Board of Directors


Robert Brockman – Board Secretary

bobbrockmanResidence: North Avondale , Cincinnati Ohio

Occupation: Retired from Clayton L. Scroggins & Associates, Inc. (Medical Management Consulting Firm) Management Consultant

Community Involvement: Gateway House board member. AVOC Previous Board President & Treasurer; Great Cincinnati Alcohol & Drug Addiction Council, Previous Board Member and Treasurer , Stonewall Cincinnati, Previous Board member

Education: University of Cincinnati BS in Business Administration (Accounting)

M. Freeman Durham – Board Treasurer

freeman-durham1-114x150Residence: East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio

Occupation: Senior corporate counsel, Great American Financial Resources

Community involvement: Gateway House (treasurer and board member); Equality Cincinnati (treasurer and board member); Equality Cincinnati PAC (treasurer and board member); Citizens to Restore Fairness (treasurer and board member); Caracole, Inc (board treasurer); The Hillside Trust (technical advisor); First Church of Christ, Scientist (Teacher and endowment trustee).

Education: Northwestern University School of Law, JD 1983 cum laude, Order of the Coif; Vanderbilt University, BA 1980 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Why devoting time to Gateway: Understand need, believe in John Conboy’s work

Brian LeFevre – Executive Director

brian-lefevre-114x150Residence: Madeira, Ohio

Occupation: Director of Coaching, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy

Community involvement: Gateway House board member

Education: University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2006; Addiction Studies Certificate

Hobbies: Playing soccer, time with family, traveling, working out, and listening to music

Why devoting time to Gateway: It has allowed me to connect my academic studies with the real world and see it benefit the lives of others.

Kara Swami – Board President

head shot (1)  Residence: Covington, Kentucky

  Occupation: Adjunct professor of Art History at Miami University in Middletown.

  Community Involvement: Volunteered and interned at various art institutions including Cincinnati’s Taft      Museum of Art, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center, and The Artist Alliance Gallery in Accra, Ghana.

  Education: Bard College, BA, Art History; University of Cincinnati, DAAP, Master’s degree in Art History

 Michael Altman – Board member

michael-altman-114x150Residence: Cincinnati, Ohio

Occupation: Marketing Specialist

Community Involvement: Previous involvement: Board member: InkTank (2005-2007), Citizens for Civic Renewal (2005-2007); Editor of online Civic Newspaper and Writing Program (2003-’07)

Education: University of Cincinnati, BA, 2007 (Political Science)

Why devoting time to Gateway: Gateway House gives men who are willing to work for it a real chance at recovery. That is an investment in communities near and far.

Carol S. Serrone – Board Member

carol-serrone-114x150Residence: Cold Spring, Kentucky

Occupation: President, Chemical Systems International, Inc.,

Community involvement: Gateway House board member, Arthritis Foundation Ohio Valley Chapter Co-chair of Development Committee, Previous: Hyde Park Neighborhood Council and Women Entrepreneurs, Inc.

Education: University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate

Why devoting time to Gateway: Committed to helping those in recovery rebuild their lives and become productive participants in our community

Patrick J. Garry – Board Vice President

patrick_j_garry-114x150Residence: Hyde Park, Ohio

Occupation: Lawyer, private practice

Community involvement: Gateway House board member. Previous: Lower Price Hill Community School Board; Ohio Lawyer’s Assistance Program, Associate Director

Education: Boston College, BA, 1986; University of Cincinnati, JD, 1991

Why devoting time to Gateway: See a need for this service in our community

Rob Williams – Board Member

rob-williams-114x150Residence: Cincinnati Ohio

Occupation: Morning News Anchor, FOX 19,Cincinnati




Drew F. Knowles – Board Member

drew-knowles-114x150Residence: East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati Ohio

Occupation: Managing Principal at Quansoo Capital Management LLC

Community Involvement: Volunteer Admissions Network for Choate Rosemary Hall, CU-Boulder Advocates Program, National MS Society – Venture in the Valley, and CrossFit.

Education: University of Colorado at Boulder, BA in Philosophy

Why devoting time to Gateway: Serving Gatehouse House offers a great opportunity to give back to our community at a grassroots level. Being part of an organization that helps men return to their families is incredibly rewarding.

John Conboy – Board Member

john-conboy-114x150Residence: Clifton Heights, Cincinnati,Ohio

Occupation: Mental Health Therapist, Licensed Independent Social Worker, University of Cincinnati Hospital

Education: University of Cincinnati, B.S. in Economics; University of Kentucky, Masters in Social Work

Nancy Herbert – Board Member

nancy-herbert-114x150Residence: Clifton, Cincinnati, OH

Occupation: Attorney; Adjunct Professor, NKU Chase Law School; retired May 2011 from Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, where worked as a trial attorney.

Community Involvement: Gateway House Board of Directors; Clifton Community Chair, Arts Wave; Cincinnati Public Library volunteer; Cincinnati Arts Association volunteer; Cincinnati Bar Association; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Foundation (Cincinnati Chapter), previous Board member.

Education: Miami University, B.A.; University of Cincinnati, J.D.