Meet the staff

Our elder law planning and estate planning team in Pittsburgh

Susan Reese

Susan Reese is the firm’s Business Manager. Susan is responsible for the daily operation and administrative management of the firm, including financial management, human resources, and space and facilities management. Susan is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh where she received her degree in Business Administration/Accounting.

Ashley Martin

Ashley Martin is a Legal Assistant for our McMurray office. She is responsible for assisting the attorneys with the Elder Law Planning, Estate Planning and the Estate Administration process. She received her B.A. in Economics from St. Vincent College and her M.B.A. in International Business from Point Park University. She has worked as a Business Office Manager and Admission Director at a Skilled Nursing Facility

Heather Wagner

Heather is an Elder Care Advocate in our McMurray Office. She provides support and advocacy for our clients by working in conjunction with our attorneys to develop a plan including education of available services in the community, referrals and placement assistance and monitoring of care services. Heather has over 15 years of experience in eldercare, mental health, and managed care. She received a BS in Psychology from Carlow College and a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. Heather is licensed by the Commonwealth of PA as a Professional Counselor and is a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Renae Benedek

Renae Benedek is a Legal Assistant for both the McMurray and McKeesport offices. She is responsible for assisting the attorneys with the Elder Law Planning, Estate Planning and the Estate Administration process. Renae is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson University where she received a B.S. in Accounting.

Chelsea Calabro

Chelsea Calabro is a Legal Assistant for the and McKeesport office. She is responsible for assisting the attorneys with the Elder Law Planning, Estate Planning and the Estate Administration process. Chelsea is a graduate of Duquesne University where she received a B.A. in Communications and Psychology.

Michele Trischler

Michele Trischler is a Paralegal for the McMurray office. Michele has over 25 years experience dealing with estate administration. Michelle maintains a paralegal certificate from Robert Morris University.

Marie Ignasky

Marie Ignasky is the Legal Secretary for the McMurray office. Marie joined the firm in 2010 with the opening of the McMurray office. She is responsible for making appointments, maintaining and coordinating schedules, providing legal administrative support to our attorneys and overseeing and managing office space and supplies. Marie is a graduate of Penn State University where she received her B.A. in Individual and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development.

Coleen McGee

Coleen McGee is the Legal Secretary for the McKeesport office. She is responsible for making appointments, maintaining and coordinating schedules, providing legal administrative support to our attorneys and overseeing and managing office space and supplies. Prior to joining Zacharia and Brown Coleen has had over 20 years experience in multiple administrative positions.

Kim Karl

Kim Karl is the Director of Case Management for the Senior Care Resources department. She oversees the work of our case managers and administers our guardianship, professional billing and notary services. Prior to joining the firm Kim worked as a Business Manager for Kane Regional Centers for over 20 years providing the firm with a wealth of information and relevant experience of the nursing home field.

Pam Matta

Pam Matta is a Case Manager in the Senior Care Resources department. Pam is responsible for working with clients to gather information and process Medicaid applications. Pam is a graduate of Robert Morris University where she studied Business Administration.

Mike Krznaric

Mike Krznaric is a Case Manager for Senior Care Resources department. Mike is responsible for working with clients to gather information and process Medicaid applications. Mike also assists clients with Veteran’s Benefits planning issues and applications.

Ron Venturella

Ron Venturella is a Case Manager for Senior Care Resources department. Ron is responsible for working with clients to gather information and process Medicaid applications.