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October 15, 2018

Inside the Commission: New Commissioner Profiles

Trisha Bullock

KAREN CAMPBELL is the Executive Director of the North Florida Office of Public Guardian, Inc. There, she serves as attorney of record in over 300 guardianship cases in 22 county jurisdictions. She focuses on the areas of aging and disability issues. Her first legal positions were with Florida Rural Legal Services and Broward County Legal Aid where she worked on aging issues. At the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Karen served in several positions over a seven year period, first as the Legal Services Developer, then Senior Attorney and finally General Counsel. Karen was instrumental in implementing the law establishing the Statewide Public Guardianship Office and served as its General Counsel. In 2000, Karen was appointed to her present position.

Ms. Campbell is a longtime member of the Florida Bar’s Elder Law and Real Property and Probate Sections where she has served on the Advance Directives Committee and the Guardianship Committees. She has contributed to several publications on the subjects of guardianship and guardianship and guardianship alternatives that were mainly sponsored by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. Karen travels across the state each year offering workshops and trainings on guardianship and guardianship alternatives.

Karen is also a member of the National Guardianship Association and is past president of the Florida Guardianship Association. In May 2016, Karen and several other public guardian directors formed the Florida Public Guardian Coalition, Inc., and convened its inaugural Symposium on Mental Health and Guardianship. Karen serves as the organization’s first president. Other related activities have included serving on the 2003 Florida Supreme Court Committee on Guardianship Monitoring; the Governor’s Workgroup on Guardianship and the Developmentally Disabled; and the Florida Supreme Court’s Workgroup on Guardianship. Most recently, Karen has collaborated with the ABA Commission on Law and Aging on its Roundtable on Guardianship Restoration. Because the Commission’s current federal grant work is heavily focused on guardianship issues, Ms. Campbell brings critically needed, targeted expertise on guardianship issues to the Commission. Ms. Campbell is an honors graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.


KATHY GREENLEE recently left her position as As­sistant Secretary for Aging in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served from 2009 to 2016. She was responsible for lead­ing the Administration on Aging and program imple­mentation of the Older Americans Act. Greenlee led the effort to create the Administration for Com­munity Living (ACL), an agency that administers a broad range of aging and disability programs. When she left her dual positions, ACL had a staff of more than 200 and an annual bud­get of $1.9 billion. She brings the Commission na­tional governmental connections and knowledge that spans the entire spectrum of aging services, but espe­cially in the field of elder abuse and exploitation.

Greenlee joined the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City in November 2016. Her work focuses on issues that impact older adults and people with disabilities, with an emphasis on advanced illness and end-of-life care. Kathy is responsible for promoting increased use of Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP) in Missouri and Kansas. She is interested in improving transitions of care by creating systems that build relationships between health-care providers and community-based organizations.

While in Washington, Greenlee provided national leadership on elder abuse by tackling issues domesti­cally and internationally. On behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, she chaired the Elder Justice Coordinating Committee. She also created the first-ever federal home for state adult protective ser­vices programs and created the first national data col­lection system. Kathy co-chaired the HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, an endeavor that resulted in comprehensive program and policy improvements on behalf of LGBT individuals.

Before coming to Washington, Kathy spent 18 years in Kansas state government. She served as Secretary for Aging for Governor Kathleen Sebelius and as the Kan­sas State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Greenlee was General Counsel of the Kansas Insurance Department and an Assistant Attorney General.

Greenlee has an undergraduate degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Kansas. She is a native Kansan and a proud Kansas Jayhawk.


DAN MARSON JD, PhD is a clinical neuro­psychologist, licensed attorney, and tenured Professor in the Depart­ment of Neurology at the University of Ala­bama at Birmingham (UAB). He has directed the Department’s Divi­sion of Neuropsychol­ogy since 1995 and the UAB Alzheimer’s Disease Center since 2005.

Dr. Marson graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota (1976), earned his JD at the University of Chicago Law School (1981) and his PhD in clinical psychology (specializations in geropsychology and neuropsychology) at Northwestern University Medical School (1990). Dr. Marson has lectured nationally regarding competency and other medical-legal and ethical issues in dementia and other neurocognitive disorders. He has published over 100 papers, handbooks, and book chapters on these topics. He has been principal investigator on multiple National Institute of Health (NIH) funded studies of decisional and functional capacity in Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, and traumatic brain injury. His work on financial capacity in older adults has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, BBC, Kiplinger Report, and NPR. At the national level, Dr. Marson is the past president and a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). He is a member and former chair of the Internal Ethics Committee of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, an NIH funded clinical trials group. He has served as a chartered reviewer at the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Dr. Marson previously served on the Committee on Human Research of the American Psychological Association and chaired the committee in 2012. Dr. Marson often testifies as an expert witness in civil and criminal forensic matters.


ELAINE RYAN is the Vice President of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in the Government Affairs Department of AARP. Elaine leads a team of legislative staff who work with our 53 AARP state offices to advance AARP’s state advocacy agenda with Governors and state legislators through­out the nation to enable individuals age 50+ and their families attain and maintain their long-term financial security and health. Elaine has been involved in the enactment and imple­mentation of a number of landmark laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Welfare Reform, the Medi­care Modernization Act, the Ticket to Work Act for persons with disabilities, the McKinney-Vento Educa­tion of Homeless Children and Youth and the creation of the first federal office of Women’s Health Research. Prior to joining AARP in 2007, Elaine served as Deputy Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association—a bi-partisan membership organization representing the 50 state Governor’s cabinet officers of health and human services agencies and the National Association of State Medicaid Directors. Elaine also served as Chief of Staff and House Budget Staff Associate for U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter and she served on the senior staff of New York State Governor Mario Cuomo for nine years. Elaine earned her Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Fordham University. The Commission has always benefitted from a close connection with AARP by having a representative member. This nomination continues that relationship.

Trisha Bullock