Staff

Lisa Marek, Executive Director

Lisa Marek has been mentoring and working with kids for over 30 years. In the past she has served as mentor/chaperon for “”Kids for Christ” ski program, cheer-leading coach in the local high school, prayer leader in church, 4-H helper, and has helped in many classrooms. She has taken extensive schooling in the Christian counseling area, been trained in the Foster Care system, is a Certified “parent Coach”, and has been and ordained pastor since 2017. 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, working with wild mustangs and spending time with her 6 grandkids. Lisa has been married to Ken Marek since 1984 and has 2 grown children. Patrick who is married to Anna and has 2 children living in Eureka and Jessica who is married to Josh with their 4 children in Kalispell.

Heidi Pluid, Co-Director/House Manager

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 family and friends is what she is all about! She loves LIFE and loves working at Gateway Freedom Ranch!

Todd Call, Clinical Consultant/Clinical Therapist

Todd holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Harding University and has over 24 years of experience. He has extensive experience with teenagers and families treating relational problems, addictions, and behavioral problems. He has also worked with couples, neglected and abused children, eating disorders, and ADD in a variety of settings including schools, residential treatment programs, hospitals, outpatient community services and private practice. Todd has also taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy at two universities. He is a member of the American Association for Christian Counseling and has been trained in EMDR Level 2. Todd is married and has 7 children. 

Larry & Debbie Nicholas, Counselors

Larry & Debbie Helmer

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.

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.