May 23, 2019   
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NAELA Announces 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), an association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to older Americans and individuals with special needs, proudly announces its Board of Directors for 2019-2020. 

The following board members will begin serving in their new leadership roles on June 1, 2019:

• President: Jennifer VanderVeen, CELA, CAP, NAELA Fellow (South Bend, Ind.)
• President- Elect: Wendy Cappelletto, CAP (Chicago, Ill.)
• Vice President: Michael Weeks, CELA (Saint Charles, Mo.)
• Treasurer: David Godfrey (Washington, D.C.)
• Secretary: Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA (Kitty Hawk, N.C.)
• Past President: Michael J. Amoruso, Esq., CAP, NAELA Fellow (Rye Brook, N.Y.)

Returning Directors:
• Leonard Mondschein, CELA, CAP (Miami, Fla.)
• Bridget O’Brien Swartz, CELA (Phoenix, Ariz.)

New Directors:
• Roberta Flowers (Gulfport, Fla.)
• Judith Flynn, CELA (Quincy, Mass.)
• Marielle Hazen, CELA (Harrisburg, Pa.)
• S. Clinton Nix  (Abilene, Tex.)

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit

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