The Gateway to Care Board of Directors is pleased to announce that ZELJKA MIJIC has joined GTC as Executive Director. Ms. Mijic is an experienced leader who has worked extensively in the Houston community with both public and nonprofit organizations. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Mijic will lead the programs, projects and partnerships that facilitate health care access and resource service navigation to predominantly low-income, uninsured or underinsured residents in alignment with our overall mission, vision and goals. She will also lead Gateway to Care’s Collaborative of nearly 190 member and affiliate organizations.
Kathy McNamara, LMSW, started working at Gateway to Care in 2003 where she was instrumental in assisting GTC with establishing its Community Health Worker Training Institute that became the 3rd CHW Training Institute certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services. In her current role as Program Developer and Manager, Ms. McNamara ensures that GTC’s myriad of projects align with the goals and objectives required by grantors and GTC’s Strategic Plan. In addition, she works closely with the Navigation Services Director to promote administrative and procedural quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation of all programs administered at Gateway to Care.
Rosaisela Martinez spearheads outreach and education efforts of the Connecting Kids and Families to Coverage campaign as well as the Together We RAISE Minority Enrollment Program. She leads a team of 12 Health Service System Navigators. The past 14 years at Gateway to Care have given her invaluable experience and knowledge to successfully guide her team toward their goals. As one of the first and longest employees at Gateway to Care, she adds a meaningful and historical perspective to the organization. She also is actively involved in leading her community towards the Culture of Health movement, and is making a true impact.
Angela Tellez-Perez has been with Gateway to Care since 2007. Working as a Provider Health Network (PHN) Navigator, she spent her time helping Houston’s underprivileged citizens gain access to medical services and surgeries needed to help them regain their lives. Angela has aided hundreds of patients and their families with her kind spirit, diligent work ethic, and bubbly personality. Now she has happily transitioned into the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) division of Gateway to Care where she is responsible for aiding Harris County citizens prepare for natural and man-made disasters through trainings, health fairs, presentations and more. When she is not working, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband of nineteen years, their children and grandchildren. She resides in Richmond, TX where she is very active in her community.
Chante L. Williams started working at Gateway to Care in 2014, after settling in the Houston area from her native city of San Antonio, TX. Prior to moving to Houston, Chante volunteered as a Recorder at a Christian based non-profit organization that specialized in giving assistance to the homeless and low-income families in Bexar County. She has also obtained training to be an Early Learning Substitute teacher with the A.N.G.E.L.S. program which was provided by The Family Service Association of San Antonio. While at Gateway to Care, she been an essential part of the GNE(Graduate Nurse Education) program. Chante has helped UTMB Galveston, Texas Women’s University, UT Houston, and Prairie View AMU place approximately 600 Advance Practice Registered Nurses with clinical placements every year since her arrival. She also works closely with Memorial Hermann as a part of the invoicing process for over 500 preceptors with the GNE grant. Not only has she obtained her Community Health Worker certification at GTC, but has also been promoted twice and is now the GNE Project Placement Manager. She is willing to learn as much as possible while working with her GTC family, and enjoys lending a hand in any area that may need her.