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Patrick Gaines

Executive Director of the Gates Center


Patrick Gaines became executive director of the Gates Center in March, 2012, following his predecessor Donald Elliman’s appointment as Chancellor. For the past 20 years Patrick has been 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. For the past seven years at CU Denver and the American Cancer Society, he has 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 hundreds of people 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, too.

As Patrick spends his days orchestrating the future of the Gates Center, he does so quite honestly. He received his Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Nebraska – in his home town of Lincoln - and 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, volunteers for Brent’s Place in Aurora, and is an avid ultra marathon runner, having completed two 100 mile foot races, including the Leadville Trail 100. In September he wowed his colleagues when he competed in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in Chamonix France.  Patrick and his 12-year-old son have lived in Littleton since 2001.