William G. Hammond J.D., Founder
William is the founder and owner of the Elder and Disability Law Firm, P.A., in Overland Park, Kansas. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. Govt. 1977) and the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1980). Mr. Hammond, licensed to practice law in Kansas and Missouri, is an author and lecturer. He is co-author of The Kansas and Missouri Nursing Home Guide and the Alzheimer's Legal Survival Guide. He also writes Elder Law Today, a monthly publication for professionals. Mr. Hammond lectures frequently on Elder Law issues as well as on the legal issues faced by families who have a loved one with Alzheimer's. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He and his wife, Mary, live in Olathe, Kansas, with their five children, Danny, Katie, Laura, Matt and Molly.
Rick L Law, Founder
Rick has been an attorney since 1983, and began his practice in Elder Law in 2004. It was through his personal experience of friends and family members who developed Alzheimer’s that he became dedicated to the cause of Alzheimer’s advocacy. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), serves on the advisory board of Joni and Friends Chicago (a ministry to the disabled) and volunteers his legal counsel to numerous churches and charitable organizations in his community. He is committed to serving seniors and those who love them in the Chicagoland area. He has been married to Rosemary for over 35 years and has four children: Adam, Diana, Catherine and Ethan. In addition he has four grandchildren: Lucy, Daphne, Evan and Phoebe.
Matt Zagula, Founder
Matt is the founder of the Longevity Planning Institute. Matt frequently lecturers to Attorneys and Financial Advisors on proactive long term care planning and family wealth transfer techniques. He has a special affinity for helping families who face Alzheimer’s because of his own family experience with the disease. He most recently authored a unique financial planning book titled Spend It Twice; A Retiree’s Guide to Free Money where he shares advanced planning ideas that have the potential to protect families from the financial hardships created by long term care. Matt and his wife, Stephanie, live in Weirton, West Virginia with their son, Charlie.
Catherine Law, Editor in Chief
Catherine is a Columbia grad with a degree in Playwriting. Her love of theater and family have taught her to value relationships and personal interaction with her fellow human beings as a central reason for being. Since their garden wedding in the middle of Hurricane Ike, she and her musician husband have been busy setting up house and creating a new life as a married couple. She enjoys a dirty martinis, knitting, writing, yoga, and her pug, Titus. Catherine hopes Alzheimer’s Hope will be a life-changing resource for the millions of hardworking caregivers around the globe, and that the tools shared on the site can truly make life better… today.
Shawn Hunt, Graphics and Design Editor
Shawn is truly dedicated to sharing comfort and compassion to everyone. Some of his favorite things are wine, sports, and the arts — from independent movies to paintings, music, dancing, sculpture, and writing. As a New York state native, one thing that bugs him is "the twelve months of winter in upstate New York!" Shawn also enjoys travel — particularly such diverse destinations as Port Au Prince, Haiti; Montreal, Quebec; and Seattle, Washington, where he spent time as a youth pastor.
Angie Moreland, IT and Media Editor
Angie focuses on making a positive difference in the quality of the lives of others is her goal. When Angie is not working hard at Alzheimer’s Hope, she can be found in her garden or spending time with her family. She is devoted to her husband, Mark and her son, Drew — and to her dogs, Bubba and Gemma! Her favorite places include Jamaica, Florida, or anywhere else with an ocean suitable for snorkeling.
Jo Huey, Contributor
Jo has been an Alzheimer’s caregiver for over 30 years. She has the grand idea that everyone facing Alzheimer's or a related dementia should be able to find the kind of assistance that would not only make the journey easier, but even enjoyable. Jo has been the director of several Alzheimer’s-focused care facilities, and now spends her time travelling around the country speaking and teaching her Ten Absolutes of Alzheimer’s Caregiving. She has written two books: Alzheimer’s Disease: Help and Hope, and Don’t Leave Momma Home with the Dog, about her experiences in Alzheimer’s caregiving (including the care of her mother). She teaches caregivers how to work with their loved ones in a compassionate, effective, and joyful manner.
Ann Frantti, Contributor
Ann recently retired after 22 years as an elementary school principal in upstate New York. Dr. Frantti has been recognized as a National Distinguished Principal by the United States Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary Principals. In 2001, she was honored by the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association as the Alzheimer's Volunteer of the Year. In 2007, she was also recognized as the Community Advocate of the Year. She continues to speak around the country, has presented at the National Conference in Chicago, as well as been involved in speaking alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Dr. Peter Rabins, author of The 36-Hour Day. Currently, she is spending some time enjoying retired life, and travelling the world with her husband.