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Carolyn Givens

Executive Vice President / Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers

Carolyn J. Givens is the executive vice president in charge of Gateway Rehab’s Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers. In this role, Ms. Givens is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for a continuum of services located at three sites within or near Youngstown, Ohio. Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers provides prevention, detox, and inpatient and outpatient services.

Before joining Gateway Rehab, Ms. Givens was the former executive director of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation where she oversaw and was responsible for providing strategic leadership, financial development, building statewide alliances with legislative, policy and business leaders, as well as the daily operations of the foundation.

Prior to her role at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, Ms. Givens was director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. It was here that she served the cabinet-level department in a number of leadership roles throughout her 19 years of public service.

Ms. Givens is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University and Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

Ms. Givens is a member of the board of directors for the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health Care and Family Services Providers.

Joseph P. Sitarik, D.O.

Medical Director

A graduate of the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine, Joseph Sitarik, D.O. currently serves as Neil Kennedy Recovery Center’s Medical Director. Since 2012, Dr. Sitarik has also been overseeing the Neil Kennedy’s outpatient Medication Assisted Treatment program. His experience in primary care and addiction treatment in Columbiana County, OH is an asset to not only Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers, but the entire Heartland Region of Ohio. Dr. Sitarik has board certifications through the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and is currently seeking certification in Addiction Medicine through the American Society of Addiction Medicine.