Patricia Hanson, MS, LPC, NCC, is an Aging Life Care Professional and co-owner of IKOR of Western Pennsylvania.
Patty is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Her education includes a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Carlow University, a Post Master’s Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Theory from the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh, and a Certificate as a Life Care Planner from Capital University School of Law. Patty has experience as a counselor working in private practice, as an outpatient counselor, inpatient mental health, crisis center, and mobile therapist in wrap-around services.
Patty is the past President of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh; she is the Vice President and a Founding Board Member of the nonprofit Senior Partners of Pittsburgh. She is an active member of the Aging Life Care Professional Association, the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the Association of Daily Money Managers, the American Case Management Association, The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, and the National Long-Term Care Council. She also serves on the Woodland Hills School District Performing Arts Guild board and the PTA of her daughter’s high school and as a lay minister.
855-456-7972 ext. 704
Michael Hanson, Esq., NCG, CSA, is co-owner of IKOR of Western Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Akron School of Law and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing since 1991. Mike is a Certified Senior Advisor and National Certified Guardian and is well versed in the needs of Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities, and children with special needs. Mr. Hanson does not practice law on behalf of IKOR of Western Pennsylvania clients, but he is versed in the legal matters that impact the lives of those we serve. In his career, before working as an Advocate for IKOR, Mike worked for major insurance companies in the Greater Philadelphia and Greater Pittsburgh areas in litigation and claims-related positions and as an attorney in personal injury and insurance law. Mike supports IKOR of Western Pennsylvania clients by overseeing all Power of Attorney and Guardianship Cases and helps our team understand legal areas that affect care and routine living concerns. Mike works with our team members handling all non-medical and non-clinical areas, i.e., Routine Bill Payment, Insurance Concerns, Real Estate Transactions, and many other areas. Mr. Hanson partners with IKOR clients’ Attorneys as needed to address any legal concerns. Mike is also a trained mediator.
855-456-7972 ext. 703
Mary Ann Thacik, RN, MSN, serves our clients as an R.N. Patient Advocate. Mary Ann earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education from LA Roche College. She is a Registered Nurse with over 45 years of experience in varied settings, including working in psychiatric nursing and with adults & children with intellectual disabilities. She has worked in rehabilitation and long-term care settings and was a director of the gastrointestinal laboratory on a renal unit and in medical/surgical intensive care. Mary Ann’s experience includes interdisciplinary care, team contribution, plan of care development, detailed mental and physical assessments, and client advocacy. Mary Ann is highly skilled at collaborating with some of our most challenging clients’ circumstances.
855-456-7972 ext. 706
Noel Saccameno has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. She has held various clinical positions throughout her career and transitioned into a Case Management role in acute care. Following her Case Management role, Noel was part of a team of medical professionals who opened the first Long Term Acute Hospital in Pittsburgh. After leaving Long Term Acute Care, Noel steered her career to Hospice and Home Health Leadership. Noel feels driven to accompany individuals on their life journey, assisting and directing to assure the best possible outcomes and dignity through the aging process. Noel holds an AAS degree in Nursing and has continued her education with an emphasis on Policy and Public Health. She is certified by AAQUARP in Case Management and Oncology Nursing. Noel is very familiar with the resources in the community and well connected with the medical community. She participates in professional networking organizations and is an active member and volunteer in her Faith Community.
855-456-7972 ext. 702
Amy Gamble services as our clients and team members as Director of Social Services and Mental Health. Amy is an award-winning Mental Health Advocate and Peer Coach. She is a great Consultant to our professional partners and our client’s families. Amy is a best-selling author of Bipolar Disorder, My Biggest Competitor: An Olympian’s Journey with Mental Illness. Amy is the past Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Greater Wheeling. She is a Certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and a mental health speaker.
Amy had the honor of representing the U.S. at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. She was an All-American High School basketball player and went on to play college basketball at the University of Tennessee and the University of Arizona.
Amy has over 18 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies in sales, marketing, and leadership. Amy has an M.A. in Organizational Management and a B.A. in Communication. Her mission in life is to help those who live with mental illness and their family members find help and hope. She strives to eliminate stigma by sharing openly her struggles and triumphs of living with bipolar disorder and educating audiences of all ages.
855-456-7973 ext. 711
Larry Enright is a Financial professional and former owner of an independent IKOR unit in eastern Pennsylvania. While serving the needs of his clients at his own IKOR unit, Larry earned and held many professional certifications and designations, including those from the National Guardianship Association, the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, the American Association of Daily Money Managers, the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the Society of Financial Service Providers and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Before his direct personal IKOR experience, Larry had been involved in various entrepreneurial pursuits, including accounting and bookkeeping, financial management, insurance, mortgage services, and retail sales. With a total of 43 years of experience in operational management, financial management, and business ownership, Larry has brought a wealth of active service experience to the team to augment his financial and management acumen.
Larry has a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Richard Stockton University and is a United States Air Force veteran.
412-275-0345 ext. 710
Mary Ann works at IKOR as a Registered Nurse Patient Advocate. She has held many positions in her 45-year long nursing career. Mary Ann has experience working in orthopedics, critical care, oncology, general medicine. She worked in nursing administration as a charge nurse and evening supervisor at a large urban hospital. Mary Ann worked as the Director of a low-level head trauma unit and lectured with the National Head Injury Foundation. Mary Ann has management experience as a Director of Nursing in Skilled care, Acute Care Case Management, supporting the coordination and transition of care for medically complex individuals. She has worked in home care, as a rehabilitation liaison, and in a Continuum of Care Retirement Community before joining IKOR.
Mary Ann holds a Nursing Degree from Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. She participates in regular continued education for professional development. In addition to her Nursing Profession and family obligations, she has held many Leadership roles within her Church and Community. Mary Ann’s profession and personal experiences provide the expertise and skills to guide her clients on the life journey and transitions of care. She is proficient in furnishing medical as well as spiritual support.
Cari works at IKOR as a Registered Nurse Patient Advocate. She started her nursing career 27 years ago as a Licensed Practical Nurse working in Long Term and Acute Care before enrolling in a diploma program to obtain her RN through the nursing program at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing. She then furthered her education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chatham University.
Cari has held many different positions throughout her career in emergency medicine and trauma, long term care, cardiac cath lab, PACU, urgent care, and case management in health insurance.
Prior to starting her career in nursing, Cari served in the US Air Force and PA Army National Guard for 9 years. This experience helped her to develop discipline, leadership, and service above self. Cari currently volunteers her time with the American Legion and the American Legion Riders Post 220 to assist veterans in the community. She is also a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, “standing missions for those who stood for us.”
Along with her family obligations, she also volunteers with animal rescue organizations to adopt and foster dogs in need and provide transport of dogs to their forever homes.
855-456-7972 ext. 709
Deborah Moses, MS, CSA, supports our IKOR of Western Pennsylvania clients as a Financial Advocate and as a Daily Money Manager. Debbie assists clients with Routine Bill Payment and Power of Attorney services. Debbie worked in the investment advisory and financial planning field for nearly 30 years. She had worked as Vice President and Investment Manager at PNC Financial and BNY Mellon. Her most recent position was with McKinley Carter Wealth Services, where she served as a Financial Advisor to individuals, families, and nonprofits. Debbie earned her Master‘s in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and she is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA).
855-456-7972 ext. 707
Nancy Payne Rupert supports our IKOR of Western Pennsylvania clients as a Financial Advocate. For over 18 years, Nancy worked as President and Founder of Elder Advice Network and as a Paralegal for Attorney John Payne. Nancy is well versed in planning for long–term care in advance by using Trusts, other financial products, and Medicaid Spend Down strategies for those in Crisis. Nancy helps our clients find the appropriate attorney to navigate Elder and Estate Law areas and supports in Medicaid and Veteran’s benefits care areas. Nancy supports the Educational programs with Wealth Advisors helping clients plan for Long Term Care within the Planning for Dignity Program. Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Grand Valley State University.
855-456-7972 ext. 712
Jessica supports our management team, our advocates and our clients and customers in the day-to-day coordination and management of business operational activities. Jessica acts as a liaise to ensure smooth operations delivery. In addition to Operational support, Jessica supports in Sales & Marketing areas as well and acts as a Concierge as needed. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design and Associate Degrees in Graphic Design and Communications Technology and has worked as a Graphic Designer and Web Designer with Trib Total Media and Pixelkeet over the past 20 years. Jessica loves working with Seniors and the Disabled. She worked part-time at a Personal Care Home to be able to support seniors before joining our team.
855-456-7972 ext. 708
Paula McKinley BSN, RN, CMM, CDMS, CNLCP is a Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP) with IKOR of Western Pennsylvania. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing. She has over 30 years of experience serving in multiple medical areas. Paula is a Certified Nurse Case Manager, (CMM) Certified Disability (CDMS) Management Specialist, having worked in Complex Claims Units working in Insurance medical review and case management. She has extensive experience in Rehabilitation care and as a Registered Nurse in Home Health Care. She has also worked in Medical-Surgical Emergency, Intensive Care, and Progressive Care Units in a hospital setting.
855-456-7972 ext. 712
Cari works at IKOR as a Registered Nurse Patient
412-275-0345 ext. 701