Valerie J. Bogart
Director, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Valerie, Director of the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP), also directed the program at Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. from 2002 through its move to NYLAG in April 2013. EFLRP is a comprehensive legal services program that advocates for access to long-term care and other health care services for seniors and people with disabilities through a combination of direct representation, policy advocacy, professional legal education, and online resources through the website NYHealthAccess.org. Earlier, Valerie was a litigator and trainer on Medicaid long term care  for  the Legal Aid Society Brooklyn Office for the Aging and Legal Services for the Elderly in Manhattan (part of Legal Services-NYC) and was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at the Legal Aid Society in Minneapolis. She lectures and writes extensively for bar and social services organizations,  has taught adjunct courses at CUNY and Fordham law schools, and has received numerous awards, including the Lawyers who Lead by Example Award from the New York Law Journal (2012), the Felix A. Fishman Award for Extraordinary Advocacy from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (2011), the President’s Award from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2010) and the Access to Justice Award of Project FAIR (2010). She is Co-Chair of the Medicaid Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section, and served on the Board of Neighbors Together in Brooklyn. She received her law degree from the New York University School of Law.

Paula Arboleda
Senior Legal Advocate, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Paula is a Senior Legal Advocate with the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program. She has extensive experience working with the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, Medicaid home care services, and related health insurance programs for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. She provides training for professionals and consumers, one-on-one counseling and direct advocacy for thousands of seniors. Paula received dual graduate degrees from Bryn Mawr College, a Masters of Social Services and a Masters in Law and Social Policy. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr as well, where she was a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar.

Kelly Ann Murray
Staff Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Dionne A. Shuler
Staff Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Dionne is a Staff Attorney in the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program. During law school, she was selected for the New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section’s 2013 Summer Internship in Health Law, where she was placed in the Office of the General Counsel for Continuum Health Partners. She also investigated Medicaid fraud at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, investigated health-related consumer complaints at the Office of the New York State Attorney General and interned in the Office of the General Counsel at Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization that develops, implements and advocates dynamic solutions to prevent disease and improve community health. Dionne has a BBA from Strayer University and graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where she received the Silver Award for 450 hours of pro bono work.

Peter Travitsky
Staff Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Peter is the Borchard Fellow for the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program. He works specifically on a project that will involve outreach to lay guardians of Incapacitated Persons regarding Managed Long Term Care and the new “FIDA” program for people who have both Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other individuals with cognitive impairments. During law school, he interned with EFLRP for a semester. Prior to law school, he was a social worker with United Neighbors, a community-based non-profit providing case management services to homebound seniors living on the East Side  of Manhattan. He has amassed tremendous experience working with older adults as a social worker, law student, and even personal care aide.  Peter earned both a BSW and MSW at New York University. He graduated Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow.

Marie Vaz
Staff Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Marie is a Staff Attorney in the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program. She graduated from Fordham Law School in 2011 as a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics, where she participated in the Consumer Law Clinic. During and after law school, Marie interned at medical-legal partnership programs with Manhattan Legal Services, Legal Services NYC- Bronx office, and Georgia Legal Services. She represented and coordinated services for children with severe developmental disabilities for SKIP of New York, an organization helping sick and developmentally disabled children grow up at home, rather than in hospitals or institutions. Marie graduated from Emory University.

Carol Walsh
Paralegal, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources