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About

Mission, Vision & Our Team

Gateway Industries Believes:

All of our citizens should have the opportunity to live and work with dignity and freedom.

About Us

Gateway Industries Inc. is a private non-profit Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) providing employment and vocational services to individuals presenting with a variety of physical, cognitive, and/or psychiatric disabilities.

Gateway’s vocational services are offered to disabled individuals from the tri-county area (Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas).

Referrals for the services provided at Gateway come from the WV Department of Rehabilitation Services. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving these services, you should first contact the Lewisburg branch of the Department of Rehabilitation Services at 304-647-7515.

For a complete listing of programs we offer, please visit our Services page.

Our Mission

To assist individuals with disabilities to enter the competitive world of work.

Our Vision: Offering Hope

For the majority of Gateway’s program participants it is so much more than a rehabilitation program or workplace.  Gateway provides an opportunity to make friends, feel the safety of being in a caring and supportive environment, and often restores their personal dignity through meaningful work experiences and trusting relationships. Gateway represents HOPE for the many individuals who find their way through our doors and become a part of the Gateway family.

Meet the Team

Phyllis Cantrell

Phyllis Fern Cantrell/Executive Director

Phyllis has been with Gateway for over 30 years. She began her career as the Floor Supervisor. In 1990, she was appointed to the position of Executive Director. Under her leadership and vision, the program grew and has since served over 2000 disabled individuals. She was awarded the Q.J. Humphreys Distinguished Career Award by WVARF. The award was to honor her for bringing the program back from the brink of financial disaster to financial and professional proficiency, accountability and viability. Under her tenure, the program has received a multitude of achievement awards from state and national organizations. Prior to joining Gateway, she was employed at Computer Services Division at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River Maryland. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, acts as an ambassador for the Greenbrier County Health Alliance, is an active member of WVARF, and was very active in the Ronceverte Development Corporation. Phyllis is the engine that drives the Gateway train; her vision, leadership, tireless work ethic, and overriding respect and loyalty is what makes the organization more than just a Community Rehabilitation Program, but a family of staff and program participants. She always assures that program participants' basic necessities of life are provided. She is the HOPE that we all feel when you walk through the doors of Gateway. "Fearless Leader, Wonderful West Virginia Warehouse Working Woman"

Rebecca Meriwether

Rebecca Meriwether/Bookkeeper

Rebecca’s 30 year career in bookkeeping includes 17 at Gateway. Previously, she was an Executive Administrative Assistant for the Runyon Distributing Company Inc., an instructor at J.O.B.S., an office manager for A.S.I. Security and bookkeeper for Guy Wiley, CPA in Indiana. She received a Certificate in Accounting from Indiana Business College. She is very involved in the Ronceverte Development Corporation, where she is the treasurer, and is very active in her church. Among the awards she has received are Work Center Staff Person of the Year from the WVARF, and a Certificate of Recognition from the State of West Virginia as Board Member of the year, for her work with Main Street Ronceverte. At Gateway, her primary function is bookkeeping along with other administrative duties. She also works alongside clients and staff in the production area and assists with offsite contracts. Becky plays a major role in the planning and implementation of Gateway’s annual fund raiser “Derby Day”. She often works from dawn till dusk to insure that the wheels of Gateway keep turning. "Master of Numbers, Champion of Causes, and Accountant Extraordinaire"

Anthony Benedetto

Anthony S. Benedetto, M.S.W./Administrative Consultant

Anthony aka “Tony” has been involved in the world of social work and non-profit organizations since the age of 19. He graduated from The Hunter College School of Social Work. Originally hailing from NY, his employment background includes many facets of social work at NY’s Rikers Island Jail, the NYC Board of Education, inpatient psychiatric social work, and many years developing and managing substance abuse treatment programs in the United States and South America. He acted as VP of Clinical Inpatient & Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Services at Samaritan Village in Queens, NY, where he was responsible for multiple long term residential treatment facilities, outpatient programs, shelters for homeless men and women, and a treatment program for pregnant addicted women. He also oversaw the agency's medical, research, and vocational service departments. At Gateway, he is a grant writer, researcher, provides crisis intervention to clients and other client focused services, and collaborates on the development of special projects. "Tony Shoes, the Cowboy from Brooklyn"

Carolyn Rudley

Carolyn Rudley, M.Ed./Assessment Specialist

Carolyn came to Gateway after retiring from 35 years of teaching regular and special education, in Greenbrier County, WV, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA. She served as an outreach coordinator and educational administrator at Greenbrier Center and a Behavior Management Specialist for an agency serving individuals with disabilities. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Duquesne University and post graduate work in special education and education administration. At Gateway, she works with clients to assess and provide training to develop the capabilities they will need to be successful in competitive employment. In addition she teaches Life Skills to assist individuals to live and work independently. Carolyn serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Greenbrier Valley. Like everyone at Gateway, she does whatever it takes to make it work. "Assessment Specialist, Woman About Town, and Office Chef"

Devin Bennett

Devin Bennett/Services Supervisor

Devin began his career at Gateway as a program participant. He was trained in janitorial services at the WV I-64 Welcome Center. When the site supervisor retired, he assumed supervisory responsibilities. He worked at that site until the Center was temporarily closed for renovations. At that time, he returned to Gateway where he worked on various manufacturing projects. Devin also has experience as an ATM machine printer technician. Subsequently, the Welcome Center re-opened and there was an opportunity for Devin to rejoin the team. Devin was made the supervisor of the 24-7 operation. In 2015, he was promoted and not only supervises the Welcome Center but also oversees all of Gateway's janitorial and grounds maintenance contracts. Devin is truly a success story and represents the best of Gateway's efforts to help individuals with disabilities lead productive and meaningful work lives. "Sergeant Supervisor Who Never Sleeps"

We Will Work For You

Gateway Industries provides a host of services designed to meet a wide variety of needs.