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On August 17, 2015, Ms. Roden presented on the topic of Grantor Trusts to a group of attorneys, paralegals and CPAs. The CLE also provided participants with information regarding Revocable Trusts and Special Needs Trusts.


The WILMA Women to Watch Leadership Initiative's mission is to help develop more women leaders in Wimington-area businesses, nonprofits, government bodies and boards of directors.

The meeting's objective was to:
  • Create a better understanding of policing, incarceration, and re-entry in NC, including perspectives on diverse strategies that address criminal justice reform;
  • Explore how unintentional bias impacts racial inequities in the system; and
  • Explore possible opportunities for this work in the current climate through grant making and organizational leadership.
In 2012, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Board and staff of the Foundation selected a 15-member class, composed of a diverse group of leaders, who have their finger on the pulse of the State to serve a three-year term as ZSR's inaugural Community Leadership Council (CLC).
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation invests in statewide, regional and community-based organizations that are dedicated to building an inclusive, sustainable and vibrant state. The groups that ZSR supports both work to build healthy, robust communities at the local and regional level and engage in education, civic dialogue and advocacy around issues of importance to communities and to North Carolina.

Ashley Michael provided insight as a Guardian Ad Litem attorney on the topic "When the Power of Attorney is not the Answer".

May is National Elder law month and Ms. Roden spoke with Ben Steelman of the StarNews to discuss the need for older Americans to plan now to maintain autonomy and dignity while aging.  Mr. Steelman's article, "Elder law attorneys urge older Americans to plan", is available on StarNewsonline at

Elderhaus is a sponsor of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and provides long term care services, medical care, physical therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy programs, transportation and more.

Ms. Roden spoke on the basics of Long Term Care Medicaid eligibility with a group of women who provide care for loved ones who participate in the PACE program.





·         – This year’s NCGA Annual Conference, “ Guardianship: Shifting the Paradigm and Restoring Hope”, had over 120 attendees from across the State including legal professionals, court officials, caseworkers, and other persons interested in Guardianship.  Mr. Craige spoke on “Executing the Responsibilities of Guardian of the Estate”.

·         This event will provide the Chamber of Commerce and its members the opportunity to talk with elected officials from New Hanover County, City of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach as well as US Senators and Representatives and State Senator and Representatives in an informal setting.

– Ashley Michael will provide insight as a Guardian Ad Litem attorney on the topic “When the Power of Attorney is not the Answer”. 

Ashley attended an 8-hour course at Coastal Care on May 7, 2015.  This added skill set will assist her clients and their families to identify and provide initial help to young people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance abuse disorders

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