NAELA Office and Staff

Our offices are located at 1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 310, Vienna, Virginia 22182 and are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, except holidays. Our telephone number is (703) 942-5711, and our fax number is (703) 563-9504. You may leave a voicemail message 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also direct general questions to us via email. Our general email inbox is monitored during business hours.

NAELA staff members can help you with any questions you might have about your NAELA membership, events, publications, public policy, etc. The key responsibilities for each staff member will help you connect with the right person quickly, but know that any staff member can assist you with your questions or get your call or email to the right person for a prompt response.

Please note that NAELA staff cannot provide any legal counseling. If you are seeking legal advice or need to find an Elder Law attorney, please see NAELA's Member Directory.


Peter G. Wacht, CAE
Executive Director
703-942-5711 #227
NAELA’s chief executive officer responsible for strategic planning, oversees day-to-day operations, and implements policies and procedures.

Key Responsibilities
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee
  • Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP)
  • Nominating Committee

Ann Watkins
Director of Operations
703-942-5711 #226

Key Responsibilities
  • Accounts payable and receivable
  • Maintaining the NAELA Store and Online Education Center
  • Meeting and event registration
  • Managing day-to-day operations
Andy Knoll
Chapter Services Manager
703-942-5711 #233

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage Chartered NAELA Chapters and Chapter service packages, serve as liaison for Chapter governance and leadership support
  • Staff liaison to Advocacy/Litigation, Practice Success, Trust/Special Need Trusts, GAP and Special Needs Law sections steering committees
  • Develop and manage Volunteer Engagement Programs
  • Chapter website and communications development
Susan (Suzy) Buckshaw
Program and Support Coordinator
703-942-5711 #221

Key Responsibilities
  • Administrative support to Executive Director, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors
  • Group meeting and event planning (non-educational programming)
  • General membership and operations support
  • Staff liaison to CAP Programs Committee
Membership and Meetings

Trish Fratarcangelo
Member Services Manager

703-942-5711 #222
Manages NAELA membership programs and activities.
  • Membership management
  • Member directory
  • Staff liaison to NAELA Chapters
Meetings and Education

Dannie Larkin
Meetings and Education Coordinator
703-942-5711 #229
Coordinates NAELA’s meetings and continuing legal education-related activities.

Key Responsibilities
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
  • Exhibits and sponsorships
  • Meetings and Education web content
Pamela (Pam) Yanni
Meetings and Education Manager

703-942-5711 #231
Manages the execution of educational programs and meetings.

Key Responsibilities
  • NAELA’s educational programming targets
  • Staff liaison to the Program and Education Committee
  • Budgets for educational programs
  • Site selection and contract negotiations
 Miles Truax 
 Program Manager 
703-942-5711 #234 
Project Management of Online Learning Projects and Learning System and staff liaison to the Guardianship, Healthcare, Tax and Young/New section steering committees.

Key Responsibilities
  • Online Learning Program Execution 
  • Learning System Set-up and Management
Kirsten Brown Simpson
Sr. Director, Planning and Programs

703-942-5711 #224
Business planning and marketing.

Key Responsibilities
  • Strategic direction to membership, meetings and marketing
  • NAELA messaging and campaigns
  • Member demographics, trending, and analysis


Nancy M. Sween
Sr. Director, Communications and Publications

703-942-5711 #225
Directs NAELA’s external communications activities and publications.

Key Responsibilities
  • NAELA News content, planning, and advertising
  • NAELA Journal content and planning
  • Public relations

David Goldfarb
Public Policy Manager

703-942-5711 #232
Contact for NAELA public policy/advocacy initiatives

Key Responsibilities

  • Staff liaison for Public Policy committees
  • Represents the Academy in its coalition advocacy activities
Abegail (Abby) Matienzo
Communications Associate

703-942-5711 #230
Integral part of NAELA’s external communications activities.

Key Responsibilities
  • Media requests for interviews/information
  • NAELA’s speaker/writer bureau
  • Elder Law Month
  • Special Needs Law Month
  • eBulletin production
  • Website traffic and quality control