmly sustained the tradition of Pathfinder Village as an internationally respected livable community and services provider for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. I will be forever grateful for his devoted, inspired leadership and the support he has provided during this transition.

Let me close by thanking you. I’m humbled to be your CEO and truly grateful for your continuing support and commitment to Pathfinder. I look forward to meeting you and experiencing first-hand the diverse and enriching opportunities our Pathfinder community offers. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

With gratitude,

Karen Knavel
President & Chief Executive Officer
(607) 965–8377, ext. 102
[email protected]


Karen Knavel, CEO

“Pathfinder Village helps people find their
way in life to independence, success, and
maturity — all the things you want for your family.”
Marian Mullet | Founder of Pathfinder Village

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