Gateway’s Leadership Team
Gateway’s Leadership Team is comprised of five hard-working volunteers, each are residents of the greater Boonton area. The team brings decades of work experience and volunteerism.
Seated L.-R. are Harold Johnson, Chief Operations Officer and Marilyn Ward, Pres., Loaves & Fishes Community Food Pantry. Standing L.-R. are Donna McCullough, Volunteer Dir.; Denise Oyola, Public Relations Dir. and Jane Cook, Program Dir.
About the Team
Recently retired from 30+ years in global financial services, Jane has turned her focus to the local community. She is excited to source meaningful programming for the community and grow awareness for Gateway. She is building a network of local experts and community leaders to cultivate pathways of growth for the local community.
Director of Volunteers
Donna joined Gateway’s Leadership Team in July of 2022, responsible for leading the volunteer program. She joins us after a 25 year career in Human Resources. Prior to joining Gateway, Donna gave her time to other non-profit organizations including the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the Women’s Center at County College of Morris.
Director of Public Relations
Denise has called Morris County her home for 30+ years. With a degree in Psychology, and continued Education in Social Services, she has employed her expertise in the Human Resources field across multiple public and private businesses. Denise has contributed countless hours and dedication to the non-profit sector as well, providing volunteerism and leadership to non-profits throughout Morris, Somerset and Bergen Counties.
A transplanted native of Kingston, Pennsylvania, Marilyn has lived in Boonton for 61 years. After teaching in Boonton Public Schools for 30 years, she retired and moved on to a second career which encompassed 16 years as the owner of a flower and gift shop. Recently widowed, Marilyn’s genes of commitment to public service are mirrored in three daughters. For the past 5 years, she has been focused on a vision. With the dedication of hundreds of planners, workers, volunteers, financial supporters and the invaluable help of the Boonton Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, the vision became Gateway Community Resource Center and Loaves and Fishes Community Food Pantry. Recently, the Boonton Town Council voted her 2022 Citizen of the Year.
A Philadelphia native, Harold came to New Jersey for his graduate education, and remained to complete 40 years’ service as a Presbyterian pastor in Essex and Morris Counties, retiring in 2003 after completing 25 years as pastor of Boonton’s First Presbyterian Church.
In retirement, he finds his skills and experience fit well with offering his time in volunteer leadership of non-profit organizations: Highlands-Nairobi Presbyterian Partnership; Boonton Main Street, Inc.; and now, Gateway.
Kaitlyn Duca, Suchi Borkar, Kyran Park and Caitlyn Parish-Lewis
Gateway is fortunate to have gained through an intern program, the volunteer services of four Morris County VoTech students to provide IT support for our four-month-old non-profit’s digital realm. They are a welcome addition, bringing their younger generation’s familiarity and command of the virtual world that far surpass our Leadership Team’s capabilities. Pictured below (l-r) are interns Kaitlyn Duca, Suchi Borkar, Kyran Park and Caitlyn Parish-Lewis, who offer their enthusiasm and talent in this relationship to the school year’s end.