Board Members

Gateway Community Services Current Board Members:


Jennifer Whitfield:

Jennifer WhitfieldJennifer joined the Center for Mental Health in 2002 as a children’s case manager.  She completed her master’s degree in counseling in 2003 at the University of Great Falls and obtained licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in 2005. Starting in 2009 Jennifer advanced with the Center to the Supervisor of the CSCT Program and in December 2011 she was hired as the Director of Family and Adult Services.  Currently she serves as the Area Director of Services in Great Falls and also covers the northern rural counties.

Jennifer joined the Gateway Governing Board in 2013 as a community partner of Gateway.  She has chaired the Board since January 2015.

Jennifer believes strongly in Gateway’s mission to provide quality comprehensive community based services.  This ties in with the mental health work of the Center and is a natural and positive relationship to serving those in need in our Great Falls community.

Jane Weber:

Jane_PhotoJane received a BS in Art Education from Kutztown University in PA and moved to Montana in 1975 where she received a BS in Forest Science from the University of Montana, Missoula.  Post graduate work was done in Recreation Management at both the University of Montana and Clemson University, SC.

Jane enjoyed a lifelong career with the USDA Forest Service, managing trail crews, marking timber, overseeing timber planting and thinning operations, managing campgrounds, managing Youth Conservation Corps programs; serving as a Public Information Officer and working on many, many fires throughout Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington.  Her most notable contribution to the Forest Service was collaborating with folks in the Great Falls community to design, fundraise and eventually manage the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.  Her fondest memories are from her time with the 100 volunteers at the Interpretive Center and the children who visited the exhibits and participated in museum camps.  Jane was integral in developing the More Kids in the Woods program where originally all fifth graders in the Great Falls Public Schools visited the National Forest on snowshoes and learned about forest and wildlife management.  She was also a founding member of Get Fit Great Falls and still remains active in this endeavor today.

After a 30+ year career in the Forest Service, Jane retired and in September 2010 was appointed to the Cascade County Commission.  She has found this new position challenging and rewarding, as she works with her fellow commissioners to meet the needs of the greater Great Falls community.

Jane and her husband Jim enjoy restoring their 115 year old home in the lower northside of Great Falls, hiking, backpacking and cross country skiing.  They make time to visit their three adult children who are pursuing their own professional careers in Washington, Kansas, and Alaska.

Danny Williams:


Danny C. Williams is a local native of Great Falls, Mt.  He currently works as a State Probation & Parole Officer for the Montana Department of Corrections.  He is the current liaison for the Eighth Judicial District Adult Drug Treatment Court and the Veterans Treatment Court.  He also recently retired after serving 30 years in the U.S. Army.  He has been in public service for over 31 years.








Karen Hendricks:

KRH PhotoDr. Karen Hendricks is the Service Director for A.W.A.R.E.’s statewide CSCT program (school-based therapy) program.  CSCT work is special because it occurs all day long in a child’s school.  Being available to help a child across every school day provides a child with help during moments of struggle.  Modeling and reinforcing strengths-centered behaviors while a child is having an issue allows the child to move forward more quickly and positively. 

Karen spent 10 year as a Professor of Psychology and Counseling at the University of Great Falls.  She was the head of the addictions counseling and psychology undergraduate programs along with the graduate program in mental health counseling.  She worked as a college professor for more than 2 decades and continues to teach continuing education courses for counselors.  Karen was also a forensic psychologist for the Kempe Children’s Center in Denver, Colorado, handling child abuse cases in a 9 state area (including Montana).   

Karen’s Ph.D. is from the University of Washington.  Her research was cross-disciplinary and focused on determining whether or not transplantation of olfactory brain tissue could lead to a return of the ability to smell.  Her master’s degree in Counseling is from the University of Great Falls.  Her undergraduate degree in Business and Computing is from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

On a personal note, Karen and her husband have had the good fortune to live in the USA and Asia.  This allowed them to travel extensively in Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America.  Immersion in these diverse cultures allowed them to embrace the art and culture of these areas.  They also enjoy camping, hiking, and exploring Montana.

Michelle Hill

Michelle has a long history of working in community mental health. While completing her master’s degree in counseling she gained experience at the Center for Mental Health in Great Falls, MT as an in-training practitioner in In-Home Therapeutic Services, Family Based Services, School Based Services, and Outpatient Therapy. Before becoming the Director of Rural Services in April of 2014, Michelle had experience supervising In-Home Therapeutic Service, Children’s Case Management, Children’s Therapeutic Aids, and Comprehensive School and Community Treatment programming. She has been a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Montana since 2006 and has worked both clinically and administratively in several aspects of community mental health.

Michelle began working as an Associate Professor of Psychology/Counseling at the University of Providence in Great Falls, MT. She has also assisted in the university’s pursuit and attainment of CACREP Accreditation and is a member of both the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in English Literature from Montana State University, Bozeman (2001) and her Master of Science in Counseling Degree from the University of Great Falls, in Great Falls, MT (2004).  She is currently working to earn her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University.

Michelle grew up in the bustling city of Billings, MT.  She currently lives in Great Falls with her husband and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and snowshoeing.