Welcome Andrea Wilson,
PATH’s New Executive Director!
Andrea Wilson has devoted her professional life to poverty alleviation and homelessness prevention in the Tyler community. Andrea earned her Bachelor’s degree in History from Texas A&M University College Station and Master’s of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She served as a teacher and assistant principal in various local schools before transitioning to nonprofit work. Prior to working at PATH, Andrea served as the Director of Social Services at The Salvation Army of Tyler. Andrea piloted the Hope Dinner program at SA that served approximately 10,000 meals each year from a mobile feeding unit, volunteered with the Disaster Response units for both Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and worked on the Olympics Ministry Team to provide prayer and support to homeless people in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics.
Andrea joined Team PATH in 2014, which she says “felt like […] coming home.” Andrea’s mother was a PATH volunteer for many years, making her appointment as Home Team Director a natural fit. Andrea brought the same spirit of innovation and service from her previous community work to PATH – she piloted the rent and utility assistance programs, which are now the largest source of direct financial assistance PATH provides.
Andrea’s dedication to the most vulnerable members of our community extends beyond her career and into her personal time as well. She is a representative for the East Texas Human Needs Network, member of the Mayor’s Homelessness Roundtable, community coordinator for the annual Point in Time Count, and graduate of Leadership Tyler Class 32. Andrea, her husband Jeff Lobaugh, and their three children also attend Grace Community Church. Andrea’s drive, vision and personal embodiment of the PATH mission will make her a strong Executive Director as PATH moves into this new era of its history!