John Roberson: Executive Director

John Roberson

Springfield, MA – Human services leader John Roberson has been selected as Executive Director of Pathlight, an organization dedicated to serving individuals in western Massachusetts with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Throughout his career, Roberson has designed and implemented programs tailored to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families. He brings an extensive background in leadership and operations for community-based residential programs and a passion for improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and special needs.

Most recently, Roberson was Vice President of Children & Families for the Center for Human Development (CHD), where he was responsible for management of a $25 million annual budget and expansion of services with local, state and federal agencies for a division that provides housing, child development, behavioral health and court guided support services. Prior to becoming Vice President, he served in a variety of capacities including managing two large residential facilities as CHD’s Director of Juvenile Justice Programs. Previously, he was a Lead Treatment Supervisor for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department where he supervised treatment staff and developed treatment programs for inmates housed in the Pre-Release Center.

Pathlight serves all of western Massachusetts providing for the evolving needs throughout their lives of those in the community with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Whether enrichment and skill-building classes or educational advocacy, employment support or the creation of a home, Pathlight seeks always to help each individual realize their fullest potential. For more information, visit