Our mission is to provide for the protection, dignity, and value of incapacitated persons by furthering the professional standards of guardians as accountable court representatives.
Guardianships are set up to protect and help people in need, such as an elder or loved one unable to care for their own financial or health related well-being.
The number of vulnerable people in Broward County who need a guardianship is increasing. As a valued member of BCGA, you are taking an active role in advancing standards of excellence in guardianships and can inform the public about good guardianship practice. Membership is available to anyone interested in improving guardianship practice.
BCGA supports and educates guardians, promoting independence, protection, and dignity for the most vulnerable individuals through educational programs, the promotion of professional standards, materials, and networking.
Board of Directors
Cindy Kramer, President
Cindy Kramer has been the president of the BCGA for more than 6 years. She has been a professional guardian since 2003 and a Geriatric Care Manager since 2000. As a member of the National Guardianship Association, a former board member of the Florida State Guardianship Association and a member of the Aging Life Care Association, she brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to her position as president. Cindy also owns Elder Solutions Inc, a Guardianship and Care Management company that enriches the lives of, and cares for incapacitated wards of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Bio coming soon.
Beth Halprin, ARNP Director
Beth Halprin is the Director of Clinical Services for Alternative Home Health Care since 1998. Beth has recently obtained her Board Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Masters of Science in Nursing. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for more than 35 years in a variety of professional health management and medical specialty settings and has worked in the home health field for more than 25 years. Beth sits on the Board of Directors for the Broward County Guardianship Association, as well as the Florida State Guardianship Association. She has worked exclusively with geriatric clients and their families since 1989 and frequently lectures on topics such as home health care, dementia and nursing care for the elderly.
Danielle Feuer, Director
Danielle is a partner at the law firm of Behar, Gutt & Glazer, P.A., located in Dania Beach. Danielle has over a decade of experience assisting families address the needs of their elderly and disabled loved ones. She is committed to helping families navigate complex Elder Care issues and has a broad based knowledge that enables her to thoroughly address the legal needs of her clients. Danielle primarily concentrates her practice on Guardianship and Incapacity matters.
Peter Leighton, Director
Peter C. Leighton, M.S. Ed., Director of Client Relationships at Chepenik Trushin LLP, a boutique law firm that focuses on estate planning (wills, trusts, charitable giving, and tax issues), probate and trust administration, guardianship administration and litigation in probate courts (will and trust litigation, undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, and claims involving fiduciaries like personal representatives and trustees). Chepenik Trushin LLP has very sophisticated practice areas, and Peter and his firm are very serious yet very discrete networkers. Peter, who is in his sixth year at Chepenik Trushin LLP, would like to meet you to see how he (and his vast professional Rolodex) can bring more add value to you and your brand expansion.
Peter brings a unique “giving/sharing” attitude toward deep relationship building. His mission is to ensure that both sides truly benefit from referral relationships. Mr. Leighton when in action, has well-thought-out intentions that gain results. Peter works directly with Bart Chepenik to guide the planning, Medicaid planning (elder law), and administration practice of five attorneys. Mr. Brad Trushin leads the firm’s litigation practice with five attorneys.
Peter earned a Master of Science, Higher Education Administration from Florida State University and a BA in Psychology, Counseling from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Peter was a university administrator/faculty member for 13 years, working with college student housing, leadership development, community relations, student conduct, academic dishonesty, and conflict mediation. He served Arizona State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Florida International University. While at RIT, Peter worked with 3000 deaf students and got to know sign language/deaf culture.
Following his stint in academia, Peter worked in senior/elder care—assisted living, private duty, and in-home based skilled nursing services—for 19 years in South Florida. He focuses on helping adults, their development. Communities and life care planning issues, adults ages 16–109.
Peter grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 26 miles northwest of Philadelphia. He has lived in Miami and Broward counties for 24 years and now resides in Hollywood with his wife, retired artist Martha Leighton, who proudly hails from Jalisco, Mexico.
Holly Thomas, Director
Holly Thomas has over 25 years’ experience in the home health care industry, specializing in Private Duty services including long term care insurance plans, VA benefits and Medicaid programs.
As Account Executive with FirstLantic Healthcare since 2010, Holly coordinates patient care -- connecting the client, clinical team and patient. She covers Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Acting as the patient’s advocate, Holly’s top priority is to ensure top notch home care services are delivered with the highest customer satisfaction.
A native Floridian, Holly earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. She is an active member of the community serving as a Board Member with Florida Association of Health Underwriters (FAHU), Palm Beach Association of Health Underwriters (PBAHU), Broward County Guardianship Association (BCGA), and Women in Financial Services (Gold Coast Chapter). Holly received the WIFS “Circle of Excellence Award” in 2018. In 2019, Holly will serve as Co-Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association Broward Walk and in 2020 Chairman of the Board for Dellenbach Foundation.
Bambi Nikolakis-Williams, LPG®, Director
Bio coming soon.