Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Brendan Bartic

Brendan is a Colorado native, a real estate titan, an elite coach, and national trainer with over two decades of incredible success in the real estate industry. As the founder and CEO of the #1 Real Estate Team in Denver and a top listing agent, he ranks in the Top 1% of all Realtors in the Nation. His Real Estate Team, Elite Home Partners, reflects his passions of helping others grow and succeed, as well as serving and giving back to the community. Brendan is a United States Army Infantry Veteran and served multiple tours in Iraq and Kuwait. In his youth, he benefited as a resident from the services at Third Way Center while living at several of their facilities. Now, giving back to the community that provided him so much, Brendan has helped raise over $1 Million for Denver’s disadvantaged youth as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Third Way Center.

Gary Gray
Vice Chair

Gary has served on the Third Way Center Board of Directors since 1999. In the 70’s, Gary worked as a Counselor at Third Way and has been involved with the organization ever since. This experience allows him to bring a unique perspective to the Board, with insight into working with our clients. He is self-employed as a stock and options trader.

Patrick Sobers

Patrick is the retired, former President of Community Banks of Colorado and Head of Business and Personal Banking of NBH Bank. He served in those positions from 2016 to 2021. He was previously the Executive Vice President and Head of Small Business and Consumer Banking for NBH Bank’s Community Banks of Colorado and Hillcrest Bank divisions. Patrick has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry, and held several executive leadership positions with Bank of America prior to joining NBH Bank. Patrick has served on National Bank Holdings Corporation Board of Directors since August, 2021. Patrick is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Seminary, where he serves on the Audit Committee, Investment Committee, and Finance Committee. He also serves on the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation Board, and on the George Edgecomb Society Steering Committee.

Jean Smith Gonnell, Esq.

Jean is an attorney licensed in Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina, specializing in cannabis law. As a teen, she benefitted from the resources at Third Way Center’s Lincoln Apartments. She went on to attend the University of Colorado at Denver and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm School of Law. She credits Third Way Center for a large amount of her success and remains a fervent supporter.

Stacy Ohlsson
Board Member


Stacy has a master’s degree in special education, focusing on learning disabled and emotionally disturbed k-12 students. She understands the population that TWC serves and the issues affecting residential treatment. For years, Stacy was a mentor to a resident at the Lincoln house. As a long term supporter of TWC events and an organizer of others, she brings expertise around planning and promoting special events.

Courtney Johnston
Board Member

Courtney started her career teaching middle school social studies in the Mississippi Delta. Compelled by the opportunity to serve families in a more holistic way, she shifted careers to become a Social Worker in Atlanta for Child Protective Services and then moved to Colorado where she was a Therapist and Assistant Treatment Leader for Third Way Center – Bannock which served teenage mothers. After spending years working with people who were victims of childhood trauma, Courtney went to law school and became a District Attorney to focus on prosecuting sex crimes and crimes against children. In that role she has served as a Chief Deputy District Attorney handling a caseload of major felonies and specializing in sex crimes and crimes against children. Courtney holds a BA Degree from Agnes Scott College, a Master’s in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard, and a Law Degree from the University of Denver where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar. In her spare time Courtney is in charge of three kids, three cats, one dog, and one husband.

Melanie Schoninger
Board Member



Melanie’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.

Matthew McCormick
Board Member

Matthew is a graduate of Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He works as a real estate broker and is married with two sons. His family has been long standing supporters of Third Way Center with multiple family members serving on the Board, and his mother was awarded Third Way Center’s service award.

Meg Everett
Board Member


Meg is the Director of Operations for Elite Home Partners and has been involved with Third Way Center’s Associate Board for several years. Meg has a passion for helping others and giving back to the community. Meg has assisted with the Third Way Center internship program and has led her company’s annual day of giving back by renovating Third Way’s Bannock house. She is dedicated to supporting her community, empowering her peers through leadership opportunities, and connecting and collaborating with others to grow the Third Way Center community.

David Eisner
Board Member


David served 43 Years as Executive Director for Third Way Center. He led the organization through growth and evolution, helping mold Third Way Center into a leader in the field of adolescent mental health care. In addition to his work at Third Way Center, he served on numerous boards during his tenure. To name a few, he served as the CAFCA Board President, Temple Sinai Board President, and as a member of the JCC Board.

Renee Johnson
Ex Officio


Renee brings more than 30 years of experience at Third Way Center, helping our at-risk adolescents overcome mental health concerns and learning to cope with life-changing events.  Currently, Renee serves as Executive Director of Third Way Center. Previously, she served as the Director of Programs at Third Way Center where she was instrumental in overseeing and implementing the day-to-day and long-term program activities. Prior to that, she served as the Clinical Director at Third Way Center and managed the staff training for the five residential programs and two schools. She supervised a staff of over 80 licensed/and provisionally licensed therapists, special education teachers and mental health workers.  

Hildegard Messenbaugh, MD
Lifetime Director

Dr. Hildegard Messenbaugh’s life is one of extraordinary achievement. A Holocaust survivor of concentration camps, Messenbaugh was driven by her desire to achieve personal justice for the trauma she and her family endured during World War II. Her own life experience uniquely shaped the direction of her professional career – ultimately changing the lives of thousands for decades to come.