OUR U.S. BOARD
Though he passed away in 2015, Dr. Prasad is the inspiration behind Pathway India. In 1975, Dr. ADSN Prasad, a promising 22 year-old speech pathologist and audiologist, was administering to a patient in Madras (now Chennai), India. While performing his routine tasks, he discovered that this client and many others were sacrificing daily comforts for his services. In fact, many refrained from meals and other basic necessities of life in exchange to pay for his services. It was at that moment when he realized that he needed to take action on this injustice. From that day forward, Dr. Prasad dedicated himself to charity for the poor and destitute and Pathway India was born.
Mr. William Benac is a former business executive with a distinguished 35 year career in corporate finance and private equity, serving as CEO, President, and CFO of numerous public and private companies. He co-founded a highly successful commercial finance company from which he retired in 2016. Mr. Benac received his B.A. and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University, his JD from Pace University School of Law and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.
Mr. Benac and his family have been enthusiastic supporters of Pathway Centre since the 1980s and he was named President of the Advisory Board in 2016. Mr. Benac also serves other philanthropic causes including the DFW Alliance fore Religious Freedom (of which he is Founder and President) and as a member of several other educational and charitable boards.
The Benacs, who have nine children and 22 grandchildren, live in Dallas, Texas, USA
Formerly Judge of the Superior Court of California, Orange County, lives in Los Angeles, California, earned his undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach and attended law school at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his divinity degree from Yale after studying at Brigham Young University for some time.
Mr. Sheffield also served as a member of India's Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi's defense team in the 1970s.
Mr. Sheffield has been a massive supporter, tireless campaigner, and co-founder of Pathway's several programs, from 1989 onwards.
PAMELA AND ALEX MARTINEZ
Pamela Martinez co-founded Oakley Products in 1973, which eventually evolved into Oakley, Inc., one of the most recognizable sunglass and eyewear companies in the world. She has a combined family of 6 children and 18 grandchildren with her husband of 21 years, Alex, and enjoys riding her bicycle, walking with friends and being a loving Grandma the most of all!
Alex Martinez holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and has an extensive business background. As an engineer, he has served in capacities as an application engineer, management, business development, manufacturing design, sales and private consulting. He co-founded Horizon Health Care, Inc., a provider of pre-op and post-op healthcare serving geriatric and pediatric markets in El Paso, TX. He enjoys staying physically active, exercising, playing golf and plays guitar every opportunity he has.
After more than 30 successful years working for major US healthcare companies Jean-Luc is now a global healthcare advisor providing guidance, support and expertise in broad areas of health care.
He serves on the boards of:
- Singapore A*ccelerate (A*STAR)
- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. Member of the Audit and Supervisory Committee
- Member Investment Committee
- Novo A/S. Board member and member Novo Advisory Group
- Varian Medical System. Board member, Audit Committee, Compensation and Nomination Committee
- Several healthcare start-ups in Asia and Europe
Jean-Luc earned a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a MBA in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management.
SABIN CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Gary Sabin has served as Vice Chairman of the National Board of Trustees for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and also on the board of trustees for Deseret International and Boy Scouts of America and is the founder and Chairman of The Sabin Children’s Foundation, which focuses on healthcare for children in need.
Chandra has been with Pathway for nearly three decades. She is a post graduate in food and nutrition from Mysore University. A Gold Medalist from Bangalore University in her undergraduate degree. Has obtained degrees in Education and Special Education. Chandra Prasad has been the back bone of the vocational programme of the centre for several years and has produced many innovative products and designs in the area of vocational rehabilitation and special education of the disabled. Chandra Prasad has been involved in the planning and design of all facilities of the organization. Has been awarded a joint national award along with A D S N Prasad for services for the disabled, as the best couple serving the disabled in India from MSD.
JIM AND KAREN DOSDALL
Jim and Karen Dosdall taught at the Pathway Pamela Martinez School from 2008 to 2010 while serving as humanitarian missionaries. As parents of thirteen, including four adopted Asian children, they were delighted to discover how that background had prepared them for this extraordinary and life-changing assignment. Living in India and at Pathway gave Dosdalls a unique perspective on the challenges and culture in which these children lived. They have kept in touch with several dozen of their Pathway “grandchildren” as they have grown and begun to take their places in society.
is Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Business at BYU. He teaches courses in competitive strategy, economics of strategy, and strategy analytics for undergraduates and masters students. David is passionate about helping organizations grow, acquire resources, and put them to best use. For the past 25 years, David has helped start-ups, mid-market companies, and Fortune 50 companies address this need. As a consultant, has worked with clients on enterprise strategy, new market entry, branding, pricing, positioning, growth, organization redesign, and operations restructuring for greater effectiveness. David first heard about Pathway India many years ago through family friends and has been an advocate and supporter ever since.
Tim Fewkes is the founder of EverOps, a technology services firm dedicated to engineered operations. As a technologist and tech executive he specializes in complex Internet of Things delivery models. He first became involved with Pathway Centre in 1996 and is committed to Chandra and Dr. Prasad's vision to provide the children of southern India with a path to their greatest potential. He and his wife Karen have four children and live in the San Francisco Bay area, California.
Chetan is a Senior Product Manager for Adobe Experience Cloud. He leads SDKs, developer tools, and other emerging tech initiatives across mobile and OTT platforms. Prior to Adobe, Chetan has also oserved in roles at Procter & Gamble and at the LDS Church. Chetan has an MBA from Brigham Young University and lives near Salt Lake City, Utah.