Meet Our Team

We love our team and all the work that they do here at Tri-City Youth & Family Center.

Mary GAtes

Executive Director


Julie Horst

Office Manager

Julie Horst has been with the agency as the Office Manager since 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Community Services from OBU in 2009. After college she spent several years doing different things overseas including the World Race, leading a semester college-aged trip in Uganda, and running a guest house for missionaries in Zambia for 2 ½ years. Her interests include spending time with her niece, traveling, and random craft projects.


Andy Young


Andy Young has been with Tri-City Youth and Family Services since 2012 serving first as a counselor at the residential Men’s and Women’s First Step programs and later as a counselor at Tri-City. More recently, he has worked with high-risk youth and families to help restore healthy boundaries and positive communication skills to the family unit. He has been in the mental health and substance abuse fields since 2001 and has earned a Masters of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2003. Currently Mr. Young serves as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a licensed Professional Counselor and is a board approved supervisor for each license. In his spare time, he enjoys writing poetry, reading self-help books, OU sports, Thunder basketball and Kansas City Royals baseball. 

Jo Whitney

Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Jo Whitney has been with the agency serving as an alcohol and drug counselor since 2014.  She received a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012.  She received her MA in Substance Abuse Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014.  She has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug/Mental Health Counselor since 2016.


Olivia Reel

Administrative Assistant

Olivia Reel has been serving with the agency as administrative assistant since March of 2018. She received a BA in Family and Community Services from Oklahoma Baptist University in May of 2017. Olivia is currently working on her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma Baptist University and is set to graduate in May of 2019. Her plan is to then pursue licensure in Oklahoma. Her personal interests include learning about and experiencing world cultures and in her down time  she enjoys music, knitting, and other artistic activities.


Anna Hatchell

Program Director of Substance Abuse

Anna Hatchell has been with Tri City Youth and Family Center since 2008.  She is currently the Adult Substance Abuse Program Director since August 2017. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Central Oklahoma in Substance Abuse Studies. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations. She has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2012 and obtained her license in Mental Health in 2017. Her experience includes working with Drug Court and DUI Court clients with assessments, treatment planning and group and individual therapy. She has also worked the past 7 years providing these same services at Firstep for Men’s Work Recovery Program.

Scott McWhirter



Susan Hollingsworth


Susan Hollingsworth has been a therapist with Tri-City Youth & Family Center, Inc. since 2016.  She received a MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Central Oklahoma in 2012.  She has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since July of 2014.  She has worked in the behavioral health field since 2008.  Her experience includes working with adults with severe mental illness, working with women in residential substance abuse treatment, and working with children who have experienced trauma.  She loves working with children every day and finds so much joy in helping kiddos learn to express themselves in healthy ways. She hopes to eventually create a curriculum to help children and teens develop self-compassion and improve communication skills. Susan also finds joy in spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, spending time with friends and family, singing, traveling, and playing disc golf every chance she gets.


Lillie SImon

Administrative Assistant

Lillie Simon joined Tri-City in March 2018 as a part time Administrative Assistant. She spent 25 years with Southwestern Bell Telephone as a Marketing Manager. From there she moved on to the State of Oklahoma where she worked as a Financial Analyst with the Water Resources Board, a Public Utility Regulatory Analyst for the Corporation Commission and a Social Worker with DHS. After retiring from the State, she was employed at OU Children's Hospital as an Administrative Assistant working with the OITP grant. Lillie is interested in gardening, quilting, reading and canning. She is also the co-manager of the MWC Farmer's Market. Lillie has studied Foreign Service at the University of Oklahoma, she has an undergraduate degree in Sociology with emphasis on Gerontology from SNU and an MBA from SNU.

Bill Hooks



Gaylen Murray


Gaylen Murray has been a therapist with the agency since 2015. She received a BS in Human Development and Family Science with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University in 2006. She received a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2012. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2014 and received Registered Play Therapist credentials in 2014. Her professional interests include early childhood mental health and the impact of trauma on brain development.


Sabre Little

Community Support Specialist

Sabre Little has been with the agency since 2017.  She started out as an Administrative Assistant and then in April of 2018 she moved into the position of Community Support Specialist.  This position includes Drug Court Liaison, Peer Recovery Support Specialist and Botvin Life Skills Facilitator.  She received her certifications in Behavioral Health Case Management II and Peer Recognition Support Specialist in 2018.  Also, she received a BS degree in Human Resources in 2000 from the University of Phoenix and is currently working on her MA in Substance Abuse Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Sabre has 3 Sons and 6 Grandchildren.  Her personal interest includes hiking, outdoors, crocheting and spending time with family.

Selynda Vass

Botvin Instructor

Britton Vansbuskirk

Botvin Instructor, FTOP Instructor

Desma McKinney

ADSAC Assessor

Desma McKinney has been a mental health and substance abuse counselor since 206. She went to school at Southern Nazarene and graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Gerontology. She attended OU and received a Master’s Degree in Human Relations in 2006. In the past she has worked in the field of Therapeutic Foster Care at Eagle Ridge and in the Drug Court Program at Tri-City. She currently works at Variety Care as a Behavioral Health Therapist and is also a contract employee for Tri-City doing ADSAC assessments.