Advisors to Gateway


Col. John (Dianne) Lauten (ret.) 

John is a retired Air Force Colonel (top gun fighter pilot in Operation Desert Storm). He continues to teach battle tactics for pilots at Eglin Air Force Base.  John and Dianne have been leading the Boundaries Sessions each month for parents making their 2nd visit over the past two and half years. They use Jimmy and Karen Evans’ “Emotionally Healthy Marriage” DVD series and facilitate discussion following the three weekend sessions.


DeAnna Hickenbotham, MHC, NCC, CSOTS

LMHC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1993, NCC, National
Certified Counselor, CSOTS, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist 

Mrs. Hickenbotham is owner/Clinical Director of Pattison Professional Counseling Center. Licensed in Mental Health since 1993, she specializes in sexual abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress reduction. DeAnna presently visits students each Friday, as parents have made formal request to counsel and assess progress.


Phil  (Vivian) Edwards, Assistant Superintendent West FL District AG 

Senior Pastor First Assembly of God, Panama City, FL 

Pastor Phil was a pioneer in the establishment of Gateway twelve years ago.  He is not only a pastor to the ministry as a whole, but is a personal friend as well. 


Amy (Drew) Montgomery, Concord, NC

Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery have Air Force backgrounds.  Amy works in a home-based business, while Drew is a Pro-guide for fishing.  Amy and Drew’s son graduated from Gateway in 2007. He is presently enrolled in North Central University. Amy continues to attend Parent Visit Weekends and serves as facilitator and creator of “Media Boundaries,” one of our regular Boundaries Sessions. 


Dr. Efren (Sonia) Carbonell, MD

Dr. Carbonell is acquainted with Gateway as his son, Emilio, was a 2008 graduate.  (Emilio is presently a student at Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL.)  Dr. Carbonell has made himself available to review blood test results for intake students, especially the Full Metabolic Panel.  He works with our on-site RN, Kristina Thomas, and our medical coordinator to ensure proper practice and documentation, as well as ensuring a supply of medical emergency materials. 

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Advisors | Gateway Military Academy

Advisors information for Gateway Military Academy, a Christian military school in Florida.