Dacia L. Moore, MA, LPC, NCC, GateWay’s Executive Director, has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Webster University , is a National Board Certified Counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. Dacia comes to GateWay of Hope with a wealth of business, administrative and marketing experience to lead GateWay of Hope to its next level of growth. Dacia has served as an adjunct professor at the Metropolitan Community Colleges and Webster University. Before joining GateWay, Dacia ran a successful small business, Second Wind Counseling & Consulting, for 1o years, where she provided counseling and coaching to adults as well as professional development training to educators, counselors and others in the helping profession. Dacia also has experience as a national speaker and trainer with National Seminars where she taught such topics as Emotional Intelligence, and Handling Multiple Priorities around the country. Dacia is the author of several articles, book chapters and books.
Deborah Simon, LCPC, is GateWay’s Co-founder and Director of Counseling. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Kansas. Deborah is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Deborah counsels women in the areas of depression, grief, anxiety and PTSD. She also desires to offer her experience and understanding of Dissociative Identity Disorder to help women who have suffered from severe trauma and abuse. She strives to offer a safe and confidential place for women in ministry such as pastors, ministry leaders, church staff or pastors’ wives. Deborah desires to see women become all that God created them to be.
Denise Gartner, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University and Certification as a Sexual Addictions Treatment Provider from the SATP Institute. Denise counsels women in the areas of depression, anxiety, grief and PTSD. She also applies her Advanced Training in Sexual Addictions to support women whose spouses struggle with pornography or hyper-sexuality, as well as women who struggle with their own sexual issues and traumas. With a heart for women who have been affected by trauma, Denise has been involved in healing ministry groups for more than six years. Her passion is for women to receive healing and growth to help discover the specific plan and purpose God has for each of us.
Leeanna Billups serves at GateWay of Hope while she completes an Internship in the Spiritual Formation track at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Leeanna has a strong desire to help women who have suffered the heartache of abuse. She offers genuine empathy and unconditional regard for women, helping them discover more peace and joy in their lives.
Amy Salge holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from KU and a Coaching Certification from the American Association of Christian Counselors. She believes, however, that her best education came as a result of her life experiences. Because of this, Amy has developed a deep passion to walk beside women who are hurting, confused and broken-hearted. She understands heartache, betrayal, depression, anxiety and despair. She specializes in coaching women who are in or have left Destructive Marriages or whose spouse struggles with pornography use and/or sexual addiction, including marital betrayal. Amy also enjoys coaching women about Boundaries…When to say yes, how to say no. She loves to help women discover their options in order to protect their hearts and take responsibility for their lives.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Chair. John Blackburn, Spiritual Formation Pastor at Olathe Bible Church has been GateWay’s Board Chair since July 2016. Prior to that John has served on the board of GateWay for 6 years.
Board Treasurer. Drew joined the GateWay Board in April 2016 and is the Treasurer of the Board. His background in Finance and Accounting is a welcome addition to our growing organization.
Board Secretary. Mary has been a member of the GateWay Board and Board secretary since 2015 as is the Provost at Mid America Nazarene University.
Past Board Chair. Kathy Stone is the past Board Chair of GateWay of Hope. Currently Kathy is the Executive Director of the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County.
Board Member. Teresa Carey has been a board member of GateWay since 2015 and has led GateWay in marketing. Teresa assisted in the transition from the old logo to what you see today.
Board Member. Laurie Venzon has been a board member of GateWay since 2014 and has been instrumental in the budgeting process to help GateWay grow.
Board Member. Gail Byers joined the board in May 2016. Gail is a retired mental health professional and has been involved in non profit management for many years
Board Member. Janice Love, joined the GateWay board in June 2016. Janice is the first lady of Second Baptist Church of Olathe and Director of Training at Swope Health Systems in Kansas City Missouri