Our Consultants

Gayle Berry
Legislative Lobbyist

Before becoming a lobbyist, Gayle Berry served in the Colorado legislature. During her eight year tenure she was a member of the powerful Joint Budget Committee, the House Appropriations Committee, and was chair of the House Transportation Committee. Gayle received more than thirty awards for her work as a legislator. She has been named to three state-wide commissions by three governors, both as a legislator and a lobbyist. Prior to entering the legislature Gayle operated her own business. She understands the critical balance between a healthy, profitable business environment, and an effective, responsible, state government.  Until term-limited in 2004 she represented House District 55 in Grand Junction Colorado.

Janice Brenner, MSW, MBA
Policy Analyst

Before consulting with LeadingAge Colorado, Janice was employed by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the State Medicaid agency) as a policy analyst in the Long Term Benefits Division, working primarily with nursing homes, ICF/MRs, and swing beds.  Among her Nursing Facilities Section responsibilities were survey enforcement, client share of cost, eligibility issues, provider billing/payment issues, prior authorization requests, moratorium, regulations, contracts, and conversion of DD group homes to ICF/MRs. She provided service to clients, families, providers, professional associations, single entry point agencies, and county, state and federal agencies. She has also been director of an adult day services center and business office manager of nursing homes. 

Terry Zamell, MSW
Senior Policy Analyst

Before retiring in December of 2013, Terry was employed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division for 26 years.  Terry began her career as a health surveyor and subsequently became the manager of the Assisted Living Residence and Medication Administration programs.  Her duties included program development, regulatory interpretation, oversight of survey and complaint processes, enforcement, and supervision of a team of health professionals.   Terry received several awards during her tenure at CDPHE including surveyor of the year, Colorado state manager of the year and distinguished service award.  Prior to employment at CDPHE, Terry was the assistant to the state long term care ombudsman for five years, providing advocacy services to residents of nursing homes.

After weeks of no response from HCPF regarding a billing error, I contacted Laura at LeadingAge Colorado for assistance. She immediately contacted HCPF on my behalf and got a response in just a few hours! 

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