History and Staff

“We believe all students will succeed if we open the doors closed to them, and create the gateway to learning and achievement.”

Gateway Educational Services was established in 2009 by educators, business professionals and community leaders passionate about changing access to education and the ways in which students learn. We are Santa Barbara’s only non-profit learning center.

Our Mission Through academic development, we create the opportunity for all students to succeed with programs specifically designed for their needs, with outstanding teaching and with creativity.

Staff Directory

Staffing (Paid)

  • 8-10 Tutors/Teaching Assistants from UCSB
  • 2 Part-time Reading Specialist

Volunteer Staff

  • 2 Co-Executive Directors
  • 4 Interns in the areas of Events, Curriculum Development and Admin Services

Board of Director's

  • Wendy Sims Moten, Board Chair
  • Ben Haslund-Gourley, Vice Chair
  • David Morales Sr., Treasurer
  • Mike Kauffman, Secretary
  • Jerry Howard ESQ.
  • Helissa Blumenthal
  • Jordan Robinson
  • Audrey Gamble, Founder
  • Connie Alexander, Founder

Young Leaders Board

  • Felicia Tripa – Chair
  • Ben Haslund Gourley
  • Monica Diaz
  • Mayra Cisneros
  • Emiko Owan Dobson
  • Brooke Grupe
  • Elizabeth Bellas

Our Corporate Community Partners