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Gretchen Bergman


In addition, Gretchen is Owner/Director of Gretchen Productions, a Fashion

Show Production Company specializing in large theatrical presentations which include professional models, lighting, sound, commentary, special effects and entertainment.  Clients  include malls, corporations and National Charities. Her shows have appeared throughout the South West.                                                                               1979 - present

Gretchen’s extensive training in dance and theatre led to a professional career a a

dancer / choreographer, as well as a model and fashion coordinator. She was a dance

major and drama minor at Cal Western University and San Diego State University.

She was Artistic Director of the SD Dance Theatre                                            1978 - 1979

She directed her own performing jazz dance company, Dancemania                 1980 - 1985

She was a professional model for 15 years in Southern California.

She was Fashion Editor of San Diego Décor & Style Magazine.                          1997 - 2002

She has taught Jazz Dance in Community Colleges, as well as her own studio, in             

conjunction with runway modeling classes. 

She also taught Fashion Promotion at San Diego Mesa College                            2000 - 2002

Gretchen is a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, who for 20 years specialized in

teaching infants to swim.



Gretchen Burns Bergman is Executive Director and Co-Founder of A New PATH

(Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), a non-profit organization of parents,

concerned citizens and community leaders working together to promote better

understanding of and treatment for the disease of addiction.  Founding members

are all parents of offspring whose lives have been devastated by the disease of

addiction. Gretchen’s two sons are recovering heroin addicts. PATH’s goal is to

reduce crime and recidivism, save lives, heal families and move toward a healthier

society.                                                                                                                 1999 -present

                                                                                                             Exec. Dir. 2002 -present

Gretchen served as State Chairwoman for Proposition 36, which was passed by

California voters in November, 2000, mandating treatment instead of incarceration

for non-violent drug offenders.                                                                           1999 -2000

A prolific writer, her articles about the effects of Substance Abuse to families and

society have appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune, The LA Times, and the

California Psychiatric Association newsletter.                                                    1999 - present

A frequent speaker, she has appeared before audiences in San Diego, Sacramento,

San Francisco, and before the American Psychiatric Association in Philadelphia.           

                                                                                                                            1999 - present

She has been featured on National TV (Nightline) and Rolling Stone Magazine, as

well as local news media.                                                                                     2010-present

In 2010 she started a national campaign for A New PATH called Moms United to                      End the War on Drugs. She is the lead organizer.



Community Affiliations / Advocacy

San Diego Mental Health Association                                       Board of Directors 2000-2002                                                                                                                  Member 1999 -present

Friends of San Diego Psychiatric Society                                                             1998 - 2006

Proposition 36 SD Implementation Team, Treatment & Case Management            2001 - 2008

Women’s Council Vista Hill Foundation                                                                 2001-present

SD Medical Society Commission (Chair Sub-Committee on Substance Abuse)   2002 - 2006

Join Together / Demand Treatment Coalition Team (Chair)                                   2002- present

Faces and Voices of Recovery                                                                            2006-present


Other Community Affiliations:

Soroptimist International of San Diego                                                                 1992 - present

East County Visitors Bureau                                                                               1998 - present

S.D. Mesa College Fashion Dept. Advisory Board                                              1998 - present

Fashion Group International of S.D. (past Director 1993-1995)                          1990 - present

S.D. Dance Alliance                                                                                             1993 - present


Honors and Awards

  •    Woman Together - honored for her contributions to the Arts                 1998

  •    “Style Award” from Fashion Group International                                    1999

  •    “Women Who Mean Business Award” from SD Business Journal.        1999

  •    “Health Hero” Award from Combined Health Agencies                           2001

  •    Honored at Mental Health Recognition Awards                                       2001

  •    Honored by the San Diego Psychiatric Society for Advocacy                2001

  •    “Woman of Accomplishment Award from Soroptimist International of SD   2002

  •    Community Service Award, North Coast Serenity House                       2003

  •    10 Leadership Award, Channel 10 News                                               2003

  •    Advocacy Award, SD Psychiatric Society                                              2004

  •    Community Service Award by California Society of Addiction Medicine 2004   

  •    A Decade of Style Award – Fashion Group International of SD              2006

  •   National George Washington Medal of Honor – Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge 2007

  •   Leadership Award, Proposition 36 Alumni Association                            2008

  •   “Decade of Dedication Award” A New PATH                                            2009

  •   “Health Hero” Award from Combined Health Agencies                             2010

  •   SD Bravo Award for Best gala using Live Performers for Strut for Sobriety!   2012



Gretchen is a native of San Diego County.  She has two grown sons from a previous marriage.  She and her husband Dr. David Bergman reside in Rancho Santa Fe.


Co-Founder / Executive Director A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing)

2527 Doubletree Rd., Spring Valley, CA   91978         Telephone:  619-670-1184

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Owner/Dir. Gretchen Productions 

P.O. Box 3644 #264, Rancho Santa Fe, CA  92067      Telephone:  619-670-9880             

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