Speakers

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Karen McIntyre
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Rudy Beck
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Don Quante
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Victoria Collier
Don Quante

Karen B. McIntyre, R.N., VA Accredited Agent is President and co-founder of Veterans Information Services, Inc. (VIS) and co-creator of VisPro®, a computer software program designed to assist attorneys and agents in filing VA and DoD claims.  She is also founder of  Veterans Nursing Consultants and co-founder of Veterans Advocate Group of America, (VAGA).

For nineteen years she has traveled the country educating professionals and families about the complicated VA process.  She has addressed many professional audiences, including several state bars, NAELA, Suffolk University Law School, AAEPA, ASNP, National Academy of Certified Care Managers, legal aid organizations, and many more.

She currently manages a list-serve which averages 425 professional members, answering their VA and DoD related questions daily and conducts in-depth webinars and CLE programs for professionals throughout the country.  In addition, she publishes a monthly electronic newsletter, Veterans Family Matters - VAGA News.

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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 43 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.

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Don Quante is the owner of Wealth Protection Advisors, LLC, an independent wealth management firm located in St. Peters, MO.  His focus has always been the Senior market.  

Since 1983, Don has followed a simple, yet effective, process to help over 3,000 families in two key areas :

1)    Retirement Income Planning and Long-Term Care           
2)    Crisis/Asset Protection Planning

“While many firms attempt to be all things to all people, we have found that by focusing exclusively in these two areas, we are able to more confidently design plans that can help our clients manage their assets to last throughout retirement.”

Don is a member of the elite MDRT, the top ½ of 1% of Financial Planners in the world.  He is also a co-founder of Veterans Advocate Group of America (VAGA).

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Victoria Collier, Esq. established The Elder & Disability 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.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

 

  • 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

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

  • 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors Benefits You Have Earned but Don’t Know About!

  • Paying for Long Term Care, Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit

  • Don’t Go Broke In a Nursing Home, Georgia Edition, Co-Author

  • Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning & Elder Law: Lessons from Prime Time TV, Co-Author