Staff Profiles

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Arlene Remz, Executive Director

As the former Executive Director of Etgar L'Noar, Arlene's efforts to raise the profile of the organization's mission helped lead to the merger in 2006 of Etgar L'Noar with the Jewish Special Education Collaborative(JSEC) to form Gateways. Arlene previously worked as a Project Director on U.S. Department of Education-funded projects focusing on educational technology for students with special needs at Education Development Center, a non-profit educational research and curriculum development organization. She has been a special education teacher in both New York and Massachusetts. Arlene holds a Masters in Technology and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, a Masters in Special Education from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Certification in Special Education from Clark University. Arlene is a past president of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.

Susan Appelbaum

Susan Appelbaum, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement

Susan Appelbaum brings over twenty years of fundraising, marketing and management experience in non-profit organizations both inside and outside the Jewish community.  She possesses a wealth of knowledge and professional expertise in strategic planning and running successful Capital Campaigns.  Prior to coming to Gateways, Susan served as Director of Institutional Advancement at Gann Academy leading the advancement effort and launching a Comprehensive Campaign.  Prior to her time at Gann, Susan served as Director of Development for the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy leading the development effort.  Susan also established the Hadassah New England Area Development Center focusing on Major Gifts fundraising and was employed at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies serving in multiple positions.  Susan ran a robust consulting practice for over ten years and has worked in numerous non-profit organizations providing guidance in matters such as strategic planning, fundraising, training, and marketing.

David Farbman, Senior Director of Education

David spent over 15 years conducting research and promoting best practices in education in public schools around the country with a particular focus on helping schools to optimize learning time. He has developed systems of measurement and accountability in areas ranging from instruction to developing vibrant learning cultures to professional development. At Gateways, David supports our team of educators both to deliver the highest-quality programs for diverse learners and to empower educators in day schools, congregational schools and preschools to foster positive learning experiences in Jewish educational settings for students with diverse needs. David has served on several boards of Jewish and secular organizations, and earned his Ph.D. from Brown in American history and his B.A. from Brandeis.

Deirdre Munley, Chief Operating Officer

Deirdre has worked in the non-profit field for over a decade, as a Director, Board member, and consultant.  She has a passion for assisting growing organizations in developing the systems, structures, data, and strategic vision that allow them to further their impact.  Prior to joining Gateways in 2012, Deirdre served as Program Director and then Director of Operations for a children’s health foundation, as well as serving as a consultant to a variety of non-profits on organizational development and strategy.  She has held an array of leadership positions on non-profit Boards, focusing on strategic planning and the establishment of best practices.  She holds a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Relations, both from Clark University.

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Sandy Gold, Director of Jewish Education Programs

Sandy brings over 26 years of professional educational experience to her role here at Gateways. She began her career in Jewish education at the Rashi School as both a classroom teacher and a learning specialist and has since worked as a special education consultant in religious school settings. Sandy taught for nine years at the college level teaching both undergraduates and post baccalaureate students working towards certification. Sandy currently teaches in the graduate school of Special Education at Hebrew College and teaches for Framingham State’s on-line graduate program and their professional development program. Sandy holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Social Psychology, an MA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Boston University.

Sharon Goldstein, Director of Day School Programs

Sharon has worked with children and families for more than 15 years. She previously worked as the director of early childhood services at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, where she managed programs in early intervention, therapeutic childcare, and the development of an early childhood system of care. She has experience working with children (through age 21) and their families, teachers, special education providers and schools, as well as acting as a liaison, regarding case coordination and the IEP process. Sharon received Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She holds Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a licensed clinical social worker.

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Michelle Provorny, Director of Marketing and Communications

In her two-decade career as a marketing and communications professional, Michelle has worked in a variety of arenas, from startup organizations to publishing to educational institutions. She is as passionate about the written word as she is about social innovation and creating an inclusive Jewish community. Michelle served as Director of Communications at the Jewish Women’s Archive and as Program Director for the Joshua Venture fellowship for social entrepreneurs. She has also consulted for clients including the Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, University of California at Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin and University of Alberta. Michelle received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland and BAs in History and Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University.

Greg White, Director of Finance

Greg White, Director of Finance

Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business and accounting from Skidmore College. He brings over 20 years of diverse experience in finance and accounting from for-profit companies in software, entertainment, R&D / manufacturing and insurance.  Outside of work, Greg is a ten-year rider, team captain and fundraiser for the Pan-Mass Challenge and a certified snowboard instructor and ski instructor.

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Gary Alpert, Educational Specialist and Coach

Gary Alpert joined Gateways in a full time capacity as an Educational Specialist in August of 2016. Prior to that he was the Director of After School at Jewish Community Day School of Boston (JCDS) for fourteen years and before that was an elementary school classroom teacher for four years.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Understanding Our Differences (UOD) where he also served a three year term as Board President. Gary has a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University in Elementary Education, Sociology and Near Eastern Judaic Studies (NEJS) and also holds an Elementary teaching certification from the state of Massachusetts.

Natanya Auerbach

Natanya Auerbach, Development Associate

Natanya joined the Gateways staff in August 2013, following her graduation from Cornell University with a dual BA in Comparative Literature and Sociology. She began her career in fundraising while at Cornell, where she spent 4 years working for the Cornell Annual Fund. Having attended a Jewish day school outside of Seattle, where she grew up, Natanya is passionate about Jewish education. Outside of work, Natanya volunteers with Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens and participates in a number of young adult programs through Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Sherry Grossman, Senior Coach

Sherry joined Gateways on July 1, 2009, as Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston shifted the funding for coordination of supplementary and preschool special education services from the Bureau of Jewish Education to Gateways. She works with synagogue preschools and religious schools throughout the community and coordinates the Madrichim Train the Trainer Program for youth who volunteer their time in synagogues to work with children who have special learning needs. As a senior educator, consultant, coach and program manager, Sherry's career spans 35 years in Jewish educational settings. Sherry has a Bachelor in Psychology from Simmons College, a Master in Education in Early Education and Special Needs from Tufts University's Eliot-Pearson School of Child Study, and a Master in Judaic Studies from Boston's Hebrew College. She has Massachusetts certification in Early Education and Care, Director Level II, and State Teachers' certification.

Mia Hyman, Educational and Behavioral Specialist

Mia Hyman is involved in many aspects of Gateways’ programming, providing services to Jewish Day Schools, synagogues, Jewish preschools and Gateways’ own Jewish Education Programs. Mia has many years of experience working with students with behavioral disorders, Autism and other Developmental Disabilities in many different settings. She has taught Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) classes at the college level, provides professional development to both adults and teens, and has had an article published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention focusing on the strategies implemented for a young man with Autism to successfully experience becoming a Bar Mitzvah. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Rochelle Kelman, Institutional Relations Manager

Rochelle has volunteered for over 20 years in the Jewish community and education settings in Boston, Israel, and India, while raising her children. In 2010, a sign-language project brought her to Gateways, which led to her joining the staff as a member of the community services program. She coordinates special education services and professional development in early learning centers and supplementary schools. She also tutors Gateways students with learning disabilities for their B’nei Mitzvah.

Rebecca Redner, Educational Specialist

Rebecca began her career in special education as a high school volunteer at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in 2003.  After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Special Education in 2008, Rebecca returned to Gateways as a teacher.  In addition to teaching in the Gateways Jewish Education Program, Rebecca has created the many resources available on the Gateways website,, and is the author of The Gateways Haggadah

Rachel Sommer, Administrative Coordinator

Rachel Sommer joined Gateways’ business office in 2008, and her position has evolved and grown right along with Gateways. She has worked in IT and administrative support for over 20 years, working at computer software start-ups including Transparent Language and Dragon Systems; large companies such as DMB&B, Marsh McLennan, and Lucent; and at the Brain Tumor Society. Her first love, however, is working to support education, and her most beloved job before Gateways was as administrative and IT support at Boston University Academy. Rachel graduated from Brandeis University with honors in 1991. Rachel, her husband, and their two children all have neurodiverse challenges and have been grateful for the formal and informal support of the Gateways community. Rachel’s children both attend the Gateways Jewish Education Programs.