Who We Are


Our Mission and Vision

We respect the rights and dignity of older adults and are committed to end the shameful societal failures that lead to their abuse, neglect and exploitation. We are committed to urgent action through evidence-based solutions and by harnessing innovation, knowledge and expertise. We’re determined to work collaboratively to ensure that every victim of elder abuse has timely access to quality care and intervention. Our vision is a world where we can all grow old safely, together.

Introducing the EAS Board

We started as a group of leaders, coming together to improve the way professionals, organizations and systems respond to elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Each member of our board contributes their unique experience and expertise to our cause. They share a commitment to work towards a world where older people live with dignity and wellbeing, free from abuse and neglect.

Risa Breckman, LCSW

Since 1982, our Executive Director has been instrumental in developing pioneering programs, guidelines and forums on elder abuse. Risa is a highly regarded national leader in the field of elder justice. In addition to her work on the ground, she also raises awareness and educates on the topic through her writing. She co-authored the influential book Strategies for Helping Victims of Elder Mistreatment and the Elder Justice Roadmap Report.

Mark Lachs, MD, MPH

Our Medical Director is one of the most highly-respected physician researchers in the field of elder abuse. He has testified at the White House, before Congress and international bodies including the WHO and the UN. He is the co-chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Director of Geriatrics for the NewYork-Presbyterian Health System. Mark has been invited to serve in leadership roles in advocacy and research organizations and has been recognized through numerous accolades and awards.

Ronald Adelman, MD

Ron is the co-chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He’s also Medical Director of the Irving Wright Center of Aging, directs Adult Palliative Care and is the Director of the Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care. Dr. Adelman’s research interests are in older patient-physician communication, caregiving and a range of palliative care topics. He co-authored the book Strategies for Helping Victims of Elder Abuse along with fellow EAS Board member Risa Breckman.

Seth Cochran

Seth left a promising career in private equity to focus on fighting injustice. In early 2008 he invested his personal finances and his passion in Operation Fistula – a charity devoted to ending a debilitating health problem common in Africa and South Asia. He has also run a consulting practice driving a range of innovations in global health.

Cory Olicker Henkel

Cory is responsible for directing and managing the business and administrative affairs for Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. She has previously held posts at the National Organization on Disability, New York and other key healthcare organizations. She is an AHRC board member and a member of the Academy of Women Achievers. She is a co-founder of the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation.