Theresa Foundation

The Theresa Awards

The Theresa Foundation presents an annual NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) Theresa Award honoring a NAELA attorney in recognition of his or her outstanding efforts and advocacy for individuals with special needs. Theresa Award Honorees are given a grant allocation for which they can choose the recipients.

On behalf of the Theresa Foundation Board of Directors, we are thrilled to present:

Annette M. Hines, Esq. with the 27th Annual NAELA Theresa Award

for all that she has done to protect elders, individuals with disabilities, and patients’ rights.

Annette has devoted her life to advocating for children with special needs. She has taken her own personal experiences and has worked tireless with families in ensuring their child has the highest quality of life. She has been on a lifelong mission of training and supporting attorneys in the area of special needs planning which includes her involvement with the Massachusetts Chapter of NAELA and her advocating for the rights of children with special needs with The ARC of Massachusetts.

We Acknowledge Our Past Theresa Award Recipients

2020 Michael and Myra Gilfix
2019 Tim Nay
2018 Lora Webster
Alfred “Chip” Chiplin (Posthumously)
2017 Judy Murdaugh-Jackson
H. Amos Goodall, Esq.
Kelly Piacenti
2016 Robert McGuire
Elizabethanne Miller Angevine, Esq.
Corey B. Bearak, Esq.
2015 Fred C. Klein, Esq.
Mary Alice Jackson, Esq.
2014 John LaSpina
Michael Amoruso, Esq.
2013 Leo Govoni
John J. Ford, Esq.
2012 Surf For All
(Cliff and Will Skudin & Jim Mulvaney)
Joan Lensky Robert, Esq.
2011 Bob Policastro
Renée Colwill Lovelace, Esq.
2010 NYS Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg
Stephen W. Dale, Esq.
2009 Sandy De Ninno-Braun
Matthew Makar
Richard A. Courtney, Esq.
2008 Sidiki Conde
Professor Rebecca Morgan, Esq.
2007 Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
Emily S. Starr, Esq.
2006 Scott Pollock
Charles P. Sabatino, Esq.
2005 Brother Rick Curry, S.J.
Stephen J. Silverberg, Esq.
2004 Father Jim Maltese
Judith A. Stein, Esq.
2003 Lisa A. Gatti
Mary T. Schmitt Smith, Esq.
2002 Anthony Caporrino
Kate A. Mewhinney, Esq.
2001 Laury Adsit-Gelardi
Rene H. Reixach, Esq.
2000 Hedy & Eric Page
Charles R. Robert, Esq.
1999 Barbara & Marvin Rachlin
Allan D. Bogutz, Esq.
1998 Jack J. Britvan
Donna R. Bashaw, Esq.
1997 Kurt J. Murgo
Scott R.Severns, Esq.
1996 Richard Northorn/AIHS Tracy Phillips
A. Frank Johns, Esq.
1995 Colleen M. Moseman
Ira S. Wiesner, Esq.