Workshop Presenters

Financial Elder Abuse
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Art Mason has been involved with the field of elder mistreatment since getting his Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1989 from the University of Buffalo. He became director of the Elder Abuse Prevention Program at Lifespan in Rochester, New York in 1992 which now serves a 10 county region.
Mr. Mason has been a member of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) for almost a decade and has served as President of the Board along with several other positions. He was instrumental in organizing and coordinating the 2004 and 2010 New York State Elder Abuse Summits and worked closely with his colleagues, Dr. Mark Lachs and Dr. Jackie Berman, in obtaining the funding and then carrying out the New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study in 2010.
In addition to maintaining a caseload, Mr. Mason does presentations and trainings on the topics of elder abuse & financial exploitation across New York State and the U.S. He currently is a member of a national team which provides training and support to U.S. Dept. of Justice/Office of Violence Against Women grantees who are funded to do law enforcement training on the issue of Domestic Violence in Later Life/Elder Abuse/Financial exploitation. 

Michael J Danaher, Jr. is an assistant attorney general in the Binghamton Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.  Mr. Danaher prosecutes consumer fraud and other affirmative justice cases and supervises the Attorney General’s Consumer Mediation Program in the Binghamton region.  He also handles the not-for-profit cases in the region.

Lisa Kendall, LCSW-R, CSW-G, is a clinical social work gerontologist and educator who has worked  with Elders and their family care partners in a variety of settings for over thirty years.  Formerly Senior Consultant for Work and Family Services at Cornell University and now serving on the Cornell President’s Advisory Council for Work and Family Affairs, Lisa maintains a private counseling practice in Ithaca and teaches for the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute.  She is an Educator for The Eden Alternative, a popular speaker at the local, state, and national level, and writes a blog on self-care for all members of the care partner team at

Marcie A. Finlay is an attorney with the law firm of Blumkin & Finlay, LLP in Ithaca.  She practices in the areas of Elder Law, Guardianship, Social Security Disability, and Special Needs Planning.  She speaks frequently in the areas of Special Needs Planning, Estate Planning, and Guardianship to interested community groups.  She is a graduate of Cornell Law School and lives in the Ithaca area.

Application of Sensory Integrative Strategies with Aging Adults
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mary Siniscarco, MS, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Health Studies Program at Utica College She is also a Registered Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the neurological/orthopedic arena of practice. In addition, Mary has experience utilizing sensory integrative approaches in both pediatric and geriatric populations. She received certification from the Western Psychological Services as a certified test administrator for the Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT). Mary is also the owner of Sensory Solutions, which provides in-service training of health care service workers in individualized evaluations and personalized sensory intervention protocols.  Mary’s research interests involve sensory integration intervention with self-injurious behaviors amongst individuals with developmental disabilities.

Linking Late-life Depression to Dementia
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dr. Noman Afzal, MBBS, is a Geriatric Psychiatry fellow participating in the interdisciplinary Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Rochester. Dr. Afzal grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and attended Dow Medical College in Pakistan prior to coming to the United States. He joined the Psychiatry Residency program at the Albany Medical Center, also serving as chief resident of the program for 2012-2013. Dr. Afzal’s professional experience includes work in inpatient Gero-psychiatry as a psychiatry extern at North Shore Medical Center in Long Island, NY. He has presented projects and a case study related to geriatric psychiatry at national conferences and currently has active research projects.