Steven J Fournier, Lt Colonel (USAF Retired), Executive Director
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 part time Executive Director for the Loralee Foundation, and 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.
Cynthia Salcedo, Director of the Child Placing Agency
Cynthia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M International University in 2000. Through her years as a child care professional, she feels that helping children has always been a very rewarding journey. Contributing to the fight of helping the unprotected and knowing that she has been able to save at least one child from abuse and neglect makes every day worth working for. As an Licensed Child Care Administrator for Burke Center for Youth and by serving as a child advocate, Cynthia is able to give back to the community each day and makes a positive difference in children’s lives.
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, BSBM, Case Manager, Pathfinders Ranch
Jaqi Sloan is the Case Manager for the residents of Pathfinders Ranch. Prior to taking over as Case Manager, Jaqi was a Care Counselor here for just under 2 years. In that time 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 has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was formerly an NREMT- Paramedic. Her work involves administrative and coordination of care for the boys here, including making sure that their physical and emotional needs are being met.