Staff

Lisa Marek, Director

Lisa Marek

Lisa Marek has been mentoring and working with kids for over 20 years. In the past she has served as a mentor/chaperon for “Kids for Christ” ski program, cheer leading coach in the local high school, prayer leader in church, 4-H helper, and helped in many school classrooms. She has taken extensive schooling in the Christian counseling area, been trained in the Foster Care system, and is a Certified “Parent Coach”. Her passion is prayer, worship and helping kids be set free from trauma and pain from their past. Her heart is to see a changed generation that can walk in joy and peace in what God has called them for. She is a Montana native raised in the Tobacco Valley who enjoys fishing, skiing, camping, hiking and riding her Harley’s. Lisa has been married to Ken Marek since 1984 and has 2 children, Patrick and fiance Anna who live in Colorado, and daughter Jessica and son-in-law Josh who live in Kalispell, Montana.

Todd Call, Clinical Consultant/Clinical Therapist

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Todd Call is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MT, HI & AZ) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (MT) who has been practicing for over 15 years. Nine of those years were in therapeutic boarding schools as a therapist, Family & Student Services Director and Clinical Director working with teenage girls and their families. In addition to providing individual, group and family therapy, Todd has designed and implemented educational and experiential workshops for parents and their daughters. He has additional experience from a variety of settings with couples, neglected and abused children, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Todd has specialty training in EMDR and PIT, both models for treating trauma, and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy at two universities.

Todd is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and also a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors. He is married and has 7 children, and lives in Eureka where he maintains a private practice in both Eureka and Kalispell, Montana.

Larry & Debbie Nicholas, Counselors

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Larry and Debbie have extensive experience in disciplining, training, counseling, church planting and are also involved in International Pastoral care. Larry has served, taught and led internationally with YWAM for over 33 years, pioneering works in Asia, Hawaii, South Pacific Islands, Canada and mainland United States including 10 years in Japan and 7 years as leaders of YWAM-Japan National Council. They have an extended amount of years counseling teens and people of all ages. Larry and Debbie live in Ronan Montana with their two daughters, Angela and Joleah.

Terri Vaughn, Certified EAGALA Mental Health Specialist

Terri Vaughn

Terri Vaughn works as a School Counselor but is also certified as an Eagala Equine & Mental Health Specialist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology but her passion has always been in combining her love for horses with her love for working with children and families. “The EAGALA method has been a perfect marriage for combining my core beliefs about the therapeutic process, and for discovering new ways for giving families the tools they need to be successful in today’s world”.

Amanda Eunpu, House Leader/Med Management/Directors Assistant

Amanda Eunpu

Amanda Eunpu, a recent graduate of A Beka Academy, is passionate about two things—seeing people reach their potential, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Having worked in a number of youth groups and served overseas and across America on a number of missions trips, Amanda has had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life and minister to their needs. She desires to show young people how to fully rely on Christ, no matter what their circumstances might be. She enjoys cooking, reading, writing, blogging, and learning everything she can about anything she can. Amanda loves spending time with her parents, and has two brothers and one sister, all of whom she absolutely adores!

Mindy Henderson, Direct Care/Food Services

Mindy Henderson

Mindy Henderson is a dedicated and compassionate staff member at Gateway Freedom Ranch. Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania she moved to Montana as young bride in 1977. Mindy has been married to her loving husband, Gary Henderson, for thirty-eight years. They have seven children, four son-in-laws and seven grandchildren. Playing music and singing has been an enjoyable part of her family life and a gift to share with others. Her hobbies include knitting, spinning yarn, hiking, swimming, and cross country skiing. Mindy has worked with youth throughout her life in various positions such as, music and dance instructor, Awana Club leader, camp counselor, assistant and teacher for church programs, homeschool and private school activities. She has been involved and volunteered countless hours and decades of service to her children and their extra-curricular activities with the youth as well. Mindy began teaching group guitar lessons during the summer of 2013 and came on staff in the spring of 2014. She loves being with the girls and helping them progress on their journey, encouraging them to draw close to the Lord and rely on him for strength, serve one another and become capable, responsible leaders of their generation.

Pam Truman, Teacher

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Pam Truman brings a life-time of education and experience to Gateway Freedom Ranch with over 20 years of teaching in many different settings. With bachelor’s degrees in science and music education, and a vo.-tech. degree in civil engineering technology, Pam has worked as a laboratory microbiologist, a seismographic surveyor, an EMT, a Red Cross swim instructor, has tutored students in math and music, and has taught at the elementary and middle-school levels. She is excited to share her love for learning with the girls, and to help them strive to achieve their educational goals. In her spare time, Pam loves to read, write, and work on home-improvement projects. She and her husband have been married since 1987 and have three grown children and two beautiful grand-children.