Executive Team

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Fred Romero, MBA, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer

Get in touch with Fred:
fred.romero@gccnyc.org

Fred Romero began his career in the field of developmental disabilities as a Direct Support Professional in 1993, while attending college full-time. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Queens College in 1997 and began working as a supervisor in the Bronx and eventually helped to develop group day habilitation programs for Queens and Brooklyn, Medicaid Service Coordination for the five boroughs, community habilitation and family support services. Mr. Romero ran several programs during his career working collaboratively with agencies and state operated facilities to improve the person-centered planning experience for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In 2000, he obtained his Masters degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Having spent most of his early career focusing on direct support care and the development of new services, he turned the focus of his career towards making systemic improvements to service quality and internal controls. He worked with Board members and executive management to achieve higher standards in person-centered care. Once achieved, he turned his focus on fiscal management. In 2006, wanting a better understanding of fiscal demands, Mr. Romero enrolled in Baruch’s Executive MBA program, having had no prior knowledge or background in either accounting or finance. He became the interim fiscal director while attending the Executive MBA program. In 2008, he obtained an MBA degree from Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business and became the Chief Financial Officer shortly thereafter. He was appointed acting Chief Executive Officer in 2013, and named Gateway’s Chief Executive Officer in late 2014. Mr. Romero also served, for many years, as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Services Office.

He also served one year as Corresponding Secretary and downstate delegate for the New York State Association of Boards of Visitors.

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Michael Townsend, MA, LMSW
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Get in touch with Michael:
michael.townsend@gccnyc.org

Michael C. Townsend joined Gateway in 1998, after a career in forensic psychology. After a year at GCC as a Master Level Psychologist, in which he composed psychosocials, formulated treatment plans, and facilitated psychoeducational /rehabilitative groups, Michael went on to serve the organization as the Quality Assurance Coordinator. He subsequently became Director of Gateway’s Office of Mental Health Program and Associate Director of OPWDD Services of Queens. He also served as Internal Controls Medicaid Corporate Compliance Officer for seven years beginning in 2005. In July 2014, Michael became Gateway’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Michael is a proud graduate of the New York City public school system, from Kindergarten through his second graduate degree. He obtained a Bachelor’s (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and was awarded a second Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Hunter College in 2004. In 2014, he received his certification in Field Instruction from Lehman College.

Michael continues in working partnerships with people with behavioral health issues, their families, and other service providers to ensure continuity of quality care.  Michael is also a guest lecturer at York College on the topics of Mental Health and Schizophrenia.  He proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association in New York State.

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Allison Bindiger, LMSW, PHR
Chief Operating Officer

Get in touch with Allison:
allison.bindiger@gccnyc.org

Allison Bindiger began her career as a direct support intern in 2007 while attending Yeshiva University (YU) Stern College. She was inducted into the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society and graduated Summa Cum Laude from YU in 2009. She continued her education at NYU for her Masters degree in Social Work and during that time, she was inducted into the Phi Alpha National Honor Society Pi Pi Chapter. Ms. Bindiger graduated in June 2010 with her Masters in Social Work Degree and obtained her license shortly thereafter. In 2012, she obtained her PHR accreditation for Human Resources.

Ms. Bindiger joined Gateway as a Social Worker in 2010 and was quickly promoted to Associate Director of our OMH program. She also held the position of Director of Human Resources for four years until May 2016. In January 2015, she obtained her currently held position of Chief Operating Officer.

As the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Bindiger oversees all OMH and OPWDD programs and services offered at Gateway as well as all of the support services and departments, including but not limited to building services, IT services, transportation services and kitchen/food delivery services across Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan.

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Rosemary Minaya, LMSW
Chief Financial Officer

Get in touch with Rosemary:
rosemary.minaya@gccnyc.org

Rosemary Minaya is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), managing the financial strategy of Gateway’s nearly $20MM year budget.   Together with the executive team, Rosemary works closely with the Board of Directors and the CEO on the direction of the organization, always keeping true to Gateway’s mission statement.

Rosemary joined Gateway in 2005 as a direct care worker and an administrative assistant shortly after having graduated from Bard College at the age of 20, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  During her years with Gateway, Rosemary has held a variety of roles including Corporate Compliance Officer for two years, and other financial, accounting, and general management positions.  She also worked in the Medicaid Service Coordination department, and became the interim program director from early 2007 to 2008.  Rosemary decided to further understand the social service industry and in 2012 she obtained her Master of Social Work from Hunter College, followed by her license.

Rosemary is currently enrolled at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business executive program, pursuing her Master in Business Administration; expected graduation 2018. Rosemary is fluent in Spanish.

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Kelly Fox, MSW
Chief Compliance Officer

Get in touch with Kelly:
kelly.fox@gccnyc.org

Native of Barneveld, New York, Kelly Fox began her career at Gateway in 2006, when she was hired as a direct care worker. Since then, Kelly has risen through the ranks of GCC to its current position as Chief Compliance Officer.

Kelly holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Hunter College, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish and a minor in French from Hartwick College.

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