Board of Directors

Gary GrayChair

Gary Gray has served on the Third Way Center Board of Directors since 1999. He works in property investment and real estate development. In the 70’s Gary worked as a Therapist at Third Way and brings a unique perspective of the clients we serve to the Board. He has served as a volunteer tutor with the youth more recently and also serves on the Quality Assurance Committee.

Matthew McCormickSecretary

Matthew McCormick has been on Third Way Center’s board since 2009, during this time he has worked hard on cultivating an engaged and dedicated young professionals group. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara California, is on the golf committee at the Denver Country Club, and is a freelance real estate broker.

Brendan Bartic

Brendan Bartic is a Colorado native, US Army infantry veteran who served multiple tours of Iraq and Kuwait, entrepreneur, Real Estate Broker and coach. Brendan is also a former resident of Third Way Center, and a strong supporter of and donor to the program. As head of The Bartic Group at Keller Williams Cherry Creek, Brendan leads a strong team of real estate professionals. The Bartic Group's sales rank is in the top 1% of real estate agents nationwide and the #1 real estate team for Keller Williams Realty in Colorado. In 2010, 5280 Magazine recognized Brendan's success with their Five Star Agent Award of Excellence. Brendan is committed to giving back to the community and has also been involved with Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation. 

Marilyn Dana

Marilyn Dana has been involved with Third Way Center as a volunteer, supporter and board member for more than 25 years. After obtaining a Master's Degree in Education, Marilyn proceeded to teach special education and gifted students in New Jersey, Arizona, Illinois, and Colorado for ten years. After moving to Colorado in 1982, Marilyn pursued a second career in sales. Beginning her sales career in the field of technology, Marilyn became the top sales person in the company within one year. Today, as a Broker Associate for Coldwell Banker, Marilyn's thorough product knowledge and prompt attention to detail help her successfully meet the needs of each of her customers. Marilyn's success is demonstrated by her ranking in the Top 10 of Coldwell Banker agents, top 1% of NRT and the accomplishment of receiving the International President's Elite Award. Marilyn's love of Third Way Center is what fuels her continuous involvement and support. 

David Eisner

Dave Eisner has worked in the field of child welfare his entire adult life, starting his career as a drug and alcohol counselor. In 1977, he was hired as Third Way Center’s first Masters level therapist and became the Executive Director in 1980. David earned both his Bachelor’s degree and Master of Education in Rehab Counseling degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

He is a current board member of the Jewish Community Center in Denver, and Board Chair of the Colorado Association of Family & Children’s Agencies. For years he served as a youth coach in basketball, baseball and softball with all different ages and abilities.

Sally Johnston

Sally Johnston has been involved with Third Way Center as a volunteer, supporter and board member for more than 15 years. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music, she went on to do graduate work at Boston University, Boston College, and Harvard. Sally served as the head of the Education Department at the Judge Baker Children’s Center, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate dedicated to helping children overcome mental health issues. In addition to her role at the Judge Baker Children’s Center, Sally taught in the Department of Child Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma. Third Way Center has also been fortunate enough to receive continuous support from the entire Johnston family.

Hildegard Messenbaugh, MD

Hildegard Messenbaugh, M.D. received her medical degree at the University of Rochester (New York) and completed her residency in adolescent psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In the late 1960’s, she joined a group of community volunteers to assist in the establishment of an after care program for children who were being released from institutions. Without community resources and support, they had few options, and were faced with homelessness or incarceration.

Prior to joining Third Way Center as full-time medical director, Hildegard served as the Medical Director at Mt. Airy and Lutheran West Pines Psychiatric Centers, and developed a thriving private practice in Denver. She has held positions with the Colorado Advisory Council on Mental Health and was previously a commissioner on the Governor’s Special Task Force on the welfare of Children. In 2003, Hildegard received the Exemplary Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Colorado Child and Adolescent Mental Health Coalition. She was recognized on National Public Radio as a winner of the “E-chievement” award on E-Town Radio and was featured in Colorado View magazine as one of Denver’s most influential women.

Hildegard has recently completed a training manual on the unique treatment methodology she and her staff have developed over the past four decades resulting in a 71% success rate for Third Way Center teens.

Patrick Sobers

Patrick Sobers is the Executive Vice President for Consumer and Small Business Banking for Community Banks of Colorado. Patrick graduated from Boston University and holds a BAS in Business Administration. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial service industry, Patrick has held several leadership positions with Bank of America prior to his work with Community Banks of Colorado. Patrick's dedication to being actively involved in the community is evident through his work with numerous organizations. Community Banks of Colorado has generously supported Third Way Center through their annual event, the Do More Charity Challenge which is how Patrick became involved with Third Way Center. 

Accreditations & Affiliations