Keynote: Paul Greenwood is the lead prosecutor of San Diego’s District Attorney’s Office Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit. After completing his bachelor degree and legal studies in England, Mr. Greenwood worked as a barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Greenwood was admitted to the California Bar, under which he became a prosecutor in 1993. Since starting his current position in 1996, Mr. Greenwood has prosecuted over 600 cases of Elder Abuse. He has been the featured speaker at countless events, and he has been featured on both CBS’ “Eye on America” and NBC’s “Nightly News.” Mr. Greenwood has been the recipient of many awards, and he was inducted into the Elder Right’s Advocacy Hall of Fame. In his spare time, Mr. Greenwood travels the country educating the public and professionals on how to both protect against and prosecute elder abuse.
- Testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in June 2001, July 2007 & November 2012
- Involved in the prosecution of over 600 felony cases of elder and dependent adult abuse, both physical and financial
- Prosecuted ten murder cases and in seven of them obtained a first degree murder conviction in the past 18 years
- Co -Chair of California’s DA Elder Abuse Committee
- Assisted with drafting Elder Abuse legislation for California Evidence Code
- Featured on both CBS’s “Eye on America” and NBC’s “Nightly News”
- A presenter at the first International Conference of Elder Abuse held in Toronto, Canada in March, 1998
- San Diego DA’s Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit was awarded the California State Association of Counties’ Challenge Award for innovation in 1998
- Named as one of the “Lawyers of the Year” by the California Lawyer magazine in December 1999
- An instructor with the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA); the National District Attorneys Association, and the American Prosecutors Institute
- Served as a legal consultant to the BBC
Guest Speaker: Sandy Markwood is a national advocate for aging issues and a champion for ensuring that people have the best supports to age well at home and in their communities. As the CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), she has been committed to ensuring that as a society we value and support people across the lifespan. That commitment has taken many forms including advocacy with multiple Administrations and on Capitol Hill for the passage of legislation aimed at supporting older adults including access to critical information, in-home services, and caregiver support.
Sandy has also been a national expert in the design and development of age-friendly or livable communities for all ages. Under her leadership, n4a has worked with hundreds of communities to ensure that they are good places to grow up as well as good places to grow old. n4a’s work in this area is expanding as they have taken on a leadership role with the national coalition, Dementia Friendly America and launching Dementia Friends in the U.S.
A passionate advocate, Sandy and her organization have launched campaigns focused on combating social isolation of older adults, promoting the health benefits of volunteering and engagement no matter your age, exploring new transportation and housing options as we age, among others. Her goal and the goal of n4a is to ensure that we all have the ability to age with good health, independence, and the quality of life we all deserve. Aging isn’t just about adding years to our lives…it’s about adding life to those years.
Guest Speaker: Kit Gruelle is a Domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocate with 28 years experience in both urban and rural settings. Areas of expertise include community education (specializing in law enforcement, health care, general community education), local, state and national conferences. Developed and coordinated CCR (Community Coordinated Response) program in Chatham County, NC Co-facilitator with more than 14 years of experience planning, developing and implementing training/curriculum for law enforcement officers in California, with a focus on domestic violence for first responders, public safety dispatchers and hostage negotiators.
Creator/co-producer (with Cynthia Hill, Cindy Waitt and Gloria Steinem) Private Violence Documentary Film Project (www.privateviolence.com)
BS in Sociology (Concentration in Violence Against Women) Appalachian State Expert Witness, United States Federal Court and North Carolina Superior Court
Karolina Abuzyarova: Karolina Abuzyarova joined the Administrative Office of the Utah State Courts in 2011 as a Program Coordinator to build a new guardianship monitoring program for vulnerable adults. In 2013 Karolina identified, applied and received a seed grant from National Guardianship Network to establish Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders that she currently manages.
Karolina worked at the Utah State Bar as Pro Bono Coordinator where she started Debtor’s Counseling Clinic. She managed Executive Development Program at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Kyiv for the Ukrainian Presidential Secretariat and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. She served as Government Liaison Specialist for the Global Libraries Program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the International Research and Exchanges Board.
Karolina holds Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics and Public Administration from the University of Utah where she was an Edmund Muskie/Freedom Support Act Graduate fellow in 2003-2005. Karolina grew up in Ukraine and lived and worked in New York City, Washington D.C., Kyiv, and Buenos Aires. She speaks Russian, Ukrainian and Spanish.
In 2015 while on a four months unpaid leave, Karolina studied guardianship laws in Argentina. In fall 2016 she presented her comparative guardianship study of Utah and Argentina from the perspective of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the National Aging and Law Conference organized by the American Bar Association. Over the 2016-2017 she secured $100,000 of grant funding to help the Utah State Courts advance guardianship reform.
Tracey Larson Bank of American Fork: Tracey Larson is Vice President and Director of Internal Communications at People’s Intermountain Bank, the parent company of a family of community banks, including Bank of American Fork. With 30 years of banking experience, Larson managed a large training and development program for Zions Bank and has been project manager over several organizational processes at her current bank, including product development, process improvement, and talent management.
In 2011, Larson was instrumental in developing an age-friendly banking initiative, including internal employee training, community outreach and awareness, reporting of elder exploitation, promoting an age-friendly culture, and the implementation of an award-winning product, AccountSmart™ Tools for Seniors. She has consulted with several associations, including American Bankers Association and AARP, to replicate this program throughout the nation. Being the daughter of aging parents, she has a passion for protecting and assisting senior customers with their banking needs. She currently serves as the financial representative on the Utah Commission on Aging. Larson and her husband live in West Jordan, Utah and are the parents of three sons and grandparents of two precocious little girls.
Rob Ence Commission on Aging: Rob Ence has served as the Executive Director for the Utah Commission on Aging since May 2016. He also provides executive consulting for the Bateman Horne Center of Excellence, a non-profit research clinic specializing in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
Previously Rob was the West Regional Vice President for AARP (2011-2015) after serving nine years (2002-2010) as the AARP Utah State Director. Prior to AARP, Ence’s other career work included Planned Parenthood of Utah and the Midtown Community Health Center in Ogden, Sage Creek Apparel Company, Advisors West Financial, Northwestern Mutual, and Marriott Corporation. He is the owner of Sage Creek Management, a private business management firm.
Ence has extensive experience in the financial services industry and previously served as the principle for small securities broker dealer. He earned an MBA with an International Certification for Management from the University of Utah in 1991. Ence has lectured frequently on financial security and older adult issues and has served on several boards of directors including HealthInsight Utah and Management Corporation, Envision Utah, Alzheimer’s Association, and was a founding member of the Utah Commission on Aging in 2005. Ence resides with his spouse, Liz, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have four children and sixteen grandchildren.
Chris Lehosky: Is the Utah State Auditor for Adult Protective Services. Chris provides leadership and coordination of Financial Exploitation cases. Chris has 34 years experience identifying financial fraud and providing analysis for both civil and criminal cases. Chris has conducted hundreds of financial investigations and has worked closely with worldwide Investigators and Law Enforcement Agencies. Chris has testified in State court and her analysis and documents have been used as evidence in multiple criminal courts across the globe.
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Karen McMullin: is the Investor Education Coordinator for the Division of Securities, and also manages the Stock Market Game Program for Utah Educators and students. Karen is a Weber State graduate, a former school teacher and has been with the Division since 2002. She has been instrumental in the dramatic increase in Investor Education events offered to the public in recent years.
Darren Hotton: Darren Hotton has been with the State of Utah: Department of Human Services Aging and Adult Services for twelve years. He is the Program Administrator for the Utah Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIP), Utah Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
Darren received his Bachelors Degree in Business Management in December 2001 from the University of Utah. He also received his Certified Public Manager designation in December 2004.
Martha Garner: Martha Garner has been the Director of the Monticello Senior Center for 15 plus years. Some of Martha’s hobbies are Cooking, Art, 4 Wheeling, spending time with Grandchildren, Decorating, and Reading.
Jolynn Orr: Works for San Jan County. She is the director at the Blanding Senior Center.
She worked at the Utah State Developmental Center in American Fork where she received the prestigious Blue Chip award along with many outstanding achievement rewards for Writing and implementing her training programs. She had many years of managerial experience in the food industry where she was awarded employee of the year many times. She loves the outdoors and is an avid rock hound. She says her greatest reward so far has been serving and loving the senior citizens of San Juan County.
Maryanna Hutnik is the founding Center Director of the Sierra La Sal Senior Center located in La Sal Utah, San Juan County. Chaplain/Surgeon Officer for the VFW Post 10900 and VFW Honor Guard since 1996. Member of the Scottish American Military Society Post 1847and SAMS Honor Guard. Disabled American Veterans Association member since 1992. United States Air Force Veteran of fourteen years with two years in support of Desert Storm. Prior service duties included C-141 Crew Chief, 91st Security Police Squadron Training Officer and Security Forces Augmentee, Training Manager and Inspector for the 857th Logistics Division. Utah State Licensed DOPL Security Officer. Founding Chapter Chairman of the Canyonlands Mule Deer Foundation. Advid outdoorsman who likes to spend time with her family hunting, fishing and camping
Marylou Harvey Was a Case Manager for San Juan Counseling and mental Health for 13 years, She has been the Bluff Senior Center Director since 2006, She is a San Juan County Volunteer Victim Advocate since 2015, and a Navajo Language Interpreter since 2015.
Delton Pugh: Resides in Blanding, Utah with his wife. He currently works for San Juan County in the Aging Department under the Aging Waiver. He has worked for the last 20 years as a Social Service Worker, 16 years for The Department of Child and Family Services in multiple positions ranging from Child Protection, Foster Care, In Home and Administration and the last four years as Case Manager helping San Juan Counties Aging Population remain in their own home, if that is their desire. He attended Snow College where he received his Associates Degree and where he served as Institute Council President. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Social Work Minor at Utah State University. He is certified in ICWA (Indian Child Welfare), Suicide Prevention, Advanced Intensive Sex Abuse Interviewing and worked as a Qualitative Case Reviewer for 3 years in the Division. He received Case Manager of the year for the State of Utah in 2007 and he enjoys working with people, especially our aging population on the Utah portion of the Navajo Reservation.
Jerry Howell MRC, CRC: Jerry has over twenty-two years’ experience working with seniors and persons with disabilities. He is currently a Caseworker Specialist with the Utah State Adult Protective Services (APS). He has also been a Program Manager and Caseworker with the APS. Jerry largely provides APS coverage for eight rural Utah counties in Central and Southern Utah. He has training and experience investigating abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults; and assessing human service needs, and utilizing strategies which safe guard client rights of self-determination and independence. Jerry enjoys community networking on behalf of seniors, and working with volunteers. He presently participates as a member of the Sanpete County Coordinated Community Response Team.
Jerry’s past experience includes eleven years working in the vocational rehabilitation and mental health fields; and five years with the Utah State Division of Child and Family Services. He is a veteran, having served as an Army ADA Officer.
Lori Giovannoni: Spent 12 years as a caregiver experiencing both the physical and emotional challenges of maintaining her health as well as the health of a loved one. Lori offers insight and practical suggestions for ways to give to yourself and to keep giving to those you care for.
Mike Olsen: Emery County Attorney Michael Olsen was born and raised in Castle Dale and has been fortunate enough to remain there to raise his family. Mike and his wife Jodi have five children. Mike attended Southern Utah University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in communications with an emphasis in Interpersonal Relations. Mike then went on to attend the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
Mike has experience in handling criminal, civil, family and property law, probate/wills/trusts, general litigation and appellate law. As the County Attorney, Mike was elected to represent the State of Utah in all stages of prosecution and civil matters in Emery County. Mike serves as the legal advisor to the County Board of Commissioners, County Officials and County Departments. During his years practicing law, Mike has been affiliated with the Utah Prosecution Council, Domestic Violence Coalition and the Parental Defender Alliance.
Traci D. Lee, M.A. Program Administrator, Division of Aging and Adult Services. Traci is a strong advocate for providing quality services and supports to vulnerable populations. Traci graduated from Brigham Young University in 2005 with a degree in Psychology. Traci pursued graduate study and completed a Master of Arts in Human Services Administration from Bellevue University in 2011. Traci has worked in the Human Services field throughout her career; Traci has worked with the Division of Services for People with Disabilities, SLCo Aging and Adult Services and currently works for the Division of Aging and Adult Services, Adult Protective Services. Traci serves on the AARP Utah Executive Council. Traci is passionate about community collaboration and finding ways to enhance systems that will create positive outcomes for people.
Karen Sevilla: Graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Environment and Behavior. After graduating, she worked as a case manager for several years for a non-profit in a program that helped provide basic needs to families. She then worked within the child welfare system for 5 years as both a caseworker for the Division of Child and Family Services and a supervisor for Salt Lake County Youth Services. Karen has worked for Adult Protective Services for the last 8 years and is currently a program manager in their St. George office.
Scott Christensen: Director of Aging Services Six County Association of Governments Scott has over 15 years working with seniors and senior issues. He is the Director of Aging and Volunteer Services for Six County Association of Governments and responsible for 12 Senior Centers and 10 aging and volunteer programs. He is the Area Agency on Aging Director for Six County working closely with the 11 other AAA directors in the state to form the group known as U4A.
He received training on elder abuse through National Clearinghouse on Aging Later in Life and has in part provided training to providers, law enforcement and first responders. He sits on the Sanpete County Coordinated Community Response team.
He has also worked for Avalon Health Care as the Director of Social Services and admissions Coordinator for the Richfield Rehabilitation and Care Center. Scott also served 17 years on the Sevier County Sheriff’s Jeep Posse, was a Certified C.E.R.T. trainer and also served on the Sevier Valley Hospital Ethics committee.
Linda Cole: is a State-Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman. She is employed as the Lead Ombudsman by Mountainland Area Agency on Aging which covers the region of Utah, Wasatch, and Summit Counties. As an ombudsman Linda investigates complaints and acts as an advocate for residents living in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies from BYU and worked for many years as an historical researcher and writer while living in Alaska. After transplanting to Utah, she became interested in aging issues through caring for an elderly loved-one who lived in assisted living. This experience opened her eyes to the unique struggles and vulnerabilities of individuals living in long-term care and spawned her interest in becoming an advocate. She and her husband, Brian, live in Lindon, Utah and have three children.
Rachelle Bench: is an abuse survivor who began her work in the DV field in 2010 as a volunteer advocate for New Horizons Crisis Center. Before joining New Horizons Crisis Center in 2015 as the Abuse in Later Life Specialist and Program Coordinator, she worked for The Center for Women and Children in Crisis as the Rural Outreach Coordinator. In 2015 Rachelle traveled to Minneapolis MN. and Washington D.C. where she received specialized training specific to elder abuse through NCALL, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life. Rachelle currently coordinates and participates on the Sanpete County Coordinated Community Response Team.
Debbie Mayo: is the Executive Director of New Horizons Crisis Center. Debbie
has over 18 years’ experience in the victim services field. Debbie has been with New Horizons Crisis Center for 16 years, and has been the Executive Director for the last 7 years. Debbie has been one of the trainers involved in the Abuse in Later Life Program, through the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and New Horizons Crisis Center. This project has involved a team
of experts to provide training to agencies and community members to identify and respond to elder abuse.
ROBERT E. STEED DIRECTOR UTAH MEDICAID FRAUD CONTROL UNIT Robert has served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Utah Attorney General’s Office for 25 years. Robert began his career representing the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing regulating and prosecuting disciplinary actions for a variety of professional licensing boards including all of the medical and mental health boards. Robert also represented the Division of Real Estate which regulates real estate agents, brokers and appraisers. Robert’s practice extended into state and federal court and considerable appellate practice.
After six years of regulatory and licensing practice, Robert started working in the criminal arena and served as a prosecutor assigned to the Insurance Fraud Division. Robert prosecuted insurance fraud cases for six years covering the entire state. Robert’s next assignment was a brief two-year stint representing the Department of Corrections handling parole violations at the prison. It was sobering to see the steel bars closing behind you as you enter the prison, but it was also a relief when they let you out after your work was done!
In 2005, Robert was asked to work with the United States Attorney’s Office prosecuting federal gun crimes and related narcotics and bank robbery crimes. For the next year and half, Robert handled over 100 hundred prosecutions and sent several felons to prison for a long time. Robert was awarded prosecutor of year in 2006 for his work in the firearms unit.
In June of 2006, Robert was appointed the Director of the Utah Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). Robert’s knowledge of the regulatory aspects of health care and his work with insurance fraud seemed to be natural fit for the mission of the MFCU. The MFCU is a law enforcement arm for fraud occurring in out Medicaid system. However, the MFCU is also responsible to protect Utah’s most vulnerable citizens by investigating and prosecuting abuse, neglect and exploitation of individuals residing in board and care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Robert has spent the last 11 years of his career working to protect vulnerable adults and is often called upon to train senior citizens about fraud and exploitation.