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Niederman announces retirement from Pathfinders

Posted: Friday, March 6, 2020

Pathfinder Services, Inc. president John Niederman has announced his plan to retire on December 31, 2020 after 35 years of service as president and CEO of the organization.

“On behalf of the board, the 450 plus employees and the more than 4,000 individuals served by Pathfinder Services, I want to express our sincere thanks to John for his exceptional service to this organization,” says Paula Whiting, president of the board of directors for Pathfinder Services. “As a result of John’s dedicated leadership, there has been an unprecedented growth of resources and programs at Pathfinder Services. He will truly be missed.”

Niederman came to Pathfinder Services as its president and chief executive officer in 1985. Under his reign, Pathfinder Services has evolved from a workshop setting for the developmentally disabled into a comprehensive human and community development organization that serves people with physical, developmental and economic challenges.

His advocacy for those he serves and his ability to align the right resources with their needs have earned Niederman distinction among his peers. Most of the time referred to as a visionary, Niederman has been sought out for his counsel in human and community development services throughout the Midwest and by policymakers in our nation’s capital.

Niederman has served on dozens of boards, from local to national, and has received honors and awards for his leadership and his humanitarian efforts. In 2014, the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development, now Prosperity Indiana, named its annual leadership award in his honor and made him the first recipient. In June of 2019, he was named the 51st winner of the Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, one of the most prestigious honors in Huntington County.

“It has been my goal, and the vision of Pathfinder Services, to provide tools to create a community in which all people are valued and accepted,” says Niederman. “I am very grateful to have been able to successfully lead this organization and I will continue to be active the rest of this year preparing and strengthening us for the transition in leadership.”

The Pathfinder Services board of directors has formed a search committee and hired Bryan Orander, CEO of Charitable Advisors, to assist with the nationwide search for a new president and CEO. A successor is expected to be selected by the third quarter of 2020 and will work with Niederman and the board to ensure a smooth transition.

Interested applicants will find the job description and application instructions at For additional information, contact Nicole Hahn at (260) 355-2546, office; (260) 519-3837, cell or