Patrick Gaines became Executive Director of the Gates Center in March, 2012. Patrick has 20+ years of experience as a non-profit executive, holding senior development positions with the University of Colorado Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. During his tenures with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the American Cancer Society, he developed significant experience in the area of medical research with emphasis on cancer, regenerative medicine and stem cell biology. His passion for research has been fueled by the courage, strength and faith of the countless individuals he’s met who are impacted by disease and injury along with those who care for them. As the child of a parent with Parkinson’s disease and having experienced the devastating impact of cancer through family and friends, like so many of us, his motivation to help find preventative and corrective therapies strikes very close to home.
Prior to his non-profit career, Patrick spent over a decade performing as a French Horn player with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Denver Symphony and Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Board Member with the Generations Cancer Foundation in Denver, the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Philanthropy Expert, and serves as a volunteer for Brent’s Place in Aurora. Patrick is an avid outdoor enthusiast and frequently indulges in ultra-marathon competitions, mountain climbing, hiking, and backcountry skiing. Patrick and his son have lived in Littleton since 2001.