About Pathfinder Services of ND

Pathfinder Services of North Dakota (PSND) is a statewide non-profit organization, with its main office located in Minot, ND. PSND was founded in November 1987, by a small group of parents who had a strong desire to help other families understand the special education laws and systems.

Over the years PSND has become a leading source of information and support in North Dakota for children and youth who have special needs, their families and others who support them.

We look forward to continuing our success with creating pathways for fellow North Dakotans.


Offering resources to parents & families, youth & young adults, professionals, and the community focusing on individuals birth-26 with learning differences or challenges.


To promote efforts to welcome and include diverse learners and families at home, in school and in the community. To offer high quality resources to help build collaborative relationships and to create connections and partnerships. To continue to develop enhanced resources to meet the needs of our stakeholders.

What do we do?

Our scope of services includes:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Outreach & Leadership
  • Resources
  • Training & Development

How do we do it?

We deliver our services via the following methods:

  • Face to face
  • Phone
  • Electronically
  • Mail

Who do we do it for?

Our Pathways include:

  • Parents & Families
  • Youth & Young Adults
  • Professionals
  • Community

Pathfinder Services of ND

  • Helps parents build partnerships with those who provide services to their children.
  • Connects families to community resources.
  • Educates parents on their rights and how to use those rights to become involved in their child's education.
  • Empowers parents and young adults so they may advocate effectively for their own needs.
  • Provides information and resources to educators and other professionals who support children with disabilities.


Pathfinder Logos from our history

Pathfinder Services of North Dakota was founded by Kathryn Erickson of Mohall, ND, in 1987. Kathryn and a small group of parents received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to become ND's statewide Parent Training and Information center (PTI). Shortly after Pathfinder was founded, Dr. Wayne Sanstead, then State Superintendent of the ND Department of Public Instruction, publicly introduced Kathryn as "a pathfinder for parents". Thus, our name was born.

We are a 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 your need, we can often find what is available through other states. We provide statewide services through our central office that is located at the Town and Country Center in Minot ND. Our staff consists of professionals with a wide variety of expertise in providing support for parents, youth, and professionals.

We are governed by a Board of Directors composed of parents and professionals, with a majority of the members being parents who have children with physical, emotional, learning, or sensory disabilities.


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


Jodi Webb
Executive Director

Mistie Boully
Family Support Specialist

Carrie Miller
Youth Support Specialist

Jacki Harasym
Fiscal & Grant Specialist

Daniel Griffith
Technology Coordinator

Board of Directors

Sarah Olson
Parent (Board President)

Becky Dolley 
Professional (Secretary/Treasurer)

Shannon Cook 

Jessica Haugen

Desiree Herzig 

Teresa Olafson

Dr. Mark Vollmer 

Michelle Woodcock 

About Our Board