Paul Getzendanner, JD, LCSW, CADC
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Paul Getzendanner is the SVP of Strategic Initiatives for Symetria Health. In this role, Paul works across our Illinois operations all areas of the business to ensure that Symetria Recovery continues to grow, innovate and develop business relationships within the communities we serve.
Following a successful legal career and his own journey from addiction to recovery, Paul began his second career as a counselor for Hazelden Betty Ford. From there, Paul held clinical, supervisory and leadership positions with Gateway Foundation, the nation’s largest nonforprofit treatment provider, ultimately managing Gateway’s Chicago residential, outpatient and recovery-home services.
Paul is a member of Illinois’ Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council and has provided expert testimony before the Legislature’s Heroin Crisis Task Force. Paul serves on the Board of Directors for the Counseling Center of the Northshore and is a committed advocate for evidence-based treatment approaches.