Elder Law Task Force Members

Chair

Madame Justice Debra Todd
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh  

Administrative Chair

Zygmont A. Pines, Esquire 
State Court Administrator 
Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts 
Philadelphia 

Keelin S. Barry, Esquire 
The Law Office of Keelin S. Barry, LLC 
Philadelphia 
 
Ronald Barth 
President/CEO 
LeadingAge PA 
Mechanicsburg 
 
Honorable Penny L. Blackwell 
Court of Common Pleas of York County 
York 
 
Karen C. Buck, Esquire 
Executive Director 
SeniorLAW Center 
Philadelphia 
 
Ronald W. Costen, PhD, Esquire 
Director, Institute on Protective Services 
Temple University 
Harrisburg 
 
Carol Ruckert Fiorucci 
Register of Wills & Orphans’ Court Clerk 
Beaver County Courthouse 
Beaver 
 
Wilmarie Gonzalez 
Director, Bureau for Advocacy, 
 Protection & Education 
Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Harrisburg
 
Drew Grivna 

Pennsylvania Guardianship Services, LLC 
Beaver 
 
Carol Sikov Gross, Esquire 
Sikov and Love, P.A. 
Pittsburgh 
 
Kathleen Gustine, Esquire 
Director of Legal & Protective Services 
SWPA Area Agency on Aging 
Charleroi 
 
Neil E. Hendershot, Esquire 
Serratelli, Schiffman & Brown, P.C. 
Harrisburg 
 
Honorable Jay J. Hoberg 
Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County 
Lancaster 
 
Jeffrey R. Hoffmann, Esquire 
Friedman Schuman, P.C. 
Jenkintown 
 
Honorable Todd A. Hoover 
President Judge 
Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County 
Harrisburg 
 
Crystal Lowe 
Executive Director 
PA Association of Area Agencies on Aging 
Harrisburg 
 
Diane Menio 
Executive Director, Center for Advocacy 
for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly 
Philadelphia 
 
Honorable Lois E. Murphy 
Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County 
Norristown 
 
Rise P. Newman, Esquire 
Spector Gadon & Rosen, P.C. 
Philadelphia 
 
 

Deborah Cooper Nixon, Esquire 
Assistant District Attorney 
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office 
Philadelphia 
 
Honorable Joseph D. O’Keefe 
Administrative Judge, Orphans’ Court Division 
Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County 
Philadelphia 
 
Honorable Lawrence J. O’Toole 
Administrative Judge, Orphans’ Court Division 
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County 
Pittsburgh 

Joseph M. Olimpi, Esquire 
Olimpi, Kramer & York, LLC 
Beaver 
 
Honorable Paula Francisco Ott 
Superior Court of Pennsylvania 
West Chester 
 
Stephen P. Paschall, Esquire 
Lovett Bookman Harmon Marks LLP 
Pittsburgh 
 
John B. Payne, Esquire 
Garrison Law House, P.C. 
Pittsburgh
 
Katherine C. Pearson 
Professor of Law and Director 
Elder Law and Consumer Protection Clinic 
Pennsylvania State University 
Dickinson School of Law 
Carlisle 
 
Robert N. Peirce, Jr., Esquire 
Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. 
Pittsburgh 
 
Raymond Pepe, Esquire 
K&L Gates 
Harrisburg
 
Louise A. Rynd, Esquire 
General Counsel 
Pennsylvania Bankers Association 
Harrisburg 
 
Paul Stefano, Esquire 
Deputy Court Administrator 
Orphans’ Court Division 
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County 
Pittsburgh 
 
Catharine E. Thurston, Esquire 
Deputy General Counsel  
Governor’s Office of General Counsel 
Harrisburg 
 
Eugene Vittone, Esquire 
District Attorney 
Washington County District Attorney’s Office 
Washington 
 
Wendy M. Welfley 
President, Register of Wills and 
Clerks of Orphans’ Court Association 
Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills & 
Orphans’ Court Clerk of Perry County 
New Bloomfield 
 
Harriet Withstandley, Esquire 
Chief Counsel 
Pennsylvania Department of Aging 
Harrisburg 
 
Honorable George Zanic 
President Judge 
Court of Common Pleas of Huntingdon County 
Huntingdon 
 
Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., Esquire 
District Attorney 
Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office 
Pittsburgh 
 
 
6/23/2014