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, cheerleading coach in the local high school, prayer leader in church, 4-H helper, and she has 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 was ordained as a pastor in 2017. She is a Montana native raised in the Tobacco Valley who enjoys fishing, skiing, camping, hiking and riding her Harleys. Lisa has been married to Ken Marek since 1984 and has 2 children and 6 grandchildren, son Patrick and daughter-in-law Anna who live in Colorado with their two sons, and daughter Jessica and son-in-law Josh who live in Kalispell, Montana, along with their three sons and one daughter.

Sheetal Evjene, Administrative Assistant/Parent Liaison

Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Sheetal Evjene graduated high-school to complete her degree in Journalism while working at an Event Management company. Shortly after that she joined Air India Ltd. as a flight attendant and worked there for four years till she met and fell in love with her now husband and then moved to Eureka, Montana in 2009. They have two beautiful daughters Zarah and Kiarah whom they love and cherish deeply. Sheetal has over 10 years experience in the administrative field and loves Jesus with all her heart. She believes that each person adds to a team and is excited to be a part of the team at Gateway. Together with her husband, Sheetal also led a youth group and worship in Eureka for almost ten years. They have a passion for young kids which always draws them to work at places where they would be able to pour into kids’ lives.

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.

Molly Jo Leach, Direct Care/Equine Coordinator

Molly Jo Leach, a former missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Flathead Reservation- Tribal Waves, joined us in October of 2017. She brings a lifetime of knowledge working with both kids and horses. She has attained her Bachelors of Science in Agriculture with focus areas in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Animal Science-Equine, and Ag Education Leadership from the University of Missouri. She was born in Arkansas but raised in Missouri from an early age on as her family moved so that her mother could pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian (which she succeeded in doing). Molly Jo’s family all reside in Missouri. Molly Jo has worked with youth since an early age as she helped run summer camps for younger kids and moving into interning for different programs such as: The Endangered Wolf Center and Sunny Oak Therapeutic Farm. She has covered a multitude of skills from teaching people ages 2-66 how to ride, camp and hike. She found Jesus while in college and has whole heartedly pursued Him since. She desires to help young people of all Nations realize their worth in Christ and the potential He has blessed them with. She has had the honor of serving in missions all around the world from Japan and Thailand to the South Pacific Islands. It is by the grace of God that she has answered His call to come and feed into the lives of these girls. Her hobbies include knitting, hiking, riding, biking, weight lifting, reading and lounging on the couch with her dog and a good cup of joe.

Mindy Henderson, Direct Care

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.

Heidi Pluid, Direct Care/Equine

Heidi Pluid

Heidi Pluid is a native of Montana. She grew up on a ranch here in Eureka. Her childhood was spent on her horses. When she was young, she traveled all over with her family for her and her sister doing Omoksee (games on horseback), then showing quarter horses, riding both Western and English. She has been at Gateway since August 2016 doing direct care and she went through training with Natural Lifemanship in 2017 to become an equine professional. She is married to Stan and is a mother of three and a grandmother of 2. Her love for Jesus, children, her friends, family, and horses is what she is all about! She loves LIFE and loves working at Gateway!

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.