Grays Peak was founded with the idea that every organization can achieve excellence, and every person can be a leader.

Based in Colorado, Grays Peak provides services across the US and Canada with a network of highly skilled and dedicated individuals in a variety of disciplines.

Check out out Trail Guides video and meet the people that make Grays Peak Strategies great.


Who we are

Maureen Leif, President - graduated from Purdue University in 1996 with a B.A. and then went on obtain a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 1999. 

Prior to founding Grays Peak Strategies, Maureen served as the Child Support Enforcement Coordinator at the Colorado Judicial Branch, as a liaison between the Judicial Branch and the State, County and Federal Offices of Child Support.  She was awarded the 2013 Excalibur Award by the Colorado Family Support Council for leadership and vision in the child support community for her work with the State and County offices of child support and courts.   Maureen serves on numerous state committees dealing with child support, domestic relations, and child issues, including being appointed by the Governor as Co-Chair of the Colorado Child Support Commission.

Prior to joining the Judicial Branch, Maureen worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the Child Support Division for the 18th Judicial District, during which time she was awarded the “Statewide IV-D Attorney of the Year” award and “Spirit of the Child Award”.   She has also worked as a private attorney specializing in family law and was awarded the Arapaho Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year award in 2004.  Maureen is on the Board of Directors of the National Child Support Enforcement Association and on the Board of Directors for the Western Interstate Support Enforcement Conference.   

Please see Maureen's video resume at this link.


Joe Mamlin, Senior Associate -  is a Certified Project Manager (PMP) with more than 25 years of experience in public and private sector Human Services programs. Joe has devoted the majority of his career to the Child Support program with a focus on improving services by giving programs and workers the tools they need to succeed. Joe is a former State Child Support Director in Indiana and understands the challenges that state and local agencies face in providing services to families. While focused on Child Support, he has also worked in Child Welfare, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Has provided oversight and analysis of programs and systems, business process analysis, and performance-based procurement projects. Joe spoken at State, Regional and National conferences on topics including leadership development, strategic planning, common sense project management, and modernization planning. He excels at team building, change management and being the voice of reason.

Joe is a past president and honorary life member of the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) and currently serves as a board member and officer of the Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council (WICSEC).

Gregory Donat, Senior Consultant - Honorable Gregory J. Donat served as a Judge for Tippecanoe County Indiana Superior Court IV for thirty years. He retired in December 2014, and is now serving as a Senior Judge in Indiana. During his tenure on the bench, he was instrumental in developing programs in community corrections, addressing domestic violence issues, volunteers in probation, substance abuse, and sentencing alternatives. He has served as faculty for judicial education for the National Center for State Courts, National Judicial College, Indiana Judicial Center, and internationally teaching judicial education in Ukraine. Judge Donat has expertise and training experience in many areas including case flow management, access to justice, victims’ rights, and strategic planning.

Judge Donat has been recognized both within Indiana and nationally for his work.  In 2012, the American Judicature Society awarded him the “Kate Sampson Award” for his innovative work in the area of assistance with unrepresented litigants. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Judicature Society, and National Crime Victims Leadership Council. Judge Donat the development of several civic education programs for high school and middle school students. He was able to share his love of participatory democracy through the We the People and ICivics Programs which were so successful in his community, that he was also asked by the US State Department to travel to Bosnia to share those programs.  On the National level, Judge Donat was also active in programs such as The National Crime Victims Leadership Council, the US Department of Justice’s Judicial Council on Pretrial Justice, and the Office of Judicial Planning’s peer review.

Pamela Gagel, Senior Consultant- has 30 years experience in complex civil litigation and family law practice and policy development. As a magistrate in two courts in Colorado, Pam heard weekly child support enforcement dockets, and developed innovative approaches to child support cases.  She piloted simplified dissolution in Colorado, and participated in the development and implementation of a new procedural rule for domestic relations cases in Colorado: C.R.C.P. Rule 16.2.  At the same time, Pam piloted the position of domestic family court facilitator in two courts, and participated in the hiring, training and implementation of the domestic family court facilitator position statewide.  She has done extensive research on case-flow management in both domestic relations and civil litigation as well as access to justice issues, and innovative approaches to domestic relations cases both nationally and internationally. Pamela Gagel was a member of the initial Colorado Access to Justice Commission and served as vice-chair of that Commission in her second term. 

Cindy Dean, Senior Consultant - has over 36 years of professional experience with the last 26 years specializing in the child support program.  She has worked in four different states focusing on financial/accounting systems, training, testing, policy and procedures. She spent ten years applying extensive knowledge in disbursement processing, systems modification lifecycles, accounting and distribution changes required by PRWORA, adjustment processing and system reconciliation. Ms. Dean's experience includes business needs analysis, requirements documentation and development and delivery of training on enhancements for an automated Child Support Enforcement system.  She has taken a lead position on state system certification teams. Ms. Dean served for six years in management positions within the State of Montana’s Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Division, and on CSE consulting projects in Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma. She was most recently employed as the project lead for the interstate case reconciliation (ICR) effort and as a technical support liaison for the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) for the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE).


Elizabeth Leif, Research/Business Analyst – As a recent graduate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Elizabeth received her bachelors degree in psychology. She graduated with Latin honors as well as distinction in her field. Elizabeth received the Larry Luttmers Award (2017) at Saint Mary’s for excellence in research. She has a passion for serving others with integrity and confidentiality. She looks forward to working with the legal side of human services and being a part of the Grays Peak Strategies Team.


Kenora Dagon, Intern - Currently an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder majoring in International Affairs. Kenora spent a semester abroad in France studying at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, practicing her French and taking International Law courses. She served on the 10-women executive board for her national sorority Chi Omega, in which she is still an active member. When she is not in the classroom or working, she spends her time volunteering for the National Forest Service as well as Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is passionate about traveling the world and exploring new cultures with a goal to contribute to the progress of global relations with a humanitarian approach.