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Press Release: Gateway Longview Promotes Two to Director and Asst. Director of Residential Services

Ivan Sosa and Keith Somerville will oversee residential care for more than 50 youth residing on Main Street Campus

Gateway Longview recently announced the promotion of Ivan Sosa to director of residential services and Keith Somerville to assistant director of residential services. Sosa was hired in 2005 as a residential counselor and later worked as a supervisor of programming for youth in the most structured level of residential care. He most recently served as assistant director of residential services since 2015. Somerville was hired in 2010 as a child care specialist, and most recently served as unit leader of scheduling and operations for residential services since 2015.

“Ivan’s vision of creating an environment of enrichment and leadership for youth and staff have made him an asset to the residential program throughout his career at Gateway Longview,” said Carolyne DeFranco, President and CEO of Gateway Longview. “In his new role, Ivan’s focus on making residential treatment a therapeutic and positive stepping stone for youth in care will allow him to advance our mission of protecting, enriching, and giving hope to each youth and family we serve even further.”

“Keith is a skilled leader who creates a culture of respectful adolescents and nurturing staff,” said Michelle Federowicz-Cope, vice president of foster care and residential services for Gateway Longview. “Keith will now play a more direct role in guiding children and families as they build on their strengths and work toward their own success.”

As Director, Sosa will be responsible for the care and safety of youth enrolled in Gateway Longview’s structured and highly respected residential services program, which supports male and female youth age 12-18 who struggle with behavioral, social, and emotional challenges. Sosa will oversee a team of nearly 100 staff, plus up to 13 supervisors, who care for upwards of 50 youth residing on the agency’s Main Street Campus in four different buildings. His team of trained youth care professionals will mentor and support the young adults as they work to return to a stable home environment.

Sosa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Human Services with a concentration in Community Mental Health from the University at Buffalo. He is a native of Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Williamsville, NY with his wife and three children.

As Assistant Director, Somerville’s priority will be empowering upwards of 50 youth residing on the agency’s Main Street Campus by collaborating with their families, inspiring hope for a brighter future, and working together with his team of dedicated staff to determine the best plan for long-term success for each youth.

Somerville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Family Violence from Hilbert College. He is a native of Holland, NY and currently resides in Buffalo, NY.

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