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Our Management Team

Gateway Domestic Violence Services was formed in 1977 and is formerly known as Gateway Battered Women’s Services, a non-profit 501 (C) agency. The experienced management has been servicing victims of Arapahoe County for 39 years. With more than 50 full-time, part-time and volunteers, Gateway continues to grow helping the diverse needs of our domestic violence victims.

James Gillespie
Executive Director

James has more than 15 years of leadership experience and a proven successful track record working with all segments of the public, the community, the private sector, the legislative and executive branches of government, and the media to bring the message of ending homelessness. He has created shelter programs to include the integration of behavioral and primary healthcare. 

Jeneen Klippel
Director of Community Development

Jeneen is the Director of Development and Public Relations for Gateway. She has been associated with Gateway since 1990, volunteering for three years and continued her association as a paid employee. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and Journalism. Her expertise is in public speaking, writing, special event planning and volunteer coordination.

Tomeka Speller
Deputy Director

Tomeka started working for Gateway as the Nonresidential Program Director in 2016. She now serves the agency as the Deputy Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Management and a Master or Arts in Therapy. She is responsible of overseeing the agency’s programmatic operations. Tomeka’s background includes private practice, child welfare, and other community work with various organizations.

Lisa Gertzen
Director of Court Advocacy

Lisa is the Director of the Court Advocacy Program. She holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and began with Gateway in 2012. She is responsible for directing the program, supervision of court advocates, providing direct services and coordinating the criminal justice response to domestic violence victims.

Jennifer Standoff
Residential Program Director

Jen is the Director of the Residential Program Director. She holds a Masters in Social Work with emphasis on Trauma Informed Care and Family Center Practice. She started with Gateway as an intern in 2015 and became employed in 2018. She is responsible for directing the program, supervision of the counselors, and overseeing the thirty-day emergency shelter along with the 24/7 crisis line. 

Leah Raulerson
Nonresidential Director

Leah Raulerson, LPC, NCC is the Director of the Nonresidential Program and an Adult Counselor. She holds a Master of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Leah is responsible for overseeing nonresidential services which provide counseling to adults and children, as well as providing direct services to adults in services at Gateway. 

Patrice Nelson
Residential Program Director

As the Residential Director of Extended Stay, Patrice is responsible for the daily operations, program development, and direct services to the women and children.  With Gateway since 1997, Patrice holds her BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology and has her Master’s in Public Administration.