Pi-Yi G. Mayo, CELA, Baytown, Texas, has been named president of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA).
"Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population has a disability," notes P-Yi. "Whether we're working with Congress or individual families, SNA members are committed to achieving economic security and social inclusion for people with special needs.
"The national conversation about deficit reduction is of particular concern, since quality of life for individuals with disabilities would be seriously compromised if programs such as Medicaid and SSI (Supplementary Security Income) were slashed.
"We're also determined to help veterans with disabilities obtain the government benefits to which they're entitled. Backlogs, error rates and a dysfunctional appeals process are a ‘home front battleground" for men and women who have sacrificed for their country."
Pi-Yi's law practice focuses on special needs, elder law and veterans' benefits. He has published widely and taught courses on special needs trusts, government benefits, guardianships and long- term care.
He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation, and is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Other newly elected SNA officers are: Marielle F. Hazen, CELA, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as president-elect; Richard A. Courtney, CELA, Jackson, Mississippi, as vice president; Bradley J. Frigon, CELA, Englewood, Colorado, as treasurer; and Scott Suzuki, Esq., Honolulu, Hawaii, as secretary. Newly named directors are: Ann N. Butenhoff, CELA, Manchester, New Hampshire; Robert B. Fleming, CELA, Tucson, Arizona; and Kelly Thompson, Esq., Arlington, Virginia. Janet L. Lowder, CELA, Cleveland, Ohio, will serve on the board in the capacity of immediate past president. Continuing as directors are: Katherine Barr, Esq., Birmingham, Alabama; Martha Brown, CELA, Webster Groves, Missouri, Robert Fechtman, CELA, Indianapolis, Indiana; Mary Alice Jackson, Esq., Sarasota, Florida; Brian Rubin, Esq., Buffalo Grove, Illinois; and Jefferey Yussman, Esq., Louisville, Kentucky.