Cancer Legal Line Board Member Bios
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Tom is an internist and endocrinologist who has practiced medicine in St Paul for over 30 years. For the past ten years he has been employed by HealthEast where he is the medical director for diabetes care.
Tom has volunteered for a number of not for profit organizations over the years and has experience helping small organizations grow. Tom joined the CALL board of directors in 2011.
Peter A. T. Carlson is an attorney with Fafinski Mark & Johnson, P.A. in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is a litigator who practices in the areas of general and commercial litigation. He advises clients in employment matters and has experience representing clients in significant employment disputes involving discrimination and retaliation.
Peter attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and received a B.A. in psychology in 2001. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2005. Peter joined the board of Cancer Legal Line in 2010. He is a relentless advocate for the families and individuals facing cancer’s non-medical hardships and issues.
After a decade practicing Internal Medicine in the Twin Cities , Joel found a new calling, solving the financial issues of physicians and dentists. Joel is the founder of Greenwald Wealth Managment.
With his background as a physician, and his wife’s experiences practicing both Radiation Oncology and Hospice/Palliative Care medicine, Joel is well aware of the challenges facing cancer patients and their families. CALL is able to leverage resources to provide vital legal services to cancer patients and their families in their time of need and Joel is privileged to help in this cause.
Stephanie Albert is an experienced litigator and an Adjunct Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law. Stephanie attended The George Washington University and Stanford University, where she earned degrees in education and curriculum development. She received her law degree from Vanderbilt University. Stephanie joined our board in September 2011.
Stephanie is an attorney by profession, but she is an educator at heart. Her parents instilled a love of learning in Stephanie at a young age, and she has devoted her energies to learning and sharing knowledge with others ever since. Stephanie has taught high school English, worked as an education consultant and software training for both Oracle Corporation and Sybase, Inc. and recently joined the adjunct faculty at William Mitchell College of Law where she teaches a legal reasoning workshop.
After losing a loved one to breast cancer at the age of 38, Stephanie directed her passion for learning and sharing knowledge to the cancer community. Stephanie understands the enormous flood of emotions, fear and confusion that accompany a cancer diagnosis and the mountain of decisions and obstacles that accompany the journey of surviving cancer. Her desire to provide meaningful assistance in these times of overwhelming need is endless.
To that end, in mid 2005, Stephanie worked for a non-profit organization in Maryland whose sole purpose was providing easy internet access to reliable and specific information for cancer patients and their caregivers. In 2011 she served on the planning committee for the first annual Pay It Forward Fund Summer Walk, a Minnesota non-profit organization that helps women cancer patients pay their bills while undergoing treatment. Stephanie has also been an active participant in cancer-related charity events and is a 4-time walker in the Komen 3-Day 60 mile walk for breast cancer.
Tracey is a native Minnesotan, a 1991 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law, and a partner at the law firm of Kelly and Hannah, P.A. Tracey’s passion for advocacy in non-profit organizations predates her successful career litigating complex business disputes for nearly 20 years. In high school and college she was heavily involved in her rural hometown’s Youth ARC group, which she grew to the State’s largest chapter. She also was one of Minnesota’s youngest state Presidents of that organization. It was the strong desire to work for the common good that led Tracey to law school.
As a lawyer her busy litigation schedule allowed only modest attention to non-profit work. Following her partner’s recent diagnosis of cancer and subsequent recovery, Tracey has galvanized her dedication toward non-profit work with a focus on helping cancer survivors in need.
In 2011, she successfully co-led the first annual Pay It Forward Fund Summer Walk, a non-profit organization that helps women cancer patients pay their bills while undergoing treatment. It was then Tracey knew instantly that she needed to return to her non-profit roots by using her considerable skills learned while successfully litigating complex business disputes to give back—including careful attention to detail, the ability to effectively manage a team to accomplish a number of complex tasks simultaneously, the abilities to motivate, persuade, and successfully communicate with a wide variety of people, and the aptitude to listen, teach, and reassure clients. She joined our board in 2012 to continue her “core desire” to educate, inform, and empower cancer patients and their caregivers.
Anne Cotter is an attorney at the law firm Leonard, Street and Deinard, where she represents business clients of all sizes, from private start-ups to large public companies, in the areas of general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law. Her practice spans a variety of corporate transactional matters, including entity formation, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting and matters relating to corporate governance.
Anne joined our board in January 2010. Anne has lost loved ones to cancer, and she has a personal and deep appreciation for the need for organizations like Cancer Legal Line that focus on helping with the non-medical issues that cause stress and worry for cancer patients and their families.
As a Medical Social Worker in 1990 at a Brooklyn NY hospital, Michelle witnessed AIDS take the lives of the disenfranchised in a fast and furious manner. There was rarely time for disability applications and the social stigma lead many to despair. Throughout the past 20 years in various health care settings, the theme continues. One cannot efficiently fight illness when they are stressed about affording necessities and medical bills. The impact on one's psycho-immunological capacity is overwhelming. CALL works to connect those struggling with cancer related issues to the proper legal and financial resources available. That is why I serve on the board: to help ease the mental stressors of those fighting cancer, so that they can focus on what really matters.
Chris Harristhal is a shareholder with the law firm of Larkin Hoffman, and is an MSBA Certified Labor & Employment Law Specialist. He is a 1986 University of Minnesota Law School graduate and did his undergraduate studies at Hamline University after leaving high school in Ely Minnesota.
Practicing in the area of management representation in matters of disability accommodation and discrimination, Chris chose to focus his pro bono activities in the area of providing assistance to victims of cancer and their families through Cancer Legal Line. Chris lost his father and oldest brother to cancer. CALL affords Chris an opportunity to help people address the employment related aspects of the challenges cancer creates.
Lindy Yokanovich, Esq. is the founder and executive director of Cancer Legal Line, a non-profit organization providing assistance with cancer related legal issues to all Minnesotans affected by cancer. Cancer Legal Line's services are provided at no charge and are open to anyone in need, regardless of type of cancer, county of residence, gender, age or income. Compelled to bring Cancer Legal Line to life after witnessing first hand the many legal questions and difficulties cancer survivors in her family have faced, Lindy counts her work with Cancer Legal Line as the most profound and gratifying of her legal career.
A former litigator with the San Francisco law firm of McGlynn, McLorg & McDowell, Lindy has been a member of the adjunct faculty at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul since 1997. Lindy received her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and her J.D. from the University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of Law. For her work in founding Cancer Legal Line, Lindy received the 2010 Advocacy Award from Angel Foundation, was name 2009 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Judges of Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District, and is a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Steering Committee.