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Daniel Wildes joined the Center in July 2013 to work on a temporary data manipulation project. Center management so appreciated Daniel's accuracy and attention to detail that he was offered a full-time position as soon as one opened up in the Appeals department. Daniel continues to assist with other special projects as needed. Daniel graduated from the … Read more

Elizabeth Maldonado came to the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2000, seeking a position in Secretarial work and that was also close to home. Before coming to the Center Elizabeth worked as Secretary for the Windham Public Schools Special Education Department and also for the schools Bilingual Department.  She also worked as Secretary for the Windham … Read more

Shaun Harrington joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in April 2008 as Assistant Data Manager, after a distinguished tenure with CT Tymetrix, a corporate/legal data support company where he earned multiple honors, including employee of the year.   Mr. Harrington brings to the Center his technical expertise in Windows based programs, network solutions, and data management, … Read more

Lisa Hall joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy's Data Unit in 1991 to temporarily assist with a large mailing project.  Soon after, she was hired as the Center’s third, full-time, Data Unit staff member. With the rapid increase in staff at the Data Unit shortly thereafter, Ms. Hall's position developed into that of Entitlement Analyst/Manager which … Read more

Sue Greeno joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2015 with over 20 years of social justice and advocacy work under her belt. As a Medicare Advocate, Ms. Greeno works to improve health care access for all people who rely on Medicare, through personal advocacy and the delivery of CMA’s educational and outreach programs. Prior to joining The … Read more

Susan Collins joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 1990. In the decades since, Susan has become an invaluable "first responder" to the thousands of calls and letters the Center fields from people around the country each year. In addition to screening and answering incoming inquiries, Susan creates, maintains and updates the Center's educational materials, … Read more

Casey Carpenter came to the Center as a part-time student employee in the documents department. After a year of dedicated part-time work and graduation, she became a full-time Legal Assistant. Since then, Casey has transitioned to perform Executive Assistant duties, in addition to working closely with the lawyers and advocacy staff. Casey also coordinates events for the Center, … Read more

Crystal Campbell is the Documents Manager for the Center for Medicare Advocacy.  She manages the flow of work into, out of, and throughout the Center. Crystal came to the Center in August 2012. She is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Sport and Leisure Management with a Minor in Health. 

Ben Belton, Former Senior Advisor to the Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration, and the first recipient of the Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., Social Justice & Advocacy Award, is the Chiplin Senior Fellow in the Center for Medicare Advocacy's Washington, DC office. Ben most recently served in the administration of President Barack Obama as a Senior Advisor to the … Read more

Corinna Beebe joined the Data Unit in 1994 as an Entitlement Analyst, which eventually turned into the position of Appeals Analyst.  Now, as Appeals Manager, Corinna's background in customer service and accounting serves her well in her work with providers and Medicare Appeals Contractors on the Center’s Third Party Liability Project.  Corinna attended the University of … Read more

Dara Valanejad joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2017, and works in conjunction with the Long-Term Care Community Coalition. Mr. Valanejad’s work primarily centers around nursing home and long-term care issues. Mr. Valanejad graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where he was a senior staff member of the American University Law Review, a … Read more

Wey-Wey Kwok has been a staff attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy since 2002. In addition to her work with the Litigation Unit, she represents Medicare beneficiaries in appealing coverage denials of home health and skilled nursing facility care. Previously, Ms. Kwok worked as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii in … Read more

Madeline Korber joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2016.  Ms. Korber provides a variety of direct representation, administrative law, research, analysis, and writing with a focus on issues related to our work, low-income and dually eligible Medicare beneficiaries, and CT health policy matters. Ms. Korber is a graduate of the UConn School of Law and … Read more

Kata M. Kertesz, joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2014 as a Policy Attorney. Her legal work focuses on the rights of those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Savings Programs, and other matters regarding access to health care for lower-income people. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. … Read more

Paul Grabowski is an Attorney in the Center’s Connecticut office. He represents beneficiaries throughout the Medicare appeals system to obtain coverage for services that have been unfairly denied. Mr. Grabowski is a graduate of the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he served as a member of the law review, and received graduation awards for academic … Read more

Toby S. Edelman has been representing older people in long-term care facilities since 1977. As a Senior Policy Attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy since January 2000, Ms. Edelman provides training, research, policy analysis, consultation, and litigation support relating to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  Under two grants from the Commonwealth Fund, she … Read more

Mary Ashkar has worked as an attorney for the Center for Medicare Advocacy since 2002.  She is currently a senior attorney, co-manages the cases of the Center’s largest client, and provides legal assistance, education, and representation on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries who have been unfairly denied Medicare coverage or access to health care.  Ms. Ashkar … Read more

Scott Perkins is the Development Director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy and is responsible for strengthening, diversifying and managing the Center's fundraising and communications programs.  Mr. Perkins has an MA in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University.  While Naropa provided a rigorous course of academic study, Mr. Perkins was more deeply impacted by the experiences … Read more

Matthew Shepard came to the Center For Medicare Advocacy in 1996, seeking a brief respite from the education field. Expecting a short-term, uninvolved job, Matt found, upon getting to know his fellow staff and the work of the Center, that he had no desire to leave. He has since moved from general office assistance to coordinating … Read more

Ali Bers conducts federal litigation aimed at making systemic improvements to Medicare for elders and people with disabilities. She has litigated numerous class actions addressing policies and practices that improperly deny Medicare coverage or block fair access to Medicare’s administrative appeal system.  Ms. Bers also represents individuals who have been denied coverage for medically necessary care, … Read more

David A. Lipschutz, joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in June 2010. Based in the Center’s Washington, DC office, Mr. Lipschutz engages in public policy issues surrounding Medicare and related coverage as they impact Medicare beneficiaries. This work includes federal administrative and legislative advocacy, collaboration with other consumer advocates to address systemic issues, and monitoring, analyzing and … Read more

Kathleen Holt joined The Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2014 as Associate Director.  Ms. Holt began her career with CIGNA Insurance Company, developing insurance claim process improvement strategies. After obtaining her M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from the University of Connecticut, Ms. Holt helped protect patient rights and expand patient services as a hospital administrator – … Read more

Judith Stein founded the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in 1986, where she is currently the Executive Director.  Ms. Stein has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975.  From 1977 until 1986, Ms. Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare … Read more