National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Board of Directors

2016

 

President
PhD

 

Patricia Brownell, PhD, is Associate Professor Emerita of Social Service at Fordham University and Emerita Scholar, Ravazzin Center on Aging. Dr. Brownell currently serves as President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and has served as consultant to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) for an Expert Group Meeting on abuse of older women as a human rights issue. Dr. Brownell is Past President of the State Society on Aging of New York, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and is a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar. She has co-edited a Special Issue of the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect with Dr. Elsie Yan on Neglect, Abuse and Violence Against Older Women. Dr. Brownell has represented the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the International Council on Social Welfare at the United Nations and is the 2015 recipient of the INPEA Rosalie S. Wolf Award.

 
Vice President

mary lynn kasunic is president ceo and executive director of the area ...

 

Mary Lynn Kasunic is the President & CEO and Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging, Region One since 1990.  Under her leadership, the Agency provides over 50 programs and services to more than 95,000 Maricopa County residents each year.  Mary Lynn has developed many innovative programs at the Agency to address unmet needs such as ElderVention®, DOVES®, Healing@Home, and HIV Care Directions®. In 1993, she co-founded and currently co-chairs the Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance. Mary Lynn is involved in a variety of national, state and local organizations and has trained over 50 organizations across the country on developing effective coalitions.  She has served on the National Committee for Prevention of Elder Abuse board for more than 10 years. Mary Lynn has received an Excellence in Leadership award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, was recognized in Arizona Woman Who’s Who in Business and has received a Piper Fellowship for exemplary nonprofit leadership.   Mary Lynn received her M.S. from Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Public Manager. 

 
Treasurer

Trudy Gregorie has 37 years of experience in victim services and criminal justice, at the local, state and national level. She is a Senior Director with Justice Solutions, a national nonprofit providing training and technical assistance on justice and crime victim issues. She has been involved in the development of numerous national training programs, curricula, and resources on emerging victim issues, and serves as a consultant for numerous national agencies and organizations. She has provided training in over 47 states and done numerous national media interviews. Currently, she manages NCPEA’s “Polyvictimization in Later Life” project sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. Since 1996, she has served on the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report. In 1999, Gregorie was awarded the National Crime Victim Services Award by President William Clinton. In 2012, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the National Association of Triads, Inc. (NATI). In 2014, she received the Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Award presented by the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma of Alliant International University.

 
Clerk

 

Jacqi Bradley is Chief Executive Officer at the Area Agency on Aging 3 in Lima, Ohio. Ms. Bradley graduated from The Ohio State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work.  Her 28 years of experience are in the field of aging services.  Early in Jacqi’s career, she worked in both hospital and nursing home settings as a Licensed Social Worker.  In 1990, she started with the Area Agency on Aging 3 as a Care Manager.

 

Ms. Bradley left the agency in 2003 for a position with Baxter Healthcare.  Working in the for-profit healthcare sector allowed her to gain additional experience in leadership and management.  During this time, she also began work on a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Tiffin University.  Although the for-profit sector was challenging and a great learning experience, Jacqi missed the work done by the aging network.  For that reason, she returned to the Area Agency on Aging 3 in 2006 as the Chief Executive Officer.

 

Jacqi currently serves as the Board President of the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging.   Locally, she serves as the Chair of the West Central Ohio Elder Justice Coalition and the Salvation Army Advisory Council.

 
Immediate Past President

Trudy Gregorie has 37 years of experience in victim services and criminal justice, at the local, state and national level. She is a Senior Director with Justice Solutions, a national nonprofit providing training and technical assistance on justice and crime victim issues. She has been involved in the development of numerous national training programs, curricula, and resources on emerging victim issues, and serves as a consultant for numerous national agencies and organizations. She has provided training in over 47 states and done numerous national media interviews. Currently, she manages NCPEA’s “Polyvictimization in Later Life” project sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. Since 1996, she has served on the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report. In 1999, Gregorie was awarded the National Crime Victim Services Award by President William Clinton. In 2012, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the National Association of Triads, Inc. (NATI). In 2014, she received the Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Award presented by the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma of Alliant International University.

 
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Georgia J. Anetzberger

PhD, ACSW

 

 

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. 

 

Denise Armstrong

 

 

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.

 

Susan Joy Aziz

MA

 

 

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.  

 

Margaret Baker

PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

 

 

Maggie Baker is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems Department at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle. Dr. Baker’s research, policy work, teaching, and service are focused on abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults, especially older adults. She was the Seattle site PI for an NIJ-funded study on pressure ulcers that formed in nursing homes that delivered consistently good quality care. Results of this study (in press) provide a basis for future research on pressure ulcers as forensic markers. Dr. Baker has significant clinical and policy experience in elder abuse, working with criminal justice professionals and multidisciplinary teams on the King County Elder Abuse Council (which she chaired or co-chaired from 2005 through 2015) and the King County Elder Death Review Team, a summit workgroup for the Washington Office of the Attorney General, and pro bono consulting for criminal justice professionals throughout Washington State. As a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013, she is a member of the Expert Panel on Aging and the Expert Panel on Violence. Dr. Baker is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow – 2013 cohort.

 

Pearl Berman

PhD

 

 

Dr. Pearl Berman is a Full Professor and the assistant chair of the Psychology Department at Indiana University of PA. 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-level.

 

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 National Committee to Prevent Elder Abuse, The Academy on Violence and Abuse, and 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

 

 

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

Regional Director, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services/APS, MA

 

 

James Booker leads and directs APS operations in Houston, Texas. He is a frequent speaker and provides training and elder mistreatment education to students, service providers and medical professionals. James' research interests are examining and developing undergraduate social work programs in Texas to include elder mistreatment curricula. He holds a BA in Ethnic Studies, MA in Sociology, and PhD in Educational Leadership.

 

Marie Cervantes

Director, Office of Adult Abuse Prevention & Investigations

Oregon Department of Human Services

 

 

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, the National Adult Protective Services Association and is on the Board of Directors for the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She is honored to be able to continue to work in service to others.

 

Joy Swanson Ernst

PhD, MSW

 

 

Joy Ernst, PhD, MSW, is 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 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 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.

 

Diana Meeks-Sjostrom

PhD, MSN, RN, CS, FNP-BC, CNE

 

 

 

Diana Meeks, Dr. Diana Meeks has more than 30 years of experience in nursing instruction, management and geriatric and medical surgical nursing. Dr. Meeks is an accomplished speaker, author, editor and reviewer of grants, professional articles and textbooks. She currently serves as a board member for the National Committee of Prevention of Elder Abuse, an education committee member with the Georgia Nurses’ Association,  a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, and volunteers for several professional organizations.

 

Bettye Mitchell

MA, MSW

 

 

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.

 

Mary Beth Morrissey

PhD, MPH, JD

 

 

Dr. 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.

 

Kenneth Onaitis

LMSW

 

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.

 

Joseph Rodrigues

BA, Div

 

 

Joseph Rodrigues, Governor Gray Davis appointed Joseph Rodrigues to the position of California State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in August 2002. As the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Mr. Rodrigues oversees 35 local Ombudsman programs, with approximately 1,000 certified Ombudsmen who have a regular presence in approximately 1,300 skilled nursing facilities and almost 7,600 residential care facilities for the elderly.  Prior to his appointment as State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Mr. Rodrigues was the Assistant Director of the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging, where he was responsible for planning, developing, and coordinating social services for elders in his community. Before working for the County of Alameda, Rodrigues was the Executive Director of St. Peter’s Community Adult Day Care Center in San Leandro; the first licensed Adult Day Support Center in the county.  Rodrigues has been a lecturer in gerontology at the California State University, Hayward and is on the faculty of Gerontology Program of the California State University, Sacramento.  Mr. Rodrigues is the Past President of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and currently serves as the chair of their Federal Policy Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the California Culture Change Coalition. He is a member of the American Society on Aging and Sigma Phi Omega, the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology.

Rodrigues earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Patrick’s College in Mountain View, California and a Master of Divinity degree from their graduate school in Menlo Park, California. He also holds a Lifetime Instructor Credential from the California Community College system.

 

Elizabeth J. Santos

MD, MPH

 

 

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 and Neglect.

 

Winsor Schmidt

JD, LLM

 

Winsor C. Schmidt

 

Winsor C. Schmidt, J.D., LL.M., 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.

 

Dotty St. Amand

MSW, NHA

 

 

Dotty St. AmandSince 1987, Dotty St. Amand has focused her career on the field of aging. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College.  She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Michigan and Florida and currently serves as the Executive Director of Arden Courts Memory Care Community in Ft. Myers, Florida.  Ms. St. Amand was instrumental in establishing Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership (LEAPP) elder justice coalition in Lee County Florida in 2010 to bring together a diverse group of professionals and community leaders to work collaboratively on initiatives to honor and protect older adults. St. Amand co-chairs Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on Elder Abuse Prevention since 2012.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Lee County Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the planning committee for the Southwest Florida Conference on Aging.  Prior to joining Arden Courts in 2012, St. Amand was the Executive Director of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center for fifteen years and was a weekly columnist on the topic of aging for the Ft. Myers News Press for eight years. St. Amand has presented seminars to hundreds of professionals, family caregivers, and consumers on the topic of aging, dementia, elder abuse, and caregiving locally, regionally, and nationally.  She is adjunct faculty for Hodges University.  She volunteers for United Way of Lee County and supports various charitable causes.

 

Karen Stein

PhD

 

 

Karen Stein, 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. From1988 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.


 

Hon. Thomas A. Swift

Judge

 

Thomas A. Swift is the judge of the Trumbull County Probate Court.  He formerly served as partner in the law firm of Turner & Swift in Warren, Ohio.   He is immediate past chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference, past president of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges, a board member of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, serves on the Board of Governors of the American Judges Association and chairs their Elder Abuse and Probate Law Committees.  In addition, he is a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Advisory Committee on Children, Families, and the Courts and the Adult Guardianship Committee.  He serves as a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Commission, Ohio Elder Abuse Task Force Steering Committee, and the Ohio Coalition of Adult Protective Services Steering Committee.  He also is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Trumbull County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, and American Judges Association.  Judge Swift received his B.A. from Kent State University and his J.D. from University of Akron, School of Law.

 

Mary Shea Tucker

JD

 

 

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 11years, 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.

 
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Honorary Directors
 

Robert B. Blancato

MPA

 

Bob Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato, & Associates. Bob is the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, a non-partisan, 680 member organization. From 2000-2006, Bob served as President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. He currently serves as the Executive Director of NANASP, the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Bob is a former House of Representatives staff member and spent 17 years on the House Select Committee on Aging. He also served as Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) appointed by President Clinton. He was on the Policy Committee for the 2005 WHCOA appointed by Rep. Nancy Pelosi.  Bob most recently became Chairman of the Commonwealth Council on Aging in Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Masters of Public Administration from American University.

 

Curtis Clark

MD

 

Curtis Clark - Bio to be updated

 

Paula Mixson

MSW

 

 

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

PhD

 

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

MSW

 

Marilyn Whalen - Bio to be updated