Meet the Staff
Patti Estep Business Manager
Patti Estep is the firm’s Business Manager. Patti is responsible for the daily operation and administrative management of the firm, including financial management, human resources, case management, information technology, marketing, and space and facilities management. Patti joined the firm in 2005 as a Legal Assistant and eventually transitioned to Business Manager to meet the needs of the growing firm. Patti is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she received her degree in Industrial Management.
Heather Wagner Elder Care Advocate
Heather Wagner is an Elder Care Advocate in our McMurray Office. She provides support and advocacy for our clients by working in conjunction with our attorneys and developing an individualized care plan including medical and cognitive monitoring, placement assistance and coordination of benefit services. Heather has over 12 years 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 Legal Assistant
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 Legal Assistant
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 Paralegal
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 Legal Secretary
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 degree in Individual and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development.
Kim Karl Director of Case Management
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 Case Manager
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.
Mike Krznaric Case Manager
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 Case Manager
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.