Event Details

Elderwerks Virtual Senior Fair is August 12th and 13th, 2020. The educational classes, based on the legal, financial and health aspects of aging, are to help people planning for retirement, and for those who have retired, to continue to age well. Using a daily login you may attend as many "live" classes as you like. If you don't have access to a computer or have problems you can call in to listen to the classes on your telephone. We will record them and have them available after Senior Fair. We hope that you find them engaging, inspiring and most of all, helpful. Return your evaluations for each "live" class to enter into a drawing for $25 gift cards from local retail establishments.

Agenda

  • Aug 12, 2020

  • Aug 13, 2020

8 AM - 8:45 AM
How recent legal changes impact your retirement and estate planning
Attendees will learn how the new SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) passed into law January 1, 2020, will impact their retirement and estate planning goin...
Attendees will learn how the new SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) passed into law January 1, 2020, will impact their retirement and estate planning going forward.
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9 AM - 9:45 AM
Medicare Made Clear
Participants will learn the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage) and Part D (drug plans). Information will be provided on how to apply for Medicare, Medicare+ working past 6...
Participants will learn the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage) and Part D (drug plans). Information will be provided on how to apply for Medicare, Medicare+ working past 65 and enrolling on-time to prevent late enrollment penalties. General information on Medicare supplements will also be covered. No specific information on insurance products or pricing will be discussed.
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10 AM - 10:45 AM
Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning During Uncertain Times: Putting Your Values on Paper
For some of us, a result of the current pandemic has been a stark realization that we need to get our legal papers in order. At A/Z Health & Elder Law, we’ve been thinking about how we, and ...
For some of us, a result of the current pandemic has been a stark realization that we need to get our legal papers in order. At A/Z Health & Elder Law, we’ve been thinking about how we, and our clients, will adjust as the economy reopens. There will be challenges, no doubt. We will need to be flexible and adaptable. You do have choices, but so long as you are prepared!
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11 AM - 11:45 AM
Fall Prevention: I'm Still Standing!
Concerns about falling is a wide spread concern in healthcare and for all of us in the community. People over the age of 55 represent over 50% of trauma fall related visits to the ER. Learn...
Concerns about falling is a wide spread concern in healthcare and for all of us in the community. People over the age of 55 represent over 50% of trauma fall related visits to the ER. Learn the many ways you can lower your fall risk through understanding what risky behaviors, biological and environmental factors are putting you at risk and how easy it can be to change them so you can continue to live an independent, high-quality of life!
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12 PM - 12:45 PM
Unlocking the Secrets to Successful Aging
For decades, psychologists have been working to unlock the secrets to successful aging and define happiness in later decades of life. Learn about successful aging and uncover the myths and c...
For decades, psychologists have been working to unlock the secrets to successful aging and define happiness in later decades of life. Learn about successful aging and uncover the myths and common aging stereotypes. People can mistakenly measure success by their living situation, but it is more about embracing a standard of living.

Embrace a successful aging philosophy and lifestyle framework to maximize your best self. Join Joyce Mahoney in an interactive-discussion on Successful Aging & Happiness.
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1 PM - 1:45 PM
Palliative Care: It's Not What You Think It
Palliative care (PC) is patient & family-centered care optimizing quality of life by anticipating, preventing & treating suffering.  It is for people of any age, at any stage of a serious il...
Palliative care (PC) is patient & family-centered care optimizing quality of life by anticipating, preventing & treating suffering.  It is for people of any age, at any stage of a serious illness, who are seeking relief from pain & symptoms. This presentation will help individuals understand what services are provided under palliative care, why palliative care can be a benefit, and when it's time to consider other options for care.
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2 PM - 2:45 PM
Video Chat: A Review of Senior‐Friendly Options
Now, more than ever, anyone serving seniors must understand how to embed video conversation into everyday life. And, while picking up a tablet and installing Skype may seem like the best cho...
Now, more than ever, anyone serving seniors must understand how to embed video conversation into everyday life. And, while picking up a tablet and installing Skype may seem like the best choice, innovations available today  are often easier to use, include accessibility solutions, and expand video-chat for in-home use with people living with dementia. Join us as we explore the evidence for video chat, discover the range of tools at our fingertips, and take away 7 key strategies regardless of the tools we choose.
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3 PM - 3:45 PM
Mercyhealth
Dr. Mundozie will discuss Parkinson’s Disease including:
• The diagnosis
• Management
• Does Dementia always occur with Parkinson’s
• Living with Parkinson’s
4 PM - 4:45 PM
Advocating for a Loved One
Join Loretta to learn what being an advocate entails, and the ins and outs of being an effective advocate for your loved one to ensure that their rights are maintained. Attendees will learn ...
Join Loretta to learn what being an advocate entails, and the ins and outs of being an effective advocate for your loved one to ensure that their rights are maintained. Attendees will learn some of the best practices that have worked for Loretta and her Mom who just turned 91 in February!
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5 PM - 5:45 PM
Social Security Disability: Change and Confusion
During this “non-legal” presentation he explains the different Social Security disability law and programs, reviews how Social Security analyzes claims and how to prepare so that the stronge...
During this “non-legal” presentation he explains the different Social Security disability law and programs, reviews how Social Security analyzes claims and how to prepare so that the strongest case possible is made to the Social Security Administration. Mr. Rabin explains the application process and how months can be shaved from the processing time. Practical hints are provided in how to deal with the bureaucracy, how to communicate with treating physicians, and how to minimize the chance of delays and lost files. Finally, the rules regarding how to return to work while on SSDI and SSI are outlined so that people receiving benefits will have accurate information when making the step back into the work force.

This discussion will de-mystify the application and appeals process, and provide people with disabilities the information they need to protect and assert their rights under the Social Security Act. This is intended to be an open discussion between Mr. Rabin and the audience. Questions are encouraged and materials will outline the subject matter and provide room for notes.
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6 PM - 7 PM
Planning for an Aging Loved One: A Discussion with a Certified Elder Law Attorney
Taking care of an aging family member is one of the most important roles we will take on during our lives. It is also one of the most daunting and demanding roles we will ever experience. An...
Taking care of an aging family member is one of the most important roles we will take on during our lives. It is also one of the most daunting and demanding roles we will ever experience. And one we should not navigate all alone. What legal documents do you need to put in place in advance? What health care and financial decisions are you allowed to make for your loved one? What are you legally obligated to do or not do? And what professionals and community resources are available to help you navigate the best long-term care plan possible for your loved one? This session will provide valuable information and advice which every family caregiver needs to know.
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Speakers

  • Donna Adams (Sales Director of Paradise Financial Partners)

    Donna Adams

    Sales Director of Paradise Financial Partners

    https://www.paradisefinancial.biz

    For over 2 decades, Donna has helped individuals define and prioritize their financial objectives, and then developed sound strategies for attaining success. She educates her clients on strategies using an economic based approach that is holistic, integrated, unconventional and macroeconomic with sophisticated tools rooted in actuarial science. Her goal is to help you maintain and enhance the quality of life you desire while you’re working and well into retirement.

    Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of and securities offered through OneAmerica Securities, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA, SIPC. Paradise Financial Partners is not an affiliate of OneAmerica Securities and is not a broker dealer or Registered Investment Advisor.
    Not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or any governmental agency.

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  • Fred Benjamin, MS, MPH, MBA (Chief Operating Officer at Lexington Health Network)

    Fred Benjamin, MS, MPH, MBA

    Chief Operating Officer at Lexington Health Network

    https://www.lexingtonhealth.com

    Fred Benjamin serves as the Interim Chief Operating Officer of Lexington Health Network, a Chicago area provider of Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Assisted and Independent Living and other services. Previously, Mr. Benjamin served as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member at Medicalodges, Inc., also a provider of Skilled Nursing and other Post-Acute Care services. During his 30-year career he has served as a senior executive and Board Member at Hospitals, Post-Acute Care, Insurance and Managed Care Organizations. He has operated health care services in not-for-profit, investor owned and employee owned organizations in many Midwestern States.
    During his tenure at Medicalodges, he oversaw the development and implementation of the company’s Quality Improvement Program, which resulted in 27 of 30 communities earning an American Health Care Association Quality Award as well as 11 facilities being named “Best in America” by US News and World report. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Health Care Association and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Sunflower State Health Plan, an affiliate of Centene, Inc. one of three Managed Care organizations serving the Kansas Medicaid program.
    He has also represented the American Health Care Association and US Chamber of Commerce, testifying before the United States Senate Judiciary and Veteran’s Affairs Committees as well as the US House of Representatives and other Federal Agencies. He currently serves as a member of AHCA’s Board of Governors and as a member of the Joint Commission’s Post Acute Advisory Council.
    He has been the recipient of many honors and recognitions including being elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and as a Life Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).

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  • Francesca Brogan (Financial Advisor at SBC, Inc.)

    Francesca Brogan

    Financial Advisor at SBC, Inc.

  • Kathryn Casey (Partner & Certified Elder Law Attorney at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras)

    Kathryn Casey

    Partner & Certified Elder Law Attorney at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras

    https://www.duttonelderlaw.com

    Katie is certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. She has practiced exclusively in elder law since 2004 when she began representing clients in adult guardianships and elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation litigation. Since then her practice has expanded to include probate and trust administration, estate planning, retirement benefits, special needs planning, long term care planning, Medicaid applications, and nursing home issues. She devotes a substantial portion of her time to helping families plan for the care of a loved one with a chronic care need. Katie represents her clients with a continuity of care that extends from the creation of a long term care plan to the execution, implementation, and administration of that plan.

    Katie commutes 20 miles on her bike each day through sun, rain, sleet, and snow. When not at work, she enjoys being outdoors, gardening, riding her bike, and spending time with her husband and 16 nieces and nephews.

    Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law Masters of Arts in English Literature from DePaul University Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Virginia Tech.

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  • Dr. Olivia Domczewski, Psy.D., HSPP (Clinical Psychologist at Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness)

    Dr. Olivia Domczewski, Psy.D., HSPP

    Clinical Psychologist at Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness

    https://www.barringtonbhw.com

    Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Primary Care/Health Psychology
    Health Behavior Change, Chronic Medical Illness, Organ Failure and Transplant

    A graduate of Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL, Dr. Domczewski has specialized in the field of clinical health psychology. Dr. Domczewski completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine, with a focus on primary care and health psychology.

    Throughout her training, Dr. Domczewski has worked with individuals and their families to help them cope with chronic medical conditions such as heart and kidney failure, hypertension and diabetes and cancer, as well as utilizing evidence based practices for weight management, behavioral pain management, and sleep hygiene. Dr. Domczewski has a particular interest in organ transplant and advanced heart failure therapies (e.g. LVAD), as well as grief and loss as it pertains to chronic illness, and death and dying issues.

    Dr. Domczewski has worked in various settings including; community mental health, primary care, and general medical and psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Domczewski realizes that your healthcare does not stop when you leave the hospital or doctor’s office, and wants to help you become as successful as possible with managing your physical and mental health on a day to day basis.

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  • Mary Kay Furiasse (Elder Law Attorney at AZ Health and Elder Law LLC)

    Mary Kay Furiasse

    Elder Law Attorney at AZ Health and Elder Law LLC

    https://www.azhealthelderlaw.com

    Mary Kay Furiasse, as the founding attorney, brings over thirty years of practicing law together with her clinical background as a nurse to A/Z Health & Elder Law. She has earned the Board-Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) credential in addition to her Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Masters in Health Law. As previous counsel to Health Care Providers she is a passionate, healthcare advocate. She believes that everyone has a right to control their own health care decisions and that their dignity should never be compromised.
    Mary Kay presents frequently to local professional and community groups, helping them to understand the unique legal challenges when faced with an illness, making the health care process understandable. She lives in the western suburbs and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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  • Susan Grossinger (Senior Services Coordinator, Senior Services at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital)

    Susan Grossinger

    Senior Services Coordinator, Senior Services at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

    https://www.advocatehealth.com

    Susan has worked with older adults and their families for over 30 years in several different capacities including, case management, community program coordination and training, senior services coordination and Medicare/SHIP counseling. She has been at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital for 19 years as the Senior Services Coordinator. Her duties specifically include providing resource information and assistance to older adults and their caregivers, Medicare navigation as a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor, coordinating the Matter of Balance fall prevention program as a master trainer as well as representing the hospital out in the community thru organization’s board of directors and educational programs.

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  • David Kaz (President / Precious Metal Buyer at DMK Metal)

    David Kaz

    President / Precious Metal Buyer at DMK Metal

    https://www.dmkmetal.net

    Working as a bag boy at his grandparents Rogers Park grocery store in the 70s, David was fascinated by the silver dimes, quarters, half dollars, and war nickels that would appear in the cash register. He exchanged the modern versions for the silver change and that started his 40+ year interest in silver and gold. He has been actively purchasing unwanted gold and silver items from clients at the highest prices for the past five years and enjoys educating his clients on the value of their gold and silver jewelry, sterling flatware, coins, and more.

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  • Patrick Kenneally (McHenry County State's Attorney at Office of Patrick Kenneally, McHenry County State's Attorney)

    Patrick Kenneally

    McHenry County State's Attorney at Office of Patrick Kenneally, McHenry County State's Attorney

    https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-j-z/state-s-attorney-s-office

    Patrick Kenneally was elected McHenry County State’s Attorney in 2016 after having served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for ten years. During his tenure, he has worked in every area of the office, prosecuting thousands of criminal cases and representing the County in legal matters.

    Patrick believes it is his duty to seek justice by protecting victims’ rights without ever losing sight of his ethical responsibility to ensure the rights of defendants. He has been awarded the Turning Point Peace and Justice Award for his work on behalf of victims of domestic battery and currently serves on the Executive Board of the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition.

    Patrick earned his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2005 and also has a Master’s Degrere in Environmental Law from the University of Vermont. Prior to law school, Patrick earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Liberal Arts from College of the Holy Cross.

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  • Patrick Langan (Regional Director of Growth at Oak Street Health)

    Patrick Langan

    Regional Director of Growth at Oak Street Health

    https://www.oakstreethealth.com

    Founded in 2012, Oak Street Health is a fast-growing network of value-based, primary care centers for adults on Medicare. With a mission of rebuilding healthcare as it should be, the company operates an innovative healthcare model focused on quality of care over volume of services, and assumes the full financial risk of its patients. Oak Street Health currently operates more than 50 centers across Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, North Carolina and Tennessee, with plans to continue its geographic expansion, including into Texas, New York and Mississippi, in 2020.

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  • Amber Luczak, CFP®, ChFC® (Financial Advisor at Edward Jones)

    Amber Luczak, CFP®, ChFC®

    Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

    https://www.edwardjones.com

    As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it's important to invest my time in understanding what you're working toward before you invest your money. Working closely with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. I can also help with your retirement planning so you have a variety of options when the time is right for you.

    A graduate of the University of Missouri, I hold a bachelor of science and business administration degree in corporate finance and personal financial planning. Active in our community, I am on the board of directors for the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northern Illinois, as well as a member of the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce, business Networking International (BNI), Barrington Lions Club, and president and founder of the Barrington Young Professionals Group.

    In 2013, I began my career with Edward Jones and then became a financial advisor in 2014 when I entered the Financial Advisor Career Development Program at the St. Louis, MO, headquarters. I am a CFP® professional and hold a Series 7, Series 66, life, health and long-term care insurance licenses. I chose Edward Jones because I want to make a difference in the community and help individual investors, families and business owners work toward achieving their financial goals.The Edward Jones personal approach to serving our clients is a team effort. My branch office administrator, Deb Evans, and I are both local residents and dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service possible. At Edward Jones, we are focused on you. The firm has thousands of talented individuals and advanced technology supporting our office so that we can help you. If you would like to learn more about the Edward Jones approach to investing, please call to schedule an appointment.

    Together, we can get you to where you want to be.

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  • Vicki Madigan (Owner and Benefits Consultant at Madigan Insurance Group)

    Vicki Madigan

    Owner and Benefits Consultant at Madigan Insurance Group

    https://www.madiganins.com

    Vicki Madigan is an Agent/Broker owner of Madigan Insurance Group, Inc. Prior to opening her insurance agency in 2011, she spent most of her career in public education and corporate training. As an Agent/Broker she draws heavily upon her vast background in teaching to help present complex insurance issues in a style that makes sense and are easy to understand.

    Educated consumers are in much stronger position to help structure healthcare coverage that meets their specific needs. Techniques developed for successful teaching meld easily with the concept of a consultative enrollment process and produce positive outcomes for her clients.

    Along with her specific insurance related education, Vicki has a BS in Corrections and Alternative Education from Western Illinois University, and MS in Managerial Leadership from National-Louis University, Chicago, IL. Her post-graduate credit in Technology in Education from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. She holds a valid teaching license in grades K-12 in Illinois.

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  • Joyce Mahoney (Regional Vice President of Memory Care and Programming at Belmont Village Senior Living)

    Joyce Mahoney

    Regional Vice President of Memory Care and Programming at Belmont Village Senior Living

    https://www.belmontvillage.com

    Joyce Mahoney is the regional vice president of memory care and programming for Belmont Village Senior Living. She has over 20 years of experience in senior care services, as well as providing consultation, education and support services to healthcare professionals and caregivers.

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  • Bruce McElroy (Physical Therapist - Supervisor at Northwestern Medicine)

    Bruce McElroy

    Physical Therapist - Supervisor at Northwestern Medicine

    https://www.nm.org

    Bruce McElroy is the current supervising outpatient physical therapist at Northwestern Medicine - Northwest Region Rehabilitation Services in Crystal Lake, IL. Bruce has been a physical therapist for over 25 years and specializes in McKenzie based evaluation and treatment of spinal and extremity conditions, vestibular and balance programs to prevent falls and more recently has started an LSVT BIG physical therapy program to treat people living with Parkinson's Disease.

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  • Katie Monahan (Transitions Hospice)

    Katie Monahan

    Transitions Hospice

    https://www.transitionshospice.com

    Katie Monahan is the Director of Community Relations for Transitions Hospice. She provides continuing healthcare education for both the professional and consumer, builds partner relationships, manages social media for the business and guides prospective patients through the palliative care and hospice process.

    Katie earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Alverno College in Milwaukee, has 16+ years in the healthcare industry. She began her career as a Music Therapist with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music working with the geriatric population; became a Resident Social Service Coordinator for dual diagnosis seniors; worked as a property manager in low-income senior housing; was the Marketing Director in skilled home health care; and assisted in opening an inpatient psychiatric hospital in northern Illinois as the Community Liaison. A commitment to respect and servant-leadership as organizational values brought her to her current role with Transitions Hospice in 2019.

    A firm believer in the importance of volunteerism, Katie serves in several volunteer leadership positions. She is the Vice President of Continuity of Care – State Board, Vice President of Continuity of Care - Lake McHenry Chapter; President of the Senior Service Coalition of Lake County; founding member of the Coalition for Aging Resources & Education; and is the past Corporate Sponsorship Chair for the Lake County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, past President of Continuity of Care - Lake McHenry Chapter and past Vice President of the Lake County Behavioral Health Alliance. She has also served on several professional advisory committees for both hospice and not-for-profit home health agencies.

    When not working, Katie enjoys travelling both locally and abroad in search of the perfect oyster, learning about craft distilleries and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

    To contact Katie about speaking engagements, hospice and palliative consultations or healthcare resources in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, please call 815-687-4274 or email her at kmonahan@transitionshospice.com

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  • Dr. Viquar Mundozie (Family Medicine Physician at Mercyhealth System)

    Dr. Viquar Mundozie

    Family Medicine Physician at Mercyhealth System

    https://mercyhealthsystem.org/

    Specialty: Family Medicine, Primary Care, Weight Management
    Certification: American Board of Family Medicine
    Education: Medical School Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Belleville, IL
    Residency Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, Scott Air Force Base Hospital, IL, and Cardinal Glenon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis

    Additional areas of special interest include:
    Child and adolescent care
    Occupational medicine
    Patient education and advocacy
    Preventive care
    Weight management

    Mercyhealth Harvard South, 348 S. Division St., Harvard, IL 60033

    Dr. Mundozie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).

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  • Kerry R. Peck (Managing Partner at Peck Ritchey, LLC)

    Kerry R. Peck

    Managing Partner at Peck Ritchey, LLC

    https:///www.peckbloom.com/

    Kerry R. Peck is the managing partner of the Chicago law firm Peck Ritchey, LLC. His clients include families, hospitals, banks, the State of Illinois, County of Cook, and City of Chicago. For ten consecutive years, he has been selected by his peers in statewide surveys of Illinois attorneys as a “Super Lawyer”, an attorney to whom other attorneys would refer their family, and he was named a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. Mr. Peck is the recipient of the 2014 Justice John Paul Stevens Award, the Chicago Bar Association’s highest honor.

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  • Jeffrey Rabin (Attorney at Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associatese, Ltd.)

    Jeffrey Rabin

    Attorney at Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associatese, Ltd.

    https://www.RKBlegal.com

    Jeffrey Rabin, an attorney licensed in Illinois in 1980, has focused his law practice in the representation of disabled individuals seeking benefits under the Social Security Act. Mr. Rabin founded Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. in 1988 and has represented clients nationwide at all levels of the administrative process, and in the federal courts.

    Jeff has shared his experience well beyond his law practice. In April 2012 Mr. Rabin joined the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)– DuPage County Chapter and in 2016 became Chairperson of the Board of Directors, a position he still holds. He was elected in August 2015 as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County, a coalition of homeless service providers throughout Cook County. In 2000 Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala appointed Mr. Rabin as a member of the department’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Coordinating Committee. He has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Chemical Sensitivity Coalition of Chicago (CFCCC), and served for many years on the Board of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of Illinois. Jeff has also served as a member of the Northern Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Society Professional Advisory Committee and on its Advocacy Committee. From 1993 until 2001 Mr. Rabin was an elected member of the Deerfield District 109 School Board and served as Board President for one year. Mr. Rabin has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Deerfield, IL

    In May 2013 Mr. Rabin received the Volunteer Advocate of the Year award from the Lupus Foundation of Illinois.

    A frequent speaker on Social Security issues Mr. Rabin has lectured nationwide to a variety of community, legal, insurance and government agencies. He has lectured a number of times for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Represntatives (NOSSCR). He has testified before Congress on Social Security issues and was featured in a “60 Minutes” story on this area of the law. He has also had articles published in a variety of publications. Mr. Rabin has spoken to groups sponsored by the Lupus Foundation, American Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Gilda’s Club, The Arthritis Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and many others. On three occasions Mr. Rabin has been asked to speak at the annual conference of Illinois Township Officials and he has spoken at several Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Chicago Bar Association programs.

    Mr. Rabin is also the Principal of PR Legal Marketing, Inc. a marketing firm for Social Security and general litigation law firms nationwide. In this role he assists as a consultant to small and medium sized law firms on marketing and law office operation.

    Jeff graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1980, and the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1977 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. He and his wife Shari live in Lincolnshire, IL. Shari is a paralegal in the law practice and devotes much of her professional and personal time volunteering for social service agencies in the community. The rest of their time is spent enjoying their six young grandchildren.

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  • Donna Rasmussen (Financial Literacy Educator at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois, Inc.)

    Donna Rasmussen

    Financial Literacy Educator at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois, Inc.

    https://www.illinoiscccs.org

    Donna has been with CCCS for about nine months as the Financial Literacy Educator and enjoys assisting our local community in accessing help with their money management needs. She is a veteran and has worked in McHenry County for many years in the not for profit arena.

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  • Stephanie Rutter, CDP (Business Development Specialist at Arden Courts Memory Care Communities)

    Stephanie Rutter, CDP

    Business Development Specialist at Arden Courts Memory Care Communities

    https://www.arden-courts.com/

    Stephanie Rutter is the Business Developemnt Specialist for Arden Courts Memory Care Communities within the Chicagoland area. Her passion to serve individuals living with memory impairment is inspired by her own role as a caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease. Her firsthand experience lends to her empathetic approach to navigating the rough water of dementia.

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  • Benjamin Surmi (Social Gerontologist, MsG, Director of People and Culture at Koelsch Communities)

    Benjamin Surmi

    Social Gerontologist, MsG, Director of People and Culture at Koelsch Communities

    https://www.koelschseniorcommunities.com

    Empowering people to thrive – no matter what disability or cognitive
    disorder they may live with – is the focus of Benjamin’s work as a social
    gerontologist. Caregiver, activity director, lifelong learning center
    director, and home repair coordinator were each roles that shaped his
    understanding of the unique needs of seniors. He guides the personcentered
    training for over 2,400 employees in 8 states and is currently
    implementing an evidence‐based approach to care from France called
    Humanitude. He coaches 70+ wellness directors who support over
    1,500 seniors. His passion is imagining the impossible and building
    alliances that make it possible.

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  • Jonathon Thornton (Attorney at Bruning & Associates, P.C.)

    Jonathon Thornton

    Attorney at Bruning & Associates, P.C.

    https://www.bruninglaw.com

    Jonathan Thornton dedicates his legal practice to estate planning, probate law, business law, commercial litigation, and all areas of family law. Jonathan strongly advocates on behalf of his clients in order to provide the best possible resolution for each individual’s circumstances. Whether preparing a trust or discussing a family law case, Jonathan takes pride in providing intelligent legal advice to his clients in clear and understandable terms.

    Professional Background
    Jonathan joined the firm in July 2015 as an associate attorney. Prior to joining Bruning & Associates, Jonathan worked for several years at a law firm located in downtown Chicago. During law school, Jonathan was an Articles Editor with the Journal of College and University Law, interned with an Indiana Circuit Court, and attended the Notre Dame London Law Program.

    Professional Affiliations
    • Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • McHenry County Bar Association
    • BNI of Barrington
    • Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Community Service
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Wills for Veterans (Prairie State Legal Services)
    • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Pro Bono Legal Clinic

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  • Jim Whittington (Business Development / Accessibility Specialist at Extended Home Living Services, Inc. (EHLS))

    Jim Whittington

    Business Development / Accessibility Specialist at Extended Home Living Services, Inc. (EHLS)

    https://www.ehls.com

    Marketing Director/Accessibility Specialist at Extended Home Living Services Inc./Lifeway Mobility (EHLS)
    Jim has been with EHLS for 5 years as a liaison to state and city agencies, senior and community centers and hospital rehabilitation centers presenting safe accessibility solutions for people’s homes. Prior to this position he was a Trauma/Critical Care nurse for over 25 years.

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  • Loretta Woodward Veney (Motivational Speaker, Trainer & Author at Loretta Woodward Veney)

    Loretta Woodward Veney

    Motivational Speaker, Trainer & Author at Loretta Woodward Veney

    https://www.lorettaveney.com

    Loretta Woodward Veney was born with a love of life and a positive spirit. The three most important things in her life have always been her family, friends and faith. She loves adventures, traveling, learning something new every day and inspiring others.
    Throughout her life, Loretta has chronicled family events through journals, photos, and videos, seeking to capture every moment. After her beloved mother Doris was diagnosed dementia in 2006, Loretta began documenting the details of doctor visits, and recording people, places, and things as a substitute for her Mom's lost memory. The combination of written documentation and her incredible memory became Loretta's first published work in 2013, entitled Being My Mom’s Mom.
    Loretta’s second book published in 2017 entitled Refreshment for the Caregiver’s Spirit, is a collection of travel photos taken by Loretta and her late husband Tim. Each scenic photo contains an inspirational message from Loretta intended to lift caregiver’s spirits as they navigate life’s challenges. The designs in a coloring book entitled Colors Flowing from my Mind! were created by Loretta and will be published in February 2019.
    Since 2014 Loretta has delivered more than 300 presentations that have inspired audiences throughout the United States. Loretta and her Mom have been featured in articles in the Washington Post, the NY Times, the AARP website and a PBS Documentary featuring Alzheimer’s Caregivers. A 60-minute video of a presentation of Being My Mom’s Mom as well as all of the media articles can be found on the media page at www.lorettaveney.com

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