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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.

Elizabeth Ury
Deputy Director

Elizabeth Ury (Liz) is a graduate from the University of Denver’s Master’s Counseling Psychology program. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  Liz joins us after spending 20+ years in the Community Mental Health Center realm.  In her free time Liz loves to travel, garden, and spend time outside.  One of her first two graduate school internships was spent at a metro-area domestic violence shelter.

Lisa Gertzen
Director of Court Advocacy

  • Graduate from Metropolitan State University.
  • 18 years working in the community advocating for families in need.
  • 5 years advocating for victims of domestic violence.

Veronica Raygoza
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. 

Michelle McKay
Manager of Special Projects/Children’s Counselor

Michelle has over 20 years of experience working with Gateway Domestic Violence Services, her passion is working with children and their families that have been impacted by Domestic violence, she enjoys mentoring and working one on one with Children as well as facilitating groups . Pleased to oversee special projects for agency and client specific need. Firm believer of the saying ‘If you can believe it you can achieve it”.

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. 

Coleen Samuels
Manager of Finance and Human Resources

Coleen has been with Gateway since 2016 bringing more than 20 years of business operations and leadership experience. She is responsible for managing the financial, operational and human resource functions of the organization. She holds a Bachelor of Business Management and her passion is seeing every human being valued, respected and living the best life they can.