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MICHAEL W. CONNORS

PRESIDENT

Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987, Michael W. Connors is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in the field of Elder Law.  He earned his law degree from the University of Florida in 1986.  A member of Law Review, he won honors in Administrative Law and served as a research assistant for the University Center for Governmental Responsibility.  Concurrent with his law degree, he received a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Mr. Connors taught Business Law at the University of Florida, and has also taught Elder Law at the Institute for New Dimensions of Palm Beach Community College.  He is a frequent lecturer to professional and community groups on Elder Law issues and is a guest lecturer at Florida Atlantic University.

His Juno Beach practice focuses on trust and estate planning and administration; long-term care planning; asset protection; probate, trust, guardianship and incapacity litigation; guardianship administration for minors and adults; and, special needs trust planning and administration for the elderly and disabled.  

Mr. Connors served two terms as Chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Certification Examination Committee, and with the Committee, prepared and scored the annual Elder Law Certification examinations for Florida attorneys seeking certification in Elder Law.

He is a founding member of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida State Guardianship Association, and a former president of the Board of Directors of the Florida State Guardianship Association, Inc.  He is a member of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, and, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; he also serves on the Guardianship Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Mr. Connors has provided his volunteer services to many community groups, including the Area Agency on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Community Care Association, and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.  He is past chair of the Board of Directors of Hospice of Palm Beach County, Inc., on which he has served for twenty years.


CLAUDETTE CONNORS

SECRETARY

Currently serving as Board secretary, Claudette Connors is the Firm Administrator and Vice President of Michael W. Connors, P.A., a law firm in Juno Beach, FL. She is a seasoned equestrian with two horses of her own and over six years of experience as an EAGALA-certified Equine Specialist. She has co-facilitated equine assisted psychotherapy sessions for individuals, families and groups as well as corporate training sessions to improve teamwork and communication. She has worked as a medical social worker for the State and in private practice and as a grant writer and editor of not for profit organizations. For over 30 years she has consistently served our community with a commitment to helping people. She strengthens the HERD Foundation Board with her knowledge of equine assisted therapy/learning as well as administrative expertise, including organizational and writing skills.


DAVID FRITZSHALL

TREASURER

David Fritzshall has been involved in banking for the past 30 years.  He currently works in the commercial equipment finance industry and is currently employed by Hitachi Capital America.  He has experience working with both small and large companies.  His past employment includes fortune 1000 companies such as AT&T Capital, Wells Fargo, and GE Capital.  Mr. Fritzshall completed his undergraduate work at Southern Illinois University with graduate work at Webster University.  For two years he served on the Board of Youth Basketball League which included close to 1,000 participants.  He later served for two years as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for a travel basketball team. Mr. Fritzshall also coached basketball at the local High School.  

 

ERIN McNAMEE

VICE- PRESIDENT

 Erin McNamee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Palm Beach County, FL.  She has extensive experience in equine assisted therapy and equine assisted learning.  She received her certification from the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in 2012.  Since that time, she has initiated and facilitated equine therapy for a local treatment center where she served as Chief Clinical Officer until 2018.  Erin has facilitated trainings at the national and regional levels for EAGALA and the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH).  She is currently pursuing a doctorate in social work at Florida Atlantic University while concurrently operating her own private practice specializing in trauma, addiction and depression.