NAELA Board of Directors


The management of NAELA is vested in the board of directors and consists of no more than 26 elected representatives of the regular members of NAELA (including the elected officers).


The board focuses on issues pertaining to the overall mission of NAELA.

  • The board develops and approves policy - NAELA policies are the principles that define the way NAELA operates.
  • The board approves and updates strategic plans.
  • The board exercises a fiduciary responsibility by approving responsible budgets and by ensuring that NAELA finances are properly managed.
  • The board oversees and evaluates NAELA programs
  • to assure that objectives are being achieved.
  • The board assures that basic legal and ethical responsibilities are met by the organization.
  • The board retains (and discharges) professional management, legal counsel and all other consultants.
  • The day-to-day management of NAELA is delegated by the board to appropriate staff. The board evaluates its performance and that of the staff on a regular basis. The board refrains from directing staff activity and micro-managing NAELA affairs.
  • Board meetings are open to all regular members to attend except as otherwise announced.
  • Board meetings are governed by Robert's Rules of Order.
  • In addition to meetings held in conjunction with the symposium and the institute, the board may meet for an annual retreat as needed.
  • Terms of officers are for a one year term; terms of directors are for two year terms. Each officer will hold office until his/her successor will have been duly elected and will have qualified. Each director will hold office from June 1 until May 30, or until his/her successor will have been selected and qualified.
  • The board should include a balanced mix of representatives from NAELA membership and should reflect the membership in geography, practice type, nationalities and sex.
  • The board should allow for membership discussion and input on any matters of a controversial manner.

(If you are interested in serving on the NAELA Board of Directors, please contact Pete Wacht, Executive Director)

Executive Committee

The executive committee is composed of the elected officers and the immediate past president. The executive director serves on the executive committee as a non-voting member.

  • The executive committee acts in place and instead of the board of directors between board meetings on all matters pursuant to delegation of authority to such committee by the board of directors except on those matters:
    • specifically reserved to the board by the bylaws or resolution of the board
    • in contravention of a specific policy or resolution there-to-fore adopted by the board of directors of NAELA.
  • Meetings are open to all board members - minutes are circulated to the board upon final approval by the executive committee.
  • The executive committee recognizes the fact that the management of NAELA is vested in the board of directors and not the executive committee.

NAELA Board of Directors 2014-2015

NAELA Board Contact Information

Full NameCompanyCityState ProvincePosition
Bradley J. Frigon, CELALaw Offices of Bradley J. FrigonEnglewoodCOPresident10016FrigonBradley10016
Howard S. Krooks, Esq., CELA, CAPElder Law Associates PABoca RatonFLPast President6537Krooks, Esq.Howard6537
Shirley Berger WhitenackSchenck, Price, Smith & King, LLPFlorham ParkNJPresident Elect6391WhitenackShirley6391
Catherine Anne Seal, CELAKirtland & Seal, LLCColorado SpringsCOVice President9576SealCatherine9576
Hyman G. Darling, CELA,CAPBacon Wilson, PCSpringfieldMATreasurer11382DarlingHyman11382
Michael J. AmorusoAmoruso & Amoruso, LLPRye BrookNYSecretary1793AmorusoMichael1793
Wendy Shparago Cappelletto, CAPOffice of the Public GuardianChicagoILDirector10364CappellettoWendy10364
Patricia E. Kefalas DudekPatricia E. Kefalas Dudek & AssociatesFarmington HillsMIDirector11350DudekPatricia11350
Julie M. Fiedler, CELAHorizon Elder Law & Estate Planning, INC.San RamonCADirector2324FiedlerJulie2324
Roberta K. FlowersStetson College of LawGulfportFLDirector12382FlowersRoberta12382
Jason A. Frank, CELAFrank, Frank & Scherr, LLCLuthervilleMDDirector946FrankJason946
David GodfreyABA - Commission on Law and AgingWashingtonDCDirector10495GodfreyDavid10495
Morris Klein, CELAAttorney at LawBethesdaMDDirector11344KleinMorris11344
Ron M. LandsmanRon M. Landsman, PARockvilleMDDirector822LandsmanRon822
Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELAWalker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLCGarnerNCDirector7954McDowellLetha7954
David L. McGuffey, CELAElder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey, LLCDaltonGADirector10740McGuffeyDavid10740
Leonard E. Mondschein, CELAThe Elder Law Center of Mondschein and Mondschein, PAMiamiFLDirector9744MondscheinLeonard9744
Samantha L. Shepherd, CELAShepherd Elder Law Group, LLCOverland ParkKSDirector5941ShepherdSamantha5941
Jennifer L. VanderVeen, CELATuesley Hall Konopa LLPSouth BendINDirector1884VanderVeenJennifer1884
Michael C. Weeks, CELAThe Weeks Group, LLCSaint CharlesMODirector2864WeeksMichael2864