Board of Directors

Robert Smolen - President, Board of Directors
Ted McDougal - Vice President, Board of Directors
Gerry Hennelly - Treasurer, Board of Directors
Victor Bernstein - Secretary, Board of Directors
Dan Allen
Erin Clark
Katie Dunne
Jim Jablonski
Paula Moscinski
Kimberly Oglesby

Leadership Staff

Kathryn H. Lavin, MSW - Executive Director
Maggie Zukowska - Director of Operations & Quality Assurance
Donna Potyrala - Director of Person Centered Programming
John Ratzenberger - Director of Advancement
Kim Ffrench - Business Manager


Gateway to Learning has been blessed to have had strong leaders with extraordinary visions for the future for individuals with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities.


Dorothy Hough

Dorothy and Roger Hough’s two beautiful children, Suzanne and Roger, Jr., were diagnosed with a disability shortly after they were born. Challenged with providing the best education possible for their children, Dorothy and Roger helped create Gateway to Learning, a school specifically designed for Suzie and Roger, Jr., and people like them with unique needs. Since Gateway to Learning was founded in 1974, Dorothy and Roger’s vision and hard work, inspired by God, have brought joy and a sense of life’s fullness to each Gateway to Learning participant. Dorothy served as Executive Director from 1974 to 2002. Gateway to Learning stands as a testament to Dorothy and Roger’s singular contribution to humanity.

Cheryl Hennelly

Cheryl Hennelly began her first job out of college at Gateway to Learning in 1985 starting as an Instructor. Her dedication to the participants and to the families was the hallmark of her career. In 2003, she was promoted to Executive Director. She guided Gateway to Learning with her visionary leadership for 14 years instituting key programming, such as Dorothy’s Can-Do Cafe.