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Gateway-Longview Welcomes Mike Ervin as Incoming Board Chair


Michael Ervin, CPA Begins Three-Year Term as Chair of
Gateway-Longview’s Board of Directors

Ervin sets sights on maximizing efficiency while keeping mission and program
results at the heart of the 125-year-old child and family services agency

J. Michael Ervin, CPA, Director at Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C., recently began a three-year term as Chair of the Gateway-Longview, Inc. Board of Directors. Elected at the organization’s May meeting, Ervin, a board member since 2009, was instrumental in founding the governing body’s compliance committee, and has served on the finance committee during his entire term on the board, chairing that committee for the last year.

“We are fortunate to have Mike’s distinguished accounting, regulatory and business acumen as he takes the leadership helm for our diverse and committed volunteer board,” said Carolyne DeFranco, CEO of the $26 million agency supporting over 3,600 children and families throughout Western New York each year. “But most importantly, we are fortunate to have his passion and his heart. Mike sees far beyond the scope of daily operations and numbers – he is a true advocate for children and strong families throughout our community.”

Ervin DeFranco

Gateway-Longview President & CEO, Carolyne DeFranco, and Mike Ervin check construction progress in the Therapeutic Preschool at the agency’s Symphony Circle location.

Ervin, who has been with Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. since 1992, is a Director in the Auditing and Accounting Practice specializing in Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory and accounting matters, as well as forensic accounting engagements where fraud and embezzlement have occurred. He has obtained a broad background in the manufacturing, energy, construction, real estate, HUD regulation and not-for-profit industries and is currently responsible for overseeing staff and client engagements out of the firm’s Buffalo and Rochester offices.

“I was asked to serve as part of Gateway-Longview’s board six years ago by the late Jim Eaton, primarily because they needed someone with a background in finance,” remarked Ervin. “What started as a professional commitment has turned into a true love for the mission of a steadfast organization working tirelessly to uplift youth and families in our community when they need it most.”

One of Ervin’s primary goals is to help the agency maximize efficiency and enhance financial sustainability across seventeen program areas focused on education, community services and residential treatment programs. Through collaborative opportunities with regional partners, Ervin also looks to find innovative solutions that will strengthen Gateway-Longview’s ability to positively affect change for future generations throughout the community.

Ervin earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. Learn more about Ervin’s connection to Gateway-Longview by reading his latest blog entry at