For the month of February, we named two staff members as co-employees of the month. Greg Callihan and Amanda van Dalen went above and beyond their duties during Atlanta’s Snowpocalypse and we are very grateful for them. Read on to learn a little bit more about Greg and Amanda.

[GREG]:

Where are you from? 

I grew up in Loganville and have lived in Metro Atlanta all my life.

Where did you go to school and what did you study? 

I attended Atlanta Christian College (now Point University) and majored in Biblical Studies, with a specialization in Preaching and Missions.  I did not graduate, but I did meet my wife there (our 15th anniversary is on March 6th!).

What led you to Gateway? 

Prior to working at Gateway I was working at The ROCK, a homeless service center located on Decatur St.  The ROCK was absorbed into Gateway when it opened in July 2005.  I actually started working at Gateway several months before we opened getting furnishings moved in and set up and a variety of other projects here.

What inspires you in your job?  

I always say that I have the easiest job at Gateway.  I work on things that break; there is a manual and Standard Operating Procedure for repairing things.  The people on the front lines (Case Managers, CSA’s, Coordinators, etc.) have the much more difficult task of working with people, and there is no standardized way to work with individuals from every background imaginable.   I do not have what it takes to do the jobs that these people do on a daily basis, so I enjoy working behind the scenes and the relative anonymity that my position offers.  I take pride in making sure that everything is working properly so that the staff can focus helping the people without distraction.

What is your favorite thing about Gateway?  

The people I work with are great; it is inspiring to work with people who genuinely care about the clients they are trying to help.  Seeing so many coworkers go above and beyond to assist clients -and their fellow coworkers- makes me feel really good about where I work and the mission of the Gateway Center.

What do you like to do for fun in your spare time?  

I really enjoy traveling, sports (I love the Braves, Falcons, Hawks and every GA TECH team), movies, trivia.  I also enjoy photography -mostly sports, wild life and travel- so that mixes well with my other interests.

Do you have a favorite spot in Atlanta?

My favorite place is probably Zoo Atlanta -that is my sanctuary.  There is something very tranquil about watching the majestic animals; my favorites are the tigers, pandas and lions.  I can spend hours there and be totally oblivious to whatever is going outside the zoo -or even what is going on around me inside the zoo.

What is a fun fact about you? 

I actually have a bucket list that I try to complete at least one thing from every year.  In the past few years I have knocked off these: Visit Alaska and Hawaii, hot air balloon ride, parasailing, zip line, Segway tour, go to the top of the Sear’s Tower, Empire State Building, Toronto’s CN Tower.  I hope to go Sky Diving and Hang Gliding sometime in the near future.

Another random useless fun fact:  my MySpace profile (which is probably now dead from lack of use) lists my previous job as a “Proof Reader for M&M’s”, but I was fired for eating all the E’s and W’s.

 

[AMANDA]:

Where are you from? 

I am originally from Jacksonville, (you know where they invented jean shorts), but have lived in the metro Atlanta for the last twenty years.

Where did you go to school and what did you study? 

I am self-educated. I was the Valedictorian of my class!  I studied all the important subjects, but my specialization was in Classic American Movies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. I also got a Master’s in social work from the University of Georgia.

What led you to Gateway? 

Google maps.

What inspires you in your job? 

Seeing my clients run into my office telling me they got a job or got approved for an apartment. Or them just telling me a joke, it lets me know they are doing okay when they joke around. Being homeless is hard on their spirit.

What is your favorite thing about Gateway? 

Playing snow baseball on the roof. Also, getting to be a part of watching people change their lives when they don’t think they can. That’s a pretty remarkable view.

What do you like to do for fun in your spare time? 

I love to play football, play any kind of board game, and watch movies.

Do you have a favorite spot in Atlanta?

Argosy and the Beltline are my favorite places to hang out.

What is a fun fact about you? 

I had a pet goat named John a few years ago, whom I ate. He tasted best fried, if you’re wondering. Oh and my superpower is being able to fly.

 

Congratulations on winning Employee(s) of the Month!