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  • Life Care Planning
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Nursing Home & Elder Care Coordination
  • Probate
  • Guardianships
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Special Needs  Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Veterans Benefits

 

 

 

R. Dennison Keller, Jr.

Attorney at Law

 

Dennison Keller is licensed to practice law in the states of Ohio and Kentucky.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, earning membership in the Order of the Curia.  He is also a cum laude graduate of Miami University in Oxford.

 

He is the Immediate Past President and serves on the board of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association.  He also serves on the board, and is the immediate Past President of the Ohio Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys.  Dennison has been accredited by the Veterans Administration, and is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association where he participates on the Elder Law Committee.  He is also a member of Wealth Counsel and Elder Counsel.

 

In 2006, the Northern Kentucky Law Review published his article Older, Wiser and More Dispensable: ADEA Options Available Under Smith v. Jackson: Desperate Times Call for Disparate Impact, analyzing and predicting the future age discrimination litigation.

 

Dennison is a frequent local and national lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Life Care Planning, Medicaid Planning, Veterans Benefits and Estate Planning.  He also teaches an annual course on Elder Law at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a continuing education program offered in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati.

 

Mr. Keller is active in the community, serving as a past President of the Board of the Building Blocks for Kids Foundation, and a past Vice President of the Mariemont Kiwanis Club.  He has coached baseball and basketball for various youth leagues including Anderson Township Little League, Upward Basketball, Knothole Baseball and Seven Hills School Baseball.  He also served as a Cantor at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Kenwood.

 

If Dennison looks familiar to you, it could be that you recognize him from WKRC-TV Local 12 where he worked 8 years as a television news journalist and sports anchor.  In fact, it was while covering news stories for Channel 12 that he witnessed not only the callousness of elder abuse, but also the heartbreaking consequences that arise when dementia takes hold of a senior before the family can become equipped to deal with the long term care crisis.  Ultimately, these experiences inspired Dennison to pursue his career in Elder Law.

 

 

Eva Maria Hager

Attorney at Law

 

Eva Maria Hager received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2005.  For over 15 years, she served accused citizens in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, first as an Assistant Public Advocate and then as Directing Attorney of the Newport Trial Office with the Department of Public Advocacy. In 2021, she received the Gideon Award in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to equal justice and courageous advancement of the right to counsel.

 

She joined the Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC to continue to serve members of her community in Ohio and Northern Kentucky.  While no longer in public service, she recognizes the critical need for a whole-client approach to end-of-life planning and personally knows the benefit of caring, nuanced, and professional guidance for both the client and her loved ones at all stages of an elder’s life.  She is inspired to serve your family as a member of the multidisciplinary team offered by the Life Care Plan approach.

 

Eva received her bachelor’s degrees, cum laude in General Business and Botany from Miami University in Ohio.  She has been an active volunteer with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and PTSO, where she applies her love of gardening to Cincinnati Public Schools’ green spaces.

 

She is currently licensed in Kentucky and is also authorized to practice law in Ohio pending her admission to the Ohio bar.

 

Eva also looks forward to the return of in-person classes at Tri-State German American School.

 

Eva can be reached at ehager@elderlawcincinnati.com .

 

 

Lisa Hines Titus, MEd

Elder Care Coordinator

 

Joining the practice in spring 2008, Ms. Titus brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Life Care Planning Team. With more than 25 years of health care experience working with clients, residents and families, Lisa offers our clients and their families solid support to navigate the challenging circumstances of aging and health care.

 

As the former Education Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association, Lisa has helped many families and professionals understand the disease and how to address the changes that come with such a progressive disease.

 

Ms. Titus has served on the board of the Association of Professionals in Aging, which seeks to advocate for and support not only the aging community but also professionals in this arena of service. She has also been a  member of the Southwest Ohio Caregiver Coalition.

Lisa is the former Executive Director of an Alzheimer’s specific assisted living facility, the former Director of Social Services at both for-profit and non-profit long term care facilities and has provided significant training for health care professionals in these settings, specifically on resident rights and dementia care.

 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Georgetown College and her Master of Education with a focus in Community and Family Counseling at the University of Louisville. Lisa took on her role as Elder Care Coordinator at the Law Practice of Dennison Keller recognizing that Life Care Planning is on the cutting edge of Elder Law in the United States.  She views the Life Care Planning model as an opportunity to further her life's mission of improving the quality of life of seniors and their families.

 

Lisa can be reached at ltitus@elderlawcincinnati.com

Debbie Groh, RN

Elder Care Coordinator

 

Debbie is a Registered Nurse with more than 32 years of dedicated geriatric long-term care experience in the Greater Cincinnati area.  She earned her nursing degree from Northern Kentucky University and is licensed as a Registered Nurse in both Ohio and Kentucky.

 

She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise working with seniors and their loved ones to navigate the complex issues that arise with aging. She has experience working in a facility specializing in long term nursing home care, assisted living, and short term rehabilitation. She has worked as an Assistant Director of Nursing, Nursing Supervisor, Rehab/Restorative Nurse Coordinator, Privacy and Corporate Compliance Officer, and Director of Admissions and Marketing.

 

Debbie joined the Life Care Planning Team at the Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC in 2016 and is very excited to continue her passion for working with the elderly and their families with this very challenging time in their lives.  She has the knowledge and sincere desire to listen, support and guide you with your individual needs.

 

Debbie can be reached at dgroh@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

 

Merne N. Pratt, MA LSW CCM CDP

Elder Care Coordinator

 

Merne Pratt is an Elder Care Coordinator with the Life Care Planning Team at the Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC, beginning in 2021. After extensive combined careers in teaching, counseling, social work, and care management, she is thrilled to continue sharing her expertise advocating for the elderly with the firm.  She is passionate about furthering her mission of empowering families to make informed decisions in the aging process.

 

Merne is trained in social service in hospice settings, clinical care management, and care transitions.  She was a Social Service Director with two long-term care facilities, where she advocated for residents’ rights and provided safe care transition and support. She also served Social Worker with a hospice provider, where she assisted patients and their families navigate planning for end-of-life care. She provided support in their needs to overcome crisis situations and connected them to other support services.

 

She also held the position of Clinical Care Manager with Aetna, a managed care organization. In this role, she provided a comprehensive suite of services, helping patients with their chronic health conditions manage their health by utilizing the interdisciplinary care teams approach. She helped patients decide on their best health outcomes. Immediately before joining Dennison Keller’s practice, Merne was a Clinical Analyst for the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio.  There, she provided administrative and clinical oversight for the different programs of the agency, ensuring that federal and state regulatory standards were upheld.

 

Merne is from the Philippines, and before her move to the United States, she was a college professor and a counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Masters in Public Administration, and Masters in Counseling from MSU - Iligan Institute of Technology, Xavier University, and Ateneo de Cagayan, respectively. She carries licenses in social work in counseling and certifications in case management and dementia practice.

 

Merne can be reached at mpratt@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

 

Mollie Snyder, LISW

Veterans Benefits Paralegal

 

Mollie Snyder is a licensed social worker with over 20 years of clinical experience. She has spent more than a decade using her expertise assisting the senior population. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati in 1995 and completed her Masters degree in Social Work at the University of South Carolina in 2000.

 

She especially has a passion for working with those that served in the military. For the past decade, Mollie has focused her career on helping veterans and their family access financial and medical services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a frequent lecturer in the Tri-State on veterans' benefits.

 

She gets her interest in veterans' issues honestly. Her husband is a retired Air Force Captain, giving Mollie first-hand experience navigating the VA system. The couple has two daughters.

 

Mollie views her position at the Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC as a new front in which she can share her knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life of veterans who served our country.

 

Mollie can be reached at msnyder@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

 

Susan E. Pittman, LPC

Medicare Coordinator

 

Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. After working with many different populations (delinquent juveniles, answering phones at a suicide prevention hotline, and helping severely mentally disabled adults, many of whom were older) she discovered that she most enjoyed working with her elderly clients. She has been the Director of Social Services at Hyde Park Center for Older Adults for the past 25 years where she provides outreach, supportive counseling and casework services to older adults and their families.

 

Susan is also a certified counselor with the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) which is a program under the Ohio Department of Insurance that provides unbiased information about Medicare. Susan finds this part of her job to be very fulfilling, and it was her interest in helping beneficiaries through the complicated Medicare maze, that led her to this position at our practice in January 2019.

 

Susan is excited to share her Medicare expertise with our Life Care Plan clients and their families. She enjoys seeing the relief in people’s faces when they find someone who understands the ins and outs of Medicare.

 

Susan can be reached at spittman@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

 

Linda Vogelpohl, RN

Elder Care Coordinator/Kentucky

 

Linda joined the firm in the spring of 2015 as our elder care coordinator in Kentucky. She is a results driven health care leader with diverse experience including acute care, long term care and community based services. Linda has had a 40 plus year career as a RN with certification in gerontology and is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

 

Linda possesses a high level of knowledge of aging services from point of entry to home based services working to achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life for our seniors. She also has 25 years of experience in the planning, development and management of aging service programs.

 

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Long-term Care Administration from the College of Mount St. Joseph. Additional aging experience includes hospital-based acute and skilled nursing as a Director of Nursing; community based experience in Adult Day Care and home health services as Executive Director; and as nurse consultant for individual families dealing with dementia care in Assisted Living and long-term care.

 

On joining the Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC, Linda comments, “In over 40 years in healthcare I have seen many families struggle with navigating the financial and legal issues of aging, as well as the levels of care and Medicare and Medicaid.  I know Northern Kentuckians need the care and concern provided by the firm.  I look forward to working with our seniors and their families; assisting them with the complicated issues that come with the aging process.”

 

Linda can be reached at lvogelpohl@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

 

Ashley St. Hilaire
Paralegal

 

Ashley joined the Law Practice of Dennison Keller in 2021 as the firm’s Estate Planning/ Probate Paralegal, bringing her enthusiasm, professionalism and expertise. Ashley holds a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Beckfield College and has over 10 years of experience in the legal field. She assists attorneys and clients in Estate Planning, Wealth Transfers (estates, probate, and guardianships), and real estate.

 

Ashley carries a strong passion for helping people and displays the ability to communicate information to clients in a way that is easily understood. She was drawn to the Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC with its unique approach in advocating for clients by providing them with their own personal ‘Life Care Plan.’

 

Ashley is also devoted to implementing modern technology in the workplace to accelerate production of higher quality work. When the country shut down in 2020, Ashley turned to technology to continue assisting clients. She quickly became a commissioned Remote Online Notary so she could electronically notarize documents without clients having to leave the comfort and safety of their own home.

 

She is also adept at quickly researching and finding solutions for the challenges of the day, such as guiding clients through the funeral reimbursement program provided by the federal government in the COVID stimulus package.

 

Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband, her three children, obsessively cleaning/organizing, and taking part in various outdoor activities.

 

Ashley can be reached at asthilaire@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

Lorena Daniele

Paralegal

 

Lorena hails from San Paolo, Brazil where she worked as an attorney for 15 years.

 

She moved to the United States in 2019 with her husband and two children after he accepted a position with a company located in the Tri-State.

 

While living in Brazil, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Law in 2005 and then received a Master's Degree in Business Law in 2009.

 

Lorena’s most recent work in Brazil focused on Health law, representing doctors and hospitals.  Prior to that, she worked in the legal departments of large multinational companies.

 

Far from being discouraged at having to start over again in a new system and a new language, Lorena views her position at the Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC as an opportunity to improve her knowledge and be part of a team that works to make a difference in people´s lives.

 

Lorena can be reached at ldaniele@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

 

LeeAnne Robinson, MHI

Medicaid Coordinator

 

LeeAnne joined the firm in 2020. She has double bachelor’s degrees in psychology and literature, and completed her master’s degree in health informatics in 2019. LeeAnne decided to pursue her master’s because she wanted to utilize her technology and finance expertise in a way that could compassionately help others.

 

LeeAnne brings 2 years of experience with financial accounting for a consulting firm. Prior to that, she worked at Bank of America as a liaison to the VA to help veterans save their homes from foreclosure. She believes her work in these areas of finance combined with her education create the perfect blend of experience to navigate the Medicaid process.

 

She has volunteered on several healthcare committees, such as the Owen County Collaborative Addiction Treatment Initiative doing research and editing for grant proposals. She has also created online surveys for various healthcare research studies.

 

LeeAnne has volunteered as baseball mom and scorekeeper, Deacon and treasurer at her church, and at countless school events for her kids. In her free time, you will find her crafting, thrifting, or reading. She is excited to help the firm’s clients ensure a smooth transition to Medicaid.

 

LeeAnne can be reached at lrobinson@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

Lori Schildmeyer
Administrative Assistant

 

Lori joined The Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC in 2020 with a multifaceted background that includes years of client service, account management, research, and writing/editing/proofreading. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University with a major in Applied Sociology & Anthropology, and a minor in Writing.

 

Lori’s sharp eye for detail serves the firm well, having previously performed complex documentation review and invoicing for a Medicaid billing agency. She began her professional years employing creative and persuasive writing strategies in her role as an advertising copywriter. She has also authored an array of corporate promotional materials, television and radio spots, as well. Through the years, Lori has enjoyed proofreading and editing all sorts of written communications, colorfully marking up drafts while wielding an unyielding red pen.

 

As Legal/Administrative Assistant with the firm, Lori assists with the drafting of estate planning documents. She also provides support with Medicaid, VA and trust funding matters. Lori enjoys speaking with clients on a daily basis, and strives to serve them as courteously and efficiently as possible.

 

While raising her family, Lori served her community’s schools in many professional and volunteer capacities, including as an aide for students with developmental disabilities. These positions and their flexibility allowed Lori to be present for her two daughters and their numerous activities during those busy years.

 

Outside of the office, Lori enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and taking neighborhood walks with her husband, dogs, and friends.


Lori can be reached at lschildmeyer@elderlawcincinnati.com

 

 

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