NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Elder Care

Our Board of Directors, 2017

President

Mary Beth Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD (2017-2018)

 

Dr. Mary Beth Morrissey is a geronotological health and social work researcher and practicing attorney, who concentrates her practice in health law. She is the founder and president of the Collaborative for Palliative Care, a consortium of professionals and health care providers dedicated to research, education and advocacy to advance palliative care. She earned her PhD in gerontological social work at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service (2011), where she was a recipient of the Langenfeld Research Award for her doctoral research; her MPH at the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice (2005); and her JD at Fordham Law School (1982). Dr. Morrissey is a Research Fellow at the Fordham University Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, and Program Director of the Fordham Gabelli School of Business Post-Masters Health Care Management Certificate Program in Public Health, Palliative and Long-Term Care, an interdisciplinary education and training program she designed and launched in Spring 2013 for health professionals as well as health care and business managers.

Dr. Morrissey’s scholarship and practice in public health law/policy and bioethics inform her research on pain, suffering, traumatic illness, and palliative care. She has received funding from the Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life (2013), an NIA funded center with a focus on chronic pain, for a pilot study of pain and decision making among seriously ill older adults. She has authored numerous publications in law journals and peer-reviewed scientific journals on pain and suffering among older adults, health care decision making and ethics committees, including her recent book Suffering Narratives of Older Adults (Routledge, 2015).

Dr. Morrissey currently serves in numerous leadership roles nationally and regionally – chair of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Public Policy Committee, chair of the Westchester Public Private Partnership for Aging Services, immediate past president of the Public Health Association of New York City, past president of the State Society on Aging of New York, co-chair of the APHA Aging & Public Health Section Policy Committee and member of APHA’s Action Board, chair of the New York City Bar Association Bioethical Issues Committee, and co-chair of the Health Law Committees of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, the Westchester Women's Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association. She also serves as a member of the board of the Center for Aging in Place. She was the recipient of the Above the Bar Award for Most Socially Conscious Attorney in 2014, the Pace Women’s Justice Center Creative Vision for Elder Justice Award in October 2013, and the Mental Health Association On the Move Award in October 2012, as well as the 2012 Aging Services Golden Harvest Corporate Leadership Award in her role as founder and President of the Collaborative for Palliative Care.

Vice President/President-Elect

Margaret Baker, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA (2017–2018)

Maggie Baker is dean and professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. She is also a recent graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program. The focus of Dr. Baker’s research, teaching, policy, and service work has been on elder mistreatment, including many years serving as chair or co-chair of the King County Elder Abuse Council in Seattle WA. Dr. Baker earned a PhD from the University of Washington.

Treasurer

Denise Armstrong (2016-2017)

Denise Armstrong joined Big Sky Senior Services, Inc. October 2009 as the Executive Director.   Previously, she worked as Vice President of Marketing and Service/ Sales for local banks and credit unions.  While serving as a volunteer board of director for Senior Helping Hands and Prevention of Elder Abuse, she was instrumental with their merger to form Big Sky Senior Services, Inc. in 2004.  Denise serves on the board of directors for the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. A Montana native, born and raised in Billings, Denise is married and has two daughters.  She graduated from Montana State University – Billings with a BS in Business Administration.

Clerk

Jim Vanden Bosch, MA (2017-2018)

Jim Vanden Bosch

Jim Vanden Bosch is a filmmaker and the founder and Executive Director of Terra Nova Films, a not-for-profit company specializing in producing and distributing films and videos on a wide variety of aging related issues. Throughout the years he has produced over 40 videos, including a series on geriatric healthcare for the American Journal of Nursing, and several videos on elder abuse, including Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies; I’d Rather Be Home: The Seven Year Abuse Case of Norman. He also produced In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life. He also recently produced the video segments for the Poly-victimization Curriculum created by NCPEA and OVC. As the director of Terra Nova Films, he also oversees the marketing and distribution of more than 200 videos on a wide array of aging issues.

Jim Vanden Bosch is also an associate editor in the arts and humanities section of The Gerontologist, an academic journal of the Gerontological Society of America. In this position he writes reviews of mainstream feature films that deal with aging themes. He also presents frequently at conferences and workshops on aging, using a multimedia approach that incorporates relevant video stories into a thematic PowerPoint. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Film and Television from the University of Iowa.

Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW (2016-2017)

Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW is a consultant in private practice, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.  She is a member of the Advisory Board to the National Center on Elder Abuse and the Steering Committee to the federal Elder Justice Roadmap.  Dr. Anetzberger also is immediate Past-President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and immediate Past-Editor of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect.  She has been active in the field of elder abuse for over forty years as a practitioner, planner, administrator, researcher, and educator.  Dr. Anetzberger has conducted pioneering research on elder abuse perpetrators; authored more than seventy scholarly publications on elder abuse or related interventions, including the books The Etiology of Elder Abuse by Adult Offspring and The Clinical Management of Elder Abuse; led in the establishment of the oldest state and local elder abuse networks in the United States; and was the 2005 recipient of the Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award—National Category.

Susan Joy Aziz, MA (2016-2017)

Susan Joy Aziz, a gerontologist, has served in the fields of aging and elder rights for 27 years as an educator, advocate, senior manager, and consultant. Formerly Vice President, Advocacy & Education Programs, WISE Senior Services, Susan had oversight responsibility for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Elder Abuse Prevention programs for Los Angeles County. She is recognized for her leadership in developing and initially coordinating the award-winning model Los Angeles County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST). She has published on financial abuse and on neglect and abuse associated with malnutrition in long-term care. Susan has served as Special Advisor for the International Federation on Ageing and as Assistant Editor of Global Ageing, and was Guest Editor of the issue on Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. Susan is a past Chair of the Advisory Council, Your Aging & Disability Resource Center, Palm Beach & Treasure Coast, Florida. She was a founding Board member of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and served as the North American Regional Representative. Susan was an NGO Observer at the 2002 United Nations Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid and a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

Pearl Berman, PhD (2016-2017)

Dr. Pearl Berman is a Full Professor and the Assistant Chair of the Psychology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also a licensed, clinical psychologist. Her longstanding interest in violence prevention has led her to integrate information and skill building relevant to interpersonal violence into all of her teaching at both the undergraduate and doctoral levels.

She is an active member of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence of which she is the Co-Chair of the Training and Mentoring Action Team and a member of The American Psychological Association. She has been collaborating with the National Child Protection Training Center to expand their Child Advocacy Studies Program to be a Child and Adult Advocacy Studies Program. Dr. Berman has published doctoral-level textbooks for individuals in training to be psychologists, counselors, social workers and therapists. Her most recent book is the third edition of Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning: Exercises for Integrating Theory with Clinical Practice. Within this book, she has included case material, and student practice exercises, for diverse clients including victims, perpetrators, and victim-perpetrators of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse across the lifespan.

Bennett Blum, MD (2017-2018)

Bennett Blum is an internationally acclaimed physician specializing in both forensic psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. An expert on the evaluation of undue influence and associated manipulation tactics, Dr. Blum has consulted on hundreds of legal cases throughout the United States and internationally - including the precedent-setting United Nations trial of General Pavle Strugar. This was the first full competency hearing at an International War Crimes Tribunal since Nuremberg. Dr. Blum has worked with major US Government agencies, law enforcement, and research institutes on the prevention, investigation, and litigation of issues related to undue influence and coercion. In 1999, he was the only mental health expert asked to testify at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's hearing on Fraud: Targeting America's Seniors. From 2002-2004, Dr. Blum was a technical advisor to the Research Triangle Institute for its national study on elder financial exploitation. This study was the basis for the Administration on Aging’s “Financial Exploitation of Older Persons Report.” In 2005, Dr. Blum participated in an invitation-only policy development conference for the White House Conference on Aging. In 2009, the U.S. State Department sponsored a lecture by Dr. Blum at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the forensic psychiatry analysis of undue influence claims in war crimes trials.

James Grant Booker, PhD (2017-2018)

James Booker, PhD is currently the District Director of Adult Protective Services in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for leading and directing operations in 13 counties including Houston, our nation's 4th largest city. James also serves as the Co-Director of the Texas Elder Abuse Mistreatment Institute, a collaboration that includes protective services, University of Texas Medical School, Harris County Hospital District and other organizations dedicated to education, clinical care and research involving elder mistreatment and issues associated with aging. His professional experience in social services includes extensive work with vulnerable populations of older adults, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and families qualifying for supplemental assistance.

James has trained professionals and students on issues related to aging, elder mistreatment, cultural diversity and ethics. He has developed internship programs with Adult Protective Services and local universities benefiting students seeking careers in social services and social work. James also serves as adjunct faculty at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School since 2012.

Marie Cervantes (2016-2017)

Marie Cervantes is the Director of the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention & Investigations for the Oregon Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority. Her leadership of the office supports the DHS/OHA Directors’ overall strategic mission to transform agency operations and service delivery to achieve enterprise-level outcomes for those served by the Department and their communities. This approach – stating goals, measuring results, and reporting progress to the public – reflects the Department’s commitment to better outcomes for clients and communities. Because many clients have multiple needs, the department is integrating services, seeking to bring a broad range of supports within easy reach of each client or family. This approach, recognized as pioneering in the nation, requires close collaboration among staff within the department and with local governments, service providers and other partners. Ms. Cervantes has more than 21 years of experience in the area of safety and protection of adults. She began her career with the DHS in 1994 in the North Bend, Oregon field office and continues to be a passionate champion in raising visibility for individuals who have been abused and those that work to prevent abuse. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice and is a member of the Portland State University Criminal Justice Honor Society and the National Adult Protective Services Association. She is honored to be able to continue to work in service to others.

Joy Swanson Ernst, PhD, MSW (2016-2017)

Joy Ernst, PhD, MSW, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work. Prior to this position she was a Professor of Social Work and Director of the baccalaureate social work program at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She teaches across the social work curriculum and works to encourage students to pursue careers in gerontological social work. Prior to joining Hood College in 2000, she was the research director for the Family Connections program at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work, and she has had social work positions in agencies that serve families and children. Since 2006, when she received a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars award, she has conducted research related to elder neglect and Adult Protective Services programs. She has served on the NAPSA/NCPEA research committee since 2010, and was lead author of the committee’s review of research on Adult Protective Services that was published in the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect in 2014. She has also published articles on self-neglect and the use of multidisciplinary teams in APS, several book chapters on topics related to elder abuse, and an on-line annotated bibliography on Adult Protective Services published by Oxford University Press.

Trudy Gregorie (2016–2017)

Trudy Gregorie is the Senior Director at Justice Solutions, in Washington D.C.

Madelyn (Micki) Iris, PhD (2017-2018)

Madelyn (Micki) Iris

Madelyn (Micki) Iris, received her PhD in Anthropology from Northwestern University.  She served as a local evaluator for the Elder Abuse Demonstration Project in the early 1980s, as Illinois was testing various intervention models prior to passage of the Illinois Elder Abuse Act.  She also conducted a qualitative evaluation and several research studies on guardianship for the elderly in Cook County, Illinois and was a founding member of the National Guardianship Association. Dr. Iris is a member of the NAPSA/NCPEA Research Committee and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect.  In 2012 she received the Rosalie Wolf Memorial Award recognizing her contributions to the study of elder abuse.  Dr. Iris served as Director of Research at CJE SeniorLife for over 10 years.  Prior to that she was a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and the Buehler Center on Aging at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, where she also held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Anthropology.  She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern. Over the last 10 years or more she has worked on the development of standardized measures of different types of elder abuse and self-neglect, in collaboration with Dr. Kendon Conrad.

Pi-Ju (Marian) Liu, PhD (2017-2018)

Pi-Ju (Marian) Liu

Marian Liu is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She has served on the NAPSA/NCPEA Research Committee since 2016 and is currently the Co-Chair. Her research focuses on elder justice issues, including elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. She received her PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. Her passion to work with older adults started with volunteering in an elderly day care center in Taiwan, and the experience led her to the field of psychology and gerontology. Dr. Liu continues working in the research area of elder abuse, and she has worked with Adult Protective Services in California to improve older adults' lives.

Bettye Mitchell, MA (2016–2017)

Bettye Mitchell is an internationally recognized leader in the field of social services for the elderly and adults with disabilities, and leadership development/management. She has proven expertise in designing and managing large, complex programs. She is a dynamic, results-oriented executive who can coordinate efforts of consumers, advocacy groups, service providers, and state and federal agencies to improve the lives of vulnerable persons. Ms. Mitchell has extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations regarding the delivery and regulation of Long term care services and adult protective services. Ms. Mitchell currently serves as CEO of Life Span Consulting Group a company which provides training in the field of leadership development, management, aging and disability, community and long term care, and cultural diversity.  Ms. Mitchell is a trained mediator. Ms. Mitchell’s career started in 1978 as a social worker in Community Care programs for elders and persons with disabilities.  She has over 20 year in management and leadership development.  She was responsible for designing and developing the State of Texas first centralized Adult Protective Services training program. Ms. Mitchell is the served as Director of Adult Protective Services, and Deputy Commission for Long Term Care Services for the Texas Department of Human Services. Ms. Mitchell retired from the state of Texas after 27 years of services. Ms. Mitchell is an experienced administrator. Ms. Mitchell was instrumental in helping to develop the Cultural Diversity Program within the former Texas Department of Protective Services Agency. As Director of Adult Protective Services, Ms. Mitchell and staff developed cultural competencies within APS to improve understanding and service delivery systems within the programs. Ms. Mitchell helped coordinate one of the country's first symposiums on Understanding and Combating Elder Abuse in Minority Communities on the "Queen Mary" in Long Beach, California and co-authored four chapters in Understanding and Combating Elder Abuse in Minority Communities.  The book and symposium were published by the Archstone Foundation.

Kenneth Onaitis, LMSW (2016–2017)

Ken Onaitis, LMSW retired as Director of Elder Abuse and Police Relations at the Carter Burden Center for the Aging in New York City. In this position he and his staff provided direct services to elder abuse victims and their families, many of whom lived throughout the United States. Mr. Onaitis was the first Co-Chair of the New York City Elder Abuse Network, a coalition which NCPEA helped start. During his professional career he also held leadership positions with the New York State Adult Abuse Training Institute, New York State Elder Abuse Coalition, New York State Children and Family Trust Fund, New York City Elder Abuse Center, East Side Council on the Aging, and the Gerontological Committee of the New York City Chapter of National Association of Social Workers.

Elizabeth J. Santos, MD, MPH (2016–2017)

Elizabeth J. Santos, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Dr. Santos is the Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program and the Strong Behavioral Health Older Adults Clinic. She is a nursing home consultant and is an attending physician at the Strong Memorial Hospital Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). She is the Associate Director of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation Project ECHO in Long Term Care Program. Her research focuses on elder abuse and neglect, training evaluators and advocacy for older adults. She is the geriatric psychiatry consultant on a National Institute of Justice funded Enhanced Multi-disciplinary Team (E-MDT) focused on financial exploitation. Additionally, she is a member of the NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse and the Elder Fatality Review Team, was on the advisory board for the NYS Elder Abuse Prevalence Study, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect.

Winsor Schmidt, JD, LLM (2016–2017)

Winsor C. Schmidt

Winsor C. Schmidt, JD, LLM is the Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Policy on Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was previously the Endowed Chair/Distinguished Scholar in Urban Health Policy, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and the founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Washington State University. Professor Schmidt’s publications include the books, Public Guardianship and the Elderly (Ballinger Publishing Company), Guardianship: Court of Last Resort for the Elderly and Disabled (Carolina Academic Press), and co-author of Public Guardianship: In the Best Interests of Incapacitated People? Praeger Publishers), as well as over 55 book chapters and journal articles on health and mental health law and policy issues. His work informs health, social service, and legal professionals, as well as judges and legislators, about the findings, analyses, conclusions, and implications from over 35 years of national and state research on guardianship and protective services for the elderly and people with disabilities. Professor Schmidt’s teaching experience includes graduate courses on health law and policy, mental health law, elder law, women’s health law and policy, children’s health law and policy, social science in law, and international health law and bioethics.

Karen Stein, PhD (2017-2018)

Dr. Karen F. Stein is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and Associate Professor at the University of Delaware. Her expertise includes elder abuse, organizational administration, assessment, and public policy; additionally, she has over 25 years experience as an Administration on Aging grantee. From 1986-1988, she was co-investigator of a Title IV demonstration project that developed educational materials, training manuals and videotapes concerning elder abuse identification and prevention for social workers, law enforcement, health professionals, and caregivers. From 1988 to 2011, she was the Principal Investigator of the University of Delaware's component of the National Center on Elder Abuse. She has published more than 20 articles, book chapters and monographs primarily in the area of gerontology, presented papers at more than 30 national and international conferences and professional meetings and has served on a number of national advisory boards of organizations conducting elder abuse projects.

Pamela B. Teaster, PhD (2017-2018)

Pamela B. Teaster, PhD is the Director of the Center for Gerontology and a Professor in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech. She is the Secretary General of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and is on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Guardianship Certification. She helped established the Kentucky Justice Center for Elders and Vulnerable Adults and the Kentucky Guardianship Association. Her research concerns the abuse of elders and vulnerable adults, public and private guardianship, the ethics of surrogate decision making, public policy, and quality of life of older adults.  Her work has involved working with international, national, state, and community organizations and entities.  Dr. Teaster is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.  She is the recipient of the Rosalie Wolf Award for Research on Elder Abuse.  She has published over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters and is editor/author of 4 books.

Mary Shea Tucker, JD (2016-2017)

Mary Shea Tucker is Manager of Elder Client Initiatives (ECI) for Wells Fargo Advisors. As manager of this newly created team within the Compliance Department, she supervises Intake and Case Specialists who handle inquiries from all team members in WFA,one of the largest full service broker-dealers in the United States. The ECI Team provides guidance about working with older and vulnerable clients where there is a concern about incapacity and/or exploitation; the ECI Team also has the responsibility to file reports of suspected abuse with state adult protective services agencies and law enforcement. Ms. Tucker has been with Wells Fargo for more than 11 years, starting in the Law Department, where she advised on client account/branch support issues and operational policy and procedure. She is a member of the New York, Utah and Missouri bars, with a B.A. in English from Yale and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Honorary Directors

Robert B. Blancato, MPA

Bob Blancato is the President of Matz Blancato and Associates, the National Coordinator of the bipartisan 3000-member Elder Justice Coalition, and the Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Bob has more than 20 years of service in the US Congressional and Executive branches, including senior staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and an appointment by President Clinton to be Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. More recently, Bob serves as the Chair of the Board of the American Society on Aging and on the National Board of AARP. He also serves on the Board of the National Council on Aging and the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. He was recently selected by Next Avenue as a 2016 Influencer in Aging. Bob is a contributing blogger to the Huffington Post and Next Avenue, writing on aging issues. He holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MPA from American University. Bob has won numerous awards for advocacy including receipt of the title Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2011.

Curtis Clark, MD

Curtis Clark Bio to be updated

Paula Mixson, LMSW-AP

Paula McClain Mixson has over 30 years experience in public and private programs serving the elderly and people with disabilities. After retiring in 2003 from her position as a Division Administrator with the Texas Adult Protective Services (APS) program in Austin Texas, she continued her involvement in the field through independent consulting, training, writing, private care management, and volunteer work with local and national organizations. Ms. Mixson is a founding member of NCPEA and served more than a decade on its board, primarily as Clerk and as co-chair of the NAPSA/NCPEA Joint Research Committee. She was the recipient of NCPEA’s 2011-2012 Rosalie Wolf Award and resigned from the board in 2014 when she moved to Southern Oregon to (mostly) retire. Ms. Mixson has a B.A. in Drama from Sam Houston Teacher’s College in Huntsville Texas. She holds international certification as a V/F Validation® Presenter, Level Three, as well as Texas and national guardianship certifications. Her publications include articles in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, LifeTimes, and Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled, among others.

Elizabeth Podnieks, RN, EdD

Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks is a professor emeritus at Ryerson University with a long-standing interest in elder mistreatment and neglect and a great believer of the power of networks. She is the founder of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and a founding member of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). Dr. Podnieks’ research includes elder abuse work in faith communities and raising awareness among children and adolescents. She has received the Order of Canada, the NASPA and the INPEA Rosalie Wolf Award. Dr. Podnieks is also the founder of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

Randolph W. Thomas, MA

Randy Thomas is a retired police officer having served for over 25 years in the law enforcement profession (Tampa Police Department, Richland County (SC) Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Department of Public Safety). His experience encompasses patrol, investigations, planning and research and over 14 years as a law enforcement trainer and supervisor with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Training Division (Unit Chief, Behavioral Science/ Investigations).  He has developed and presented training relating to the investigation of child and elder abuse and juvenile crime.  He was a member of the South Carolina Adult Protection Coordinating Council and has served on a number of committees in the area of Elder Abuse. He has been the President, National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and currently serves in an advisory capacity to the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, The American Bar Association and the National Center on State Courts in the area of elder abuse.  He has presented testimony to the United States Senate supporting the elder justice act.  He has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the area of juvenile delinquency, crime prevention and child abuse.  Mr. Thomas currently presents training to law enforcement, social service personnel and other professionals in the area of elder abuse issues and investigations throughout the United States. He provides consulting services to law enforcement and others in the investigation of elder abuse cases. He has served as a consultant to Stetson University College of Law, Elder Consumer Protection project. He is the co-author of Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention: A Collaborative Approach. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Chaminade University (Honolulu, 1971) and his Master's degree in Political Science (Public Administration) from the University of South Florida (Tampa, 1974).

Marilyn Whalen, MA

Marilyn Whalen Bio to be updated