Our People

Board of Directors

Michael K. Shaughnessy

Chairman of the Board

James Hegstetter

First Vice Chair
President & CEO
Command Credit Corporation

Charles Cullen

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Rondout Savings Bank

Dr. Jason Fredenberg

Director of Clinical Services
Greene County Mental Health

Ronnie Genee

Complex Director
SUNY New Paltz

Joseph Hally

Manager of Energy Transformation and Solutions
Central Hudson

Lori Mulford

Assistant Superintendent
Spackenkill Union Free School District

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)

Andrew Rothlein

Rondout Yacht Basin

Chris Smailer

Senior Associate Architect
Scott Dutton Associates, LLC

Board of Trustees

Briana Purdy

Branch Supervisor
Ulster Savings Bank

Kathleen Gordon

Vice President
Crosspoint Solutions

Brian Ginty

Hudson Valley Financial Services

Brenda Scott

Business Services Supervisor
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

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.

Jessica Fish

VP of Rehabilitation and Employment Services

Vicky Gore

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

Vicky began her career with Gateway Community Industries in 2009 as Manager of Vocational Counseling and Training and has advanced to her present role in the agency as Chief Quality and Compliance Officer. As the Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, she is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of the agency’s compliance activities as well as the Health and Safety of the organization. She is also a member of the Hudson Valley Regional Compliance Consortium. 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.

Sophie Halpern

VP of Therapeutic and Residential Services

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.

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.

Ken Tear

Vice President of Human Resources