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Gateway Faculty, Staff and Administration


Staff and Administration

  • Carolyn Salzman
    Head of School
    B.A., Smith College
  • M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Roberto Almonte
  • Marta Beede
  • Middle School Director
  • B.A., University of Vermont
  • M.A., Northeastern University
  • Ed.D., University of Vermont
  • Kim Chandra
    Senior Finance and Business Administrator
    B.B.A., Pace University
  • Sylvia Chen
  • Staff Accountant
    B.S., St. John's University
Judy Cohen
Director of Human Resources
B.S., Cornell University
M.S.I.L.R., Cornell University/Baruch College
Lisa Concepcion
School Secretary
B.A., The City College of New York
  • Genaro Cruz
    A.A., The College of Westchester
  • Sabrina Farber
  • Development and Communications Associate
  • B.A., University of Chicago
  • Elizabeth Fernandez 
  • Assistant to the Head of School
  • B.S., Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Elizabeth Ginder
    Placement Coordinator
    B.A., University of Buffalo
    M.S., Hunter College
  • Ellen Grayson
    Director of Admissions
    B.A., Oneonta State College
    M.S., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Drew Herman
  • Admissions Assistant
  • B.A., SUNY Geneseo
  • Sara Kiesel
  • Arts Coordinator/Dance/Movement Teacher
  • B.A., S.U.N.Y. Purchase
    M.A., Wesleyan University
  • Hector Labriel
  • Ellen Lee 
  • Chief Operating and Financial Officer
    B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University
    M.B.A., Columbia Business School, Columbia University
  • Paul Lee
    IT Administrator
    B.S., School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,
    Columbia University
  • Sharyn Lico
    Director of Language and Literacy
    B.S., City College of New York
    M.S., Penn State University
  • Domenick Mannina
    Facilities Manager
    A.O.S., Technical Career Institute
Michelle Meier
School Secretary
B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
M.F.A., School of Visual Arts
Victoria Messler
Director of Curriculum
B.A., S.U.N.Y. Plattsburgh
M.S., Hunter College
Karina Moltz
Lower School Director
B.A., Bates College
M.S., Hunter College

Marina Mrakovcic
B.S., University of Rijeka, Croatia
M.B.A., Fordham University

  • Peter Pak
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Jerry Pavlon-Blum
  • Director, The Center for Educational Enrichment
    B.S., Western Michigan University
    M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
    C.A.S., Institute for Advanced Theater Training, Harvard University
    Ed.M., Bank Street College of Education
Carl Pozzi
Director of Institutional Advancement
B.A., Penn State University
M.B.A., New York University

Tonya Pulanco
Director of Education
B.A., San Jose State University
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University

Lisa Tondo
School Nurse
A.S., Felician College
B.A., Dominican College
Jennifer Velasquez
Development Associate
B.A., Santa Fe University of Art and Design
M.A., The New School for Public Engagement
Alex Wu
Accounts Payable Associate
B.B.A., Baruch College


Faculty and Specialists

Patricia Arnao-Wallfisch
B.A., San Francisco State University
M.S., Hunter College
M.S. Ed., Hunter College
John Banta, Jr.
B.A., Rutgers University

Edward Bringas
B.A., Hofstra University
M.P.S., New York University
Virginia Buchan
B.A., London University of the Arts
M.S., Touro College
Blythe Carey
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
M.S., Hunter College
Lisa Childers
B.S., East Tennessee University
M.S., University of Tennessee
Elizabeth Choung
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
Erin Cornely
B.A., Salve Regina University
M.A., Framingham State University
Rima Fand
B.A., Duke University
M.M., Manhattan School of Music
Kaitlin Frey
B.A., Muhlenberg College
M.S., Pace University
Allyson Genshaft
B.A., Adelphi University
M.A., Adelphi University

Justin Hines

Kevin Hylton
B.F.A., Yale University

Lisa Hyman
B.A., Tufts University
M.S., New York University

Karen Jordan
B.A., Wheaton College
M.S., New York University

Lesley Kaldor
B.S., University of Hartford 

Ben Kaplan
B.A., Swarthmore
M.S., Bank Street College of Education


Vickie Karkazis
B.A., Swarthmore College
M.Ed., Harvard University
Amy Krangle
B.A., University of Wisconsin Madison
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
Maelyn Legaspi
Occupational Therapist
B.S., California State University, Long Beach
M.S., Samuel Merritt University

Virginia Nudell
B.S., Syracuse University
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University

M. Kylee O’Toole 
School Psychologist
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S., Fordham University
P.D., Fordham University
Joanna Paul
B.S., Syracuse University
M.S., Fordham University

Joel Perez
B.S.W., Concordia College

Valerie Rafal
B.A., Haverford College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education

Valerie Raymond
B.A., Brown University
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

Kimberly Rozanski
B.A., Hunter College
M.S., Hunter College

Alisa Sandler
B.A., Binghamton University
M.S., Teachers College, Columbia University

Laura Schacter
B.S., University of Delaware
M.S., Hunter College
Kristina Walton
B.A., Marymount Manhattan College
M.A., New York University
Samantha Winokur
B.A., Tulane University
M.A., Widener University
Psy.D., Widener University

Jessica Youkilis
B.A., University of Buffalo
M.S., Touro College