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.
Brendan Bartic - Vice President
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.
Matthew McCormick - Secretary
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.
Patrick Sobers - Treasurer
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.
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 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.
Tracy graduated with a degree in Psychology from UCSD and Dartmouth College, a Masters of Educational Psychology from UCLA, a Juris Doctor from Boston University, and an MBA from the University of Denver. Currently, Tracy is the Director of Philanthropy and Director of Strategic Initiatives for two behavioral health organizations. Before these positions she was Director of Operations for the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at DU; Executive Vice President of Programming Distribution for Telecommunications, Inc,(now Comcast Cable); and a corporate attorney in Los Angeles. She has been involved with, and a supporter of, Third Way Center for over 15 years. As a member of the Board, Tracy brings her strategic planning, philanthropy expertise, and deep respect for the staff at Third Way Center, as well as the unparalleled treatment and hope it brings to children and their families.
Melanie Baker’s professional background includes sales, marketing, management, new location openings and special events roles in the restaurant industry including Morton’s, The Capital Grille, and for acclaimed chef Troy Guard in Denver. She has also worked for the Democratic National Convention. Melanie is now a mother of two and has taken a step back from the business world, and spends as much time as possible exploring Colorado with her family and getting involved in her community.
Stacy Ohlsson has a masters degree in special education, particularly the learning disabled and emotional disturbed k-12 students. She understands the population that TWC serves and the issues effecting residential treatment. As a long term supporter of TWC events and an organizer of others, she brings expertise around planning and promoting special events.