About Us

“EAP” stands for “Employee Assistance Program,” and it’s one of the best employee benefits out there!

Pathways EAP provides personal counseling services to help employees of client companies and/or their family members resolve problems that may be affecting personal lives or job performance. It’s free to employees and their families, funded by employers.

New! Work-Life Consultation Resource and Referral Services

Work-Life consultation services are here to help you with daily living issues such as:

Financial Problems
Legal Problems
And many more……
Call 888-621-6155 to speak to a consultant (Only for Pathways client companies).

Meet Our Team

Janna K. Becherer, LCPC

Janna K. Becherer, LCPCJanna is co-owner of Pathways EAP. She is a trusted coach and counselor who has helped hundreds of individual adults and couples re-build and repair their relationships at home and at work. She brings over 19 years professional experience as an EAP expert, a creative problem-solver and a warm, attentive listener. She practices solution-focused, systemic therapy in a safe and supportive environment.

She has served as a consultant to Caterpillar, Ralston-Purina, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital (now BJC), and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft to help make the workplace a better place. Before moving to Rockford, she owned successful counseling practices in Washington State and Naperville, Illinois. She is a Licensed Counselor (LCPC), a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and a National Board-Certified Counselor. She has served on the following local boards: vice president of Women’s Art Board for the Rockford Art Museum, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Task Force, past-president of The Literacy Council, policy chair for Rockford Network of Professional Women and Children’s Home and Aid. Janna has also been a sought-after trainer for the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Kiwanis and Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries.

She enjoys golf, swimming, cross-country skiing, mystery novels, gourmet cooking for family and friends, and walking her rescue dog. You can follow her blog on healthy relationships at

e-mail: jannab@eapathways.com

Anne Zuba, LCSW

Anne ZubaSubstance Abuse Professional (SAP)

Anne is co-owner of Pathways EAP. She has over 20 years of Social Work and Employee Assistance Professional (EAP) experience. Anne has practiced as an in-patient Psychiatric Social Worker and out-patient Substance Abuse Counselor at a Chicago Hospital. Anne is a certified School Social Worker and is credentialed as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) in accordance with the Department of Transportation guidelines. Anne has been trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) using the Mitchell model. Special areas of interest for Anne include; substance abuse counseling, individual/ marital/couple/family counseling, depression/anxiety and grief counseling and stress management among others. Anne utilizes a cognitive behavioral, solution-focused approach to life’s difficulties.

Anne consults with local companies in providing employee’s wellness education and works with companies to meet compliance-training guidelines for companies covered by DOT requirements.

Anne Volunteers her time at a local Cancer Resource Center, at her church and her children’s schools.

e-mail:  annez@eapathways.com


Pathways Clinical Team

Jessica C. Dannenmaier, Psy. D.

Jessica C. Dannenmaier, Psy. D.Dr. Dannenmaier is both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a registered nurse with 25 years experience. She is a graduate of Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and expertise in both out patient therapy and hospital work. She works with children and adults, her specialty being the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. She joined Pathways Center in 2004. Phone: 815-979-3211.


Mary Ann Norwood, M.A., LCPC

Mary Ann Norwood, M.A., LCPCMary Ann Norwood is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 32 years of experience as a therapist to individuals, couples, and families. In 1997 she founded Pathways EAP and continues to work with Pathways clients as well as clients from other contracted employee assistance programs. In her private practice and in her EAP work, she is a cognitive behavioral therapist, skilled at leading her clients to address difficult issues to and develop acceptable solutions.

Mary Ann developed, managed, and serviced EAPs in Colorado and Illinois and is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). She leads workshops in the areas of Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills, and Time Management.

In 2008, Mary Ann was named the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Woman Business Owner of the Year. In 2009, the YWCA selected her as the winner of the Connie Tremulis Award for Business Owners at their annual Leader Luncheon event. She is currently an active member of Rockford Rotary and Rockford Network of Professional Women and serves as a board member of The Golden Apple Foundation.

James J. Ryan, LCSW, MSW

James J. Ryan, LCSW, MSWJim has been a therapist for over 40 years and has extensive experience with individual and group treatment with a wide variety of patient populations. His scope of practice includes treatment of relationship difficulties, fears, phobias and traumas, medical and stress disorders, men’s issues, behavioral geriatrics and high performance behavior. Smoking cessation, stress and pain management, thought field therapy, emotional freedom therapy, EMDR and clinical hypnosis are special areas of interest for Jim.

Jim has served as a consultant to public and private agencies and corporations and he has taught at the University of Illinois and Rockford College. He is a member of the American Academy of Certified Social Workers, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been certified for Critical Incident Stress Management by Jeffrey T. Mitchell, PhD. Jim was a mental health disaster worker for the American Red Cross in New York City for the 9/11 crisis, for the victims of the Katrina crisis in 2005 and most recently, the N.I.U. shooting incident in 2008. He is also a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, The National Association of Social Workers, a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, and a clinical member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Click here for further information on hypnosis and QuitSmart Smoking Cessation.

Dr. Shiraz Tata, Ph. D.

Dr. Shiraz Tata, Ph. D.Dr. Shiraz Tata is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She brings over fifteen years of experience as a psychotherapist working with people facing a variety of transitions, stressors, depression, anxiety, losses and difficulties with coping. Her personal experience as well as professional training in making cross-cultural connections leads her to engage in considerable multi-cultural counseling and consulting. She has facilitated dialogues on topics of diversity and workshops on stress management and team building in various settings. She strongly believes in creating a safe space for people to understand themselves better and find solutions to their concerns.

Dr. Tata is on the Advisory Council at Womanspace in Rockford, and has done volunteer work in this city over the years. She enjoys walking outdoors, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.