Gary C. Barnett holds a BS degree from Middle Tennessee State University and an MA in Agency and Community Counseling from Indiana State University. Since 1973, Gary has worked with children and families, serving primarily as a counselor. Involvement includes Child Protective Services in Vanderburgh County, Indiana and as a Consultant for the State of Indiana Child Welfare Department. In 1988, Gary began his third association with Hillcrest Washington Youth Home in Evansville, Indiana, serving as the Program Administrator, Residential Services Director, and is the current Director of Treatment Services. Gary is also a “trained trainer” in Cornell University’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and a member of the I.A.R.C.C.A. state “Best Practices” task force on seclusions and restraints. He has been involved in his community, serving on the boards of both the Ark Crisis Prevention Nursery and Big Brothers/Big Sisters advisory board as well as coaching youth sports and teaching youth Sunday School at St. Paul’s United Christian Church for over 20 years.