Upholding Justice for Older Americans on this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: A National Conversation

Source: National Center on Elder Abuse

Published: 2020


On this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15, 2020, we are truly finding that elder abuse is a global issue with global solutions. Partners throughout the Federal government are coming together to share their innovations. Join us for a national conversation about prominent elder justice issues, trends and resources available to promote awareness provide support and offer solutions in upholding justice for Older Americans. “Registration is limited but event will be recorded and archived for later viewing”

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.

Eden Ruiz-Lopez, MPA is the Assistant Deputy Director at the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). She provides leadership and direction for day-to-day project operations and administrative activities. She contributes to the planning, design, development and implementation of the project’s objectives, procedures, budgets, processes and standards. She also coordinates with federal, state and local agencies and ensures grant compliance.

Edwin L. Walker serves as the chief career official for the federal agency responsible for advocating on behalf of older Americans.

In this capacity, he guides and promotes the development of home and community-based long-term care programs, policies, and services designed to afford older people and their caregivers the ability to age with dignity and independence and to have a broad array of options available for an enhanced quality of life. This includes the promotion and implementation of evidence-based prevention interventions proven effective in avoiding or delaying the onset of chronic disease and illness.

Prior to joining the Administration on Aging, Mr. Walker served as the Director of the Missouri Division of Aging, responsible for administering a comprehensive set of human service programs for older persons and adults with disabilities.

He received a Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University.

Jennifer Goldberg is Justice in Aging’s Deputy Director, based in the Washington D.C. office. As Deputy Director, Jennifer provides leadership for the National Center on Law and Elder Rights, and she is responsible for project planning, implementation and evaluation across Justice in Aging’s programs. She is a nationally recognized expert on the needs of low-income older adults and has a deep knowledge of the critical role legal services programs play in meeting those needs. Jennifer has experience advocating for seniors on Medicaid, Medicare, long-term services and supports, elder justice, income security, housing, and consumer issues. Jennifer has been with Justice in Aging since 2015, and previously directed the Justice in Aging Health Team.

Jennifer’s teaching experience includes serving as adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Justice in Aging, she spent fourteen years in legal services, most recently as the Director of Advocacy for Elder Law and Health Care at Maryland Legal Aid. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange from 2011 – 2015. Jennifer received a JD from Harvard Law School; and a LL.M. in advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.

Susan C. Lynch, JD, DrPH, is Senior Counsel for Elder Justice at the United States Department of Justice where, over the past two decades, she has led civil healthcare fraud prosecutions against long-term care providers for failing to adequately care for their residents and for engaging in financial exploitation of our nation’s vulnerable elderly. Dr. Lynch is the National Lead for the Department’s Elder Justice Task Forces nationwide, and is the Department’s subject matter expert on nursing home and home health agency fraud. Dr. Lynch has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School for the past 19 years and has taught healthcare policy courses and legal research and writing for international students. Dr. Lynch received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, and her L.L.M. (Masters of Law in Advocacy) with Distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center. Dr. Lynch received her DrPH in Health Leadership and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. Dr. Lynch volunteers her time on weekends as an EMT at her local firehouse in Maryland.

Jenefer Duane joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in December of 2011 where she serves as the Senior Program Analyst in the Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans. Ms. Duane leads the award-winning Money Smart for Older Adults and the Elder Fraud Prevention and Response Network programs. She was on the team that developed the SAR Report: Issues and Trends and supports the Office’s work to develop resources for financial institutions. Prior to joining the CFPB, Ms. Duane founder the non-profit Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) in California and served as its CEO for 10 years.

Suzanne McGovern is a Senior Advisor in the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She has been with the agency for 15 years, most recently as an Assistant Director of the Broker-Dealer Exam Program in the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations, responsible for examining broker dealers, investment advisers and creating an exam program for Municipal Advisors. She is also responsible for initiatives to protect Senior Investors, focus on Anti-money laundering issues and the ETF market. Suzanne came to the Commission with years of experience in the securities industry that includes sales, operations, trading and management. She has held several securities licenses including the Series 3, Series 7, Series 8, Series 63 and Series 65. Suzanne graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in Economics and has been the recipient of several awards at the SEC, including the Law and Policy Award, Excellence in Leadership and two Chairman’s Award for Excellence.

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. She has held several positions and received numerous awards and citations.

Lydia has a BS degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Puerto Rico.

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Link: Upholding Justice for Older Americans on this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: A National Conversation

Topics: Financial Abuse, Legal, Mandatory Reporting, Overview/General, Preparedness and Response, Prevention/Intervention

Access: Download, Web-based

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning, Teaching Others

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

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