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The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Clark Hill PLC, and Wells Fargo Present: Cocktails and A Conversation on Aging

January 27, 2011


– The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Clark Hill PLC, and Wells Fargo are joining forces to present Cocktails and A Conversation on Aging, to be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 5:00-7:30 P.M. at the Tower Club.

The event will include networking and a panel discussion. The panel, featuring: Ray J. Koenig, III (of Clark Hill PLC), Allison Getz (of Wells Fargo), and Sherry S. Kostman (of Senior Bridge), will cover the legal, financial, and health aspects of aging. The Honorable Maureen Connors, of the First District Appellate Court, will moderate.

For more information, and to register for the event, please go to: or email Eriana at the WBAI (

About the Panel

Ray J. Koenig III, JD

is a member in Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group in its Chicago office. He practices in the areas of probate litigation, trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, elder law, estate planning, and estate administration, with an emphasis on will, trust, guardianship, and advance directive contests and other fiduciary litigation. Koenig has represented individuals, families, financial institutions, medical institutions, and governmental organizations in all areas of his practice. Koenig has extensive trial, appellate and mediation experience in state and federal courts.

Koenig is frequently appointed Guardian Ad Litem and defense counsel by judges in guardianship cases, and has been appointed Special Administrator in probate matters. Koenig has also been appointed Special Assistant Attorney General in numerous matters. While a student at DePaul University College of Law, Koenig was a member of Moot Court and took first place in the all-school Negotiations Competition. More recently, Koenig served on a task force formed by the Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department on Aging to develop and draft legislation to significantly revise the Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act.

Allison Getz, MBA, GCM

is an Associate Vice President in Wells Fargo Private Bank and serves in the role of a Trust and Fiduciary Specialist. She manages the Elder Services Program in the Midwest. Ms. Getz assists her clients and their families with planning for the future to ensure wealth and life management services designed to maintain personal and financial independence.

Before joining Wells Fargo, Ms. Getz founded and ran a non-medical home care agency. She has an MBA from the University of Illinois and is a certified geriatric care manager. Presently, she is pursuing a second Master’s degree in gerontology.

Sherry S. Kostman, PsyD, GCM

is the Executive Director of Senior Bridge – Chicago, a facility that addresses the total well being of clients and their families through a comprehensive program that includes assessment, planning, service coordination, advocacy, and direct care by an interdisciplinary team led by a geriatric care manager.

Before joining Senior Bridge, Dr. Kostman was Director of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services at a psychiatric Long-Term Care Facility and Divisional Director at Abraxas Youth & Family Services-Cornell Interventions, where she had full clinical and fiscal responsibility for 25 residential and outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse programs across Illinois. Dr. Kostman earned a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and Certificate in Group Psychotherapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and South Carolina, as well as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional, Certified Mental Illness/Substance Abuse Professional, a National Certified Recovery Specialist and a Certified Case Manager. Prior to entering the healthcare field, Dr. Kostman was Executive Vice President of Kostman/Schmid Advertising for over 18 years.

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