Chief Executive Officer
Missy began working with the The Arc Gateway in December 2014. She has been in the field of developmental disabilities services since 1997 and comes to us after being COO at another Arc agency in the panhandle. She shares knowledge and understanding of our clients and the services provided from her work as group home staff, supported living coach, supported employment consultant and support coordinator. In addition, Missy has been active in fundraising activities with her previous agency, as well as community involvement in various activities and events. In her spare time, she can be seen acting with a local dinner theater acting troupe. Missy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Elon University in North Carolina and is originally from Virginia.
Chief Operating Officer
Cathy Lauterbach has shared her talent with The Arc Gateway for almost two decades. A California native, Cathy obtained a bachelor's degree in management from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. She began her employment with the agency in 1995 as an employment specialist. From that role, she became the program manager at the Pollak Training Center before moving into the position as director of Residential and Community Services, and now her position as COO overseeing adult programs at The Arc Gateway.
Chief Financial Officer
Our Chief Financial Officer Daniel Buryj comes to us from San Diego with a wealth of knowledge about the non-profit and financial industries. Daniel has nearly two decades of service in the non-profit sector, holding several operational and financial leadership positions within diverse organizations focused on social change through human services, the arts, and technology. A graduate from Bentley University in Waltham, MA with an undergraduate degree in Public Policy & Social Change, Daniel is currently pursuing his Masters of Nonprofit Management at Regis University.
Children's Services Director
MaryAnn Bickerstaff had always planned to become a special education teacher, a decision partially influenced by having an uncle with Down Syndrome. While completing special education coursework at the University of West Florida, she had a guest speaker from the local Arc come to speak to her class about the Pearl Nelson Child Development Center. She immediately knew she could combine her passion for young children with her desire to be a special education teacher. She secured a semester-long practicum at Pearl Nelson Center in the fall of 1985 and loved it the moment she walked into the building. MaryAnn’s work at The Arc Gateway is a significant part of who she is and she says, “I am blessed to have a team of professionals who share this passion with me.”
Pollak Training Center Program Manager
A native of Pensacola, Dawn VonStein graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education. She began working at The Arc Gateway in 1993 as a support specialist for the Women’s Training Center where she felt she could use her teaching background to help teach daily living skills to the women at the group home. When asked why she has made her career at The Arc Gateway she says it is, “because there are few other places I could work where every day is different, I feel like I’m making a difference in someone’s life, and I am truly loved by those I serve.”
Residential & Communtiy Services Director
Rebecca is a Pensacola native who graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. She began working at The Arc Gateway in 1997 in the Pal/Ace program as a support specialist. From that role she became a group home manager with one of our ladies group homes and then moved into her current position of Director of Residential and Community services.
PALS Program Director
Dondie is an innovator with more than 15 years experience driving results in program management, marketing, and media production. In addition to her studies in Journalism and Communication Arts at the University of West Florida, Dondie has received certification in Nonprofit Management. Dondie is very active in the community serving on board of directors for area nonprofit organizations, secretary/treasurer for UWADA, Loaned Executive with United Way, and volunteer with Special Olympics.
Human Resources Manager
Jerry recieved his Business Administration Degree from Longwood University and has worked in the Human Resources field for over a decade. With 15 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry, Jerry comes to us with a plethora of knowledge. He reisdes in Mobile, AL with his wife and daughter.