Meet the Team
Faithful - Creative - Courageous
We are a small but mighty team with a wide range of talents and experience.
We are driven to see revival in our community and faithful for how
God is using us in his plan.
Dr. Alexia Wood
Dr. Alexia (Lexie) Wood is deeply passionate about impacting change within systemic issues. She offers a wealth of knowledge concerning homelessness, addiction, and mental health, drawing from her 17 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Lexie holds a Master of Social Work degree from UW-Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, where her research focused on social connectedness as a pathway to overcoming homelessness. As a foster and adoptive mom, she knows the impact of generational poverty and trauma, identifying how early experiences contribute to risk factors later on. This understanding, combined with her extensive doctoral research, serves as the foundation for calling to create affordable workforce housing.
Director of Development
Christian comes to The Gateway Collective with 13 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector. He formed and grew the largest chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH. Christian holds Bachelor’s degrees in History and Health Promotion. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising, partnerships, and program development. In his role as Director of Development, he will focus on building strategic partnerships around the vision of creating affordable workforce housing. Christian’s passion for the mission of Gateway is driven from his faith values - the belief that all people are created in God’s image and by focusing on our common values we can truly build connection. In his personal time, Christian enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in endurance events.
Chief Financial Officer
Julie Kozak CPA
Julie began her accounting career during her first year of college before graduating Magna Cum Laude from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. She has nearly 40 years of experience in accounting including public accounting, private industry and nonprofit arenas. Her expertise is in financial accounting and business analysis. In her role as Chief Financial Officer, Julie is responsible for payroll, accounting, budgeting and human resources.
Director of Administration
Heather is a “Jack of all trades”, having worked in multiple industries and gained extensive experience in multi-tasking, time management, communication, people skills, and problem-solving. She attended UW-Eau Claire, but her travels brought her to continue her education at OCC in California and CPCC in North Carolina. In her role as Director of Administration, Heather will manage calendars, set up meetings, organize events, create office documents/policies/procedures, establish a consistent branding of Gateway’s mission/vision/values, and act as the point of contact among executives, staff, board members, clients, and other external partners.
Community Resource Advocate
Eugene Smalls, Jr.
Eugene received his undergrad and grad degrees from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and both degrees are in Social Work. He is passionate about helping people see their worth in life and has been able to put this in action working in mental health, homeless youth, at-risk youth, and correctional youth settings. Prior to The gateway Collective, Eugene was a case manager for Family Service TLP, a House Supervisor for Freedom House, and a Case Manager at St. John's Ministries. As Community Resource Advocate, Eugene will lead our on-site programming and navigate tenants to resources we provide/are available from our partners. Eugene is excited about empowering others and helping them to thrive. When Eugene is not at work, he can be found spending time with his children or enjoying the company of friends/family.
We've assembled an incredible group of community leaders to speak into the start up of the Gateway Collective and City Center Lofts. These talented individuals provide strategic direction that ensure the our launch is successful. Thank you to our team for their support!
Bill Kinnard - Grandy and Associates
Theresa Ostert - Humana (retired)
Laurie Timmerman - Associated Bank (retired)
Joe Shefchik - Paper Transport
Sarah Klapper - Bay Area Workforce Development
Aaron Faulkner - Bank First
Troy Murphy - Green Bay Community Church
Amy Budd - Schneider National
Andy Wilson - Fox Communities Credit Union
Jody Anderson - Bellin Health
Our roots grow deep
The Gateway Collective was formed with passion and courage by St. John's Ministries, a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the dignity, restore hope and create lasting change for those experiencing homelessness or housing instability in the Green Bay community.
Like St. John's Ministries, The Gateway Collective is founded and rooted in Christian values. And while our focus will be different, both organizations will seek to tackle homelessness and housing instability from different angles.
Together, we are stronger.