Our Team

Our Team

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Larry Olsen

Vice President
Lesa Stellke

Tim Moore

Jack Stiegelmar

General Members

Jim Brennan

Key Leadership

Cindy Dutton

Senior Director of Residential and Therapeutic Services

Cindy received her Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development from Western Illinois University. She started her career in 1991 as a Case Manager with a foster care agency in Chicago, Illinois. Cindy moved to Colorado in 2000 and was hired as a Resource Coordinator for Developmental Pathways in 2005. After transferring to a Program Manager position with Continuum of Colorado, Cindy found her niche. Cindy currently oversees the residential sites and nursing team. She strives to tailor residential options to best support individuals and their families.

Tom Knost

Senior Director of Activities and Employment Services

Tom Knost received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Cincinnati in 1997. After graduation, he worked in the mental health field with children and adolescents in Ohio, Arizona, and Colorado. Tom came to work for Continuum of Colorado in 2003 and has had the opportunity to support many of the different programs Continuum has to offer. He was promoted to director in 2013, and values the opportunity to be part of an agency that is committed to supporting individuals in the manner in which they would like to be supported.

Alexa Lanpher

Deputy Executive Director of Continuum of Colorado

A native of Colorado, Alexa discovered at an early age her passion for helping others achieve their goals. This passion stuck with her through college, where she earned a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University. While at Continuum, Alexa has served on several state committees to update the rules and regulations governing service providers. While Alexa has held several positions within Continuum’s management team over the past 20 years, her focus has always remained on providing creative supports to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive in their community.

Matt VanAuken

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Matt brings more than 20 years of multi-unit and executive leadership and management experience to Developmental Pathways. He has a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Management from Western Governors’ University. Matt currently is a Governor-appointed member and 2019 President of the Colorado State Board of Health, and he is a senate-appointed member of the Healthcare Policy and Financing’s Medicaid Provider Rates and Review Advisory Committee. Matt also serves as the President of the Colorado Coalition of Developmental Disabilities and is on the Executive Committee for the Alliance Association. Matt is a former chairperson for the El Paso County Human Services Advisory Committee, and former board member for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Matt is also an active participant in the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). Previously, he worked as the Director for Children, Youth and Families for Jefferson County Human Services, Vice President of Operations for Hard Rock Café, and Vice President of Operations for Olive Garden. Matt lives in Colorado Springs with his amazing wife and two beautiful children.

Erica Kitzman

Chief Operating Officer

Erica joined NMSC in February 2014, overseeing the human resources (HR) and learning and development teams.  Since then, she has had the opportunity to lead varying shared business services teams, including communications, project management, legal, maintenance and facilities, finance, and information technology.  In partnership with company leaders, she has played a key role in enhancing internal service delivery and innovation, stabilizing teams, developing future leaders, and helping to prepare for continued growth.

Prior, she worked at Qdoba Restaurant Corporation for 11 years, the last seven of which she served as an HR Director.  She began her professional career over 20+ years ago with Wild Oats Markets, where she served in several progressively responsible HR roles in the field and at their corporate office.  Erica received a B.A. in Psychology from CU-Denver, and has proven experience building engaged, high-performing teams, strategic planning and driving results through operational execution.

“Empowering others to be purposeful and achieve more, whether our staff or individuals we serve, is deeply meaningful to me.  I am proud to serve our mission and support our incredibly dedicated and talented professionals conducting ‘business with purpose.’”