Registration 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM
Conference 8:15 PM to 4:30 PM
7:30 – 8:15 Check – in & Registration
8:15 – 8:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks: Adanne H. Bagby, NCG, KGA President
8:30 – 9:30 National Guardianship Association (NGA) Standards of Excellence in Guardianship
Presenter: NGA President Wanda Bevington, NCG, LSW, MS
This session will introduce you to NGA and resources available to assist you in your guardianship role.
9:30 – 9:45 Break
9:45 – 10:45 NGA Standards from Aspirations to Implementations
Presenters: NGA President Wanda Bevington & Greg Mullowney JD, NMG
This session will discuss guardianship standards of practice and checklist, agency standards, and ethical principles; use of said standards ensures best practice for care and quality of life for wards.
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 STABLE Kentucky Accounts
Presenter: Samara Heavrin, Director, STABLE Kentucky
This session discusses a new financial tool that lets vulnerable Kentuckians maintain Medicaid and SSI eligibility.
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
Presentation of 2017 Reg White Scholarship Award Winners
KGA Annual business Meeting with Election of Officers
1:00 – 2:00 NGA Standards from Aspirations to Implementation continued
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Panel Discussion
Panel: Linda M. Keeton, JD, Robert McClelland JD, LLM, CELA, Jessica Wayne, State Guardianship, Wanda Bevington & Greg Mullowney
This session will apply NGA Standards to Kentucky laws and regulations. The panel will also look at NGA Standards vs. Kentucky laws and discuss deviation of these standards with Kentucky laws. Ways to ensure the essence of the standards are preserved within Kentucky law to ensure the safety, care and quality of life of the ward are met will be discussed.
3:15 – 4:15 Case Studies of Guardianship
Presenters: NGA President Wanda Bevington & Greg Mulvaney
This session will look at real guardianship situations and how standards are applied.
4:15 – 4:30 Closing Remarks
6.0 CLE/ 7.0 CEU/CPE Available
Conference Speaker Biographies
NGA President Wanda Bevington
NCG, LSW, MS
Wanda Bevington has been working in the field of guardianship since 1995. In 2003 she created a not for profit agency Personal Guardianship Services (PGS), to provide guardian services in Hamilton County Ohio. Currently the agency serves Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, Warren, Montgomery and Greene Counties in Ohio and she continues to serve as the agency director. Prior to founding PGS, she served as program manager of Lifespan’s Guardianship Program. Ms. Bevington earned a Master of Science Degree from Miami University and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Mr. St. Joseph. She is a Licensed Social Worker and a National Certified Guardian. She has spoken at several national conferences regarding guardianship and standards including the 2016 National Association of Protective Service Workers. Ms. Bevington currently serves as President of the National Guardianship Association and served several years as the President of the Ohio Guardianship Association.
Greg Mullowney JD, NMG
Since 1993, Greg Mullowney, has been the Executive Director of Louisiana Guardianship Services, the state’s not-for-profit agency that provides professional guardians for disabled adult Louisianans. He is currently the only nationally-certified Master Guardian in Louisiana. He received his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 1981, was a law clerk for the Montana Supreme Court, and was a Yellowstone County Asst. District Attorney for several years, where he primarily prosecuted crimes against children, women, and the elderly. He then became the Director of Childhaven’s Secure Visitation Program in Seattle, which provided professional supervisors by court order for noncustodial parents visiting their children. Greg served for several years on the Board of Directors of the National Guardianship Association, and was its President in 2006.
He was the 2011 recipient of the national Center for Guardianship Certification’s Star Achievement Award, which recognizes exemplary work as a CGC National Master Guardian and demonstrated knowledge of advanced guardianship concepts, ethics, and issues. He was named the NGA's first Member of the Year in 2016. He also served on the Board of Directors of Louisiana’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and was its President in 2014 and 2015.
Hon. Noah Friend, General Counsel,
Kentucky State Treasurer
A native of Pikeville, Kentucky, Noah is a 2007 graduate of the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. After graduation, Noah served for three years as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins in both Ashland and Pikeville, Kentucky. In 2011, he established a solo practice in Pikeville, which focused on bankruptcy and federal civil and criminal litigation. He represented hundreds of Eastern Kentucky families in the United States Bankruptcy Court, as well as representing dozens of small businesses who were sued in connection with large-scale corporate bankruptcies. In 2016, Noah became General Counsel to Kentucky State Treasurer, Allison Ball, and argued on her behalf before the Kentucky Supreme Court in the case of Beshear v Bevin. He now lives in Versailles, with his wife Crystal, who is also an attorney, and their three young children.
Director of STABLE Kentucky and Unclaimed Property
Samara Heavrin, a Leitchfield, Kentucky native, is the Director of the STABLE Kentucky Initiative, and Unclaimed Property Division for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball. Samara graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2014 with a degree in Advertising and minor in Graphic Design. After graduation, Samara interned for U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) in his Washington, D.C. office. In January of the following year, Samara joined U. S. Senator Rand Paul’s (KY) staff, also in Washington, D.C., as Staff Assistant. She was quickly promoted to Executive Assistant to the Senator. After nearly three years in D.C., Samara returned home to Kentucky to join Treasurer Allison Ball’s staff in Frankfort, serving in her current capacity as Director.
Lorran Ferguson, Communications Director
Lorran is a 2017 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law. She also graduated from Lindsey Wilson College in 2014, where she earned a Bachelors of Art in History as part of the college's R.V. Bennett Honors Program. During her time at LWC, Lorran interned for Congressman Ed Whitfield in his Washington, D.C. Office. In June 2016, she joined Treasurer Allison Ball's team as Executive Assistant to the Treasurer. She is currently serving as Communications Director. Lorran lives in Lexington, KY with her husband Andrew.
Robert McClelland JD, LLM, CELA
Robert L. McClelland, a Lexington attorney with McClelland & Associates, PLLC, is a 1972 graduate of the University of Charleston, a 1983 graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law and Northern Kentucky University and in 2013 was awarded a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL. Robert is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, being board certified in the practice of elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization recognized by the American Bar Association to grant certification in elder law. Robert has focused his practice to counsel families of aging clients and special needs families on legal issues affecting asset protection in long term care and public benefits, guardianship, financial exploitation and abuse. As former President of the Kentucky Guardianship Association and a member of the National Guardianship Association, Robert is personally a court appointed guardian and "special needs” Trustee in multiple cases for aged or special needs clients.
Linda Keeton, JD
Linda currently serves as a staff attorney for the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet, working primarily with the Department of Corrections. The Department oversees the operation of Kentucky’s adult corrections institutions, and the office of legal services deals with civil litigation filed by or on behalf of inmates. Prior to joining the Justice Cabinet, Linda acted as legal counsel for Adult Protective Services and the Adult Guardianship program with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for five years. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the Valparaiso University School of Law. Linda lives in Shelbyville with her husband, Danny. They are the parents of two; grandparents of three, and share their home with two German Shepherds, two cats and assorted parrots.
Jessica Wayne earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2002. Jessica began her career with the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2004 as a social service worker with the state guardianship program. In 2011, she was promoted to supervisor Kentucky’s largest guardianship region in Jefferson County. In 2014, she became an assistant director for the northeast region of the state where she shares the responsibility for the oversight of the Division of Guardianship and its daily operations and staffing. This program is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of more than 4400 wards of the state.