Stronger Together Elder Justice Tools for WEAAD and Beyond Webinar

Source: National Center on Elder Abuse

Published: 2019


This historic collaboration featured speakers from Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), Elder Justice Initiative at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Social Security Administration (SSA), Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and showcased innovations highlighting all the latest in-demand tools created by organizations that are committed to providing consumer and professional education, and dedicated to the goal of justice for all.

Speakers include:

Julie Schoen serves as the Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, NCEA, a $6 million federally-funded initiative which focuses on information regarding policy, research, training, and resources related to the neglect and exploitation of older adults for policymakers, professionals, and the public. Julie has the ability to build and manage effective organizational relationships collaboratively and forge pragmatic solutions on readily changing and complex aging issues. Her experience working with diverse communities and across generations combined with her ability to work on multiple levels with a wide variety of constituencies is her passion and strength.

Tami Sieckman joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as a founding member in May of 2011.  She serves as the Outreach Coordinator in CFPB’s Office for the Financial Protection of Older Americans.  The Office for Older Americans is dedicated to helping older consumers make sound financial decisions as they age and protect them from financial harm. Prior to joining the Bureau, Tami directed the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership in Las Vegas, NV.  She managed outreach for a number of conservation initiatives including an award-winning anti-litter campaign, a volunteer program, and a cultural site stewardship program.  Previously she worked at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for nearly 20 years in their Victim Assistance Program, Major Violator Unit, and as an investigator in the Public Assistance Fraud division.

Susan C Lynch, JD, DrPH is Senior Counsel for Elder Justice at the Department of Justice where she has been civilly prosecuting healthcare fraud cases for over 20 years.  Dr. Lynch is the Department expert on failure of care nursing home cases and is the National Lead for the Department’s 10 Elder Justice Task Forces across the nation.  Dr. Lynch is also a national lead on the Department’s new Elder Justice Coordinator Training.  She has resolved some of the Department’s most complicated nursing home cases, obtaining the Department’s largest civil settlements in these matters.  Dr. Lynch also works extensively on the Department’s elder justice policy as part of the Department’s Elder Justice Initiative and has her Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on gerontology.  Dr. Lynch also teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.

Alan E. Sorcher is an Assistant Director in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).   Alan assists OIEA in its mission to inform and educate investors on frauds and other information relevant to investing in securities.  Alan joined the SEC from Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP where he was a Director advising financial institutions on anti-money laundering and financial crime compliance. Earlier in his career, Alan was a Branch Chief in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, a Senior Advisor at Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Senior Counsel at the Federal Reserve Board.  Alan also spent almost ten years as a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Alan holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

Lydia E. Chévere has served as Public Affairs Specialist in Baltimore, MD since July 2004. As a Public Affairs Specialist, she is responsible for carrying out public information projects to improve the public’s understanding of the various Social Security Programs. She represents Social Security Administration in local events organized by local, regional and national organizations benefiting individuals at conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings.   Lydia began her career with the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative in 1999.  Lydia has received numerous Agency Awards and Citations. Lydia has a BS degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks is one of the founding members of three key organizations in this area: Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA, now Elder Abuse Ontario), CNPEA, and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). She was the architect of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in 2003. For nearly a quarter century, Elizabeth has conducted research and published extensively in the area of abuse and neglect, as well as support the efforts of others. Dr. Podnieks generated the project “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in Cyberspace” working with national and international partners to harness social media in raising awareness of senior abuse. Dr. Podnieks received the Order of Canada for her work in the area of abuse prevention, including the first Canadian incidence study in 1989. On June 14th, 2012, she also received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of her lifetime commitment and efforts. She is currently working with Dr. Pamela Teaster and Dr. Georgia Anetzberger on the second phase of the global study The Worldwide Face of Elder Abuse “.

Aiesha Gurley-Parry joined the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) in 2010, and serves as an Aging Specialist in the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Service. She is responsible for ACL’s elder prevention programs and the National Center on Elder Abuse Resource Center.  Prior to her work in ACL, she has experience in working with and advocating on behalf of at-risk inner-city children and families that are involved in child protective services or child welfare system. Ms. Gurley-Parry received a B.A. in Human Development/Social Services from Howard University in 2001.

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PowerPoint Slide

Link: Stronger Together Elder Justice Tools for WEAAD and Beyond Webinar

Topics: Financial Abuse, Legal, Mandatory Reporting, Multidisciplinary Teams, Overview/General, Physical Abuse, Screening/Assessment

Access: Download, Web-based

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning, Teaching Others

Audience: Advocates, Caregivers, Community, Finance, Legal/Law Enforcement, Social Services

Level: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate