Our team, your team.

Danny Gutknecht

Chief Executive Officer

Most days you’ll find me listening to an eclectic mix of music while riding the trails around downtown Phoenix; I started my entrepreneurial life at the age of 10 to fund my love of music. That Nebraska kid realized that the songs he loved were about creating a better version of yourself. Thus began a quest for self-knowledge, self-awareness and individuation. Poring through my own research and performing deep dives into psychological literature, I grew to the conviction that personal development isn’t just for the arts, psychology, or spirituality. Great companies spring from people uniting to share meaning and pursue personal development. I’m excited to have built a company that helps people find their own meaning with work. 

David Payne

Chief Customer Officer

Texas native that loves Arizona, father of two teenage daughters that stress me out, and an 11 year old son that constantly makes me question my intelligence.

Trail runner, washed out tri-athlete, mentor, Maven, wannabe Evangelist, give me AZ sunshine over the A/C, trips to Mexico over San Diego, Jeeps with the top down, exceptional Añejos.

And being around people that are driven, curious and willing to push themselves in pursuit of being great at whatever it is they’ve chosen to do.

Shelly Spriggs

Chief Learning & Delivery Officer

Hi! I am Shelly Spriggs, an Oklahoma girl who enjoys watching my kids play sports, my doggos, lake time, OU Football, running and losing myself in a good read. When you can’t find me doing those things, you better do a search and rescue!

After years of working in Corporate Human Resources, I dove head first into my personal and work meaning journey, landing me with a team of people who thrive on helping others align their personal and organizational purpose. I get excited about redefining learning internally and externally by bridging leaders and organizations together.

Jennifer Knox

Director of Operations

Hi, my name is Jen. I enjoy getting coffee, playing the piano, reading, and traveling with my partner in crime. I have two dogs, one small fluffy Havanese who thinks she’s part human and one 115lbs Bernese mountain dog who gets bossed around by the small one. I have two travel modes: sight-seeing tourist walking 30 miles a day or sun-soaking bum laying on a beach from sun up to sun down.

At Pathways, I found a way to mix my passion in psychology with my interest in business management. Excited to be a part of an organization with a greater purpose – helping others find meaning at work.

Jessica Martinez

(SHE/HER) Senior Search Consultant

I came to Arizona to study, and stayed to wear flip-flops at Christmas. I enjoy margaritas in nearly every flavor, traveling a bit too close to the sun, Imagine by John Lennon and my beautiful family. I joined Pathways to help people find jobs they love, and found tools that are applicable to more than just work.

Ikaika Luis

Business Development Representative

I’d like to say I have it all figured out.

But, the more I learn, the more I realize I have no idea what’s going on.

Chaz Bennett

Senior Search Consultant

Chaz graduated with his Bachelors of Communication with a Minor in Technology. He has 10 years’ experience in Executive Search Recruitment, is the definition of a people person, well connected, and extremely likable. His personality and positive energy are contagious and it shows in the relationships he builds with coworkers, candidates, and clients. Chaz can open up many doors for candidates in the marketplace. 

Hayley Donovan

Program Guide

I’m Hayley. When I’m not working you can find me traveling to the PNW, baking, or hunting down the best foodie spots across Arizona with my amazing Wife!

Endlessly fascinated by people, their journeys, and all of the intricate parts that make up who we are and how we show up in the world. Luckily, at Pathways I get the privilege to guide people through the process of self discovery everyday and help them connect to their meaning.

Michelle Strickler

Marketing/Executive Assistant

Hi, I’m Michelle.  A small-town MN girl who followed her big city dreams and landed in AZ.

A professional marketer in an endless pursuit to dream up ideas that make people say, “Why didn’t I think of that!”

Terence Bennell

Media & Technology


I fell into the media by chance. Turned out quite well, though; BBC tv, private enterprise, then my own editing company in London.

‘Twas also chance that brought me to Arizona, via Paris, which led to the two biggest things in my life: Pathways and being a dad.

Growing quite fond of happenstance…

Alexys Aguilar-Carr

Search Consultant

Hi, I’m Alexys! I grew up in sunny, Arizona and have been here ever since. If I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my three corgis, (I may or may not be a crazy dog mom…) or enjoying a nice happy hour!

Working at Pathways allows me to connect with individuals that are wanting to do meaningful work. 

Ben Kussie

Search Consultant

My name is Ben, I’m from the Pacific North West, and graduated from Whitworth University in 2018. I enjoy a good drink at a bar and catching up with friends, but more times than not you’ll find me yelling ‘fore!’ right off the tee box under the Arizona sun.

Hannah Rawlings

Search Consultant

Hello! My name is Hannah, I’m a dog mom to my bestie Milo. Aside from working, you can find me working out or being out in nature, whether that’s hiking or paddle boarding! I love connecting with people, and figuring out what makes them who they are, which is ultimately what led me to Pathways.

James Murray

Search Consultant

My name is James and I’m from Asheville, North Carolina. I graduated from a small school called Sewanee located in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Upon graduating I promptly moved out west and am loving the sun. I enjoy being outside playing golf, soccer, or hiking and will treat myself to a Corona or two on the weekends!

Oliver Henninger

Senior Search Consultant

I was born and raised in Arizona, so I love the heat and can’t stand the cold. I enjoy softball, ping-pong and the occasional video game, when I’m not trying to learn something new! I enjoy communicating and helping others understand things from different perspectives. I’m a firm believer in learning through experiences, and Pathways has proven that belief to be true.

Walker Houghton

Search Consultant

Hi I’m Walker. Originally from Austin, Texas. I am easily spotted in a crowded room. I love my dog Pepper and my cat Lazlo. Having trouble parallel parking? I’m your guy. I enjoy learning and take that into my everyday life and relationships.