“I feel lucky every day that my job is to protect and make sure my clients have the best quality of life possible. Our clients may need ACM’s services, but spending time and helping our clients gives me a sense of personal fulfillment. I am grateful every day for being able to do this work.”
Ruth Lippin, JD, LCSW, CMC is the founder and CEO of Alighieri Care Management. Her background as both attorney and therapist uniquely qualifies her as a life care professional/care manager. Her strong advocacy and counseling skills allow her to coordinate multiple services for her clients, advocate for them when they are not receiving the care they are entitled to, and address any psychosocial issues that may arise.
Originally a successful public-service attorney, Ms. Lippin developed an interest in mental health, which led her to a second career as a cognitive behavioral therapist, specializing in the treatment of anxiety and other mood disorders. When her elderly mother-in-law needed assistance, Ms. Lippin personally experienced how difficult and time-consuming it is to coordinate high-quality care for the elderly and disabled. While employed as a hospital discharge planner, she was introduced to the field of professional care management and realized she had found the perfect way to combine all of the skills she had acquired.
Ms. Lippin is a certified member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. For eight years, Ms. Lippin lead a support group for adult children whose parents suffered from various types of dementia for CaringKind formerly the NYC chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Ms. Lippin holds a JD from the City University of New York School of Law and is a member of both the New York State and New Jersey Bar Associations. She has an MSW from Columbia University, is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a care manager certified (CMC) and a certified family mediator.
“Helping people gives meaning to my life. I take pride in providing comprehensive professional services with compassion and warmth to those in need.”
Bridget Meehan, LMSW is a care manager/aging life care professional with Alighieri Care Management. Bridget’s ability to multi-task, find creative solutions to the many obstacles our clients face in addition to her warmth and compassion make her a perfect fit for Alighieri Care Management.
Bridget joined the team at Alighieri after developing and running a successful immigration legal program in the Bronx for more than 8 years where she specialized in assisting individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. Throughout her career, Bridget has worked closely with medical professionals, legal advocates, and benefit administrators and has extensive experience navigating complicated bureaucratic systems.
Bridget received her Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Latin American Studies with a concentration in sociology from Barnard College. She received her Master of Social Work from Columbia University.
“It is a privilege to be a part of the Alighieri team where I am able to help older adults age well and provide support to their families.”
Melissa Andosca, MHC-LP is a care manager/aging life care professional with Alighieri Care Management. Melissa’s natural affinity for older adults and her genuine warmth and commitment to making older adult’s lives better inform her work on a daily basis.
Melissa joins the ACM team after several years of working in the business sector. During that time she developed highly effective organizational skills and the ability to multi-task conflicting priorities. Prior to this Melissa worked at a geriatric rehabilitation center as well as a mental health facility. Melissa’s compassion and empathetic nature, make her a great addition to the Alighieri team.
Melissa received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Cortland and her Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Queens College, CUNY.
“I have spent several years managing care for older adults and people with Developmental Disabilities. Being a part of this intimate process and collaborating with my clients and their families has been incredibly fulfilling on both a professional and personal level.”
Hannah Button, MA Ed Psych, is a care manager/aging life care professional with Alighieri Care Management. Hannah’s years of experience advocating for vulnerable populations combined with her passion and commitment to her clients living their best lives makes Hannah a welcome addition to the ACM team.
Hannah began her professional career as a dancer and performing artist in the New York City area. After a serious hip injury, Hannah was introduced to Pilates and immediately saw the improvements it brought to her recovery and overall sense of well-being. For several years, Hannah worked as a certified Pilates instructor for older adults, specializing in post-rehabilitation. She quickly learned she had a passion for helping people gain and maintain confidence and self-governance. After receiving her Master’s in Educational Psychology, Hannah realized she could combine her knowledge of the physical body with her passion for helping people which led Hannah to spend the past 8 years, prior to joining ACM, as a program coordinator and care manager for older adults and people with Developmental Disabilities. Her work continues to motivate and propel her devotion to helping people in need.
Hannah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase College. She received her Master’s in Educational Psychology from Hunter College, where she received a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship.
“Working with the elderly is dear to my heart. I find it deeply fulfilling to help bring comfort, purpose and dignity back into an older person’s life. The things I’ve learned from older people, and the devotion of their caregivers, is an inspiration to living my own life in a fuller way.”
Margaret DeRose, LMSW is a care manager/aging life care professional with Alighieri Care Management. She has a decade of experience working with older adults and their families and is passionate about helping them once again feel curious and purposeful about life.
Prior to working in care management, Margaret was an editor for the tradeshow company, Reed Exhibition Companies. She then moved on to marketing and creating websites. While raising three children, Margaret became the primary caregiver for her elderly grandmother, experiencing firsthand the demanding and tumultuous tasks of caring for growing children and aging loved ones. She returned to school to get her master’s in social work in order to focus on providing quality care for the elderly. Since graduating, Margaret worked at an intergenerational adult day program in Westchester County, helping to create educational, physical, and social activities to enhance the quality of life and create connections for older people, especially those with dementia. She continues to teach a Zoom History program for people with a cognitive impairment.
Margaret received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She was an Andrus Scholar at Fordham University and received her Master of Social Work with a specialization in Older Persons and Their Families from that university.
“I have always had a passion for working with vulnerable populations which, of course, includes older adults. I am excited to have joined the team at ACM where I can use my nursing skills to make a difference in our clients’ lives.”
Susan Sutin BSN is a Registered Nurse with Alighieri Care Management. She started her career at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York where she worked initially on a medical-surgical floor and subsequently, transferred to working for the hospital’s in-home nursing program. In this role, Susan supervised and managed the in-home nursing staff. She led the team, managed the nurses, and equipped them with the necessary skills to provide optimal care to their clients. Susan is very familiar with the needs of older adults and she brings empathy and kindness to every task she undertakes.
On a personal note, Susan has been volunteering in a public school in New York City and assisting in a second-grade classroom for over ten years.
Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I have spent over three decades as a nurse, caring and advocating for the elderly in their homes. I am so grateful for this rewarding career, and for the opportunity to improve the lives of our clients and their families.”
Helen Drivas BSN MA CCM is a Registered Nurse with Alighieri Care Management (ACM). Helen has spent the last 30+ years providing nurse care management for older adults. Her compassion, caring and extensive nursing experience provide ACM’s clients with an invaluable asset.
Prior to joining ACM, Helen worked full time for Visiting Nurse Service of NY in Manhattan where she devoted her professional life to caring for the homebound elderly in their homes, providing skilled nursing care and care management to the most vulnerable.
On a personal note, Helen’s experience and compassion allowed her to set up as well as provide care for her elderly parents in their home where they were able to remain for several years with all the necessary services. Helen was a great advocate for her parents and continues to be one for all of her patients by helping them navigate the complex health care system.
Helen received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and a Master of Arts in Education from Teachers College. She is also a Certified Case Manager.
“I have been a Medicaid Coordinator for over 15 years. I have helped many families get their loved ones the care they need so they can remain at home without worrying about the cost. There is nothing more rewarding.”
Susan Marchesini joined Alighieri Care Management as our Medicaid specialist in 2013. Ms. Marchesini has been a Medicaid Coordinator for over 15 years and has worked with several prominent elder law firms preparing Institutional (nursing home) and Community (home care) Medicaid applications. Susan assists clients with gathering necessary documents, preparing and filing the Medicaid application and with the implementation of home care services. Susan acts as the liaison between the client and the Department of Social Services or Human Resource Administration. Her understanding of the Medicaid process and issues involved is an invaluable benefit to those looking for assistance in accessing long-term, affordable home or institutional care.
Susan graduated cum laude from New York University School of Continuing & Professional Studies with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She attended classes in the Master’s Program at the School of Social Work at both New York University and Hunter College. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda. Our clients immediately feel connected to Susan and can sense her warmth and compassion