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Speakers and presenters

Elizabeth Loewy

Elizabeth Loewy is currently general counsel and senior vice president of industry relations at EverSafe, a technology company focused on the prevention of financial exploitation and identity theft in later life. Before coming to EverSafe, Ms. Loewy was chief of the elder abuse unit under Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Albany Law School, she was employed as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District attorney’s office for 29 years. Under former District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, she oversaw the domestic violence unit from 1990 until 1995, before assisting in the creation of the office’s first elder abuse unit, where she supervised a unit of 18 prosecutors. The office prosecuted approximately 800 elder abuse cases annually.

In 2009, Ms. Loewy served as trial counsel in a high-profile trial involving the late Brooke Astor, after initiating and leading the investigation and prosecution of Mrs. Astor’s son, the late Anthony Marshall, and his attorney, Francis Morrissey. The six month trial resulted in convictions as to both defendants. She also led the criminal investigation into the affairs of the late Huguette Clark, a reclusive philanthropist whose estate became the subject of another highly-publicized will contest.

Ms. Loewy was a presenter at the White House Conference on Aging in July of 2015. She has been a speaker on the topic of elder financial abuse at a number of conferences and training sessions in the U.S. and Europe, including those hosted by the American Bankers Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of Certified Anti-Money-Laundering Specialists, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), HSBC’s Compliance Senior Leadership group, Fidelity Investments, the National Adult Protective Services Association, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National College of Probate Judges, the National White Collar Crime Center, as well as for bar associations, attorneys general and district attorneys’ offices nationwide.

Liz currently serves on the board of HelpAge USA and on NAPSA’s Financial Exploitation Advisory Board. She has co-authored a book entitled “Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: Legal Issues, Prevention, Prosecution, Social Service Advocacy” (Civic Research Institute) and has been quoted in a number of periodicals including Businessweek, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger’s, the NY Law Journal, the NY Times and others. She has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, ABC News, Business Radio on Sirius XM and NPR.

Philip Marshall

Philip Marshall has been teaching and practicing in the field of historic preservation since the 1970s.

In 2006, after years of increasing concern, Mr. Marshall, with the help of others, sought a petition for guardianship (which was awarded) for his grandmother, Brooke Astor, who was a victim of elder abuse by her son, Philip’s father.

The story was chronicled nationally by the press due to Mrs. Astor’s recognition, the nature of allegation indicated in the petition, and events culminating in a six-month criminal trial and conviction of Mr. Marshall’s father and one of his grandmother’s lawyers.

Through her life, Brooke Astor was known for her decades of philanthropic work in New York. Today, Mr. Marshall believes that his grandmother’s greatest legacies, nationwide, are (1) how her sad circumstances have spurred a greater recognition of elder abuse and (2) as an active elder for almost half a century, how Mrs. Astor’s life exemplifies ways our last decades can be so purposeful and filled with philanthropy, an engaged “love of humanity.”

Mr. Marshall now seeks to tell his story and help the greater cause of elder justice. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and delivered keynote addresses countrywide. His work focuses on awareness and prevention, supportive decision making, and elder financial protection.

Rita Landgraf

Rita Landgraf was sworn in as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services on Jan. 22, 2009. As Secretary, she leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential services they depend on. She oversees one of the largest departments in Delaware’s government, with an annual budget of more than $1 billion.

Under her leadership, DHSS has provided a wide range of services — from health care to child care to benefits assistance — to help families weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, all while helping to coordinate the state’s response to healthcare reform efforts and to the needs of Delaware’s fast-growing older population.

She co-chairs the Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-Based Services, chairs the Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission’s Health and Social Services Subcommittee, the Delaware Health Care Commission, and the Delaware Center for Health Innovation Board. In January 2015, she was selected to serve on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

She is a former executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Delaware and of The Arc of Delaware, which advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also a former president of AARP Delaware.

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