THE WINGATE ADMISSIONS TEAM
Brad Matheson, MBA
Director of Admissions
For over 13 years, Brad Matheson has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficult road of choosing the right therapeutic program for their child. "When a parent is exploring the possibility of treatment, nothing is more important than compassion, clarity, and honesty,” says Brad. “That kind of communication goes a long way toward helping parents make a sound decision and feel some peace in the midst of a very difficult situation."
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2001, Brad knew he wanted to work in a service-oriented atmosphere. His love and concern for young people made the adolescent treatment industry an obvious choice. Brad began his career in the behavioral healthcare industry, providing therapeutic solutions to adolescents, young adults, and families. Brad’s experience ranges from wilderness therapy to residential treatment to aftercare and transition; this range of experience has given him a deep understanding of the treatment process in its entirety.
Desiring to contribute at an even deeper level to the treatment work he loves, Brad returned to school to complete his MBA. “I love providing organizational leadership and management support to WinGate,” says Brad. “But my favorite part of this work is helping families understand and make informed treatment decisions.” Parents frequently contact WinGate to express their gratitude for Brad’s caring manner during a very difficult decision process.
Brad and his wife, Tiffanie, live in St. George, Utah with their three children. They enjoy living in an area so full of outdoor opportunities. You will often find Brad on the golf course with his ten year old boy, on a bike ride with the family, or reading a good book.
Paula L. Riggs, MA
Paula L. Riggs has spent more than a 15 years working with at risk youth and families in multiple environments. She is an experienced Admissions Counselor and Director in therapeutic middle schools, high schools, as well as young adult treatment facilities and Outdoor Wilderness programs.
Paula's patience and true concern stem from real-life experience identifying and articulating specific therapeutic needs of struggling youth and adults. Her passion is working with families in crisis, directly with parents, adolescents and young adults, helping them heal their lives. Paula's return is reuniting families and being instrumental in restoring health and abundance to their lives. She describes her work as living in a life raft pulling families in, rowing safely to the appropriate shore.
Paula is the proud mother of two grown boys one in the Coast Guard the other a Merchant Marine anytime she gets to spend with them is cherished. She spends her free time with friends and family hiking or riding her horses, always with a phone strapped to the saddle, never too busy for a family in need.
Greg Hitchcock, M.Ed., PPS
Partner / Director of Outreach
Greg's multi-faceted professional background provides excellent preparation for service as Director of Outreach at Wingate Wilderness Therapy.
Greg has been an educator, executive and entrepreneur in the behavioral health and addiction treatment space for over twenty years. He founded and/or directed a number of successful programs that have taken him from the tent to the boardroom. As a nationally sought-after consultant, Greg has had the opportunity to envision and launch therapeutic programs in Honduras and Russia, present seminars and workshops at national conferences, and help numerous therapeutic programs grow in quality and enrollments.
Greg has a Bachelor's Degree from Houghton College with a double major in English and Recreation and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Redlands. This educational background combines with extensive field and administrative experiences in the Wilderness Therapy field to provide strong, dynamic leadership while retaining a grassroots sensitivity to both participants and their families.
When Greg is not busy with Wingate he enjoys boating, backpacking and skiing with his wife Charlene and his three children Kaden, Jackson and Tristan. Greg is also an avid mountaineer and fly-fisherman.