Pathfinder Services Honors Community and Staff

Pathfinder Services of Huntington honored individuals and organizations within the communities they serve at their annual community recognition dinner Saturday evening at Huntington University with over 160 people in attendance. John Mignone, President of Mignone Communications and Chairman of the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors, emceed the event.

Sandi Circle receives recognition for over 30 years of service from John Niederman

The keynote speaker for the evening was Pat Johns, who is the only man in history to run the grueling “Himalayan 100” mile running race four times! Johns inspired, enlightened and energized the dinner audience by weaving his incredible photography and stories with powerful insightful beliefs delivering a call to action to step out of the COMFORT ZONE to discover genuine fulfillment professionally and personally. Johns shared with the dinner audience the Power of the 5 C’s: Comfort Zone, Commitment, Connections, Common Sense, and Compassion.

John Niederman with his family, he was recognized by the Board of Directors for 25 years as President

At the dinner, the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors presented the prestigious Herbert D. LaMont award to Tim Allen.  He started the Miracle Baseball, Soccer, and Flag Football Leagues in Huntington County allowing children and teenagers with disabilities to participate in organized sports at the YMCA in Huntington.

The Pathfinder Services Board of Directors gives the LaMont award annually in honor of the late Herbert D. LaMont, who was a major force in the development of services for persons with disabilities in Huntington County. This year the award was presented by Sally Grimes and Keith Hartley, both with Special Olympics of Huntington County. Hartley also serves as Secretary on the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors.

Christy Ray- 2010 Timothy Hancher Award Recipient

Midge Decker, presented the Timothy Hancher Direct Services Award to Christy Ray, Assistant

Manager for Pathfinder Community Supports. Bill Hancher, along with his wife Barbara has initiated the Timothy Hancher Direct Services Award, honoring a Pathfinder staff person who has gone “above and beyond” in providing direct services to the Pathfinder clients.  The award was founded in memory of the Hancher’s son, Timothy, who was born with severe developmental and physical disabilities and passed away in 1996 at the age of twenty-six.

At the dinner, the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors recognized Pathfinder Services President John Niederman for over 25 years of service to the organization. Additionally, Niederman recognized Sandi Circle, Human Resources Director for Pathfinder Services for her over 30 years of service to the organization as Circle is retiring at the end of 2010. Niederman recognized John Mignone and Joe Blomeke for their years of service on the Pathfinder Foundation Board of Directors.

2010 Herbert D. LaMont Award Winner Tim Allen (Center holding picture) with Sally Grimes and Keith Hartley from Huntington County Special Olympics

Also at the dinner, Pathfinder Services gave Community Partner Awards to individuals and organizations that supported Pathfinder Services Inc. and their customers during the past fiscal year. Recipients include:


  • Denise and Britt Sather of McDonald’s for their years of support of Pathfinder Kids Kampus through the child care centers Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day run and walk as well as McDonald benefit nights held at the Huntington Restaurants for Kids Kampus.
  • Johnson Junction’s Darlene and Brent Stanley were recognized for their years of employment partnership with Pathfinder Resource Connection, the employment division of the organization.
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital was honored by Pathfinder Community Connections for their partnership with the division’s Transitional Housing program sponsorship Christmas families each year to provide a Christmas for families who could not afford one. Eight Parkview employees from the various departments of Parkview who participated in the program accepted the award.
  • NeighborWorks America was recognized by the Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing division for their business partnership of corrugated binders allowing individuals with developmental disabilities paid employment. Darlene Turner accepted the award on behalf of NeighborWorks America
  • Bells Accounting was honored by Pathfinder Community Supports in Wabash for their years of preparing the tax returns for clients of the division served in Wabash County. Staff from Bells Accounting accepted the award.
  • Rebuilding Together in Plymouth was honored by Amramp for their partnership to help raise money and build ramps for individuals who normally could not have afforded one. Dean Byers from Rebuilding Together accepted the award.
  • Five Star Grocery of Knox Indiana was not able to attend the dinner however was recognized for the five percent discounts they always give the clients of the Pathfinder Community Supports division. Five Star will receive a special presentation later this year.

Pathfinder Services is a not-for-profit human services organization based in Huntington, where it was founded in 1966. In addition to Huntington County, Pathfinder Services has office locations in Wabash and Plymouth. For more information on the services of Pathfinder Services please call (260) 356-0500 or visit .