About the Authors

Patricia L. McGinnis
Patricia L. McGinnis is the founder and Executive Director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a statewide consumer advocacy organization organized in 1983. A former teacher, Ms. McGinnis received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1977. She has been at the forefront of nursing home reform issues for over 25 years and has written and lectured extensively on elder abuse and long term care issues, including as an adjunct professor in San Francisco State University’s Gerontology Program. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy on behalf of long-term care consumers in California.

Michael Connors
Mike Connors is an advocate for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. He has been involved in nursing home resident advocacy since 1977. Prior to joining CANHR in 2003, Mike held leadership positions in Michigan and Louisiana long term care ombudsman programs and helped establish nursing home resident advocacy groups in those states. Mike is a 1976 graduate of Michigan State University.

Anthony Chicotel, Esq.
Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. His expertise is in the rights of long-term care consumers, conservatorships, and health care decision making. Prior to coming to CANHR, Mr. Chicotel was a senior staff attorney for Elder Law & Advocacy’s Nursing Home Rights Enforcement Project in San Diego. Mr. Chicotel received his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and a Masters in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley. He is an adjunct professor at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law and has written and lectured extensively about the rights of elderly Californians.