Karen Flynn

C.E.O. and Founder

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  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah

  • Licensed member of the Utah State Bar

  • Former Administrative Law Judge, Department of Human Services, State of Utah

  • Former Managing Attorney, Office of Guardian ad Litem, State of Utah

  • Experience developing adolescent substance-abuse prevention and treatment models


Karen knows that there is nothing more important than the welfare of a youth. When a parent places their greatest gift, their child, in Gateway's care, Karen understands there is no weightier responsibility that our team can accept. With that knowledge, Karen believes, in turn, it is Gateway's duty to provide that student and his family the utmost care, service and guidance that a residential treatment center can offer.


Karen has been working on behalf of youth since 1995, when she became an attorney for abused, neglected, and dependent children and their families. Karen has worked with almost every aspect of child welfare and the many trying, often life-changing issues youth face. Karen's experience as a managing attorney, administrative law judge, and child advocate complement perfectly her role as C.E.O. for Gateway. Her dream of bringing her experience together into one place culminates in the ongoing success of Gateway Academy.


Karen's free time is spent with her family and friends. Karen is always looking for her next adventure, whether it's learning to scuba dive, running her first marathon, or seeing another small piece of the world for the first time.

Creating Student Success

Both in front and behind the scenes, Karen plays countless roles in the success of Gateway students. Whether it's helping a family negotiate the logistics of residential treatment, or training and guiding the staff that work with each youth, Karen's steady, positive influence permeates Gateway. In turn, Karen is continually moved by and grateful for the numerous emails, letters, and comments from parents and students expressing gratitude for their positive experiences with Gateway.