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Council Staff

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


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 


Sydney Axelrod, MA, Training Facilitator

    Sydney oversees the organization and facilitation of all
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

 Sydney can be reached by email at        


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