Charles P. Sabatino, J.D. has been the Director of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, located in Washington, DC, since 1984. The Commission is a policy and practice research, education, and advocacy body within the ABA, focused on the rights of older adults. Mr. Sabatino’s work focuses on research and project development in the areas … Read more

Kate Stonebreaker, a Registered Nurse with a background in social science, joined the Center in 2016.  She cares deeply about the voices and dignity of vulnerable populations, and has a particular interest in caretaking and issues surrounding death and dying.  At the Center, she brings her knowledge as a nurse to the analysis and interpretation of medical … Read more

Marion Platt has served on the board of The Center for Medicare Advocacy since its inception in 1986. Ms. Platt has been an advocate for special education services for over thirty-five years serving preschoolers through adults in Connecticut and Illinois as a teacher, administrator, professional development coordinator and consultant.  Areas of expertise include special education … Read more

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

Julia Evans Starr, MSW, is a leading authority on issues affecting the growing and diverse population of older adults. Her work transcends the branches of government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) as well as municipalities and a vast network of community providers. Julia led Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging for over twenty years, until it was … Read more

Attorney Bess Brewer is a sole practitioner in Sacramento, California.  Her practice is devoted to litigating Social Security Disability cases at the federal court level.  Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Brewer was Directing Attorney for Northern California Lawyers for Civil Justice (NCLCJ), a staff attorney with the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) in … Read more

Patricia Nemore is a senior policy attorney in the Washington, DC office of the Center for Medicare Advocacy.  Ms. Nemore has been an advocate for older people and people with disabilities seeking health care for  more than thirty -five  years. Her practice has focused on Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care, with special emphasis on issues … Read more

Connie Neal has been a member of the Center for Medicare Advocacy board of directors since 1986.  She is currently serving as Secretary.  Ms. Neal has served on several boards throughout the years, including those of Windham Memorial Community Hospital, Mt. Hope Montessori School, and Altrusa International, Inc. of Northeastern Connecticut, an association of professional … Read more

Sally Hart is consulting counsel to the Center For Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in Willimantic, Connecticut, and is located in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from Stanford University and Boston University School of Law (cum laude), and received a Masters in Business Taxation from U.S.C. Ms. Hart specializes in public health benefits law, particularly the problems encountered … Read more

Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law and the Director of Stetson’s on-line LL.M. in Elder Law.  She is a successor co-author of Matthew Bender’s Tax, Estate, and Financial Planning for the Elderly and … Read more

Attorney Brad Gallant is a Partner in the law firm of Day Pitney LLP. His practice includes traditional trust and estate planning and administration, special needs and disabilities planning, planning for same-sex couples and their families, planning for incapacity, and all types of probate litigation. Mr. Gallant is the immediate past Chair of the Estates … 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. 

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

Stephanie Allard Aston comes to the Center with a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and over 27 years of experience in the private sector and in-house counsel areas of litigation, land use, and real estate.  In the past ten years, she was able to broaden her litigation experience in defending aging services cases. During this … 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

Gill Deford is of-counsel to the Litigation team at the Center for Medicare Advocacy.  Mr. Deford was a staff attorney for eighteen years with the National Senior Citizens Law Center in Los Angeles, specializing in health law, public pensions, ERISA, and SSI.  He was later the director of a Massachusetts agency providing legal assistance to … Read more

CLIFFORD ROTH joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy as a staff attorney in June 2019. Mr. Roth came to the Center with prior experience as a Medicare regulatory advisor for two county organized health systems (COHS) in California, each offering Medicare Advantage plans for people with both Medicare and Medicaid. More recently, Mr. Roth was Director … 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 co-manages the cases of the Center’s largest client, and represents beneficiaries throughout the Medicare appeals system to obtain coverage for services that have been unfairly denied. He has extensive experience training Connecticut SHIP counselors in all aspects of Medicare law. Mr. Grabowski produces educational … 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

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 older adults and people with disabilities. She has litigated numerous class actions addressing policies and practices that improperly deny Medicare coverage or that block fair access to Medicare’s administrative appeal system. Ms. Bers also speaks and writes on Medicare topics as part … 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