The executive board members of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys are the leaders in the field of elder law. Our executive board consists of prominent attorneys who are committed to this area of law as evidenced by the large number of articles, publications, and seminars authored by these individuals. These attorneys devote hours and hours of time to our organization and to furthering the practice of elder law in compliance with the NAELA code of ethics.
All of our executive board members continue their education through the attendance and participation in local, State, and National conferences, where they learn, introduce, present, and share the most sophisticated legal strategies and techniques available in the field of elder law.
We are truly honored to each of these esteemed attorneys as part of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Executive Board, and our proud to introduce these individuals to you:
HEATHER E. VOORN | PRESIDENT
ELIZABETH FINK | PRESIDENT ELECT
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University and spent a semester of study at Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, Germany. She received her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in May 2009.
Elizabeth is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Illinois Chapter and was elected to its Board of Directors in 2013, where she continues to serve as an active Board Member. She also co-chairs the education committee for Illinois NALEA. Elizabeth is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, participating in the Elder Law Committee and Probate Practice Committee, and is a mentor with the Chicago Bar Association group mentoring program in Probate and Estates. Elizabeth is a member of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Elder Law Short Course planning committee and presented at the 11th Annual Course in November 2015. She has also been named to the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
Elizabeth resides in Chicago, Illinois.
DAWN WEEKLY | VICE PRESIDENT
LINDA M. STROHSCHEIN | TREASURER
Ms. Strohschein is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. Although CELA is not required by the State of Illinois, this title is earned through a multi-faceted process and the attorney must successfully pass a comprehensive certification exam to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of Elder Law. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of estate planning and disability topics. Ms. Strohschein is a current member of the Kane County Bar Association, Fox Valley Estate Planning Council, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. In addition, she is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and serves as the President of the Executive Board for the Illinois chapter. Ms. Strohschein also serves on the Executive Board and is the active President of DayOne Reliance, in Batavia, Illinois, which offers trust services for seniors and disabled persons. Ms. Strohschein received her B.A. from George Mason University and her J.D. from the John Marshall Law School.
MELISSA JOHNSON| SECRETARY
JAMES C. SIEBERT | IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Mr. Siebert is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Illinois Bar Association and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. Mr. Siebert received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a Juris Doctor from the De Paul University College of Law. Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Siebert worked as a Cook County Assistant Public Defender as a trial attorney and as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General assigned to the Environmental Law Division where he represented the People of the State of Illinois and State of Illinois agencies in various courts, administrative and appellate court proceedings. Mr. Siebert is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics related to Elder Law and Estate Planning, and has been actively involved in his community in numerous volunteer positions throughout the years.