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National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Board of Directors Executive Committee 2012-2013

Gregory S. French, CELA, CAP, President June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2013 Gregory S. French, Attorney at Law 1244 Paddock Hills Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229 P: (513) 641-4692 F: (513) 242-5542 E: [email protected]

Gregory has been a member of NAELA since 1989. He is a NAELA Fellow and CAP member and has served on the National Elder Law Foundation's Board of Certification. He chairs NAELA's Professionalism and Ethics Committee and has chaired NAELA's Long-Range Planning, Program and Education, Public Policy, and Finance Committees. He founded and chaired the Elder Law committees of the Ohio State and Cincinnati Bar associations, served on the committee that drafted Ohio's model advance directives, and co-authored Anderson's Ohio Elder Law Practice Manual. He is rated AV-Preeminent, is an Ohio Super Lawyer and Cincy Leading Lawyer, and has received the NAELA President's Recognition Award and the Laury Adsit Gelardi UnAward.

Edwin Boyer, Esq., CAP, Past President June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2013 Boyer & Jackson, PA 46 N. Washington Blvd, Ste. 21 Sarasota, FL 34236 P: (941) 365-2304 F: (941) 364-9896 E: [email protected]

Ed has been a member of NAELA since 1991. He is a NAELA Fellow and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners. He has served as Editor of the NAELA Quarterly and has

chaired the Publications Committee and Programs Committee. In 2004, he received the NAELA President's Recognition Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the Florida Chapter of NAELA.

Howard S. Krooks, CELA, CAP, President-Elect June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2013 Elder Law Associates, PA 7000 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Ste. 205 Boca Raton, FL 33433 P: (561) 750-3850 F: (561) 750-4069 E: [email protected]

Howie has been a member of NAELA since 1997. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and

New York, where he maintains two active law practices. He is a NAELA Fellow and CAP member. He serves on the Executive Council of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar as the NAELA Liaison and is a member of the Joint Public Policy Task Force of The Florida Bar Elder Law Section and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. He is a past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), where he continues to serve on the Executive Committee. He was named Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar "Member of the Year" in 2010. He has been repeatedly chosen as a Florida Super Lawyer and a Metro New York Super Lawyer and named to Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite. He received the 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award from the New York Chapter of NAELA. He was also recognized for serving as Co-Chair of the NYSBA Elder Law Section Compact Working Group. He has written widely on Elder Law topics and co-authored a chapter of Guardianship Practice in New York State, published by the NYSBA. He is a frequent lecturer for NAELA, The Florida Bar, NYSBA and other organizations.

Bradley J. Frigon, CELA, CAP, Vice President June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2013 Law Offices of Bradley J. Frigon 6500 S. Quebec St., Ste. 330 Englewood, CO 80111 P: (720) 200-4025 F: (720) 200-4026 E: [email protected]

Brad has been a member of NAELA since 1999. Mr. Frigon received his Juris Doctor Degree in

1981 from Washburn University and his Master of Laws Degree in Taxation in 1982 from the University of Denver. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. He is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Special Needs Trust Alliance and is a Fellow in the Kansas Bar Association. Mr. Frigon served as Program Chair of the 2008 Advanced Elder Law Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, and is the current Past Chair of the Program and Education Committee for NAELA.

Shirley Berger Whitenack, Esq., CAP, Treasurer June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2013 Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP 220 Park Avenue Florham Park, NJ 07932 Phone: (973) 540-7336 Fax: (973) 540-7300 Email: [email protected] Shirley has been a member of NAELA since 1995. She is a NAELA Fellow, past Chair of the Membership Committee and is a member of the Guardianship/Conservatorship Section Steering Committee, the Advocacy/ Litigation Section, the Amicus Committee and the New Jersey chapter. She is a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) and the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc. (GANJI). She is a past Chair of the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and a frequent author and lecturer for NAELA, NJICLE and other professional and charitable organizations. She also is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, the American Bar Association (Litigation and Real Property, Trust & Estate Sections), the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Program Development Committee, and the Morris County Bar Association and its Estates & Trusts Committee.

Catherine Anne Seal, CELA, Secretary June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2013 Kirtland & Seal, LLC PO Box 2682 Colorado Springs, CO 80901 P: (719) 448-0734 F: (719) 634-0485 E: [email protected]

Catherine has been a NAELA member since 1997. She is a partner in the law firm of Kirtland &

Seal, LLC in Colorado Springs and is one of only ten attorneys in Colorado designated a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. She also serves as chair of the NAELA Guardianship Section. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section where she is a member of the Publications Committee and she is also a member of the Senior Lawyers Division. She is the Public Administrator for the Fourth Judicial District of Colorado. Ms. Seal received her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and is the first person to be awarded an LLM in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. Ms. Seal has written Colorado Elder Law for Thomson West, which is a volume in the Colorado Practice Series. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and of the CBA Trust & Estates Section and Elder Law Section and is the past chair of the Elder Law Section.

Directors as of June 1, 2012

Michael J. Amoruso, Director June 1, 2011 ­ May 31, 2013 Amoruso & Amoruso, LLP 800 Westchester Ave., Ste. S-320 Rye Brook, NY 10573 P: (914) 253-9255 F: (914) 253-9162 E: [email protected]

Mike has been a member of NAELA since 2002. He is Immediate Past Chair of the New York

State Bar Association ("NYSBA") Elder Law Section, a member of the Executive Committee and former Chair of the Legislation Committee, the Estate & Tax Planning Committee and the Leadership Task Force. He also is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious NYSBA Elder Law Section Award as a principal drafter of NYSBA's significant amendments to the 2009 Power of Attorney statute and form and the 2007 recipient of the NYSBA Elder Law Section Award for work as a principal drafter of the New York State Compact for Long Term Care. He also served as President of the New York Chapter of NAELA and is the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding New York Chapter Member Award. Recently, Mr. Amoruso was appointed Co-Chair of the NAELA Chapter Presidents Council and a member of the NAELA Public Policy Committee. He also is Chair of the NAELA Virtual Education Committee and a member of the NAELA Program and Education Committee and the NAELA Education Task Force. He was rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell for 2011 and was selected as a 2010 New York Super Lawyer for Elder Law.

Robert C. Anderson, CELA, CAP, Director June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2014 Elder Law Firm of Anderson Associates, PC 148 W Hewitt Ave. Marquette, MI 49855 P: (906) 228-6212 F: (906) 228-6219 E: [email protected]

Bob has been a member of NAELA since 1993. He is a member of the Ethics and NAELA News

Editorial Committees and is past Chair of the Tax Section. He is a member of the Elder Law sections of the State Bars of Michigan and Wisconsin, and a board member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA).

Wendy Shparago Cappelletto, Director June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2014 Office of the Public Guardian 69 W. Washington Street, Ste. 700 Chicago, IL 60602 P: (312) 603-0849 F: (312) 603-9946 E: [email protected]

Wendy Cappelletto has been a member of NAELA since 2000. She is currently the chair of the Membership Committee and Vice Chair of the Guardianship/Conservatorship Section. Ms. Cappelletto previously served on the Program and Education Committee. She recently was one of the NAELA delegates to the Third National Guardianship Summit in October of 2011. She is currently the president of the Illinois NAELA Chapter. Ms. Cappelletto has guest lectured at DePaul, Loyola, and John Marshall law schools. In addition, she has been a speaker at the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Governor's Conference on Aging. She has also served as a member of the Cook County Suburban Elder Abuse Task Force. Ms. Cappelletto is a 1990 graduate of the University of Illinois College Of Law. She is a supervising Attorney at the Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County. Prior to working at the Public Guardian's Office, she was an attorney with Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., a LSC program in Northern Illinois.

Hyman G. Darling, CELA, Director June 1, 2011 ­ May 31, 2013 Bacon Wilson, PC 33 State St. Springfield, MA 01103 P: (413) 781-0560 F: (413) 739-7740 E: [email protected]

Hy has been a member of NAELA since 1992. He is a member of the Hampden County Bar Association (President, 1998), Hampden County Estate Planning Council (President, 2009), Massachusetts Bar Association and the NAELA Massachusetts Chapter (Board Member 20082009). He was Chair of the 2010 NAELA Fall Institute Committee. He is also a member of several non-profit boards and planned giving communities and he has received several public service and community awards.

Patricia E. K. Dudek, CAP, Director June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2014 Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek & Associates 30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 250 Farmington Hills, MI 48334 P: (248) 254-3462 F: (248) 928-9233 E: [email protected]

Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek is the principal of Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek & Associates, and the Past Chair of the Elder Law & Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Her practice concentrates in Elder Law, Medicaid, estate planning, estates/trust administration, probate, administrative law, and disability advocacy. Ms. Dudek represents people in securing the support services they need to play, work and live fully in their communities through litigation, trust administration and passionate advocacy. She serves as a board member of The United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit, is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Bonnell Foundation Board of Directors. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys honored Ms. Dudek with the Powley Elder Law Award in fall 2005 and she achieved Fellow Status with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in spring 2009. Ms. Dudek was also admitted to The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Council of Advanced Practitioners in 2010, and will be added to the NAELA Board of Directors in 2012. Other honors which have been earned by Ms. Dudek are: The Michigan Super Lawyers list as one of the top lawyers 2011; DBusiness, Detroit's Premier Business Journal, named Dudek a Top Lawyer for 2012; and Best Lawyers has named Dudek as Michigan Lawyer of the Year for 2012. She was additionally named to the 2012 list of Top Attorneys in Michigan by the New York Times.

Julie M. Fiedler, CELA, Director June 1, 2011 ­ May 31, 2013 Horizon Elder Law & Estate Planning, Inc. 4000 Executive Parkway, Ste. 160 San Ramon, CA 94583 P: (925) 244-1185 F: (925) 369-7123 E:[email protected]

Julie has been a member of NAELA since 2003. She is currently the President­elect of the Northern California chapter of NAELA. She is a board member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA). She is also a Charter Member of Elder Counsel. Prior to opening her Elder Law practice, her first career was working as a Critical Care Registered Nurse in several San Francisco Bay Area hospitals

H. Amos Goodall Jr., CELA, Director June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2014 Goodall & Yurchak, P.C. 328 S Atherton St. State College, PA 16801 P: (814) 237-4100 F: (814) 237-5601 E: [email protected]

Amos has been a member of NAELA since 1999. He received an LL.M. (with honors) in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law, is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Special Needs Alliance. He is past president of the Centre County Bar Association, past Chair of the PBA Lawyers Assistance Committee, a founding Director (and continues as Director) of the Board of Pennsylvania Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and formerly a member of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Board. He has received several pro bono and other community service awards and is Chair of the Centre County Bar Foundation. He is also the Vice Chair of the Centre County Community Foundation.

Sharon Kovacs Gruer, CELA, CAP, Director June 1, 2011 ­ May 31, 2013 Sharon Kovacs Gruer, Attorney at Law 1010 Northern Boulevard Suite 302 Great Neck, NY 11021 P: (516) 487-5400 F: (516) 466-3863 E: [email protected]

Sharon has been a member of NAELA since 1995. She holds a Masters of Law in Taxation

(LL.M.) from New York University, is Chairperson of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section, a member of the Board of Directors of New York NAELA and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of NAELA. Ms. Gruer is the Immediate Past President of the Great Neck Lawyers Association, Past Chairperson of the Nassau County Bar Association Taxation Committee, Past Chairperson of the Trust Section of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Past Chair of the Mental Health Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section. Ms. Gruer is certified as an Elder Law attorney by the American Bar Association's accredited National Elder Law Foundation, is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is certified as a mediator by the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division and is a volunteer arbitrator in the 10th Judicial District Administrative Judge's Office, Nassau County Attorney Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.

Ron M. Landsman, Esq., CAP, Director June 1, 2011 ­ May 31, 2013 Ron M. Landsman, PA 200-A Monroe St., Ste. 110 Rockville, MD 20850-4424 P: (240) 403-4300 F: (240) 403-4301 E: [email protected]mlandsman.com

Ron is a founding member of NAELA and has been a Fellow since 1991. He is a member of the

Council of Advanced Practitioners and the Special Needs Alliance, Editor for Quality Control of the NAELA Journal, and a member of the board of directors of the National Disability Institute, Inc. With Jason Frank, he co-founded the First Maryland Disability Trust, a pooled special needs trust, and has served on the Board and is counsel to Shared Horizons, Inc., which operates a pooled trust serving D.C. and Maryland.

David L. McGuffey, CELA, Director June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2014 Lovingood McGuffey, P.C. PO Box 1067 Dalton, GA 30722-1067 P: (706) 278-1767 F: (706) 428-0067 E: [email protected]

David L. McGuffey is a Certified Elder Law Attorney in private practice with Lovingood McGuffey, P.C., in Dalton, Georgia. David limits his practice to Elder Law and Special Needs Law. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. David attended Georgia State University (B.A., 1987; J.D., 1993). He is a member of various Bars and Associations including NAELA, NELF, the State Bar of Georgia, the Tennessee Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Chattanooga Bar Association, and the Special Needs Alliance. Prior to limiting his litigation practice, David regularly tried jury and bench trials and represented victims of nursing home neglect. He is a past chair of the American Association for Justice's nursing home litigation group.

Franchelle C. Millender, CELA, CAP, Director June 1, 2011 ­ May 31, 2013 Sherrill Roof Millender LLP 1122 Lady St., Ste. 700 Columbia, SC 29211 P: (803) 733-3433 F: (803) 733-2990 E: [email protected]

Franchelle has been a member of NAELA since 1991 and a CELA since 1995. She is a charter member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners. She served as the first Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar from its formation in 2004 until 2006 and is a director of the South Carolina Chapter of NAELA. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She is a frequent lecturer on estate planning, long-term care planning, and special needs planning. Franchelle is the author of South Carolina Elder Law: A Practice Manual, published by the South Carolina Bar and now in its third edition.

Jennifer VanderVeen, Director June 1, 2012 ­ May 31, 2014 Williams Barrett & Wilkowski, LLP PO Box 405 Greenwood, TN 46142-0405 P: (317) 888-1121 F: (317) 887-4069 E: [email protected]

Jennifer has been a member of NAELA since 2003. She is a member of the Elder Law sections of both the Indiana and Michigan state bars, and is a past chairperson of the Indiana Elder Law section and current member of the Board of Directors of NAELA's Indiana Chapter. She is the current chairperson of NAELA's Tax Section Steering Committee and co-chair of the 2012 National Aging and Law Institute Planning Committee. A frequent speaker to both professional and lay groups on a wide range of Elder Law issues, Jennifer has a wide-ranging Elder Law practice, both in practice areas and geography, with areas of law ranging from tax to special needs planning and three offices in Greenwood, Indiana, South Bend, Indiana and Flint, Michigan.

Kristi Vetri, Director June 1, 2011 ­ May 31, 2013 Attorney at Law 5005 W. Main St. Belleville, IL 62226 P: (618) 257-8563 F: (618) 257-8598 E: [email protected]

Kristi has been a NAELA member since 1999. She was the co-chair for the 2011 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and is the Editor in Chief of NAELA News. She sits on the Elder Law Section

Council and the Public Relations Standing Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association, is a founding member of the Elder Law Committee of the South Dakota Bar, and lectures on a variety of Elder Law topics throughout the United States. She practices in both Illinois and South Dakota. Her public policy background includes local politics where she has held a variety of positions over 16 years that included Township Supervisor, Mayor and Alderman.

Staff and Consultants

Peter G. Wacht, CAE Executive Director 1577 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 220 Vienna, VA 22182 P: (703) 942-5711 F: (703) 563-9504 E: [email protected]

Brian Lindberg Public Policy Consultant Consumer Coalition for Quality Healthcare 1612 K St., NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20006 P: (202) 789-3606 F: (202) 898-2389 E: [email protected]

Hugh K. Webster Legal Counsel Webster, Chamberlin & Bean P: (202) 785-9500 F: (202) 835-0243 E: [email protected]

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