CEO

Joe Gomes, MSW, CSW

Joe has 30 years experience in the field of non-profit program management.  He received his undergraduate degree from Morehead State University, and his Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky.  He is also a Certified Social Worker by the Kentucky State Board of Examiners of Social Work.  Prior to becoming CEO in September 2011, Joe served two years as Gateway’s Chief Operations Officer.  Before joining Gateway Children’s Services Joe served 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass covering a 14 county area of Central Kentucky.  Under his leadership, Big Brothers Big Sisters doubled both in budget and children served.  Upon his departure the program served over 1,100 children throughout Central Kentucky.  Prior to that his experience included positions of leadership in medical social work as well as starting one of the first Family Resource Centers in Kentucky.  Joe has also taught undergraduate and graduate social work classes as an adjunct faculty member at both Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky.

Joe is deeply committed to seeing young people succeed and has proven himself to be a visionary leader interested in management and development of innovative programs. 

Joe was reared in New York where his parents ran a family owned restaurant.  Joe came to college in Kentucky where he met and married his wife Julie.  They have one son, Bryce a graduate of Mississippi State University.  Outside of work his interests include traveling, horses, gardening, sports, and old cars.

Contact Information:
Joe Gomes
37 North Maysville Street
Mount Sterling, KY 40353
Phone: 859-498-9892
Email: j.gomes@gatewaychildren.org

Our President Emeritus - Kaye Templin

Kaye’s professional life has been dedicated entirely to children in her efforts of advocacy, justice, safety, basic needs and education.

She obtained her BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) at Morehead State University and her MSW (Master of Social Work) at the University of Kentucky, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She designed and implemented a program which combined her love of athletics and her skills as a social worker when, as a non traditional student and undergraduate herself, she became the first Academic Advisor to the men’s basketball team at Morehead State.  She returned to Morehead State University, in the role of adjunct faculty, teaching undergraduate classes in The History of Social Welfare as well as Policy.  She has served as a Mentor to both undergrads and graduate students from many different colleges and universities.   She spent 2 ½ years as a beginning social worker with the Department for Community Based Services.  

Kaye began her career at Gateway Juvenile Diversion Project, Inc. in 1987 as Residential Director and has served as Executive Director/CEO since 1989.  She has overseen the agency’s growth from an 8-bed facility providing basic necessities of shelter care serving seven counties with an annual budget of $132,000. to it’s current position as a nationally accredited agency and it’s move to a new location featuring a state-of-the art 24 bed facility with an innovative treatment program that contracts with the Department for Community Based Services, the Department for Juvenile Justice and serves the entire state of Kentucky with a budget of $1,250,000.

Her role includes active participation in many local, state and national boards.  She has represented her agency as a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board since it’s inception in 1996.  She serves as Chairman of the State Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.  She currently represents this group as Kentucky’s voice at the federal level by serving on the board of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Her service on the Government Relations Committee of this group provides insight and access to federal issues and policies. 

She serves on the Executive Committee of Children’s Alliance of Kentucky, the organization of Private Child Care Providers in Kentucky.  Serving as a Registered Legislative Agent to the Kentucky General Assembly since 1990, has provided opportunity for her to testify before sub-committees and lobby issues relating to Juvenile Justice and Gateway.

Leadership Kentucky graduate class of 1995, Blueridge Institute member since 1999, United Way of the Bluegrass, BB/BS of the Bluegrass, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force, Governor’s Education Equity Task Force, Champions Against Drugs, 4-H leader, Trustee of Owingsville Christian Church and many other groups and agencies involved with children.

Kaye and her husband Matt live in Owingsville.  They both enjoy traveling, sports, and spending time with their 5 adult children, their spouses and their 4 grandchildren.