About GTC

Mission Statement:

The mission of Gateway Transition Center, Inc. is to honor the inherent dignity of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families while providing support during the transition to adulthood through programming aimed at promoting satisfying interpersonal relationships, facilitating fulfilling vocational opportunities, and fostering independent living skills.

Our History

Steve and Sharon Whitlow, a couple with a 15 year old son on the autism spectrum, founded GTC in August 2014 in response to a need for specialized transition services for individuals with autism transitioning out of high school and into adulthood in the Greater Baton Rouge area. GTC received tax-exempt status in April 2015. The Board of Directors and an Advisory Board, consisting of individuals with professional experience and training in areas of interest to the program, were formed in August 2014 and began planning meetings, and in July 2015, Cassie Dinecola was hired as Executive Director. Our inaugural programming begins in Fall 2015.


Board of Directors
  • Stephen Whitlow, J.D.—President
  • Sharon Whitlow, J. D.
  • David Starkey
Advisory Board
  • Sheran Samuel Benton, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Laura A. Barbin, M.O.T., L.O.T.R.
  • Christine Whiltow, MSW, LCSW
  • Richard Whitlow
  • Jenny Hastings
  • Wade Thoams
  • Debbie Rees

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