NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Rosalie Wolf Award Recipients

The award was established in 2002 to commemorate the achievements of Rosalie Wolf, a driving force in the field of elder abuse prevention. Dr. Wolf founded and presided over NCPEA and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, edited the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, and conducted groundbreaking research on elder abuse. The award is given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to Rosalie's ideals by promoting awareness through research, education, policy, or practice.



2017 - Dr. Terry Fulmer

Dr. Terry Fulmer is the President of The John A. Hartford Foundation and is a longtime leader in the field of elder mistreatment research, practice, and policy innovation. Through her service, she has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the ideals of Dr. Wolf to prevent and reduce the incidence of and to promote public awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. She is recognized for her pioneering program of research on elder mistreatment and on professional training in elder abuse. Beginning in the 1980s, her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other foundation grants and has continued over the past three decades. Her commitment to discerning best practices for screening and detecting elder mistreatment, as well as her passion for community based training, is signature in the field.


The research findings from Dr. Fulmer's work on elder mistreatment have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Gerontology, Medical Sciences, and the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (JEAN). Dr. Fulmer served as the editor for the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect from 2002-2006 and has been a reviewer since the inception of the journal. Under her leadership, the journal was accepted into the Medline system.


As the new President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, Dr. Fulmer convened a national stakeholders meeting that has led to an important new initiative related to elder mistreatment in America. The Foundation has authorized a grant to the Education Development Center to work with four states on a prototype intervention to assess and address elder mistreatment in hospitals and other settings.


2016 - Karen Stein, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen Stein, currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, has long been an advocate for older and vulnerable adults. One of the first people to recognize elder abuse as a universal threat to healthy and successful aging, she has worked on state and local, national and international initiatives to raise awareness of elder abuse, to promote and disseminate a rigorous body of research, and to promote evidence-based training as well as program and practice evaluation for aging services.


From 1986-88, she was co-investigator of one of the first Title IV demonstration projects that developed educational materials, training manuals and videotapes on elder abuse identification and prevention for social workers, law enforcement, health professionals and caregivers.


In 1988, Dr. Stein became the principal investigator of the University of Delaware's Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE), a component of the National Center on Elder Abuse until 2011. Early on in this role, she developed the first elder abuse national research panel forum in the U.S. that resulted in a national agenda for elder abuse and neglect research, which emphasized the need for an interplay between research and training. A later project was the first strategic, nationally coordinated elder abuse awareness campaign, Join Us in the Fight Against Elder Abuse, shown on movie screens across the country.


Dr. Stein has published more than 20 articles, book chapters and monographs, presented papers at more than 35 national and international conferences and professional meetings, is a former participant in the White House Conference on Aging, and has served on a number of national advisory boards of organizations conducting elder abuse projects.


2015 - Kathy Greenlee

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is honored to present the 2015 Rosalie S. Wolf Award to Kathy Greenlee, Administrator, Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, for her outstanding contributions to the field of elder justice and elder abuse prevention.


Elder Abuse is an injustice that resonates deeply with Kathy Greenlee. She has worked tirelessly for over 20 years in the field of aging and has used her current office to advance public awareness and policy responses to elder abuse as no other Assistant Secretary of Aging has ever done in the history of the position. Not a day passes that she does not devote her time to this issue. Assistant Secretary Greenlee has brought elder abuse prevention into the national and international spotlight. She has spoken at World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and other events at the White House and United Nations. For her many achievements in advancing the cause of elder justice within the Executive Branch of the U.S. government NCPEA celebrates Kathy Greenlee.


2013/2014 - XinQi Dong, MD, MPH

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Dong, Associate Director at Rush University’s Institute for Healthy Aging, has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the prevention of elder abuse through research, community advocacy and health policy. As a leader and activist, Dr. Dong has worked with local, state, national and international organizations on the issues of elder abuse. His leadership and advocacy efforts include working with the Chicago Department of Aging to establish the Chicago Wellbeing Task Force, a citywide multidisciplinary initiative that serves vulnerable and isolated older adults in the community. To date, more than 50,000 city and state workers have been trained through this program. He has mentored many scholars, taught this topic globally, and has been invited as visiting professor in numerous institutions. He has published extensively on the issues of elder abuse with more than 100 publications, and serves on the editorial boards for numerous journals, including the Journal on Elder Abuse and Neglect.


As a congressional Policy Fellow/Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Dr. Dong is serving as a Senior Policy & Research Advisor for AoA/ACL and a Senior Policy Advisor for CMS. He was elected to be a Commissioner for the Commission on Law and Aging of the ABA. In April 2013, Dr. Dong chaired a two-day Institute of Medicine (IOM) Elder Abuse Prevention workshop that brought together global experts to highlight the issues of elder abuse. Recently, Dr. Dong was elected by the IOM to chair their Global Violence Prevention Forum, which leads a global discussion of violence across the lifespan.


“What sets Dr. Dong apart from his colleagues and peers is his ability to apply and translate research into advocacy and policy that advances the issues of elder abuse in the United States and abroad,” notes Denis A. Evans, MD, Director at Rush Institute for Healthy Aging. In his nomination of Dr. Dong, Robert Blancato stated, “XinQi Dong is deeply committed to the issue of elder abuse as a clinician, an investigator and an advocate. I have been involved with NCPEA throughout its history and sincerely believe that he is of the high caliber that warrants the Rosalie Wolf Award.”


2011/2012 - Paula Mixson

Paula Mixson has contributed a great deal to the elder abuse field for many, many years.

Presently, she is an APS Consultant and Trainer; an Associate at arrangeCARE PC, a private care management practice; a Certified Validation® Group Practitioner; and a Certified National and Texas Guardian. For 23 years, she held various Positions in the Texas Adult Protective Services Program. She began as a social worker and worked her way up to Division Administrator for APS Strategic Planning and Program Support in state office of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. She retired from state service in August 2003. From 2006 – 2008, she was a Contributing editor to Victimization of the Elderly and the Disabled. She has authored over 20 publications on elder abuse, including a number that have appeared in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. She has also developed and presented elder abuse trainings in Texas, on a national level, and in Singapore and London.

Ms. Mixson’s involvement in elder abuse/elder rights organizations include:

Ms. Mixson’s personal characteristics embody the ideals of Dr. Rosalie Wolf. She is kind, compassionate, generous, supportive of others, highly ethical and trustworthy, insightful and intelligent, and always willing to go out of her way to assist both colleagues and clients. She has volunteered countless hours of service over the years to numerous elder abuse projects, including the NIA-funded “Study of the Sexual Abuse of Vulnerable Adults in Institutions”, the 2011 NCPEA/Houston APS Regional Board Conference on Self-Neglect, and the NCPEA/Terra Nova Films production, “What We Can Learn From the Mary Northern Case,” to name a few. She has also contributed enormous volunteer work to the operation of both the National Adult Protective Services Association and the National Committee For The Prevention of Elder Abuse. NCPEA is pleased and honored to recognize Ms. Mixson’s many achievements and talents with her selection as the 2011-2012 Rosalie Wolf Awardee.


2009/2010 - Dr. Mark Lachs

Dr. Mark Lachs is the most highly respected physician researcher in the area of elder abuse and neglect in the world. His innovative studies have completely changed how we think about this societal problem. Similar to how pediatricians were unaware of child abuse until seminal studies from the early 1960's made this part of every pediatric residency in the country, Dr. Lachs’ work has had a similar effect. He is the principal investigator of the largest longitudinal study of elder abuse ever conducted, peer-reviewed and funded by the National Institutes on Aging.

His work is published widely in the most respected medical journals in the US and abroad, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Lancet. His scientific endeavors have demonstrated that elder abuse victims are at much higher risk for death and disability, even after adjusting for chronic diseases. He has advised many august bodies on this topic including the World Health Organization and the United Nations. He has testified before the Congress, state government, and international bodies on this and other topics related to aging.

Researchers and physicians in training from throughout the world seek him out as a mentor. Dr. Lachs often mentors such individuals, despite the responsibility and time commitment involved, because of his dedication to the field of elder abuse and his devotion to teaching. Indeed, Dr. Lachs is building an enormous legacy by training a cadre of physicians to heed the calling of geriatric medicine. He mentors geriatric fellows and residents encountering clinical cases of elder abuse on the physician’s role in detecting, assessing and intervening in cases in community, in-patient and nursing home settings. He has written practical articles for physicians advising on how to address elder abuse in clinical practice and contributed to the AMA’s guidelines and the Merck Manual of Geriatrics on the subject.

Dr. Lachs has garnered the trust and admiration of social service agencies throughout NYC, who have traditionally viewed academic medical centers as poorly integrated into their communities. He was awarded the Carter S. Burden Humanitarian Award in Aging, recognizing him for his community work in geriatric medicine. His long-standing involvement in the field of elder abuse and his strong community ties made him a natural leader for the development of the NYC Elder Abuse Center, which will commence operations later in 2009. For these reasons, he has the trust of the practice community, which has greatly enhanced his research.

Dr. Lachs has made contributions in elder abuse not only to his local community, but also throughout the US and around the world. Thus, countless abused elders have already benefited from his work, and many others will as well for a long time to come.


2008 - Candace J. Heisler, JD

Candace J. Heisler served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco for over 25 years.  During her career, she headed the Domestic Violence, Charging, Misdemeanor, and Preliminary Hearing Units.  She served as the Chairperson of the California District Attorney’s Association Domestic Violence Committee.  She has planned and presented training for that organization for approximately 20 years in the areas of Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse.

Candace has edited four judicial curricula and a prosecutors’ manual on Domestic Violence.  She helped develop and test curricula on Elder Abuse for judges and victim advocates for the American Bar Association.  She has authored numerous articles on Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse, including several in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect.  She has helped develop 6 telecourses for California law enforcement on these topics.  She helped design and now provides law enforcement training on Domestic Violence for first responders and investigators throughout California.  She also trains probation officers and victim advocates about Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence.

Candace is a member of the California Violence Against Women Act Stop Task Force; served as an officer and board member of The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for many years; and was a member of the Texas Medical Association Blue Ribbon Panel on Family Violence.

She is the recipient of the California Governor’s Victim Services Award, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women Leadership Award, and the California Crime Victims United “Prosecutor of the Year” Award.  She was honored for her work in San Francisco with the naming of “Candace Heisler" Day and has been named Hastings College of the Law "Alumna of the Year".  In 1998 the California District Attorneys Association presented her with its Career Achievement Award.  In 1999 she received the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Excellence in Instruction Award.  In 2001 she received the Lecturer of Merit Award from the National College of District Attorneys.

She has presented throughout the United States on Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence subjects.  She is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California’s Hastings College.  She now teaches for and consults with a wide variety of state, local, and national governmental agencies as well as private organizations.


2007 - The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, the first and only comprehensive long term care based elder abuse shelter in the United States, was launched by The Hebrew Home at Riverdale in 2005.  Building upon the foundation of the Home’s full continuum of care and staff expertise, its community network and collaborative affiliations, the Weinberg Center has created a horizontally and vertically coordinated system of crisis intervention, residential and community-based services for victims of elder abuse, a full spectrum of educational, training and community awareness programs to increase professional and public awareness and knowledge about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, and a research component to profile victims and assess program efficacy.  Within its first two years of operation, the Weinberg Center helped to raise the national consciousness about elder abuse, brought widespread local attention to the problem, and earned a reputation as a preeminent resource and provider of information, intervention and care for victims of this growing epidemic. 

Access to and information about the Weinberg Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the Hebrew Home’s easily recognizable, professionally staffed, toll-free number (1-800-56-SENIOR).  Direct services include an emergency residential shelter that is staffed with an attorney to provide civil legal advocacy and representation for obtaining guardianships, orders of protection, and divorce and on banking and housing issues, as well as a social worker and a nurse, trained to meet the complex emotional needs of elder abuse victims, to provide the substantial psychological support and counseling required.  Clients receive all medical, rehabilitation and other health care services that they need and are encouraged to make full use of the Home’s social and recreational programs.  The Weinberg Center provided 2,979 emergency shelter days for 26 victims of elder abuse in its first two years of operation.  The Center provides a sanctuary for victims of elder abuse with the goal of allowing the safe return of victims to their own homes or alternate housing.  Homecare and support services are provided to ensure a successful transition.  Admission to the shelter, as well as all other Weinberg Center services, is offered regardless of ability to pay.

During its first two years, the Weinberg Center’s outreach division provided educational and training programs and disseminated informational materials about elder abuse, how to identify at-risk older adults, and available services and how to access them throughout the United States, Canada and Israel.  Over 9,500 physicians, nurses, social workers, attorneys, clergy, banking personnel, judges, doormen, police officers, home health care personnel, and other community members who may not otherwise have even been aware of the phenomenon of elder abuse attended these programs.  Weinberg Center leadership has developed and works with a consortium of individuals and organizations on the development and implementation of innovative elder abuse detection and intervention strategies for the community.

The Weinberg Center has been recognized with multiple national and state awards from leading aging associations including the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aged, for its pioneering initiatives and quality programming for victims of elder abuse and community education programs and has also received noteworthy placements in professional journals and widespread print and TV coverage.

Through advocacy and care for America’s most vulnerable citizens, initiatives to prevent and intervene in incidents of elder abuse, dissemination of research findings, and the provision of programs to promote community awareness and education, The Weinberg Center has, and will continue to advance the ideals of Rosalie Wolf to prevent and reduce the incidence of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

A NCPEA committee selected The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention to receive the award.  The award was presented to Daniel Reingold (President & CEO, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale) and Joy Solomon (Director and Managing Attorney, Weinberg Center), representing the Weinberg Center, at the 18th Annual NAPSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on September 6, 2007.


2006 - Professor Rebecca C. Morgan

Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Faculty Chair in Elder Law, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law and the Director of Stetson’s on-line LL.M. in Elder Law. Professor Morgan teaches a variety of elder law courses in the J.D. and LL.M. and oversees the Elder Law concentration program for JD students.  She is a successor co-author of Matthew Bender’s Tax, Estate, and Financial Planning for the Elderly and its companion forms book, and a co-author of Representing the Elderly in Florida. She is a member of the elder law editorial board for Matthew Bender.

Professor Morgan is a Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Past President of the Board of Directors of the National Senior Citizens Law Center,  past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Aging and the Law and of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section, and was on the Faculty of the National Judicial College. She served as the reporter for the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act.  She served on the Florida Attorney General’s Task Force on Elder Abuse and the Florida Legislative Guardianship Study Commission. She is a member of the academic advisory board for the Borchard Center for Law and Aging,  an academic fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel, a NAELA fellow, and a member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners. After a term on the Board of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, she now serves as a special advisor to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging.  Professor Morgan has authored a number of articles on a variety of elder law issues and has spoken a number of times on subjects of elder law.

Professor Morgan was the recipient of the 2003 Faculty Award on Professionalism from the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She received the NAELA Unaward in November 2004 from President Stu Zimring for her accomplishments in the field of elder law. Professor Morgan, along with Professor Roberta Flowers, received the 2005 Project Award on Professionalism from the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism for their video series on ethics in an elder law practice. She received the 2006 Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award from the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.  She received the Homer & Dolly Hand Award for Faculty Scholarship in May of 2008, and the NAELA President’s Award from NAELA President Mark Shalloway in May of 2008.


2005 - Georgia Anetzberger

Georgia Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW, LISW is Assistant Professor for Health Care Administration at Cleveland State University and a consultant in private practice. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and an officer (Clerk) of NCPEA, she has spent over 25 years addressing the problem of elder abuse, initially as an adult protective services worker and most recently as a researcher, administrator, and educator concerned with the dynamics of elder abuse situations. Dr. Anetzberger has authored more than thirty publications, including The Etiology of Elder Abuse by Adult Offspring and The Clinical Management of Elder Abuse. A long-time Consulting Editor for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, she served as the Interim Co-Editor after Dr. Wolf passed away.

One of the first pioneers in the field of elder abuse, Georgia was the architect of Ohio's protective services law for adults. A promoter of interdisciplinary exchange, she founded the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services and the Corsortium Against Adult Abuse. Dr. Anetzberger has served on national and state forums concerned with elder abuse research and policy, and the Governor of Ohio recently appointed Dr. Anetzberger a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

Georgia has developed innovative elder abuse training curricula and “A Model Intervention for Elder Abuse and Dementia”—winner of the American Society on Aging 2000 Best Practice in Human Resources and Aging Award—a project for which she was the principal investigator.

A consummate scholar who has bridged the chasm between policy, practice, research and education, Georgia embodies the ideals and values of Rosalie Wolf. Thoughtful and humble, intellectual and articulate, collaborative and accessible, Dr. Anetzberger is held with the utmost respect in the elder abuse community.

A NCPEA committee selected Georgia Anetzberger to receive the award which will be presented at the 10th International Conference on Family Violence in San Diego, California on September 20, 2005. For information, visit


2004 - Marie-Therese (M.T.) Connolly

M.T. Connolly is Senior Trial Counsel in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ). She joined DOJ in 1986, following a clerkship with the Honorable Paul H. Roney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During her tenure with DOJ, Ms. Connolly has brought elder justice and abuse prevention to national prominence. She was appointed by Attorney General Reno to coordinate DOJ's Nursing Home and Elder Justice Initiatives and continues to spearhead activities under the Bush administration, working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and other national, state and local healthcare, public safety, regulatory, social service and law enforcement entities. She is a leading expert in prosecuting abuse in nursing homes.

In the area of advocacy, M.T. was the guiding force behind state and federal work groups, which were created to develop comprehensive responses to abuse and neglect. She served as a resource person to the Senate Special Committee on Aging in the drafting of the Elder Justice Act, the first comprehensive federal legislation to combat elder abuse, soliciting input from experts in diverse disciplines. The Elder Justice Act, exists, in large part, due to her energy, imagination and commitment.

M.T. has also single-handedly pushed forward research and clinical practice agendas. She spearheaded efforts to expand knowledge and expertise into elder abuse and neglect forensics, organizing and convening roundtable discussions of leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers to generate new initiatives, collaborations and expertise in this emergent field. She increased funding for research projects to innovative programs and continues to work with grantees to promote exchange and collaboration.

M.T. is highly-praised and admired by her colleagues for her grasp of the issues, superb intelligence, passion, leadership, enthusiasm, sense of humor and energy. "She is a leader in every sense of the term." Another colleague dubs her "the older American's best friend," who is remarkable for her ability to transcend barriers and accomplish the impossible.

An NCPEA committee selected M.T. Connolly for the award, which was presented at the 9th International Conference on Family Violence in San Diego, California on September 22, 2004.


2003 - Aileen P. Kaye

Aileen Kaye, an innovator and mentor in the field for over 25 years, has been a leading voice in Oregon and nationally, speaking out against elder abuse and advocating passionately to protect the rights of victims. She has worked tirelessly to coordinate a community response to the abuse of senior Oregonians. Her leadership in Oregon includes helping to create the first statewide task force on elder abuse, advocating for the passage of one of the first state bank reporting laws which has become a national model, as well as developing many training programs, outreach materials and award winning videos, including “Restoring the Sacred Circle: Responding to Elder Abuse in American Indian Communities” and “Roll Call: Elder Abuse” for the training of law enforcement.  Aileen also organizes an annual elder abuse conference on multidisciplinary training of prosecutors and other law enforcement, victim advocates, case managers, medical providers, financial institutions, and protective service staff. She is also known for her work in developing awareness among the Native American tribes that reside in Oregon.  She is credited with the implementation of the first Native American Elder Abuse Conference in the Northwest.


Aileen has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Adult Protective Service Administrators and is an affiliate member of NCPEA. She is a member of the Oregon Attorney General’s Task Force on Elder Abuse and has been active in groups that advocate for seniors such as United Seniors and the Gray Panthers. As a colleague noted, “Aileen is a friend to any elder abuse advocate who needs her.  She always has time for advice, a smile and amazingly enough, always has a solution when problems are posed to her. Simply put, the world is a better place because of Aileen Kaye”.

The award was presented at the 8th International Conference on Family Violence in San Diego, California in September, 2003.  


2002 - Charlee Lambert

Charlee Lambert, a pioneer in the field for over two decades, has been a leading voice in Georgia and nationally, speaking out against elder abuse and advocating passionately to protect the rights of victims and persons with diminished mental capacity. She was the founding Director of Georgia’s Council on Elder Abuse and Neglect and managed its victim assistance line through the Atlanta Legal Aid Society; served on the Lieutenant Governor’s Elder Abuse Task Force and on the House-Senate Joint Guardianship Re-write Study Committee as one of Georgia’s strongest advocates for reform of the adult guardianship system; has served as an expert witness in elder abuse cases; and serves as an elder abuse consultant. An accomplished playwright, actress, director and producer, Charlee has used her plays, which have been performed nationally, to educate professionals and the public about elder abuse—promoting dialogue about the realities of elder abuse and how to prevent it. She has been serving as an AARP volunteer in various capacities. “Charlee has trumpeted the cause of elder abuse more than any other person in Georgia. . . She truly cares. . . She is a creative leader capable of making you cry, laugh, get angry and believe that you can change the world—even a world where some people forget the golden rule.”

The award was presented at the 7th International Conference on Family Violence in San Diego, California in September, 2002.