About Pathfinder Services of ND


Pathfinder Services of ND is a statewide non-profit organization. We were started in 1987 by a small group of North Dakota families. These parents received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to become ND’s statewide parent training and information center. Today we serve over 2000 parents of children that are at-risk due to learning challenges or have disabilities (age birth to 26).


Our mission is . . . To unite families and educators by giving them the resources to build positive futures for and with children, students and young adults with learning differences or challenges.

We help parents and educators to connect, plan for and become engaged in each child/person’s education. Our mission includes individuals who receive both general education and special education services from birth through age 26. (Revised June, 2010)


We believe in individualized education for all students. We promote efforts to welcome and include diverse learners and families at home, in school and in the communities.


We offer support to familiies and schools through our experience, services and products. We hope you find that our services meet these standards.

Experience Services Products
  • Confidence
  • Belonging
  • Leadership
  • Timely
  • Meaningful
  • Individualized
  • Useful
  • Relevant
  • High Quality


We are part of a national alliance of parent centers. Through the alliance we have access to many unique resources and services that strengthen our ability to serve families and schools. If we don’t have what you need, we can often find what is available through other states.


We help families and schools to:

  • Understand rights and education
  • Work with school staff
  • Build positive home/school relationships 
  • Understand Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan components
  • Find information on available statewide support services
  • Prepare youth for important life transitions
  • Encourage learning at home
  • Help children succeed in school
  • Prepare youth for life after high school
  • Understand their child’s disability


The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M110021. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

IDEAs That Work - Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education


Patricia Smith
Interim Executive Director

Jacki Harasym
Director of Finance/Family Support

Daniel Griffith
Technology Coordinator

Nancy Skorheim
Resource Coordinator/Family Support

Board of Directors

David King
Professional (Board President)

Nancy Burke

Becky Dolley 

Jessica Haugen

Nancy Jellesed

Brandon Rogers

About Our Board