Steve runs all operations and fundraising for the Pathfinders Ranch Residential Treatment Center, as well as for the 4 Child Placement Agencies in Harlingen, Corpus Christi, Laredo and San Antonio. He is also a business consultant for three start-up technology companies. Previously, he spent more than 21 years at every level of operations in the U.S. Air Force as an officer and pilot. Colonel Fournier received his Bachelor’s degree in Ergonomics from the United States Air Force Academy and holds a Masters in Education from the University of the Incarnate Word, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science Degree from the Air University and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas in Austin.
Steven J Fournier, Lt Colonel (USAF Retired), Executive Director
John (Jack) Morrel, LCSW, LCCA / Treatment Director, Pathfinders Ranch
Jack started college studying religion at St. Edwards University in 1976 but ended up graduating with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas in 1998. Jack then spent 6 years at Woodside Trails Residential Treatment Center in Smithville as a therapist and then 5 years at the Settlement Home in Austin before coming to the Burke Center for Youth in December 2009. It was right before Christmas and the first thing Jack was asked to do by Burke was deliver presents to foster homes. They loaded up his truck to overflowing, handed him a list of names and addresses to people he had never met and sent him flying down the highway to San Antonio. He didn’t get back until 2 am but, by then, he definitely felt a lot like Santa and he knew he’d finally landed where he belonged.
Richard Urbina, Program Director, Pathfinders Ranch
Richard has been employed by the Burke Center for Youth since 2002. In addition to overseeing all staff and resident aspects of Pathfinders Ranch, he is an Emergency Behavior Intervention Specialist and Master Level Instructor of Crisis Intervention Strategies. Earlier in his career, Richard provided Assault Management training for military, law enforcement, and qualified civilians. He believes that helping the most vulnerable and innocent among us is a shared responsibility.
Jaqi Sloan, Operations Coordinator, Pathfinders Ranch
With passion for efficient work and IT Jaqi has been integral in launching the Burke Center for Youth’s digital transformation process. She began her service at The Burke as a Care Counselor. In just under two years she simplified the way medications are provided for the residents, created a mobile app for our direct care staff, and was named Care Counselor of the Year for 2017. Jaqi then became the Case Manager for all residents at Pathfinders RTC, and continued the digital transformation with a HIPAA compliant ecosystem that has automated sharing child files with all parties who need access, automated report submission, etc. Currently Jaqi is the Operations Coordinator tasked with Quality Assurance, Accreditation, Training (CPI Instructor & Lifeguard Instructor), and continuing to transform how IT is used to grow and improve care for the children the Burke serves. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was formerly an NREMT- Paramedic.
Amber Grant, Case Manager, Pathfinders Ranch
Amber has been working with troubled youth for nearly a decade. She took a short hiatus to manage hotels in the Austin and Dallas area, but then returned to the work she found most meaningful. Amber earned her Associates degree in Corrections. She then pursued her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Texas State University. In her career working with the youth, Amber has become a certified First Aid/CPR instructor, a caregiver through the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, and has completed the Incident Command System training for FEMA. Amber believes that building trust and positive rapport with people are the best tools for success.
Adela Lopez, Supervisor, Laredo CPA
Adela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Texas A&M International University in 2007. She began her career working with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for five years. There she worked as a conservatorship caseworker for foster children. In 2013 Adela began working at Burke Center Child Placing Agency in Laredo as a case manager. She also worked as a Social Services Worker at Border Region Behavioral Health Center. Adela loves working with children and youth. In 2016 she decided to return to working with foster children at Burke Center and is currently the Supervisor for the Laredo Child Placing Agency office.
Micaela Rodriguez, Corpus Christi CPA
Micaela has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Her experience includes working with children that have mental or behavioral problems at a County facility for over 7 years and with Child Placement Agencies for more than 10 years. In addition, Micaela worked with the Department of Family and Protective Services in the Adoption Unit for 4 years. Her passion is working with families and children. She has two daughters and 4 grandchildren and enjoy movies, gardening, family gatherings and reading in her spare time. Micaela runs the Corpus Christi Child Placing Agency office.