Meet Alex Behm

Meet Alex Behm
By Melissa Spicer, Co-Founder & Board Member

Friday, March 13th, 2020 was K9 Veterans Day and as Co-Founder of Clear Path for Veterans, that was a perfect day for me to step aside as the Executive Director and allow the next generation to take the reins of this great organization. 
 
Since 2011, I have worked with some amazing Veterans and members of the community to set the bar when supporting the journey home. To ensure we continue delivering world-class programming, it is with great pleasure that the board of directors has announced Alexander J. Behm as the next Executive Director of Clear Path for Veterans.
 
A native of Central New York, Alex enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman, serving from 2005 to 2010. He completed his undergraduate studies at Le Moyne College in 2013, a year earlier than his peers. On September 11, 2015, he joined Clear Path for Veterans and quickly established the Warriors Working career services program; an employment program that to this day helps Veterans build meaningful careers. In 2017, Alex’s exceptional leadership and critical thinking skills were quickly recognized, and he was promoted to Chief Operations Officer. In that role, Alex managed a staff of 25, (half Veterans and half civilians) and was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s daily operations. Alex played a key role in building capacity to manage our rapid growth and led the organization through a series of transitions. He remains committed to making Clear Path for Veterans and its surrounding communities, great places for Veterans and their families to find resources and support.  
 
Almost nine years ago, one Veteran introduced me to the concept of a Canine Program that would change Veteran lives for the better. Clear Path for Veterans now serves 23 counties, offers five programs and serves over 30,000 Veterans, families, and military members a year. Thanks to the leadership and hard work of staff, we've expanded our support into the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley and have inspired a couple in Devens, MA to start Clear Path for Veterans New England. As a civilian, I now understand my role in supporting the journey home and am pleased to continue my work as a member of the Clear Path for Veterans Board of Directors. 
 
Most importantly, we are all grateful for Alex’s commitment to the organization and to his community and have full confidence that our important mission will be carried on in world-class fashion.
 
Thank you,
Melissa Spicer
Co-Founder & Board Member