By MONICA PRYTS Allied News Staff Writer Jan 30, 2019
PINE TOWNSHIP – George Junior Republic started off the new year with a new chief executive officer who is excited to lead the next chapter for staff, students and the community.
“I’ve been so amazed since I’ve been here,” Nathan Gressel said Thursday morning.
He has replaced Richard Losasso as CEO of George Junior’s facilities in Pine Township and Indiana, plus George Junior Republic Realty, Preventative Aftercare Inc., Republic Risk Retention Group, and the parent company, George Junior Republic.
Losasso, who worked for the company for 42 years, has been helping Gressel settle into his new role, which includes a long to-do list of ideas and goals.
“I’m a very task-driven person,” Gressel said at the administration offices in Pine Township.
George Junior Republic was established in 1909 and provides private residential treatment for court adjudicated, dependent, and delinquent at-risk male youth.
Gressel, who lives in Corry with his wife Angel and their four children, previously worked for Beacon Light Behavioral Health System in Bradford, Pa., for 19 years, most recently serving as the executive director.
A native of Savona, N.Y., he has a bachelor of science degree in business management from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; a master’s degree in social work from Pitt; and a graduate certificate in health care compliance from Pitt’s law school.
He is currently working on a master of business administration degree at the Ohio University School of Business.
Over the past few weeks, Gressel has been meeting with staff, faculty and students, noticing similarities between Beacon Light and George Junior, like residential programs with a mental health focus.
“I’m like a sponge,” he said of everything he’s been learning.
Beacon Light serves all ages, while George Junior is designed for young men.
“The kids really kind of drew me in,” Gressel said of working in the behavioral health field.
He likes being able to make a difference, and has already seen how resilient the George Junior family is.
“I’ve actually just been blown away,” he said.
He plans to provide more training and resources for staff, especially since a large portion of the students have a mental health diagnosis.
It will be a challenge, but he has faith in the staff; many of them have worked for George Junior for more than 25 years.
Based on his experience at Beacon Light, which included therapy, peer support and foster care, Gressel said he looks forward to improving upon what George Junior has to offer for its students, employees, and community members.
“I really enjoy working,” he said.
He also enjoys spending time with his family, camping and traveling. They plan to move to the area in the near future.
In the meantime, he’s been exploring the Grove City area, and he hopes to get involved with local organizations and volunteer opportunities.