Gateways To Better Living Leadership
Meet The Gateways to Better Living Team
At Gateways to Better Living, Inc., we provide a dignified, fun and safe environment for individuals with developmental disabilities. We began as a private non-profit in 1972, and have now expanded to a number of facilities with personalized care unique to each individual. By helping your loved one to believe in themselves, they are empowered to lead happy, productive lives.
Karl L. Ware, M.Ed, Executive Director
Karl Ware joined Gateways in 2015. Karl earned a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Southern University and A & M College, a Master of Education in rehabilitation counseling from Kent State University. Karl came to Gateways with a solid background of eighteen years in the field of developmental disabilities. After six years as Program Director, Karl assumed the helm of Gateways as Executive Director on July 1, 2021.
Jim Linert, Chief Financial Officer
Jim Linert, Chief Financial Officer, joined Gateways in 2013. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Youngstown State University. Jim’s background includes seven years in public accounting and twenty years in executive management positions in the health care industry, garnering extensive experience in optimizing revenues related to various medical reimbursement programs.
Kristie Rossi, Chief Operating Officer
Kristie began her career at Gateways in 2002 as a Home Manager. Kristie earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Youngstown State University. Over the years, Kristie has held a number of progressive management positions, most recently as Day Program Director since 2016. On July 1, 2021, Kristie became Chief Operating Officer.
Elaine Hamilton, Waiver Services Director
Elaine joined Gateways in 2009 as a Home Manager. In 2016, Elaine made the jump into Waiver Services as a Manager, and became the Director of Waiver Services in 2018.
Christina Thomas, RN, Director of Nursing
Christina joined Gateways in 2013 as Assistant Director of Nursing, and became the Director of Nursing in 2014.
Mary O’Brien, Human Resources Director
Mary began her career at Gateways in 1998 as Personnel Assistant and advanced to Human Resource Director in 2001. Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in public relations from Kent State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Capella University. Mary also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute.
Kaonta Lawrence, ICF Director
Kaonta started at Gateways in 1997 as a direct support professional. After earning her Bachelor of Social Work from Youngstown State University, Kaonta began advancing through the ranks of management from Home Manager to Program Manager, and finally, to ICF Director in 2020.
Gateways’ Board of Directors