GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA – Gateway, a non-profit organization that supports adults in the Upstate living with a severe and persistent mental illness, recently elected four new members to its Board of Directors: Dawn Dwyer, Clarence Kegler, Elizabeth Rosenblum, and Dorothy Whalen. With diverse professional backgrounds, these esteemed individuals will help to expand the scope of Gateway’s organizational oversight.
“As a non-profit organization devoted to creating opportunity for the social and professional support of individuals living with a severe mental illness, recruiting advocates with diverse backgrounds is essential to our program,” said Executive Director, Randy Redlinger. “With a cumulation of experience in HR, media relations, business and psychotherapy, our new board members yield experience that will significantly help Gateway fulfill the needs of the members we serve.”
Gateway is funded in part by community donations that help adults in the Upstate living with mental illness build confidence through social interaction and a structured day at its new Clubhouse located on 423 Croft St. Gateway supports its members by providing opportunities for social and vocational skills, relationship building, education, employment and housing.
Dwyer has over thirty years of Human Resources experience with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). At her retirement, Dwyer had been a member of the senior executive team reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer for over 15 years. Before NAHB, Dwyer worked as the Human Resources Director for Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization focused on veterans’ advocacy and disability rights. Dwyer also has served as a Greenville Women Giving Board member since 2021.
Prior to being named Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Michelin North America in 2008, Kegler was a plant manager for Michelin North America’s passenger car and light truck tire manufacturing facility in Greenville, SC. He was also the plant manager for Michelin Aircraft Tire Co.’s manufacturing facility in Norwood, NC. Kegler worked many years with Hoechst-Celanese Corp, where he held various manufacturing and technical positions. Kegler has been active in his community by serving on The United Way Board, Greenville Technical College Foundation Board, and as Chairman of the Board for Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, Kegler has served on the South Carolina State University Advisory Board and Claflin University Board of Visitors.
For more than two decades, Rosenblum worked in leadership and community development, and public relations serving as president or executive director of several organizations including the Athens (Georgia) Area Chamber of Commerce, The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, The Junior League of Athens and the Athens Tech Foundation. She consulted for companies and nonprofit organizations through her consulting firm, Essential Dynamics, Inc. From 2002-2015 she produced and hosted a radio interview talk show, LizTalk (Cox Media Group), where she interviewed over 6000 people. Currently, she is a feature writer for TALKGreenville magazine.
For over 32 years, Whalen has served as a Licensed Independent Social Worker and consultant for many practices including Greenville Therapy Center, Greenville Psychiatry, Marshall I. Pickens Hospital, and more. Whalen currently works as a Clinical Social Worker for Caritas Counseling Services, LLC at St Mary’s Church, Greenville, SC.
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