Jackie Gates, M.A. SLP
Jackie graduated with her Master's degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University of Long Beach, and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Throughout the last decade Jackie has chased her passion helping others communicate within a variety of settings. Gaining experience with developmental/educational models working within the school district, early intervention and ABA programs, as well as within the medical model in home health care and clinical settings. Working alongside other amazing therapists/interventionists on multi-disciplinary teams she has grown in her ability to see each client holistically, treating communication skills as a means to true connection beyond that of just language and speech disorders. Finding that no matter the setting, her true professional passion lies connecting with her clients and families; truly believing that everyone deserves to find their voice, to be heard, and to belong.
When she's not working, you can find her connecting with her friends or nature, lost outside with her tent. Her favorite activities involve hiking with her labrador, rock climbing, mountain biking, floating on the water, dancing, singing karaoke, and yelling at football games.
Kim Benson, M.A.-SLP
Kim graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and is certified by the State of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Education. Kim moved to Colorado in 2003 from Ithaca, NY where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences. Kim is originally from New Jersey, but considers Colorado home having lived in the front range of Colorado for 15 years. Kim loves to be in the mountains and is enamored with all things outdoors whether running, skiing, biking, playing lawn games at a backyard BBQ, or her favorite pastime of tromping through the woods with her dog, Russell. She also has a passion for dancing, you can find her most Wednesday evenings at the Grizzly Rose where she enjoys taking to the floor for a two-step, waltz, west coast swing or cowboy cha-cha.
Tamber Hepner, MAT-ECU
Speech Billing Coordinator
Tamber Hepner is the Speech Billing Coordinator for GoldStar Learning Options. Tamber graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2007 with a degree in psychology and Wichita State University in 2012 with a master’s in early childhood special education. She completed post graduate work at the University of West Florida in Applied Behavior Analysis and plans to sit for her BCBA in 2019. Her journey with GoldStar began in 2014 as a behavioral consultant and continued until 2016, when she moved back to Kansas to be with her family. During her time in Kansas, she was afforded the opportunity to begin her career in non-profits as an advocacy director and realized her passion for the non-profit sector. In 2018, she returned to the Denver area and to GLO, but this time to help build the new speech department as well as utilize her non-profit experience to help grow Infinity Foundation, GoldStar’s affiliated non-profit, as Development Director. The marriage of the two positions gives Tamber experience in the financial challenges of providing quality care while simultaneously providing a platform to advocate for families and individuals impacted by disability, in addition to raising funding to provide essential support. Tamber is also the owner of a pub trivia company, Smart Mouth Trivia, and hosts trivia nights around Denver. In her spare time, she enjoys cultivating her creative side through training in various street styles of dance as well as singing and playing the baritone ukulele in her solo folk music project, Ginny Dare.