Gail M. Meehan, M.P.H., L.N.H.A., CSA
Founder and Chairperson
Gail Meehan is the Founder and Chairperson of Senior Health Advocates Colorado. Gail founded the organization in order to advocate for older adults struggling with healthcare and social welfare issues/systems. Gail has over thirty years’ experience working nationally and internationally specializing in public health, specifically in the field of gerontology. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Vermont and received her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University School of Medicine. Gail is the Principal of AgeWise Advisors, LLC, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Certified Senior Advisor, and serves on the Colorado Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging and the Board of the Colorado Center for Aging.
Greg Sund; MPA, Co-Chair
GIFTS Village Initiative
Greg is the former City Manager of Trinidad CO. Greg started his career in local government management in January 1992 and has extensive management experience. He has also been involved in many civic organizations. He has been a Toastmaster since January 1987 and has achieved Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) which is the highest achievement in Toastmasters. Greg has been a Rotarian since 1996. He is currently in the District Governor Line which means he will serve as District Governor for the Southern 2/3 of Colorado in 2023/24. Greg also served on the board of two United Ways. Greg is trained in wildlife management, art and public administration. Greg Graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.
Duane has held the position of Executive Director of Southern Colorado Developmental Disabilities Services, an agency that provides person centered services for Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled adults, for 40+ years. Duane graduated from Ft Hays State University with a Masters of Science degree in Psychology.
Teri has been a resident of Colorado for over 25 years. She has held positions related to health care for most of her adult life, having held several management positions with the Las Animas County Rehabilitation Center in Trinidad for 27 of those years. She currently holds the position of CFO. She is also the IT tech for the agency and is a Nationally Certified Investigator. For several years Teri was a Volunteer Fire Fighter, Emergency Medical Technician and First Responder.
Volunteer Coordinator, GIFTS Program
Penny is a lifelong resident of Colorado and a long-time resident of Trinidad, Colorado. Her civic involvement is extensive. She has served as a Samaritan Clinic Volunteer for the past eleven years. She is on the Board Historic Main Street in Trinidad, CO and served as their President for five years. She is a member of Rotary and served as the President. She is also founding the member of ACTS, Assisting Our Community Through Service in collaboration with Trinidad, CO Ministerial Alliance. She also assisted in establishing and managing a successful family business in Denver which was in operation for 25 years , and a has been in real estate development and management for over 25 years.
Founding Members Emeritus