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Gretchen Burns Bergman
large product photo Executive Director and Co-Founder of A New PATH.  She served as State Chairperson for Proposition 36, mandating treatment instead of incarceration for non-violent drug offenders.  A native of San Diego, she is Owner/Director
of Gretchen Productions, a Fashion Show Production Company, started in 1979. Her articles on treatment vs. incarceration have been published nationwide, and she has spoken before countless audiences on the topic of therapeutic justice for substance abusers.  She has two grown sons who have struggled with addictive illness. “As a parent, I know first-hand how pointless and dangerous it is to throw a drug-sick individual in prison, where he is treated like human storage, rather than giving him the services to recover, to make amends and heal wounds that he inflicted while living in the nightmare of addiction, so as to be able to give back to society."

Caroline Stewart, L.C.S.W. 

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President of the board of A New PATH , and Clinical Supervisor of the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. She taught anthropology before becoming a licensed psychotherapist.  Caroline was a co-founder of the San Diego Infertility Association, a member of the SD Learning Disability Association, and a member of the California Society of Clinical Social Workers. She is a poet and essayist. Caroline’s experiences as both an anthropologist and an ecological social worker have furthered her passionate support of what is healthy and redeemable in individuals struggling with the illness of addiction.

Geni Cavitt

Director of operations of A New PATH. After a media career spanning three decades, including weather forecaster for Channel 10 news, she left the glamour of the radio and television industry to find something new. She worked for former media colleague and current City Councilmember Marti Emerald for 2 years then co-founded Cavitt Productions, offering biographies, photo-movies and other communications services. Geni continues to work as an emcee, auctioneer, photographer, editor, and voice-over talent. She brings a wealth of experience and passion to PATH.

John O. Whitaker, Jr. CATC II

Director of PATH Los Angeles and 10 years as a clinician in the Addictions Treatment profession, John has become well-known as a caring provider as well and an advocate for change in the Mental Health and Substance Use arenas. John may be recognized by some for his work as a child actor and advocate as well.


Julia Negron

Director of PATH Florida, and Steering Committee member of Moms United to End the War on Drugs. She has currently organized “The Suncoast Harm Reduction Project”, advocating for naloxone access legislation in Florida. She worked in the music industry in the 60s and was married twice to entertainers. In personal recovery since 1985, she has had a career as a Certified Addiction Specialist. She lost both her mother and her sister to drug overdoses. Her youngest son has struggled with heroin dependence for most of his adult life. She’s been active for more than a decade in advocating for changing punitive drug policies, reducing stigma, prison and sentencing reform, and adopting harm reduction strategies.

Board of Directors

Caroline Stewart, L.C.S.W. - President
Anita Simons-Vice President
Donald Stewart- Treasurer
Lorraine Clayton-Secretary
Leah Cotton
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli
Kelley Gebbie
Rev. Dennis Malone
Julia Negron
Susan Thornton-Zetino
John Whitaker

Advisory Board
Dr. David Bergman, Psychiatrist
Dr. Claudio Cabrejos, Psychiatrist
Ken Cilch, President, CRASH, Inc.
Judge Robert Coates, San Diego Superior Court
Steven E. Feldman, Attorney at Law
Dr. Ken Khoury, Psychiatrist
Valerie Lemke, Psychiatrist
Sylvia Liwerant, PATH Co-Founder
Mick Meagher, Attorney at Law
John de Miranda, ED.M., FAVOR Reg. Bd. Member
Dr. Rodrigo Munoz, Psychiatrist
Dr. Bruce Pevney, Addiction Medicine
Donald Stewart, Professor



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Co Founders

Gretchen Burns Bergman, Tom O'Donnell and Sylvia Liwerant

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