Jennifer B. Cona, Esq., managing partner of the Melville based elder law and estate planning firm Cona Elder Law has been appointed to the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) Board of Trustees. She was also named Honorary Dinner Committee Chair of the 23rd annual Remembrance Ball. For the past 10 years, Ms. Cona has served on the LIAF Legal Advisory Board and will continue in that capacity.
“We are carefully and slowly adding members to our 10-person Board, and are delighted that Jennifer has accepted this position,” says Fred Jenny, Executive Director, LIAF. “With a long history of working diligently on behalf of LIAF, she has been a moving force to our organization bringing a strong level of commitment and involvement in our activities as well as being an advocate for getting services to those with Alzheimer’s and their families. We are also grateful for Jennifer’s expertise in elder law and her many years as a participant on our Legal Advisory Board.”
Jennifer was also selected for this prestigious position based on her numerous charitable contributions to seniors and people in need as well as for her community recognition. In 2007, she established Cona Elder Law Charitable Events, a not for profit organization that has sponsored many programs including the Long Island Fight for Charity, Midnight Run, and the latest “Senior Dreams Come True” project serving low-income seniors.
“This is a great opportunity for me to help LIAF reach a broader base of people for support, offer new ideas for programming and fundraisers as well as to better define the role and activities of the LIAF advisory boards,” says Ms. Cona.
Jennifer is also the Honorary Dinner Committee Chair for LIAF’s 23rd Annual Remembrance Ball to take place on Friday, October 22rd at The Garden City Hotel. This year, LIAF is honoring Dr. Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson, Director of Dowling College’s Center for Intergenerational Policy and Practice.
Ms. Cona has a long history as an advocate for women, the disabled and those with limited access to the legal system. Ms. Cona is a New York State Certified Guardian, Court Evaluator and Counsel to incapacitated persons and is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits. In addition to serving on LIAF’s Legal Advisory Board, Ms. Cona serves on the advisory board of the Legacy of Love, an organization dedicated to life planning for children with autism.
Ms. Cona is the recipient of many awards that include Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business award, the 40 under 40 Rising Stars on Long Island award and the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney award from Touro Law School. Ms. Cona has twice been named in Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services. A dynamic speaker, Ms. Cona is a frequent lecturer on Elder Law, Estate Planning and Special Needs Planning, addressing both local and national professional organizations and community groups.
Ms. Cona has been featured in national and local media that include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, Newsday, Long Island Business News, New York Law Journal, CPA Wealth Provider, Nassau Lawyer and Suffolk Lawyer and many others. She has appeared as a legal expert on CNN, WNBC News, News 12 Television, News 55, Channel 21, WBLI Radio, WOR and WFAN.
Ms. Cona is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association Elder Law Section, the Nassau County Bar Association Committee on Elder Law, the Committee on Surrogate’s Court, Estates and Trusts, and the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County. She is the founder and chair of the Advanced Elder Law Focus Group and is a member of The Women’s Financial Group.
The mission of The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) is to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as their families. Located in Port Washington, LIAF was founded in 1988 by five Long Island women. For the past two decades, LIAF has provided supportive community based services to Alzheimer’s families in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. This disease afflicts some 5.3 million Americans and is expected to reach 7.7 million by 2030 and 16 million by 2050.
Genser Dubow Genser Dubow & Cona is recognized as a leading elder law and estate planning firm on Long Island. The firm provides a full range of services and has been featured in many publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, L.I. Business News, Kiplinger’s, Reader's Digest and many others. Cona Elder Law attorneys are frequent contributors to Newsday’s Act II “Ask the Expert” column and have appeared as guests on WNBC-TV, CNN-fn, News 12, News 55, Channel 21 "Act II With Newsday" and many radio stations including WOR, WCBS AM and WFAN.