About Pathfinder Services of ND


Pathfinder Services of ND is a statewide non-profit organization. We were started in 1987 by a small group of North Dakota families. These parents received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to become ND’s statewide parent training and information center. Today we serve over 2000 parents of children that are at-risk due to learning challenges or have disabilities (age birth to 26).


Our mission is . . . To unite families and educators by giving them the resources to build positive futures for and with children, students and young adults with learning differences or challenges.

We help parents and educators to connect, plan for and become engaged in each child/person’s education. Our mission includes individuals who receive both general education and special education services from birth through age 26. (Revised June, 2010)


We believe in individualized education for all students. We promote efforts to welcome and include diverse learners and families at home, in school and in the communities.


We offer support to familiies and schools through our experience, services and products. We hope you find that our services meet these standards.

Experience Services Products
  • Confidence
  • Belonging
  • Leadership
  • Timely
  • Meaningful
  • Individualized
  • Useful
  • Relevant
  • High Quality


We are part of a national alliance of parent centers. Through the alliance we have access to many unique resources and services that strengthen our ability to serve families and schools. If we don’t have what you need, we can often find what is available through other states.


We are part of a state network of family support agencies. Through this network we tackle projects that no one agency is able to achieve alone. We pass the benefits of this collaboration on to you. Currently we have work groups on:

  • Inclusive Child Care
  • Benefit Planning
  • Families and Technology


We help families and schools to:

  • Understand the nature and needs of a child's condition
  • Get information on how to parent children with special needs
  • Work together to create individualized education programs
  • Use positive strategies to resolve conflicts
  • Establish positive home/school communication
  • Support parent involvement in their child’s education
  • Communicate effectively on an ongoing basis
  • Participate in educational decision-making processes
  • Obtain information about programs, services, and resources
  • Support parent involvement in early childhood & school programs


The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M110021. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

IDEAs That Work - Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education


Jacki Harasym
Director of Finance

Katie Spurgeon
Outreach Coordinator

Mariya Hardy
Family Support Specialist

Daniel Griffith
Technology Coordinator

Board of Directors

David King
Professional (Board President)

Nancy Burke

Derek Diede

Sara Doering

Becky Dolley

Nancy Jellesed

Brandon Rogers

About Our Board