Lisa Gurgone, Executive Director
Through her position, Lisa develops and maintains the Council’s
Standards of Best Practice for home care aide services. She is a
lead partner on the Massachusetts Personal and Home Care
Aide State Training (PHCAST) Initiative funded through the
Affordable Care Act. Lisa has served on numerous committees and
advisory boards where she educates policymakers and the public
on the needs of the home care aide workforce.
Prior to joining the Council in 2002, Lisa worked within the
Massachusetts Legislature as a Legislative Aide to Representative
Anne Paulsen (D-Belmont). Lisa has also served as a Health
Research Assistant for the Massachusetts Division of Health Care
Finance and Policy and a Mediator and Internship Coordinator for the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger. Lisa completed her graduate studies at UMASS Boston, earning both a graduate certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy in 2000 and a Master of Science in Public Affairs in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Lesley University in 1996.
Lisa can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hayley Gleason, MS, MSW, Assistant Director
Hayley oversees the grant efforts of the organization, including
grant writing, execution of grant activity, managing community
partnerships and evaluation. She also participates in curriculum
development and training. Previously she worked on the Personal
Home Care Aide State Training grant established through the
Affordable Care Act as case manager and evaluator. Prior to
moving to Massachusetts, Hayley was the Associate Executive
Director of an assisted living facility in Colorado where she
hired, trained, and supervised direct care workers.
Hayley received her Bachelor’s degree from Elon University and
her Master in Social Work from the University of Michigan where she was a McGregor Fellow in Geriatric Social Work. She also completed her MS in Gerontology at UMass Boston where she is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Gerontology. Hayley’s research focuses on the recruitment, retention, training, and supervision of the direct care workforce.
Hayley can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Marisa H. Lutz, Meeting and Events Coordinator
Marisa is leading the planning, marketing and execution of
all Council events. As the Meeting and Events Coordinator she
works closely with the Program Committee and members to
insure that the Council provides pertinent training and
educational opportunities. Prior to this position, she worked for
several associations and non-profit organizations including
Ascentria Care Alliance, American Cancer Society Cancer Action
Network, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Home
Care Alliance of Massachusetts. She has experience planning
large, multi-day events, educational seminars, trade shows, and
fundraisers. Marisa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sydney Axelrod, MA, Training Facilitator
Sydney oversees the organization and facilitation of all
grant-funded training activities conducted through the foundation.
She is responsible for the marketing, scheduling, and instruction
of training programming and is also involved in training curriculum
management and development. Prior to joining the Council,
Sydney received an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from The
University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her work in the
Greensboro community focused on developing curriculum and
expanding access for conflict resolution education training across
private, public, and academic sectors. Sydney received her
Bachelor's degree from SUNY Geneseo in Sociology and Conflict
Studies. Sydney can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Lesley Ayala, Administrative Assistant
Lesley provides administrative support to Council staff, oversees
registration for the Council events and trainings, and ensures all
members and public concerns are addressed. Through her role,
she also assists with bookkeeping and updates and maintains
Council databases. Prior to this position, she coordinated
marketing events as a head teller for Century Bank and was a
copy consultant for Staples, Copy & Print. Lesley is currently
earning her Bachelor's Degree at Boston College with a major in
Social Science. Lesley can be reached by email at