To lead in providing quality, comprehensive healthcare that is affordable and accessible,
and to support the dedicated professionals who make caring for the individuals we serve their number one priority.
COMTREA primarily serves Jefferson County, and while reaching more than ten surrounding counties.
Jefferson County consists of 225,000 residents. We serve almost 10% of the county population.
With 45 years of service, we are proud of our rich history and look toward serving in the future.
$150,000 Given Away
We partner with like-minded agencies in the community by donating $150,000 annually.
COMTREA is committed to the highest quality care, and has received numerous awards.
Affordable & Accessible
We strive to overcome financial, health background, and travel accessibility barriers.
Through services such as telehealth and mobile clinics, we are dedicated to new and innovative approaches.
All staff are trauma-informed trained, and COMTREA collaborates in educating the public on this topic.
Community Treatment, Inc. or COMTREA
The agency’s legal name, Community Treatment Inc, was shortened to COMTREA (pronouced COM-TREE).
Defining Our FamilyTrea
A family tree demonstrates the connection and genealogy of a family. Our patients, clients, doctors, nurses, dentists, therapists, staff, and volunteers form our familytrea. Our history, relationships, and future are defined within our familytrea.
Meet our leadership
Sue Curfman, MA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Sue Curfman joined COMTREA as its second Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. Since becoming CEO, she has focused on increasing health care access and integration of services for the vulnerable populations of Jefferson County. She strives to be a servant leader, and is an advocate for community health and the patients they serve.
Curfman attended California State University Fullerton, where she earned a Bachelor and Master of Communication Disorders. Her initial entry into healthcare was as a Speech Pathologist in a hospital and private practice setting, and quickly transitioned into operational and administrative management. She has pursued additional training in Six Sigma with certifications in Case Management and Quality Management. Curfman serves on numerous boards and committees, including Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA), Missouri Health Plus (MHP), Jefferson County Coalition to End Homelessness, and Pony Bird.
Curfman and her husband, Ken, have three children and eight grandchildren. Her hobbies include marathon running, art journaling, and card making. She has participated in more than 100 marathons and half-marathons, and loves the outdoors. One item on her bucket list was to backpack the Grand Canyon, which she did in 2014! She says “I saw such beautiful sights and natural wonders. It was amazing.”
Chief Operations Officer
Lisa Rothweiler became Chief Operating Officer for COMTREA in 2018 after 20 years of providing operational support managing departments, projects, and personnel. Rothweiler manages daily operations of COMTREA with oversight of facilities, dietary, IT, communications, office administration, and marketing. She is involved at the state level with many initiatives stemming from legislation changes over the years.
Rothweiler and her husband are lifelong residents of Jefferson County. She has two children and two grandchildren, and enjoys time at the lake.
Amy Rhodes, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Amy Rhodes joined COMTREA in March 2007 as the Accounting Manager and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in July 2008. Rhodes has over 25 years of financial accounting experience. She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor in Accounting and Missouri Baptist University with a Master in Business Administration.
Rhodes and her husband, Randall, are lifetime residents of Jefferson County and have three children and two grandchildren. She is very involved with several online support groups for Nemaline Myopathy, grieving parents, and military parents. Rhodes is a past member of the Jefferson County Developmental Disability Resource Board and a member of Rose of Sharon Full Gospel Temple.
Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Rachael Bersdale began her role as COMTREA’s Chief Behavioral Health Officer in 2019. She has worked at COMTREA since 2004, serving most recently as Vice President for Adult Behavioral Health, and prior to that, as Housing Manager, Case Manager, and Assessor. During her career in community mental health, Bersdale has developed deep experience in clinical support, data analysis, strategic planning, program implementation, and staff supervision.
Bersdale’s lifelong passion for increasing access to behavioral and physical healthcare was formed by her observations growing up in a rural community and shaped by her experiences as an adult with helping her clients, community members, and family access much needed resources and services. Bersdale has seen firsthand the impact of a community coming together to support individuals experiencing behavioral health crises.
Bersdale received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Alabama – Birmingham and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She is licensed as a professional counselor in the State of Missouri. Bersdale has held memberships on several boards and committees locally and across Missouri including the Behavioral Health Network, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health, Missouri Governor’s Committee to End Homelessness (Balance of State), and Jefferson County Community Partnership.
Dr. Rohatgi, DO
Chief Medical Officer & Psychiatrist
Dr. Gautam Rohatgi, DO received his undergraduate and medical degrees from St. Louis University and Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Rohatgi is Board Certified in Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychiatry. His post graduate training includes a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, a Psychiatry Residency at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, and a Medicine Internship at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Rohatgi specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, behavioral, and substance use disorders.
Courtney Garland, DMD
Director of Oral Health
Courtney Garland, DMD is passionate about providing care to underserved areas, stemming from being raised in rural East Tennessee near the Appalachian Mountains. Later living in this area, she was exposed to difficulties residents faced finding affordable dental care. She gained experience working with children in her mother’s preschool classes and still returns annually to educate preschoolers about oral health and hygiene techniques. Throughout dental school Garland continued to work extensively in underserved areas, with three external clinical rotations located in similar areas.
Since joining COMTREA in 2014, she worked in both community health centers and school-based dental clinics. She participated in the State of Missouri's preventive screening program and mobile outreach events in the county’s schools. In April 2018, Dr. Garland moved into the Director of Oral Health role providing leadership for the mobile and clinic programs.
Vice President of Quality Care
Patty Vanek joined COMTREA in October 2012, and transitioned into Vice President of Quality Care in 2018. Graduating from Jefferson College with her Registered Nurse degree, Vanek has over thirty years of experience working in the primary care clinical setting with eighteen of those working in a rural health center, followed by working at COMTREA, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Vanek seeks to assure and improve the desired health outcomes and overall satisfaction of individuals served by continuously monitoring COMTREA’s service delivery approach and correlation between the levels of improved health services.
Vanek and her husband, John, have been residents of Jefferson County since 1989. She is active in her community and feels privileged to work for an agency that gives so much back to local residents. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, and anything that includes activities with her beloved dogs.
Vice President of Community Services
Cindy Vessell has worked for COMTREA since 1991. As Vice President of Community Services, she works with managers, directors, staff, and volunteers of COMTREA’s grant-funded service programs. Programs include the School Liaison program with integration in behavioral health, the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri, Tails with Tales canine therapy program, and A Safe Place domestic violence shelter. Prior to her current position, Vessel held multiple roles within the Agency including Vice President/Clinical Director of Children and Youth Services and Vice President/Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Vessell has a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomat. She is a member of the board for the Children’s Advocacy Center, and serves on the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board, which is a senate confirmed appointment.
Vice President of Fundraising and Development
Kim Elbl came to COMTREA in 2014 with 25 years of marketing and fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. Elbl is leading COMTREA’s capital campaign to raise funds for Mary’s House of Hope at A Safe Place transitional housing project for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence.
Elbl is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration emphasizing in marketing and sales. She is active in the community, serving as 2017/2018 President of the Festus/Crystal City Rotary Club and as a member with the Twin City Optimist Club. Elbl is married with two daughters, and enjoys time away fishing with her girls.
Vice President of Human Resources
Katie Harman joined COMTREA in 2014 as a Senior HR Generalist, providing guidance and support to agency leaders and coworkers. In 2019, Harman assumed the role of Vice President of Human Resources, overseeing all functions of the department. The HR team is focused on employee culture, engagement, and development of coworkers within the agency.
Prior to joining COMTREA, Harman worked as a Human Resource Officer in the financial industry, covering various functions of HR including implementation of compensation plans, benefits, coaching and development of staff, and employee relations. Katie has over 10 years’ experience in HR and is an active member of the National Human Resource Association.
Harman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State and a Master of Human Resources Management from Webster University. She is married with one child, two dogs, and a rabbit. During her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her family and friends.
Vice President of Corporate Compliance and Quality Management
Katy Murray has spent over twenty years administering policies at COMTREA. She serves as the Vice President of Corporate Compliance and Quality Management and COMTREA’s HIPAA Privacy Officer. Facing challenging accreditations, recognitions, and re-certification is daily work at COMTREA. Murray fully acknowledges that it is the providers and support staff that enable COMTREA to be recognized for its excellence in serving the underserved and community.
Murray began her career as a teacher with a Bachelor of Science from Concordia Teachers College in 1970. Teaching was interrupted by three years of active duty in Germany. In 1978, she received a Master of Science in Psychology and Organizational Development at Southern Illinois University. While a reservist, Murray worked at Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in North St. Louis. She has spent over 40 years in the service of others.
Lisa Wigger joined COMTREA in 2017 as the Assistant for the CEO and Liaison to the Board of Directors. In 2018, her role evolved to Executive Manager, where she manages special projects and focuses on governance. She is responsible for stakeholder surveys, the annual report, United Way reporting, and assisting with HRSA requirements.
Wigger graduated from the University of Missouri, and has previous experience in administration, marketing, and human resources, With her diverse experience, she is able to focus on a variety of projects. Wigger currently represents COMTREA in the community at several of the area chambers and serves as a board member on the Jefferson County Growth Association. In addition, she is involved in the community, school district, and Hoops for Hope.
Serving Our County and State
- Private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization
- Integrated, comprehensive Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary care, dental care, and psychiatric services
- Community mental health center for Jefferson County, designated by the Jefferson County Commission
- Certified Community Behavioral Health Organization
- Community mental health center for Jefferson County, designated by the Jefferson County Commission
- Administrative agent for the Psychiatric Services Division of the Missouri Department of Mental Health for Jefferson County
- Comprehensive substance treatment and rehabilitation facility for Jefferson County and St. Louis County (South of Highways 40 and 44)
- Domestic violence shelter advocate for Jefferson County
- Alcohol and drug use treatment facility for Jefferson County and surrounding areas, including the city of St. Louis
- Certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Service, and Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse