Gateway, a non-profit organization that supports adults in the Upstate living with a serious and persistent mental illness, recently elected three new members to its Board of Directors: Ivette Bowens, Rosalee MacIntosh and Jordan O. Smith. The new members bring a mix of diverse professional backgrounds and personal connections to Gateway that will help the organization further its mission to provide a light for adults living with mental illness and offer a place of dignity and hope in the community.
Gateway is funded in part by community donations that help adults in the Upstate living with mental illness build confidence through social interaction and a structured day at the Clubhouse located on 423 Croft St. Gateway supports its members by providing opportunities for education, employment, housing, relationship building, and social and vocational skills.
“Each of our Board of Directors brings a unique perspective and set of skills to help us in creating opportunities for the social and professional support of Gateway’s members, and our newest members are no exception,” said Executive Director, Randy Redlinger. “We are fortunate to be welcoming to our Board a mental health advocate, former Gateway employee and a mental healthcare activist who are as passionate about serving our members and the community as we are.”
Ivette Bowens is a native of Greenville and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Anderson University. Her background is in risk management, organizational leadership, client advocacy and human capital. Bowens was first introduced to Gateway through a family member’s participation. She is on a mission to educate the community on mental health resources and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. She serves on the board nominating committee for Gateway. Bowens and her husband, Perry, have three adult children and enjoy traveling and new experiences. She is also an avid reader.
Rosalee MacIntosh has had a lifelong focus on wellness, both mental health and physical health. She discovered a love for coaching youth athletics while earning her undergraduate degree in psychology. After college she worked as an addictions counselor before becoming an employee of Gateway. MacIntosh spent over seven years helping members of Gateway live meaningful lives before leaving to start a family. While at Gateway, she demonstrated a passion for furthering members’ individual employment and educational goals. MacIntosh also continued her education and earned a Master’s Degree in Sport-Exercise Psychology while working full-time. She is now raising three boys, continues her involvement in youth sports and is excited to return to Gateway to serve on the Board of Directors.
Jordan O. Smith is the Chief Compliance Officer at Healthcare Reporting, as well as Practice Leader of the organization’s mental health parity division. Smith possesses a wide variety of leadership experience, including a prior role as the Chief Operating Officer of a large, regional insurance defense firm. Smith is a leading voice on regulatory reporting compliance and frequently consults on mental health parity in self-insured health plans and their compliance with federal requirements. He has a passion for business and is a Partner in several organizations, including Healthcare Reporting and Self-Insured Reporting. Smith is a member and elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he volunteers as a youth advisor, sings baritone in the Sanctuary Choir and chairs the session’s Witness & Service committee. When not working, Jordan loves to travel, cook, practice yoga, and explore the Swamp Rabbit Trail with his husband, Hunter.
To learn more about Gateway, visit https://gateway-sc.org/.
Gateway is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps adults, ages 18 and older, in the Upstate of South Carolina living with mental illness build confidence through social interaction and a workday model. Gateway offers opportunities to increase social and vocational skills, build relationships, and obtain education, employment and housing through the Clubhouse Model. The Clubhouse Model is a community and evidence-based approach to the treatment of serious and persistent mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar, schizoaffective and major depression. The Clubhouse Model focuses on relationships and skill building as stepping stones on the path to living a more fulfilling life. Gateway is a place of acceptance, belonging, and inclusivity – an antidote to isolation. Gateway is celebrating 39 years in the Upstate. To learn more about Gateway, visit gateway-sc.org.