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John Braun

Chief Financial Officer

I am a Minnesota transplant to New England in 2013. My background is in Accounting and Finance. My 38yr career has allowed me to enjoy many different areas of both corporate and non for profit organizations.

I am a true people person and with that being said, my passion over these past many years has resided within the non for profit world. I enjoy being a part of an organization that gives back to the community and whose sole purpose is to do just that along with taking on the one to one challenge for each individual it is assisting.

Outside of the office, I am a huge sports nut. Along with that my true joy is to hop on my Harley as much as I can and spend my time outdoors with family and friends.

September 13, 2021
Dear Direct Support Professionals:

I would like to thank you for all that you do each day in support of the individuals and families we serve here at PathWays. You do important and meaningful work that has a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives and on the communities we live in. The work you do is core to our mission of expanding opportunities and enriching lives as we help people achieve their own desired future in their own community. You bring passion and commitment to your work each and every day.

I also want to acknowledge your extraordinary dedication and commitment to the people we serve. Over the past year and a half, you have continued to provide critical services during a global pandemic and a national workforce shortage. PathWays has continued to meet everyone’s needs while keeping them as safe as possible. We have asked you to do more and you have risen to the occasion. I want to thank you on behalf of PathWays and the people we serve. You have stepped up and it has made a difference. You are amazing!
I began my work in this field over thirty years ago as a DSP. What I remember most is the relationships I developed with the people I supported and the impact that we had on each other. I was amazed to have a job where I got back more than I gave. I still reflect on how much I have grown through my experiences with individuals with disabilities and I carry those experiences with me each day.

Thomas Moore wrote that “finding the right work is like discovering your own soul in the world“. Providing direct support is definitely the “right work”.

Thank you for all that you do each day in support of people with disabilities and their families.


Mark Mills
Chief Executive Officer

Welcome to PathWays of the River Valley

PathWays is a non-profit agency that serves people with disabilities in their home communities in Sullivan and Lower Grafton counties. PathWays works with children, adults, and their families to provide ongoing, individualized support. PathWays works with local agencies, programs and businesses to provide individuals with meaningful work, recreation and community life.

PathWays of the River Valley is the result of a merger in 2006 that combined the resources of Developmental Services of Sullivan County (DSSC) of Claremont, and United Developmental Services (UDS) in Lebanon and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of local citizens.

Why Do I Do What I Do?

“I have been consistently drawn to this field almost as a magnet as though it was what it was I was meant to do. I have worked in multiple other fields at the same time as the DD fields, and yet I come back time and time again. The sense of accomplishment and peace I feel from bringing additional life skills to my clients is more important to me than the money I would be earning in other fields.”
— Betsy Buswell, Program Manager

We are PathWays of the River Valley, a community-based non-profit agency that supports people with developmental disabilities and brain injuries and their families throughout Sullivan and Lower Grafton Counties.

This is a Place For You to call Home

Please use this website to learn more about our programs and connect with other individuals, families and community resources who share our belief in ensuring the quality of life and human dignity of all members of our community.

Support Ages 0-3

PathWays Family Centered Early Supports and Services is a program of developmental services for eligible infants and toddlers. The program is family-centered home/community based.

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Support Ages 3-21

PathWays collaborates with families and local school districts, who have primary responsibility for services for individuals between the ages of 3 and 21…

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Adult Support

PathWays provides supports for adults with developmental disabilities or brain injuries in everyday life to maintain their independence and well-being is what we do here at Pathways.

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Enhanced Family Care

Our Enhanced Family Care Providers allow individuals with disabilities to live in a community based, home environment, while still receiving supports.

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Participant Directed & Managed Services

Participant Directed and Managed Services (PDMS) is a service model that places the participant, family, and/or guardian in the decision-making role with regard to support staff, their individual budget, and overall service design.

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Employment Options

At PathWays, we are dedicated to expanding the opportunities that enrich the lives of people with disabilities.

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Learn more about the towns we serve in Lower Grafton and Sullivan Counties, as well as our office locations.

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Looking for a rewarding work? PathWays employs over 150 people in Sullivan and Grafton Counties of New Hampshire. Learn more about current opportunities and benefits of a career in human services!

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You may often wonder where your money goes and how much is eaten up in administration costs.

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Calendar Events

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Family Support Council

The Family Support Advisory Council is an advisory body to PathWays of the River Valley, the region’s designated Developmental Services agency.

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Administrative Office – Lower Grafton and Sullivan Counties • 654 Main Street • Claremont, NH 03743
Phone 603-542-8706 or 603-448-2077 • Fax 603-542-0421

PathWays of the River Valley is the result of a merger in 2006 that combined the resources of Developmental Services of Sullivan County (DSSC) of Claremont, and United Developmental Services (UDS) in Lebanon and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of local citizens.


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