Karen B. McIntyre, R.N. and VA Accredited Agent is President and co-founder of Veterans Information Services, Inc. (VIS) and co-creator of VisPro, the
computer software program designed to assist professionals and their clients in filing VA claims. She is also co-founder of Veterans Advocate Group of
America (VAGA) and along with her husband, Jay McIntyre, organizes and manages the annual VAGA conferences.
Karen currently manages a list-serve that averages 425 members, answering their VA related questions daily, and conducts in-depth Webinars for
professionals throughout the country specific to VA and DoD benefits and how to better market their practice. In addition, she co-publishes a monthly
electronic newsletter, Veterans Family Matters - VAGA News, which is received by over 8,000 professionals.
Victoria Collier, Esq. established theDisability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, PC in 2003 to serve the legal needs of senior citizens when their health care
needs increase. The Firm focuses its entire practice on Elder Law issues, which encompasses the areas of Life Care planning, VA Benefits, Medicaid,
Disability, and Estate planning.
• Supreme Court of the United States, admitted 2009
• United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, admitted 2007
• Appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia Council on Aging Board, 2010
• Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Member since 2002
• NAELA, Georgia Chapter, Chair 2008-2009
• NAELA, VA Task Force, Chair 2015
• State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law Section, Chair 2009-2010
• Atlanta Bar Association, Elder Law Committee, Chair 2004-2005
• DeKalb County Distinguished Veteran Award 2013
• Lawyers with Purpose, Co-Founder
• Lawyers for Wartime Veterans, Co-Founder
• Academy of Special Needs Planners, Charter Member
• American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Georgia Chapter, Former Executive Board Member, Secretary
Rudy D. Beck, a 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, has practiced in the St. Charles, Missouri area for over 36 years. Rudy
frequently presents seminars to the general public and often presents workshops to other attorneys throughout the country regarding Veterans Benefits and
Medicaid Asset Protection Planning.He is a member of The Missouri Bar (Probate and Trust Subcommittee), the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, The
Elder Law Committee of the Missouri Bar and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).He also served as a First Lieutenant in the United
States Army (military police) and was honorably discharged in May of 1975
In 2002, Rudy was elected to the Board of Directors for the Missouri chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and served as
chapter President for the 2008-2009 year.Also in 2002, he received the “Champion of Older American” award from SSM Health Care System in the St. Louis
region. In April of 2005 he was selected for membership in the American Association of Trust, Estate and Elder Law Attorneys (AATEELA). He is the co-
founder of the following national organizations: Elder Care USA (see Eldercareusa.com), Veterans Advocates Group of America (VAGA), and Veterans Care
USA, with members located throughout the United States.
Amber Gouin has ten years’ experience as a Medicaid and VA planner. She has an immense passion for educating attorneys and their clients regarding
financial strategies designed to help pay for long-term care costs applicable to both Preplanning and Crisis Medicaid scenarios. Throughout her ten plus years
in the industry, Amber has assisted hundreds of attorneys and advisors with Medicaid & VA qualification strategies and asset-based LTC policies.
Amber is a proud recipient of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s BA of Finance where she graduated with magna cum laude honors. She is a licensed
insurance agent licensed in all 50 states and holds a Series 65 license with FINRA.
John Shickich, John has been practicing law since 1987. During the first part of his legal career, he counseled franchise organizations and was awarded the
Certified Franchise Executive accreditation (by the International Franchise Association). John represented franchisors in many international master franchise
agreement negotiations including Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Beginning in 2009, John worked for ElderCounsel, LLC. He was the Director of
Membership Recruitment and knows many of you. Currently, John is Attorney, Specialty Markets for America's First Financial Corporation and is pursuing
his passion to help attorneys best serve their clients through educating them about asset-based solutions for resolving the burden of paying for long-term care.
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