In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, our course gives you resources on how to recognize and report abuse, and what steps you can take to help prevent & detect exploitation and abuse. Don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from the AG's office and APS. You’ll learn about:
Overview of the Attorney General's role in protecting seniors from abuse and impacts from COVID
What Adult Protective Services (APS) does, including the Central Intake Unit (CIU), investigations process, mandatory reporters, limitations, and filing a report
Detecting signs of cognitive decline during times of distance and isolation
The benefits of a professional fiduciary and professional care management for elders
Elder abuse investigations in the era of COVID
How isolation increases vulnerability and how to avoid it
Teresa Lancaster, Bogutz & Gordon PC
Sterling Struckmeyer, Arizona Attorney General's Office Stacey Trader, Care Manager, Bogutz & Gordon PC Kent Weeks, District 2 Program Manager, Division of Aging and Adult Services, Adult Protective Services
started her life in Fargo, North Dakota where she graduated high school before moving to Arizona for college (and warmer weather). After graduating from the university of Arizona in 2005 and from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2008, Teresa became member of the Arizona State Bar. She started her career at Bogutz & Gordon, P.C. in 2008 and became a Shareholder in 2015. She has focused her career in the area of Probate and Trust, becoming a certified specialist by the Arizona State Bar in 2015. During her career she has serve as president of the Arizona chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, currently serves on the Arizona Fiduciary Board through the Arizona Supreme Court and made the Best Lawyers list for 2023. In her free time she enjoys her family, including her husband and two daughters. Together they hike, ski, and generally enjoy being together.
Sterling Struckmeyer is an Assistant Attorney General in the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. This Section is a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, charged with investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud; fraud in the administration of the Medicaid program; and abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of the elderly occurring in Medicaid facilities or committed by Medicaid providers or their employees. In this capacity, Sterling is responsible for prosecuting health care fraud and abuse for the Attorney General’s Office in Southern Arizona, including Pima County, Pinal County, Yuma County, Cochise County, Santa Cruz County, and Graham County. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Sterling was a Deputy County Attorney with the Pima County Attorney’s Office for almost eight years. The last five of those years Sterling was assigned to the Major Crimes Bureau, prosecuting cases involving Murder, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, gangs and gang related offenses, weapons offenses, and violent crimes.
Stacey Trader, a Michigan native, has been with Bogutz & Gordon since January of 2017. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Arizona. She earned her MSW from Arizona State University in 2016. Prior to working at Bogutz and Gordon, Stacey worked in the child welfare and public behavioral health field. In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and hiking.
Kent Weeks is the District 2 Program Manager at Adult Protective Services in Tucson where he leads, coaches, trains and mentors a team of 5 supervisors and one admin assistant. Kent has been the District Program Manager at Adult Protective Services for 1 year. Prior to promoting to Program Manager, Kent was Assistant Program Manager for 1 ½ years, a supervisor for three years and an investigator for three years. Kent was an investigator at Child Protective Services from 2010-2011 in Santa Fe, NM and Tucson, AZ. In 2014, Kent was selected as the Division of Aging Adult Services employee of the year. In 2004, Kent graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado Technical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. When Kent is not busy fulfilling his passion for assisting and serving vulnerable adults, he enjoys reading, stamp collecting, building scale models and spending time with family.