Ellen Nalven, Executive Director of Planned Lifetime Assistance of New Jersey (PLAN/NJ), recently received The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) 2016 President’s Award.
Former NAELA President, Shirley Whitenack, Esq., presented the award at The 2016 NAELA Annual Conference in Denver, CO earlier this year. She stated that Ms. Nalven received the award for “dedicated and constant work done through PLAN/NJ to provide law-related information, awareness, knowledge and advocacy to families and professionals caring for individuals with disabilities.”
“PLAN/NJ is still the only state-wide non-profit organization to offer a full range of life planning and lifetime support services for those with disabilities,” stated Ms. Nalven. “I am extremely honored to be recognized with this award and grateful for NAELA’s ongoing support.” As part of the award, PLAN/NJ received a $1,000 donation towards its programs.
“Compassionate, caring, and a strong advocate for the individuals PLAN/NJ serves, Ellen attends to the needs of the organization and its clients with concern and rapid attention, professionalism, intelligence, and approaches to problems that result in solutions,” said Ms. Whitenack. “NAELA applauds Ellen’s outstanding efforts and we are proud to recognize her for the tremendous work she does for people with disabilities in New Jersey.”
Executive Director of PLAN/NJ for more than ten years, Ms. Nalven serves as legal Guardian and Trustee for 820 individual clients and oversees the delivery of case management, advocacy and life planning services. In this role she also works to educate families on the importance of life planning to promote independent living and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
In 2012 Ms. Nalven received the National Rebecca Mc Donald Leadership Award from APSE, The Association for People Supporting Employment First, and in 2009 was awarded the co-founder award from their New Jersey chapter (NJAPSE). Ms. Nalven is a member of the Board of Directors of the National PLAN Alliance.
NAELA is a professional association of attorneys in the private and public sectors who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with disabilities. Members also include judges, professors of law, and students.