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Message from Jim Landman, Gateway Board Chairman

Date: November 13, 2019

Message from Jim Landman, Gateway Board Chairman

The Board regrets that many of you were surprised by the suddenness with which Stephanie’s departure occurred.  She was a valued leader and we thank her for her 21 years and for her many contributions to the success of Gateway.  In this transition period, the Board is heartened by the dedicated service and hard work that each of our staff provides daily to Gateway and its consumers.

For the immediate future, as Acting Executive Director, I want you to know that I am here for you, at Gateway (literally).  I also want to assure you that because of our amazing, dedicated staff, Gateway is continuing to operate as it normally does. I am available anytime to hear your concerns.  I don’t claim to be an expert in all of Gateway’s areas of operation, but I have been deeply involved for more than 20 years.  My brother Paul is one of Gateway’s longest term residents and is currently thriving in ICF2 and our new, Communication and Awareness program for consumers with autism.

We are hoping to bring in an interim Executive Director (E.D.) very soon. During this Transition Period, until a permanent E.D. is in place, Natalie Sousa will be overseeing administrative functions and Chris Hunt will be continuing to run the day programs as well as providing support and advice to the rest of the staff and the interim E.D.  Also, please note, that during this period, the Board is committed to making as few changes to programs as possible.

In addition to hiring an interim E.D., we will be hiring an interim replacement manager to replace Judy as (QIDP) in ICF1.  We currently have several interesting prospects.  To help make this happen faster, we are working with consultants, Donna Ferraro, John Moise, and officials at SARC.

The search for a permanent E.D. has begun.  We are enlisting the services of Margaret Donohoe of Leadership in Transition. She is a local expert in non-profit executive searches with lots of relevant experience in the human services area.

I am available anytime to address your questions or concerns.  I look forward to working with you to build a bright future for Gateway.


Jim Landman, Chairman, Board of Directors

Gateway Center of Monterey County


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Stephanie Lyon Resignation

Date: October 31, 2019

Dear Friends and Families of Gateway Center of Monterey,

I am writing to let you know that Stephanie Lyon has resigned from Gateway effective as of the end of the day today.

I want to reassure you as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and as the brother of Paul Landman, (a resident at Gateway since 1978), I am as committed to ensuring that Gateway Center has a bright future as anyone.

The Board is meeting this afternoon (October 31, 2019 ) and again tomorrow morning (November 1, 2019). We will be putting a very competent and compassionate interim Executive Director in place as soon as possible.

The Board and staff of Gateway are committed to ensuring that all of our wonderful programs continue to operate as smoothly as they did while Stephanie was Executive Director.

Please check the website in the coming days as we will be posting updates as soon as we can.

Thank you, Jim Landman, President 

Board of Directors, 

Gateway Center of Monterey County

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Thank You Stephanie Lyon

Date: October 29, 2019

It is with great appreciation for our Executive Director, a valued employee with over twenty years of devoted service to Gateway that we announce her departure. We have all benefited from her contributions and wish her the very best. Stephanie's last day will be Thursday October 31, 2019.

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Confidential, Quality Assurance Hotline

Date: August 21, 2019

We have initiated a Confidential, Quality Assurance Hotline to help improve Gateway Center of Monterey County's services. Click here for more information.

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Gateway Center is Searching for Board Members

Date: July 19, 2019

July 14, 2019

Dear Gateway Community Member,

The board of directors of Gateway Center of Monterey is in search of a few new members to join our team.

We are happy to consider applicants from relevant backgrounds. A few examples include non-profit, human service fields such as special needs adults, autism, elder-care or social work. In addition, we would be interested in applicants with a strong background in non-profit management, fund development or finance.

We also welcome relatives of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Board members with a loved-one tend to have a sense of the needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in our care, providing a compelling interest in ensuring that Gateway's future remains strong and bright.

Specifically, applicants need to be certain that they can commit several hours a month of their time to Gateway. We encourage positive, thoughtful, well informed community members to apply, who will be comfortable with the individuals we serve, and able to work in partnership with our executive team and board.

If you are interested in receiving an application packet, please direct your inquiry to Jim Landman, Vice Chair at Or you can call and speak with the Executive Director, Stephanie Lyon, at 831-372-8002 for more information.  

Thank you for your consideration. We hope that you will join us in helping to strengthen Gateway so that it can continue providing top-notch, expert services to the developmentally disabled adults of Monterey County for the next 50 years and beyond.


Jim Landman
Board Vice Chair, Gateway Center of Monterey County