Gateway prides itself on hiring the most credentialed, qualified, experienced and compassionate team members throughout the organization. We know first-hand that the quality of care delivered, is based on the quality of the person delivering the care. From our Board and CEO to our counselors and psych techs, everyone in the organization has been hand-picked and has undergone a thorough evaluation before joining our team. Many of our team members are in recovery as well and have experienced what our patients and families are going through. We believe in a servant-leadership philosophy which means that no matter what position someone has, we are here to serve those around us.
Board of Directors
Gateway is governed by a board of directors whose distinguished members are visionary leaders. The group leverages their experience in all phases of operations for the betterment of the individuals that we serve.
Gateway’s executive leadership is a team of seasoned professionals with in-depth experience in substance abuse treatment.
President & CEO
Thomas P. Britton, DrPH
Dr. Tom Britton’s involvement in the behavioral health field spans almost 30 years, and his extensive work history provides a rich background from which he leads Gateway. Throughout his professional career, Tom has held the belief that “all people hold the innate potential to improve their life and the lives of those around them.” Tom is committed to lifelong learning, completing a doctorate in public health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, a master’s degree in addiction treatment and a master’s in marriage and family therapy. Tom has worked as a clinician in various settings and has expertise in addiction treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, trauma therapies and eating disorder treatment. Tom acted as a CARF accreditation surveyor for eight years, empowering agencies throughout the country to strengthen their quality of care. He has taught extensive interdisciplinary training on a variety of topics throughout the country, and maintains several licensures and certifications.
Personally, Tom has used his own history of addiction and recovery to guide organizations and communities to a place of compassionate but science-driven practice.
President, Community Division
Marc C. Turner, MS
Marc Turner manages Gateway’s Community Division, which provides services at sites in Illinois and California. He joined Gateway as community president in December 2017 and brings with him extensive experience working with substance use disorder treatment as well as mental health treatment programs. He has operated facilities providing all levels of care in six different states. Throughout his career, Marc has expanded services for targeted communities and has opened numerous new programs. He has also had the opportunity to lead programs and teams through diverse program development with an emphasis on improving the patient experience, raising the standard of staff competence and delivering measurable outcomes.
Marc holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in adult education and industrial sociology from North Carolina State University. He has worked with teams to advance staff development programs and is a well-respected and lively program speaker.
President, Corrections Division
Gregg Dockins, CCJP, LCDC
Since 2013, Gregg Dockins has led Gateway’s Corrections Division in providing diversion alternatives to incarceration, in-custody treatment services and reentry initiatives that both reduce recidivism and rebuild lives. He previously worked as the program director of Gateway’s community-based facility in Dallas for five years before moving to Illinois in 2005 to direct the Sheridan Correctional Center Therapeutic Community (Illinois Department of Corrections) where he was responsible for growth and expansion of correctional treatment services. Gregg has also co-authored manuals on chemical dependency counselor training, contributed writing in two college textbooks and worked as the principal author of the Sheridan Correctional Center Integrated Standard Operating Procedure Manual for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Gregg remains committed to personal and professional advocacy aimed at advancing the field of criminal justice treatment.
Gregg holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wayland Baptist University and completed graduate coursework in sociology at the University of Texas-Arlington. He is a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP) in Illinois and Texas and a licensed substance abuse counselor (Texas: LCDC) since 1991.
Chief Financial Officer
Tomas Del Rio
Tomas Del Rio has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience in both for-profit and nonprofit healthcare settings. As chief financial officer of Gateway and its affiliates, he is a key stakeholder in helping to develop the strategy and the business structure to support the mission and vision of the organization.
Prior to joining Gateway, he was the chief financial officer for Acacia Network, a New York-based nonprofit organization that provides healthcare, housing, education, economic development and other support services in the New York, Florida and Puerto Rico markets. During his career he has also dedicated time to community service through his role as treasurer of the board of Amida Care, a nonprofit managed care company serving HIV/AIDS, mentally ill and homeless populations in the five boroughs of New York City.
Tomas graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement
Teresa Garate, PhD
Dr. Teresa Garate has spent the last 25 years working throughout Illinois and the U.S. as an expert in social and human services, public health and education. She has led large complex systems through innovation and change and is a respected speaker and subject matter expert in the areas of mental health, disability, public health and education. Teresa holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Disability and Human Development at University of Illinois at Chicago and serves on statewide and local boards and committees promoting access to healthcare and services for people of all backgrounds. She has been a strong advocate for community inclusion and access for all, and this passion has fueled her career. In addition to her leadership roles in public service, both at the Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Public Schools, she is also an experienced administrator who served as CEO to two nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities in integrated settings.
Teresa holds two bachelor’s degrees from Loyola University Chicago, and master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Vice President, Information Services
Dan Molitor, MS
Dan Molitor joined Gateway in 1998 as vice president of information services and is responsible for all information technology initiatives. The primary responsibilities encompass a wide variety of strategic technology issues: governance and policy, resource allocation, project management, information technology protocols, the delivery of IT infrastructure and services, information security systems and compliance, administrative systems and support services. As a member of the executive management team, he additionally participates in administrative operations, including mergers and acquisitions.Prior to joining Gateway, Dan worked with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including a global closure manufacturer and Lutheran Social Services, a major nonprofit social service organization based in Illinois with 120 locations.
Dan has been an instructor at Governors State University and South Suburban College and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Governors State University.
Chief Medical Officer
Roueen Rafeyan, MD
Dr. Roueen Rafeyan brings over 20 years of specialized experience to Gateway, having served as a medical director for psychiatric and substance use programs at leading Illinois healthcare institutions including Rush, Michael Reese, Resurrection and Presence Behavioral Health.
As chief medical officer, Dr. Rafeyan is responsible for continuously advancing Gateway’s wide array of services; upholding medical protocols, policies and procedures; as well as working closely with Gateway’s team of experienced physicians and clinicians to deliver comprehensive high-quality addiction, psychiatric and medical treatment as needed for each patient.
In addition to Dr. Rafeyan’s extensive medical experience, he is also a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently on the faculty at Northwestern University and an active member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatry Association, Illinois Psychiatric Society and Illinois State Medical Society.
Vice President, Human Resources
Patricia Sanchez-Aitken, MBA
Pat Sanchez-Aitken brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience in human resources to Gateway. Prior to joining Gateway in 2016, Pat served as an assistant vice president of human resources for a multi-billion-dollar financial services corporation as well as a large nonprofit social services organization. In her 25-plus-year career, Pat has developed expertise in HR strategy, succession planning, leadership development, board development and employee engagement. She is an active member in her community and has served as a governing council member at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL for nine years.
Pat holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and received her bachelor’s of business administration from Loyola University Chicago.
Corrections, Gateway’s Sister Division
Gateway Corrections serves men and women in secure in-custody settings as well as community corrections programs. As the largest nonprofit corrections treatment provider, we currently have 42 correctional treatment and/or service locations in six states including Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas and Wyoming. We are proud to serve nearly 8,000 people every day.
The overarching goal of all services provided by Gateway Corrections is to affect a reduction in an individual’s potential for relapse and recidivism through a broad spectrum of programming, which includes comprehensive assessment of offenders’ risks and needs; interactive group processes; individual therapy; recovery knowledge and skill development; relapse prevention and reentry preparation and support. Our treatment approach is based on decades of experience, evidence-based and best practices, training and research. Services are gender-responsive and trauma-informed.
In addition to direct treatment services, Gateway Corrections also provides facility management and supervision for several community corrections programs. We are proud to provide proven solutions for criminal justice involved persons—services that reduce recidivism and rebuild lives.
For more information about Gateway Corrections, please visit: GatewayCorrections.org.