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

Briana Purdy

Branch Supervisor
Ulster Savings Bank

Ronnie Genee

Complex Director
SUNY New Paltz

Joseph Hally

Manager of Energy Transformation and Solutions
Central Hudson

Gregg Paulk

Chief Information Officer
Anderson Center for Autism

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

Mary Ann Hildebrandt

Gateway Community Industries

Mary Ann has been a valued member of Gateway Community Industries for over 35 years, holding various positions including 23 years as the Director of Rehabilitation Services,and most recently serving as the Vice President of Corporate affairs. She was responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating all of Gateway Community Industries’ vocational and therapeutic services and throughout the years she has been involved as an active member of various committees (MH and MRDD) with our trade association, NYSRA and served as the Gateway liaison to the Ulster County Community Services Board/MRDD Committee. Mary Ann was a founding member of the Ulster County Vocational Planning Committee and currently is a member of the Hudson Valley Quality Assurance and Compliance Workgroup and the Taconic DDSO Quality Assurance Committee.

Mary Ann currently sits on the following boards and board sub-committees: Kingston Hospital Foundation Board, Kingston Hospital Foundation Finance Committee, Ulster County Department of Health Board, and the YWCA of Ulster County Finance Committee. Previously, she has served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the YWCA of Ulster County and was honored as the YWCA Woman of the Year in 2006.

A local Kingston High School graduate, she holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany as well as a Bachelor of Science – Liberal Arts, State University College at Oneonta.

Stephanie Turco

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Stephanie will be leading the residential, vocational and therapeutic services programs in a rapidly changing environment. The consolidation of these support services, provides a continuity of care with great transparency for those we serve, as well as aligning our agency with a clear direction as we move forward with the implementation of managed care.

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

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