• Maureen Leif

Qualifications

Maureen Leif is a Project Manager and a Child Support Subject Matter Expert with more than 15 years of experience in the child support and child welfare programs. In 2015, she established Grays Peak Strategies and has been providing consulting and professional services in addition to providing leadership and strategic direction to the company. Maureen recently served as the Child Support Coordinator at the Colorado Judicial Branch, where she was the liaison between the Judicial Branch and the State, County, and Federal Offices of Child Support.  Maureen has worked in the area of family law and child support since 1999 and currently serves on numerous state committees dealing with child support, child welfare, and technology.  In 2014, she was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to serve as the Chair of the Colorado Child Support Commission. Maureen is a frequent speaker at State, Regional and National Conferences on topics including Child Support Law and Policy, Legal Ethics and the innovative use of technology in the Human Services Arena.

Experience

15 years in family law and child support including serving on the federal data standards workgroup and serving as the project manager for a four year, million dollar data exchange project

Experience serving on multiple child support and child welfare committees and programs

Expertise

Child Support and Child Welfare
Family Law
Project Management
Grant Management
Training
NIEM Data Exchange

Professional Summary

4/2014 – Present - Grays Peak Strategies

08/2005 – 06/2016 - Colorado Judicial Branch

01/2005 – 08/2005 - Fontana & Associates, P.C.

01/2000 – 12/2005 - 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office

05/1998 – 05/1999 - Lexmark International

05/1997– 05/1998 - Bowman, Heintz, Boscia & McPhee, P.C., Indianapolis, IN

Grays Peak Strategies - 04/2014 - Present

President

In addition to providing leadership and strategic Direction, also provides direct consulting work focusing on innovation and leadership in the Child Support Program and Judicial organizations.  Her work included providing the following direct services through Grays Peak Strategies:

Appointed by Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, and currently serves as the Chair of the Colorado Child Support Commission

Served as a legal and technical executive on the Child Support Information Data Exchange (CSIDE) Project

Participates on National OCSE NIEM workgroup and provides speakers and resources as well as national exposure to the Illinois project

Team lead on the Outreach Committee for CSIDE, leading efforts to provide outreach to target counties and stakeholders throughout Illinois

Developing webinars, NewsBlast, website content, and outreach materials with child support, project updates, data exchange and NEIM education for target counties and stakeholders

Implementation Team lead- developed time collection tool and outcome measurement information for CSIDE

Drafted Outreach Plan and Implementation Plans

Drafted grant request for court order data exchange project

Participated in project management of CSIDE drafting project management documents for Outreach and Implementation teams

Served as the Child Support Subject Matter Expert in the Oregon Child Support System Branding Project

Serving as project manager and subject matter expert on the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department Strategic Plan Project

Colorado Judicial Branch - 08/2005 – 6/2016

Child Support Coordinator

  • Served as liaison between the courts and the state, county and federal child support offices
  • Represented judicial interest on the Colorado Child Support Task Group, Executive Policy Team
  • Served on the Court Improvement Program (Child Welfare Court Program)
  • Successfully completed data exchange grant between courts and child welfare (Strengthening Abuse and Neglect Courts Act Project)
  • Managed the Federal Financial Participation Grant for Colorado Courts of $1.2 million annually
  • Served on the Colorado Supreme Court Family Issues Standing Committee
  • Provided consultation to district courts on effective case management and process improvements 
  • Served as project manager for all aspects of statewide system data exchange grant using the National Information Exchange Model between Colorado Child Support Services and Colorado Courts. Responsibilities included:
    • Drafted the business case for grant proposal and budget
    • Led statewide collaborative charter session, drafted business analysis document, and worked with the project team to develop system requirements and use cases
    • Managed business analyst and coordinated Grant IT and Policy personnel
    • Coordinated statewide child support office and court training
    • Managed the grant budget
    • Coordinated the grant evaluation and final project reports

Fontana & Associates, P.C. - 01/2005 – 08/2005

Associate Attorney                                                                                                                            

Ø Specialized strictly in all aspects of family law including dissolution of marriage, paternity, child support, property division, and maintenance

Ø Increased client portfolio through targeted business development strategies including bar affiliations and presentations on family law topics with local bar associations

18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office - 01/2000 – 12/2005

Deputy District Attorney, Child Support Unit

Ø Served as Senior Attorney representing the citizens of the 18th Judicial District in all aspects of prosecuting case load of 11,000 child support cases

Ø Drafted appellate briefs for Colorado Court of Appeals

Ø Coordinated and taught in-house training for paralegals and staff and conducted trainings at the Colorado Family Support Council Conference 2001 and 2004

Ø Served on state-wide child support committees including Medical Support Subcommittee and Legislative Subcommittee and drafted new child support legislation

Ø Led project to improve and implement best business practices including a document imaging project 

Lexmark International - 05/1998 – 05/1999

Law Clerk, Intellectual Property Law Department

Ø Researched and analyzed intellectual and trademark issues

Ø Prepared and drafted legal memoranda

Ø Oversaw an inventor incentive program for employees who were able to obtain patients

Bowman, Heintz, Boscia & McPhee, P.C., Indianapolis, IN - 05/1997 – 05/1998

Law Clerk

Ø Researched complex bankruptcy issues

Ø Drafted pleadings negotiated between clients and debtors

Ø Represented client interest at Bankruptcy 341 Meetings and county court hearings

Ø Reviewed and revised contracts

Education and Certifications

Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, Juris Doctorate (1999)

Ø Clinic intern for Legal Services Organization of Indiana, Inc., represented indigent clients in all phases of domestic cases, attended hearings and drafted pleadings

Ø Member: Student Bar Association Committee, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, volunteer for United Way

Purdue University, Bachelor of Arts (1996)

Ø Chair Community Relations, Purdue Student Government

Oxford Brooks University, Study Abroad (1995)

Licensed Member Colorado Bar

Licensed Member of Federal District Court

Recognition and Affiliations

Ø Board of Director Member , National Child Support Enforcement Association

Ø Executive Board of Director Member, Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council

Ø Member, Eastern Regional Child Support Enforcement Association

Ø Member, National Association for Court Management

Ø Colorado Bar Association (Family Law Section)

Ø Member, American Bar Association

Ø 18th Judicial District “Spirit of the Child” Award (2004)

Ø Colorado Family Support Council- IV-D Attorney of the Year (2004)

Ø Arapahoe County Bar Association – “Tommy Drinkwine Young Lawyer of the Year Award” (2003)

Ø Technology Committee Chairman, Arapahoe County Bar Association (2002-2003)

Ø Treasurer, Douglas County Bar Association (2004)

Ø Board Member, Champs Young Professional Group, Kempe Alliance

Ø Board of Director, HealthBridge Alliance, Non-Profit (2007-2008)

Ø Advisory Committee Member, Institute for the Advancement for the American Legal System

Ø Colorado Bar Association (Family Law Section)

 

References Available Upon Request

Maureen Leif
(303) 249-7973
Maureen@grayspeakstrategies.com