Alighieri Care Management provides expert and compassionate support to older adults, those with psychiatric care needs, and persons with disabilities. We help our clients maintain a high quality of life and maximize their autonomy and independence while ensuring their safety. We have the time, skills, and knowledge to handle the medical, social, financial, and other needs of your loved one in a cost-effective manner. We provide you with the most precious of gifts, peace of mind. Our multi-disciplinary team is ready to support you in the care of your aging loved one:
- Ruth Lippin, Our Founder
- Stacey Rodkin, Aging Life Care™ Professional
- Lauren Zolluccio, Aging Life Care™ Professional
- Lauren Kamens, Aging Life Care™ Professional
- Andrew Tryfonos, Nurse Care Manager
- Kristina F. Saxena, Aging Life Care™ Professional
- Susan Marchesini, Medicaid Specialist
Ruth Lippin, Our Founder
Ruth Lippin, JD, LCSW, CMC, is the Founder and President of Alighieri Care Management (ACM). Her background as both attorney and therapist uniquely qualifies her as an Aging Life Care™ Professional. 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 was 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. Ms. Lippin also volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association, leading a support group for adult children whose parents suffer from the disease. 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 Bars. She has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and a care manager certified (CMC).Return to top
Stacey Rodkin, Aging Life Care™ Professional
Stacey Rodkin, JD, CMC, after successfully practicing matrimonial law as a litigator and mediator for 20+ years, joined Alighieri Care Management (ACM) as an Aging Life Care Professional in 2011. Her extensive work as an advocate, combined with her vast experience in resolving sensitive and complex family issues, have provided her with the perfect combination of skills necessary to be an effective Aging Life Care Professional.
Ms. Rodkin became interested in care management while navigating the complicated and often daunting health care system for elderly family members. It was then she realized that most family caregivers do not have the time or knowledge necessary to properly manage the often overwhelming care of loved ones. Soon after joining ACM, Ms. Rodkin came to realize that she had found the perfect population to work with, as she has a natural connection with the elderly, whom she highly respects and cherishes.
Ms. Rodkin earned a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar and the Aging Life Care™ Association (ALCA), formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Ms. Rodkin is also a certified family mediator.Return to top
Lauren Zolluccio, Aging Life Care™ Professional
Lauren Zolluccio, LMSW, a Life Care Professional/care manager for Alighieri Care Management (ACM), has a zeal and compassion for the elderly as well the skills and training to provide expert care to ACM’s clients.
Ms. Zolluccio knew from an early age that she wanted to be a social worker, protecting and advocating for vulnerable populations. Having worked with women and children at family centers in both Berkeley, California and Stamford, Connecticut, Ms. Zolluccio turned her attention to working with the elderly as a care manager at the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging. This experience made clear her affinity for the elderly and desire to continue working with them.
Ms. Zolluccio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from the University of Vermont and master’s from Fordham University’s School of Social Work. She is also a professional member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.Return to top
Lauren Kamens, Aging Life Care™ Professional
Lauren Kamens, MA, a Life Care Professional/care manager for Alighieri Care Management (ACM), brings her wealth of experience to the ACM team. Having worked as a care manager for a number of years, she embraced her entrepreneurial spirit and for over a decade ran a successful home care agency in New York City. She is passionate about care management and an expert in ensuring that her clients and their caregivers are the perfect match.
Ms. Kamens began her career in public relations and went on to work as an executive recruiter and career coach for many years. She came to the field of elder care after managing the medical and home care needs of her mother for over 15 years. Through this, she realized the profound importance of having customized care and founded her business to help families in similar situations. She is devoted to maintaining the best possible quality of life for all of her clients.
Ms. Kamens holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Education from New York University. She studied gerontology at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College. She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) formerly the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM).Return to top
Andrew Tryfonos, Nurse Care Manager
Andrew Tryfonos, BSN, RN, an accomplished, practicing registered nurse in New York City, joined Alighieri Care Management (ACM) in 2016. Detail oriented and an advocate by nature, ACM is lucky to have Mr. Tryfonos as part of our team and as our first Nurse Care Manager.
Having been a professional musician for years, Mr. Tryfonos transitioned into nursing out of a desire to help people and have a direct and continuing impact on their physical and emotional well-being. His desire to combine scientific theory and evidence-based practice with meaningful interaction in his community, makes this the perfect career choice for him. His particular interest in working with the elderly stems from his close bond with his 91-year-old grandmother who helped raise him.
In addition to his work with ACM, Mr. Tryfonos also is an RN at the New York University’s cardiothorasic surgery step-down unit, where he helps manage complex patient care with a holistic perspective of the patient and their family. Previous to this, he was a staff nurse at New York Presbyterian on a busy Medical-Surgical floor. Mr. Tryfonos earned an ADN from LaGuardia Community College and a BSN from SUNY Downstate.Return to top
Kristina F. Saxena, Aging Life Care™ Professional
Kristina F. Saxena, LMSW, joined Alighieri Care Management (ACM) as an Aging Life Care Professional in 2013. Ms. Saxena began her social work career as a case manager at Safe Horizon’s Queens Criminal Court program, counseling the survivors of domestic violence. She then moved on to work with children and families at the 14th Street Y, a community center in Manhattan’s East Village, where she was the assistant director of the Parenting, Family and Early Childhood Center. Ms. Saxena next turned her attention to working with the elderly, first as an intern at Encore Community Services, a senior center in Times Square, and then as a care manager with the Home Outreach Program for Elders at Hartley House, a non-profit settlement house located on the west side of Manhattan.
Ms. Saxena brings her passion for working with elderly and disabled people to every aspect of her work with ACM. Of utmost importance to her is treating our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts from New York University and her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. She is a member of the Aging Life Care™ Association (ALCA), formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).Return to top
Susan Marchesini, Medicaid Specialist
Susan Marchesini joined Alighieri Care Management (ACM) as our Medicaid specialist in 2013. Ms. Marchesini has been a Medicaid Coordinator for 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 from New York University School of Continuing & Professional Studies, cum laude,with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She attended classes in the Masters Program at the School of social work at both New York University and Hunter College. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda. Our client’s immediately feel connected to Ms. Marchesini and can sense her warmth and compassion for their plights.Return to top