Jacqueline has dedicated 18 years to helping over 500 business across the United States with marketing strategies as she managed teams in corporate media. She led marketing sales departments in metropolitan newspapers, 11 radio stations, TV, magazines and developmental digital platforms.
Across the media companies, she led and participated in the successful execution of over 300 events with up to 20,000+ people. She founded and sold a marketing agency prior to working in the marketing department with the Southern Illinois Miners Baseball team. Her true passion has always been to have an impact that carries far beyond her time on Earth and help create experiences that people remember with joy and excitement.
Her best-selling book can be purchased at the link to her website.
Suzanne joined Gateway Events in August 2017 as the Director of Events. She has worked with clients across multiple industries and brings her strengths in marketing, communications, graphic design, brand development and public relations. With over six years of experience working for an in-house marketing department and over 18 years in public relations Suzanne’s’ strong leadership combined with her event, staffing, budget management, and networking experience make her a great addition to the Gateway Events team.
Suzanne creates meaningful, impactful marketing programs suited to her clients’ specific needs while exceeding expectations. She brings a strong understanding of new and emerging trends, reliance on strategic methodologies while making every project an enjoyable experience to remember.
Bill Haas graduated from Yale college PBK English (and pre-med) and then Harvard law school after having spent 3 years in between doing community organizing in Detroit and Chicago, as President Obama had.
After practicing corporate law for 17 years in Cleveland Ohio, where Bill grew up, he came to St. Louis, Missouri 20+ years ago for a law job, but when the company soon went bankrupt, Bill went into teaching, for 13 years at the college level (teaching English, business law, business and government, ethics, economics and philosophy), and then went into primary and secondary education, becoming certified in math along the way. He has also tutored test prep on line for several years, ACT, SAT, LSAT (for law school), and assorted subjects from 5th grade through college.
Bill admits to being 96 yrs old, but his wisdom makes him seem older.
One of his passions is public service (politics). He was first elected to the St. Louis School Board in 1997, 16 years after his previous attempt for public office, school board in Cleveland. He served on the St. Louis board from 1997-2005 and 2010-2018, and is running for a 5th term this year.
Bill has lost many elections for other offices, but was a Democratic nominee for US Congress for Missouri's 2nd District (where Gateway Academy is located), and ran for the Democratic nomination for US President in 2020. He was 11th out of 22 in Missouri's primary, but thinks someone else may have won the nomination. Maybe next time after a big lottery win? It's always good to follow your dreams in life. That's how you know whether you're meant to get them.
Bill's never been married but has a wonderful son, Tony, and 2 grandkids, Ian, 10, and Gwen, 5. Another of Bill's dreams is to find love one day, something most people want. He believes he will never give up on that either. Bill has a 9 year old hound, Elvis, who's still the fastest dog in the park, and a new porch cat, Poopskie, who whines for expensive food but won’t allow anyone to touch him. Bill has rescued many animals in the past to live a good life with him.
Bill's other passions include dancing, and swimming, which Bill has competed in since he was 12, including at Yale. As Bill likes to say, he's pretty good for a fat old guy with no talent, a bad attitude and shabby training.
"I'm a good coach, and teacher, always telling my kids to swim fast, learn much, and have fun. Swim fast and learn much. Never give up on yourself and your dreams."
Bill's political website is votebillhaas.com,
And of his novel, a story of love and politics, which it took Bill over 30 years to write and publish, PinkCollarBlue.com.
Mrs. Sara Washington has been part of the Gateway family for over twenty years. Mrs. Washington earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Speech Communications as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE). Joining the team with two decades of teaching experience, Mrs. Washington brings to her classroom an excitement for the subject materials that is contagious to her students. With a passion to facilitate the best learning environments for different learning styles, Mrs. Washington seeks to teach her students critical thinking skills and to foster an understanding of the curriculum in creative ways.
Married to her best friend, and the mother of four children ranging in age from elementary school to adulthood, Mrs. Washington deems her children to be her life’s work. Her oldest, a daughter from South Korea named SunJeong, came to her through GLCA the first year the international program started at the school. SunJeong is working on her PhD in Biochemistry at a University in Michigan after graduating from SIUE a few years ago. Mrs. Washington’s oldest son, Isaiah, graduated from GLCA valedictorian of his class in 2018. After earning multiple college scholarships, he is more than halfway through the undergraduate program in Computer Science, also at Mrs. Washington’s alma matter. Her youngest two children are currently students at GLCA.
Mrs. Washington enjoys writing and reading, watching movies and game shows, cooking, and spending time with her family. She appreciates music and the arts plus has fun decorating and doing home improvement projects. Serving in church and sharing conversations with friends over coffee are two of her favorite ways to spend her time. Mrs. Washington loves people and is genuinely interested in the unique stories of others.
Dave lives in Edwardsville with wife Barbara. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Coach Redden was a long-time educator at Metro-east Lutheran HS, where he received numerous statewide honors including Illinois Athletic Director of the Year in 2010.
He is a six-time Alton Telegraph track coach of the year as well as a four-time cross country coach of the year. He has coached over 100 athletes who have gone to the state championships and have been all-state performers as well as state champions.
Redden has been fortunate to coach many exceptional athletes at the collegiate, high school, and srade school level, but he believes that more important were the accomplishments of work and preparation and life skills learned by all of the athletes; some who were world class, while others were marginal at best.
“I thank God for the opportunity to serve and minister as coach and realize none of this would have happened without his guidance. To God be the glory. “
Marcos Silva is on his third season with Gateway Soccer Academy as a coach. Since he begun to work at Gateway Legacy Christian Academy, the soccer program grew tremendously because of his extraordinary ability as a coach. For instance, in 2018 GLCA soccer team won the National Christian School Athletic Association national tournament, and finished the year as number one in the nation. Also, after an outstanding season Marcos was honored by the NCSAA as the coach of the year; and for the first time, the GLCA soccer team was invited for the most prestigious youth soccer tournament of the world, called Dallas Cup, competing against national and international selected teams. Working extremely hard to develop Gateway soccer players, Marcos is the key to sending over hundreds of players to the most competitive college soccer programs in D1 and D2 NCAA, NAIA universities, and junior colleges. Coaching players from all over the world, Silva walks side by side with his athletes to help them accomplish their goals.
A graduate in sports science from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master's degree in sports administration from Eastern New Mexico University, Marcos Silva has established himself as a well-known soccer coach after a great playing career. Living seventeen years in the United States, Silva was a college soccer player who was a two-year first team All-America at Oklahoma Wesleyan University before transferring to Oklahoma Baptist University. Silva arrived at Gateway to help the school to achieve a higher level of soccer. He was able to bring more talented soccer players who were able to put GLCA name as one of the top soccer program in the Nation. His extraordinary abilities make him a different level coach on and off the field. His passion for the game allows him to work hard to recruit the right student/athlete to be part of Gateway soccer program.
Marcos has a strong coaching background; he was the assistant coach for Eastern New Mexico University where he got his master’s degree in Sports Administration. As an assistant coach, he recruited talented players to who helped ENMU to battle against top division II schools in the country. After his first season the ENMU had the best winning record of its history. Two years later Silva went back to his alma mater as assistant coach at Oklahoma Baptist University, which was a NAIA school at the time. Silva was not able to win their conference as a player, but as first season coach he won the Sooner Athletic Conference regular season and tournament for the first time in school history. This win took the Bison to the national tournament sweet sixteen once again, and the team was ranked as number seven in the nation.
Marcos has always been involved with youth development. He also spent four years coaching clubs in Oklahoma before joined the Lions.
Coach Charles Cunningham, brings with him a wealth of coaching experience which included 25 + years at the Division I level and seven postseason appearances.
Cunningham added to his postseason resume in 2011, as he helped UALR capture the school's first-ever Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship to secure a berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. It was the fourth NCAA Tournament appearance for Cunningham as a coach, as he was also a part of NCAA Tournament teams at Minnesota (1997 and 1999) and Murray State (1995).
Prior to joining the Trojans for the 2008-09 season, Cunningham most recently served as an assistant coach at South Florida during the 2006-07 season. Over the course of his career, Cunningham has made stops at Duquesne, UNLV, Minnesota, Arkansas State, Missouri State, Western Kentucky, Murray State, Univ. South Florida and Univ Arkansas Little Rock
During his time at Minnesota (1996-99), Cunningham helped guide the Gophers to three consecutive postseason berths, including a Final Four appearance in 1997 and a National Invitation Tournament championship in 1998. He spent the 1998-99 season as an Assistant Athletic Director for Men's Basketball Operations and helped the Gophers return to the NCAA Tournament.
Cunningham has worked with a number of student-athletes who have advanced into the professional ranks, including NBA players Bobby Jackson, Kevin Bertelsen, Joel Pryzbilla, John Thomas, Trevor Winte, Quincy Lewis and Sam Jacobson (Minnesota), Jeff Martin (Murray State) Shane Edwards (UALR), Popeye Jones (Murray State) Darnell Mee (WKU) NBA, Chris Robinson (WKU) NBA
Cunningham began his coaching career in 1973 as a graduate assistant at the University of North Alabama (then Florence State), where he played two seasons after transferring from Snead Junior College. Cunningham, who is a member of UNA's Athletic Hall of Fame, earned a pair of letters at UNA and received all-conference accolades as a senior.
He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and history, his master's in education and completed his Eds, at UNA. After two seasons at UNA, Cunningham took an assistant coaching job at Bradshaw High School in Florence, Ala. He spent eight years as an assistant (1975-83) before taking over as head coach (1983-86). During his tenure, he coached Bradshaw High School to a state Championship.
Cunningham got his first Division I coaching job at Murray State (1986-88), helping the Racers to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988. The 14th-seeded Racers upset No. 3 seed North Carolina State in the opening round.
Following the 1987-88 season, Cunningham moved on to Bowling Green, Ky., where he spent four seasons on staff at WKU 1988-92) and helped the Hilltoppers to an NIT appearance in 1992. He then spent three years on staff at Missouri State (1992-95), helping the Bears earn a trip to the NIT in 1993, before spending the 1995-96 campaign at Arkansas State. He then joined the staff at the University of Minnesota for three years, where the Gophers went to the Final Four – NIT Championship and NCAA Tournament. Cunningham spent the next seven years at UALR, where they went to the NCAA tournament.
Carlos joins GLCA as our new baseball coach to launch this exciting new program. He has a rich history with sports and the financial industry.
Carlos played professional baseball in Venezuela with Cocodrilos de Caracas. He played with the New York Yankees program in Venezuela. For over 20 years, he assisted major league baseball players and worked as an agent for over 8 years with the CEA baseball agency.
Carlos Rivas, joined Regions in 2013. Carlos is a seasoned financial professional with over 18 years of experience in serving the needs of clients. He is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist.
Prior to joining Regions Private Wealth Management, Carlos spent four years at Regions Investment Services as a Financial Consultant. He also had a 6-year career with A.G. Edwards/Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo Advisors) as a Financial Advisor and Latin America Channel Lending Manager. Carlos also worked at National City/PNC Bank as a Business Banking Officer and Financial Advisor.
Carlos was honored at the highest level as a recipient of the Regions Chairman’s Club Elite status in 2014 and 2015 for his commitment to excellence. He also served from 2013-2015 on Regions Investments, Financial Consultants Advisory Council.
His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Relations from Universidad Católica Andres Bello Caracas, Venezuela, where he played Varsity Baseball and was Student Body Vice President. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri
Carlos is married to his best friend, Eliza. They have three children Hannah, Lucia, and Nadia.