Rancho Santa Margarita Location
Rebecca Bollar, BA
Clinical Director, Rancho Santa Margarita
Rebecca graduated from the University of California – Irvine in 2015 with degrees in both Educational Sciences and Drama. She is passionate about making people laugh and is constantly looking for new ways to spread joy to the people around her. She started her career at Pathfinders as a Trainer and quickly proved her abilities through hard work, dedication, and creative problem-solving. In her time at Pathfinders, she has expanded her knowledge and expertise in working with students with learning challenges and grew into the role of Clinical Director. Rebecca prides herself in her commitment to excellent quality service, her intuition with her students, and most of all, her ability to add fun and positivity to even the most challenging tasks. When she is not at the office, she is usually outside enjoying nature with her dog, Hugo, making art, or attending a live performance.
Trainer, Rancho Santa Margarita
Stephanie works at Pathfinders Learning as a cognitive trainer. Right now, she is studying Child Development at California State University, Fullerton. Before Pathfinders, she worked as a nanny and from there she decided that helping children learn and grow was how she wanted to spend her time. When she’s not working, chances are she’s near the beach or spending time with her dog. Her favorite thing about Pathfinders is how supportive and positive everyone is.
Laguna Niguel Location
Clinical Director, Laguna Niguel
Brenda Lana’s passion to help struggling students become successful learners led to the establishment of Pathfinders in 2003. She began her career in education in 1994 at a small private school and later taught third, fourth, and fifth grade in the Saddleback Unified School District in Southern California. She worked at the Orange County Department of Education as a Reading Resource Teacher in Special Education where she trained teachers in reading instruction and facilitated classroom instruction. She is certified as a Dyslexia Remediation Specialist.
Katie Ulrich, BA
Assistant Clinical Director, Laguna Niguel
Katie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she enjoyed the sunny beaches, warm weather, and volunteering at a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing homework assistance to local students. After graduating, she joined Pathfinders Learning and fell in love with the company’s mission and purpose: to make school easier for students struggling with learning challenges.
Katie is passionate about helping students to overcome their obstacles to learning and to reach their full potential. Her favorite aspect of working at Pathfinders is seeing the enormous increase in students’ confidence as a result of their training. When she is not working with students in the office, Katie is often taking road trips to national parks, getting lost in the world of her current novel, or indulging in a television series marathon with her fiancé.
Trainer, Laguna Niguel
Carolyn is originally from London, England and moved to Orange County about 4 years ago. She is currently in the process of getting her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her passion is working with youth and has goals to be a school social worker, addressing mental health and educational needs. She loves working at Pathfinders because she gets to help youth make positive changes and make a difference in their lives.