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Gateway promotes new director of residential treatment

Christopher Henning advances to director of residential treatment program

Gateway Longview recently announced the promotion of Christopher Henning to director of residential treatment. Henning was hired in 2008 as a residential counselor and has since advanced to various positions within the residential treatment program, most recently as assistant director.

“Chris is a dynamic and transformative leader with great compassion for the youth we serve,” said Keith McGriff, Ph.D., Vice President of Residential Services. “He has held a multitude of critical roles within Gateway Longview’s residential treatment program. He embraces innovative, solution-focused ideas that promote collaboration, empowerment and diversity. We are excited for him to embark on this new opportunity to protect, enrich, and give hope to nearly eighty youth who reside on our Main Street campus.”

Gateway Longview’s Residential Treatment Program serves youth from across New York State who are removed from their homes via the court system due to significant behavioral, social and emotional challenges. Henning will replace veteran director Paul Kubala, who was appointed Erie County’s deputy commissioner for youth services by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz last month.

As director, Henning is responsible for supervising over 80 residential treatment staff throughout six cottages. He will also oversee program policy and procedure, and ensure youth in care remain safe, nurtured, and on pace to return to a stable home environment. Henning earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College. He is a life-long Williamsville resident where he currently resides with his wife and their two daughters.