Our People

Board of Directors

Chris Smailer

Chairman of the Board
Senior Associate Architect
Scott Dutton Associates, LLC

James Hegstetter

First Vice Chair
President & CEO
Command Credit Corporation

Charles Cullen

Treasurer
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Rondout Savings Bank

Andrew Rothlein

Secretary
Owner
Rondout Yacht Basin

Michael K. Shaughnessy

Senior Vice President
& Chief Lending Officer
Rondout Savings Bank

Joseph Hally

Manager of Energy Transformation and Solutions
Central Hudson

Gregg Paulk

Chief Information Officer
Anderson Center for Autism

Briana Purdy

Branch Supervisor
Ulster Savings Bank

Sara (Skit) Rabbino

Public Relations Development
STR Associates (Retired)

Lori Mulford

Assistant Superintendent
Spackenkill Union Free School District

Board of Trustees

Briana Purdy

President
Branch Supervisor
Ulster Savings Bank

Kathleen Gordon

Vice President
President
Crosspoint Solutions

Brian Ginty

Secretary/Treasurer
President
Hudson Valley Financial Services

Brenda Scott

Business Services Supervisor
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Ephie Trataros

Attorney at Law
Trataros Law Firm, PLLC

Stacey Warr

VP of Lending
Ulster Federal Credit Union

Senior Management

Stephanie Turco

President and CEO

Stephanie joined the agency in 2011 as the Clinical Director for PROS. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who previously served as a Court Appointed Special Child Advocate for Ulster County. Prior to her Human Services career, she was a New York Stock Exchange Specialist and Managing Partner of Webco Securities, Inc. in New York, NY.

Brian Schneider

Chief Financial Officer

Brian brings to Gateway over twenty-eight years of experience working in organizations serving individuals with disabilities.  Brian began his career in the field as a direct service professional and subsequently moved on to various management and administrative roles including Operations Officer, Director of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President-Contract Administration and Assistant Executive Director with responsibility for Business Services and Residential Operations.   He attended the State University of New York in Albany to pursue both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Brian is involved in civic organizations including participating as a board member of a regional wellness and care program that provides counseling, child care, health and fitness services.  In addition, he is active with the local Boy Scout organization and serves as their treasurer.  Brian resides outside of Albany with his wife and two children.

Courtney Beaupre

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

Courtney has been working in the Human Services field for over 14 years providing education, counseling and support to individuals living with mental health diagnoses. Courtney began her career in case management, providing support and short-term crisis counseling to adults with serious mental illness (SMI). She transitioned to a clinical role on the Ulster County ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) team providing in-home/community counseling to individuals that have difficulty managing a traditional treatment environment. Courtney subsequently moved into a managerial role and served as the Hudson Valley Regional Director for Care Management at the Institute for Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Courtney designed and implemented a variety of care management programs which included maternal/infant services, hospital transitions, cancer screening navigation, diabetes care management and more.
Courtney began her role as Chief Quality and Compliance Officer with Gateway Hudson Valley in the summer of 2019. As the Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, she is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of the agency’s compliance activities as well as developing program quality measures to evaluate to program efficacy.

Courtney is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as holds a Master’s in Public Administration through Marist College.

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Chief Information Officer

Ralph has managed computers and computer networks for the past twenty years. He graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. degree in Social Sciences and Humanities, and also has a two year degree from S.U.N.Y. Farmingdale in Computer Science. Ralph has a Certificate in Network Administration from Ulster BOCES and has completed Cisco Certified Network Associate training and attained Cisco CCNA and CompTia A-Plus certifications.

The Chief Information Officer’s job is to ensure that all of Gateway’s computing, networking and electronic communication systems are operating efficiently, and to ensure the integrity, availability and security of Gateway’s electronic information.

Before coming to Gateway in 2001, Ralph held a variety of positions including managing computer controlled manufacturing machines in the printed circuit board industry, working as a Process Engineer and also as a Quality Assurance Manager for IBM subcontractors, and running a graphics and screen printing department for a local sporting goods distributer.

Jessica Fish

VP of Rehabilitation and Employment Services

Jessica is an experienced professional with an extensive background working with both the Mental Health population and People with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Marist College and a Master of Counseling Degree from Mercy College. Jessica has been with Gateway for over twelve years, starting in 2008 as an Employment Specialist and was promoted into a leadership role. She oversees all of the Employment/Vocational Programs, Care Management and Nursing Services within the agency. Jessica has an extensive knowledge of developing and maintaining many of the Programs within Gateway and was promoted to Vice President in 2018. Jessica strives to guide and lead the agency in a direction to assist individuals achieve success and satisfaction in their lives.

Sophie Halpern

VP of Therapeutic and Residential Services

Sophie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who began her career in human services over 10 years ago. Sophie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. Sophie has served in a variety of roles at non-profit agencies across the country providing services in and developing programs for vulnerable populations in need. Sophie has extensive experience working with immigrant families, those experiencing homelessness, and individuals with serious mental illness. Sophie began her work at Gateway Hudson Valley in 2015, in our psychiatric rehabilitation program (PROS), as a Social Worker, being promoted to Assistant Director in 2016 and Clinical Director in 2017. Sophie became Vice President of Residential & Therapeutic Services in 2018, taking on the opportunity to oversee these programs, enhance service provision and further integrate a clinical vision into residential services. As a leader at Gateway, Sophie seeks to expand and better her programs to provide services that allow individuals to meet goals and live meaningful lives.

Vicky Gore

VP of Business Services & Development

Vicky began her career with Gateway Community Industries in 2009 as Manager of Vocational Counseling and Training and Chief Quality and Compliance Officer. Vicky has advanced to her present role in the agency as Vice President of Business Services. A native Kingstonian, Vicky holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and has a diverse employment background, having worked in both the public and private sectors in Ulster and Greene Counties. It was in her prior role as Director and instructor at a small local business school where Vicky first began working with individuals with disabilities by combining her teaching skills with vocational training and employment services. She has worked in this field for over 15 years.

Vicky has a special interest in ensuring that students who are transitioning from school to adult life have access to vocational and employment services they need in order to successfully make that transition. She has been a member of the Ulster County Youth Council and a past member of the Ulster County Transition Coordinating Council.

Ken Tear

Vice President of Human Resources

Ken joined the Gateway in 2018 with 25+ years of experience. His background in Human Resources and Management includes positions in a variety of industries including not-for-profit, for-profit, educational support, and insurance.

Prior to joining Gateway, Ken spent many years with the SUNY Research Foundation as Director of HR for System Administration, as well as other roles including Sponsored Programs Director of Operations and Interim, Executive Director. Ken also worked for the College Internship Program as the Director of HR. There, he was responsible for HR activities for a national workforce with offices located in CA, FL, MA, IN and NY. While working for Prudential and Davis Vision-Highmark, he gained experience in healthcare, collective bargaining and training & development.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources from the State University of New York. In addition, through the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, he completed the Executive Management and Human Resource Management Certificate programs. He holds designations from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP) and HRCI (PHR).