Elder Law Task Force

A new task force chaired by Justice Debra Todd will study the problems with guardianship, abuse and neglect, and access to justice being faced by older Pennsylvanians.

The Elder Law Task Force's research, studies and meetings are anticipated to be completed around April 2014. A period of preparation of the Task Force's report and recommendations will follow.

Committee Assignments

Guardians and Counsel

Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe, Chair
Judge Penny L. Blackwell, Vice Chair

Guardianship Monitoring

Judge Paula Francisco Ott, Chair
Rise P. Newman, Esq.

Elder Abuse and Neglect

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., Chair
Wilmarie Gonzalez

Task Force Members

Madame Justice Debra Todd, Chair
Zygmont A. Pines, Esq., Administrative Chair
Keelin S. Barry, Esq.
Ronald Barth
Honorable Penny L. Blackwell
Karen C. Buck, Esquire
Ronald W. Costen, PhD, Esq.
Carol Ruckert Fiorucci
Wilmarie Gonzalez
Drew Grivna
Carol Sikov Gross, Esq.
Kathleen Gustine, Esq.
Neil E. Hendershot, Esq.
Honorable Jay J. Hoberg
Jeffrey R. Hoffmann, Esq.
Honorable Todd A. Hoover
Crystal Lowe
Diane Menio
Honorable Lois E. Murphy
Rise P. Newman, Esq.
Deborah Cooper Nixon, Esq.
Honorable Joseph D. O’Keefe
Honorable Lawrence J. O’Toole
Joseph M. Olimpi, Esq.
Honorable Paula Ott
Stephen P. Paschall, Esq.
John B. Payne, Esq.
Katherine C. Pearson, Esq.
Robert N. Peirce, Jr., Esq.
Raymond Pepe, Esq.
Louise A. Rynd, Esq.
Paul Stefano, Esq.
Catharine E. Thurston, Esq.
District Attorney Eugene Vittone
Wendy M. Welfley
Harriet Withstandley, Esq.
Honorable George Zanic
District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.

Task Force Staff

Darren M. Breslin, Esq.
Rhonda Campbell
Kimberly Cataldo
Amy J. Ceraso, Esq.
Stephen M. Feiler, PhD
Cherstin M. Hamel
Owen J. Kelly, Esq.
Joseph J. Mittleman, Esq.
Kim Nieves, PhD
Patricia A. Ranieri, Esq.