I have 22 years of experience, and specialize in the field of social work with specific knowledge in the areas of gerontology and developmental disabilities. I have published on such topics as quality of life, quality of care, care giving, nursing home and assisted living facilities and community building approaches to service delivery for older adults and people with disabilities. I have testified 50 times on topics such as guardianship, abuse, neglect, exploitation and mental incompetence and incapacity. I have taught future professionals in the fields of social work, disabilities and gerontology. I have also had the opportunity to influence policy makers and advocate on behalf of vulnerable adults because of my educational and professional practice expertise.