Individuals, families, and communities improve their health and wellness, direct their own futures and strive to reach their full potential.

To be a leader in the provision of comprehensive community services for mental health, addictive diseases and developmental disabilities.

About Us

VALUES                             COMMITMENT
Respect We serve individuals, families, communities, and each other with integrity in a culturally competent, ethical and respectful manner.
Quality We provide high quality treatment and service focused on the outcome of improved health and wellness.
Community We offer a comprehensive array of services and programs to support people remaining active and healthy in their communities.
Recovery We commit to evidence based services and treatment, providing strength-based care, focused on individuals personal goals to enable them to improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full personal potential.
Support We provide a work environment that encourages passion, creativity, professionalism, and team work in an atmosphere of compassion, flexibility and optimism.
Responsibility We manage resources effectively and efficiently in full compliance with all applicable statuses, rules, and regulations.

We provide hope of improved health and wellness, self-directed living, and successful striving by each person toward their own full pesonal potential.

Access We provide a full continuum of BH/SUD/IDD services and treatments directly and through referrals for people in need, without discrimination.


Community Service Boards (CSBs) were established by the 1993 General Assembly, OCGA 37-2-6 (a) and created by Georgia Legislators HB100 in 1994. There are 26 Community Service Boards serving the State of Georgia.

CSBs are governed by a Board that is appointed by the county commissions in the CSB’s service area. Each county appoints one representative. The most populous county is eligible for one additional appointment and up to three additional members may be appointed by the counties within the service area that provide the most support to their CSB, either monetary or in-kind. The additional member appointments must be elected or appointed officials.

Georgia's Community Service Boards are the pre-eminent service providers for children, youth, adults, and families with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or addictive diseases. Under the direction of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Gateway participates in multiple monitoring, quality improvement activities and evaluations including APS Healthcare Audits and is an active member of the Georgia Association of CSBs.


Gateway Receives 3-Year CARF Reaccreditation

Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Mark Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Manager by Appointment
David Crews, Chief Financial Officer
Maureen McFadden
, LCSW, Director of Child and Adolescent Programs, Interim Clinical Director
Sharon Smith, LCSW, Director of Outpatient Clinics
Vacant, LCSW, Director of Crisis Intervention and Recovery
Cathy Thompson, RN, Director of Nursing
Rufus Johnson, MS, Director of Developmental Disabilities
Marlene Flowers, BA, Associate Director, Developmental Disabilities Residential Services
Karen Morrison, BA, DDP, Associate Director, Developmental Disabilities Community Activities Clubhouse
Stacy Morgan, MSCJ, Quality Assurance Director, Corporate Compliance Officer
Heather Ott, PHR, Human Resources Director
Felecia Singleton
, BA, Executive Assistant

Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Leadership

Rufus Johnson, Director, Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
Karen Morrison, BA, DDP, Associate Director, Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Community Activities Clubhouse
Marlene Flowers
, Associate Director, Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Residential Programs
Talisha Rogers
, Supported Employment Supervisor
Ambrose "John" Probst, Liberty County Community Clubhouse and Residential Homes Manager
Mary Branham, RN, DDP

BH/SUD Leadership

Maureen McFadden, LCSW, Director of Child and Adolescent Programs
Sharon Smith
, LCSW, Director of Outpatient Clinics
, Director of Crisis Intervention and Recovery
Cathy Thompson
, RN, Director of Nursing
, Program Manager, Chatham County BHCC
Cara Hansen,
LCSW, Program Manager, Glynn County BHCC
Jenell M. Shuman
, LPC, CPCS, Program Coordinator, Assertive Community Treatment (Glynn County)
LaTronya Hollingsworth, LCSW, Intensive Care Management (Chatham County)
Kenisha Crapp, MS, ICAADC, SUD Youth Clubhouse (Chatham County)
Jessica Matthewson, MSCJ, CPRP, Youth to Adults
Jean Goldthwaite
, LCSW, Outpatient Counseling Supervisor (Effingham, Camden and Liberty Counties)
Kim Skaff
, Business Process Manager
David Williams, Supported Employment
Leigh Ann Kittle
, LCSW, Outpatient Couseling Supervisor (Chatham and Glynn Counties, Reed House)
Phylicia Anderson
LCSW, APEX Program (Chatham and McIntosh Counties)
Leigh Ann Kittle
, LCSW, Outpatient Couseling Supervisor (Chatham and Glynn Counties, Reed House)
Shannon Stack
, Women's Residential Program Coordinator

Medical Providers

Dr. William Shivers, Psychiatry
Dr. Jay Synn, Psychiatry
Dr. Krystle L. Graham
, Psychiatry
Dr. Kevin Winders
, Psychiatry
Dr. Ganiat Ajayi
, Psychiatry
Dr. Sandra Ligneel, Psychiatry
Dr. Marlene Zetzer-Shivers, Psychiatry  
Dr. Chrissie Clure
, Psychiatry  
Dr. Hadas Maimon, Psychiatry
Dr. Stephanie Chapman
, Psychiatry
Dr. Anna Lloyal Jackson
, Psychiatry
Iris Hipchen
, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Karen Brazell, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Mandy Hubbard, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Ruby Pontello, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Alicia Thrift, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Sonya Thomas
, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Gregory "Corey" Claxton
, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Grace Peralta, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Dana Morgan
, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Yoshi T. Graham
, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Joseph Walker
, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Emilie Taulbee
, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Sherri Kroll
, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Carlie Tilson
, Nurse Practitioner
Marion Alston,
Nurse Practitioner
Megan Woolwine
, Nurse Practitioner
Nicole Whitis
, Physician Assistant
Calysta Medley
, Physician Assistant

 News Archives

Gov. Kemp, State Leaders Announce Smartphone App for Youth in Crisis

Program Helps Disabled Find Work

Financial Info

Gateway Financial Audit FY19 - Part 1

Gateway Financial Audit FY19 - Part 2

Gateway Financial Audit FY19 - Part 3

DHS Financial Audit FY19

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Mission Statement:

Gateway's mission is to be a leader in the provision of comprehensive community services for mental health, substance use disorders, and developmental disorders and disabilities to the people and communities it serves.

"We Provide Hope"

Corporate Intro:

Gateway Community Service Board, as an instrumentality of the State of Georgia, is a public community-based organization serving eight Georgia counties: Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, Liberty, Chatham, Bryan, Long and Effingham. The organization is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors appointed by the County Commissions of the counties we serve.

For purposes of managing and holding real property to house consumers in our various programs, Gateway operates one subsidiary, Distinctive Housing Solutions, as a non-profit (501c3) organization.

Let Gateway light the way to a new future.