WATERLOO, Iowa – JUNE 21, 2021 – After a nationwide search, Vicki Mueller was selected to succeed Chris Hoffman as Executive Director of Pathways Behavioral Services effective August 18.
              “I am very pleased with the Board of Directors and their decision to promote Vicki to Executive Director,” said Chris Hoffman, current Executive Director. “When I retire in August, I know that Pathways will be in good hands and continue to positively impact the community for many years to come. Her years of dedication and growth make her a great fit.”
              Hoffman – who has served in the position for nearly two decades -- announced his decision to retire in May and immediately a search committee was put together to begin the search process.
              Mueller is no stranger to Pathways as she has just completed her 21st year with the organization and has served in multiple roles. Most recently, Mueller was Provider Services and Prevention Services Supervisor and served on the leadership team that oversees over 100 employees who help those in six counties dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.
              “I cannot wait to get started with my new role of Executive Director,” says Mueller. “I have learned so much from Chris and numerous others at Pathways and feel the groundwork has been laid to move forward and grow the organization even more. “
Ms. Mueller is also a certified Prevention Specialist, has served on several state boards related to prevention and treatment and is involved locally in the Waterloo Downtown Rotary Club and Cedar Falls High School Booster Club.
              Pathways Behavioral Services is a nonprofit corporation licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Health and accredited by the Department of Human Services. Founded in 1967 to serve clients solely in Black Hawk County, Pathways today offers substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment services to people in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw and Grundy Counties.