This is a  staff list for Gateway Freedom Ranch in Rexford, MT

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

Gateway Freedom Ranch is NOT AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL AND IS NOT REGISTERED WITH THE MONTANA OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.  Source: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/Directory/2015Directory.pdf

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Gateway Freedom Ranch.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Gateway Freedom Ranch, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Gateway Freedom Ranch, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults. 

 

HEAL is investigating Gateway Freedom Ranch. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Lisa Marek Director Marek is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/   Marek is not a licensed educator in MT.  Source: https://apps3.opi.mt.gov/MSEIS/NormalPages/Educators.aspx  Marek formerly(?) worked for New Horizons Boys Ranch in Rexford, MT.  However, online profiles claim she ran the girl's program.  New Horizons claims to serve boys only.  This suggests that Gateway Freedom Ranch may be part of the New Horizons Boys Ranch family.  We are looking into it.
Ashley Jelich Case Manager Jelich is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/   Jelich is not a licensed educator in MT.  Source: https://apps3.opi.mt.gov/MSEIS/NormalPages/Educators.aspx
Larry Nicholas Counselor Nicholas is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/  
Debbie Nicholas Counselor Nicholas is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/  
Todd Call Clinical Consultant License Type:   Licensed Clin Professional Type:   State License Number:   SWP-LCPC-LIC-7589 Name:   TODD ALAN CALL License State:   MT Title:  Licensing Board:   Social Worker City, State Zip:   EUREKA MT 59917 Business Name:   Phone:   Eligible to Practice:   Phone 2:   Business License Expiration Date:   FAX:   License Issue Date:   02/18/2014 E-mail:   License Expiration Date:   12/31/2015 Method:   Credential License Status:   Active

License Type:   Marriage and Family Therapist Type:   State License Number:   SWP-LMFT-LIC-4628 Name:   TODD A CALL License State:   MT Title:  Licensing Board:   Social Worker City, State Zip:   EUREKA MT 59917 Business Name:   Phone:   Eligible to Practice:   Phone 2:   Business License Expiration Date:   FAX:   License Issue Date:   07/11/2013 E-mail:   License Expiration Date:   12/31/2015 Method:   Exam License Status:   Active

Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/   HEAL recommends you understand that Mr. Call has only been licensed in any capacity since July of 2013 and that with such little experience should not be the sole licensed professional involved with this program. 
Terry Brunner Teacher Brunner is not a licensed educator in MT.  Source: https://apps3.opi.mt.gov/MSEIS/NormalPages/Educators.aspx
Mindy Henderson Case Manager Henderson is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/   Henderson is not a licensed educator in MT.  Source: https://apps3.opi.mt.gov/MSEIS/NormalPages/Educators.aspx
Terri Vaughn Clinician Vaughn is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/   Terri L. Vaughn (may be a different person) is licensed solely as a Class 6 School Counselor in MT.  Source: https://apps3.opi.mt.gov/MSEIS/NormalPages/Educators.aspx
Bethany (last?) Intern HEAL requires Bethany's full name in order to perform a professional qualification check.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 *(Gateway Freedom Ranch, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
Gateway Freedom Ranch has only been licensed since January 16th, 2015.  Since it opened, HEAL has received three requests to investigate this program.  We are investigating.  So far, we have confirmed it is licensed as an Alternative Adolescent Program in Montana. 
Portions from a Gateway Freedom Ranch Staff Blog: [emphasis added]

"My dear friends! I am so sorry. I tend to begin every post that way – so I think that will be my last apology. In short, life here is absolutely chaotic and insane, and since I don’t get a lot of time off, the amount of time off I DO get is often spent trying to detox – aka, not thinking about work! SO, its rather unfortunate that you have to sit and wait to hear all about my life until it is convenient for me… but hey, a sista’s gotta do what a sista’s gotta do. OK. Now that I covered that. Life at the ranch really is rather insane. When I started here, there were six girls. Shortly after I arrived, one girl completed their time and went home, we were at a comfortable five for awhile. Then we got a new girl a few weeks ago, and a second new girl came one week after that. So now we are at seven girls. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when your staff-to-student ratio hovers at 1-2/7 at any given time, let me reiterate that it is a lot of work! Living with a bunch of young women is nothing short of estrogen overload. If you had told me a year ago that I’d be working here, I would have laughed in your face and said “there is NO way!” See, I struggle with all the drama women have, and honestly it drives me mad."

"I must be honest… sometimes it is hard being here. I often feel all alone. I have co-workers, and a fantastic boss, but sometimes I just wish I had my own family to go home to at the end of a night. Sometimes it is hard to be living at the same place you work… to not be able to just pack up and go home at the end of a night has its challenges."

"I have struggled up and down with how long I can be in this kind of environment, and how long I can continue doing this. I LOVE these girls beyond words.. but the job description is so exhausting! Some nights I fall into bed, floored I made it through another day."

"At any rate, she ended up getting really frustrated with the other staff, and they both came back downstairs to avoid waking other girls up with the commotion. She got REALLY upset, and was mouthing off to the other staff, so I told her she could regain control of her body and her voice, or she could go out on the deck. After screaming in my face at the TOP of her lungs (seriously… NO joke…) I pointed to the door and had her go outside. I said I’d be out in a minute or two. Now, if you know anything about Montana at this time, it is COLD outside! But, she had made her choice, and there was none to blame but herself."  [How cold does it get in Montana in November?  27°F  Source:  http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/eureka/montana/united-states/usmt0110]

"My days are spent cooking food, stopping arguments, and trying to remind girls of the bigger picture. I had a more stern talk with them yesterday, asking them all on a scale of 1-10, how motivated they each were to go home (aka graduate our program and move back home!!).. To my literal surprise, they all said 10’s…. I mused aloud that some of the behaviors and patterns in the house hardly reflect their motivation level.."

"I almost forgot to tell you that I have played teacher for four days now.. Acting as substitute when our teacher is out of town. The girls are set up with an educational level-packet system, which allows them to progress in Math, English, Lit. and Writing, Science, and Social Studies while they are away from home.."  Source: https://forsuchatime414.wordpress.com/

[HEAL Note: The above blog quotes are from Ashley Jelich's blog.  She claims to provide behavioral health services, counseling, and teaching to the youth at Gateway Freedom Ranch but she is not a licensed mental health nor educational professional.  This is a serious concern.  In addition, Gateway Freedom Ranch uses some correspondence course packet as their academic service.  Gateway Freedom Ranch is NOT AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL AND IS NOT REGISTERED WITH THE MONTANA OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.  Source: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/Directory/2015Directory.pdf
Gateway Freedom Ranch is NOT licensed by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Resources.  Source: https://qadlicensing.hhs.mt.gov/datamart/searchByName.do

Gateway Freedom Ranch is licensed as an alternative adolescent program in MT.  Source:

Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

You will notice the original license issuance was in January, 2015.  You need to understand that facilities licensed through PAP are governed primarily by themselves or their fellow program owners with no legitimate oversight or accountability.  Source: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/2/15/2-15-1745.htm  Since this facility is not licensed by the Department of Public Health and Human Services and is not recognized as an accredited private school/non-public school, we still advise against it.

 

 Last Updated: April 27th, 2016

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