In addition to being the hottest month of the year, May is the time for Graduation and Summer Break when the students at the Pamela Martinez School visit their relatives. Dr. Prasad and Chandra took this opportunity to travel to the U.S. and meet in person with some of Pathway’s supporters.
One group included (pictured from left to right) Eric Ottesen, Director, Sabin Children’s Foundation; Jean Luc Butel, President, Baxter Healthcare (Asia) and member of the Pathway Advisory Committee; Chandra; Prasad; Elder Jeffery R.Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Pamela and Alex Martinez, major funders of the Pamela Martinez School at Pathway. They had assembled at the office of Elder Holland for a meeting kindly made possible with the help of Elder Don Staheli, who has been a constant and a silent supporter of Pathway for many years.
The meeting with Elder Holland was truly remarkable as the Apostle met each visitor with great love and warmth. Though it was overwhelming to be in the presence of such a distinguished leader, he made it so easy and comfortable. He listened with great patience and attention to Prasad as he briefly described the work, mission, and ministry of Pathway. Elder Holland glanced through the album of pictures that spoke of nearly four decades of service of Pathway, also described, amongst many things, the tireless contribution made great people including Judge William Sheffield over the years and the Church’s first ‘in kind’ contribution that was delivered in a forty-foot container in the early 1990s. He was visibly delighted to receive the ‘Nativity set’ specially hand made by children with special needs of Pathway and Sabin Centres. Elder Holland described the work of Pathway as a ‘Great Christian work’.
Prasad also met with a group of U.S. volunteers to answer questions and give instructions. Pictured (from left to right) Zaid Malhees, Social Media Team; Abby Wells, Social Media Team; Erica Morey, Volunteer Program Team; Richard Flores, Social Media Team; Scott Christensen, leader of Social Media and Website Teams; Ben Ehlert, Endowment Team; Dr. David Bryce of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, leader of the Endowment Team and member of the Pathway Advisory Committee; Karen and Jim Dosdall, newsletter editors; (not pictured) Kyle Tuft, Social Media Team; Dr. Gordon Gibb, Special Education Dept., BYU.
Of course, the most important person of the Prasads’ visit was their newborn first grandchild, Wyatt Rohan Prasad, born in April, this year, to Chetan and Tessa Prasad in Provo, Utah.