State LTCOP Staff

Leah McMahon, MA
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Leah McMahon was named Colorado State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in September 2019, after launching the State PACE Ombudsman Program in 2017. Previously, she worked in the Single Entry Point managing the care management program for home community-based services. Leah has also been a local Ombudsman at the Denver Regional Council of Governments and supervised the assisted living team.  Early in her career, she served as a counselor for children and adolescents who live with trauma and severe mental illness. Leah has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Regis University and a master’s degree in sociology from Northern Arizona University. As the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Leah is committed to a resident-directed and strength-based approach to advocacy.

Jeremy Bell, MBA, MDR
Deputy State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Jeremy completed his undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a master’s in business administration at Pepperdine University. He went on to study at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, School of Law, where he earned a master’s in dispute resolution. Prior to becoming a long-term care ombudsman in 2015, Jeremy had over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Before joining the Colorado State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, he was the director of the King County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Seattle, Washington, and in 2018, was named the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Indiana.

Saori Kimura
Quality Assurance Program Manager

Saori joined the State Long Term Care Ombudsman office in July 2021. She has worked in the variety of settings serving vulnerable populations. She has experience in managing programs that offer assistance to older adults and support their caregivers. Saori also has experience in governmental settings providing monitoring, interpreting policies and managing contracts. She holds bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from State University of Denver.