Pension Action Center

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Pension Counselors


Jeanne M. Medeiros, JD
Director and Managing Attorney

As the director of the Pension Action Center, Attorney Medeiros manages the operations of the Pension Action Center, including supervising the case handling staff. She has been with the center since 1998, working exclusively in the area of private and public pension law, and is an expert on ERISA and retirement benefit issues. She develops and presents trainings on pension law and policy for project staff, as well as outreach presentations to attorneys, elder service groups and community organizations.

For over twenty years, Medeiros has worked as an advocate for low-income clients. Her previous experience includes her work as deputy counsel for Cambridge Rent Control Board, staff attorney for Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services and for Rhode Island Legal Services. She completed her JD at Boston College and holds a BA in History from Brown University.

Ellen A. Bruce, JD
Senior Fellow, Pension Action Center

Ellen A. Bruce serves as a senior fellow of the Gerontology Institute; she was the former director of the Gerontology Institute and its Pension Action Center and was an associate professor in the Gerontology Department, teaching law and public policy courses in the graduate programs. Her primary areas of interest are income security for older adults, pensions and retirement income, older women, and elder law.

In 1993 she founded the Pension Action Center, which houses the New England Pension Assistance Project, the Illinois Pension Assistance Project, and the National Pension Lawyers Network, and serves as a base for pension and retirement income research. The center brings together services for participants, retirement income research, and policy work. Bruce's work focuses on participant-related problems, including lost pensions, diminishing plan participation and survivor benefits as well as more general research on income security for older adults including the development of the Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index).

To read her complete bio, please visit her faculty listing.

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Kevin A. Medeiros, JD
Staff Attorney

Kevin A. Medeiros serves as staff attorney with the Pension Action Center. He began working with the center in 2014 as a legal intern while attending law school and has been with the center since. Medeiros practices primarily in the realm of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), assisting clients with various retirement income issues, such as investigating lost retirement benefits and filing benefit claims and appeals.

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Medeiros was selected to participate in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in St. Louis, Missouri. He then completed his JD at Suffolk University Law School, where he was President of the Suffolk Public Interest Law Group (SPILG) and a fellow in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. He holds a BA in political science and Business Administration from Sacred Heart University.

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Louise Cataldo
Development and Community Education Coordinator

Louise Cataldo serves as the development and community education coordinator for the Illinois Pension Assistance Project (IPAP) and the New England Pension Assistance Project (NEPAP). She began working with the Pension Action Center upon the founding of the Illinois project, in July 2012. She is currently conducting outreach to this new service area, by establishing relationships in the elder, legal, and employment networks, as well as maintaining partnerships in New England. Ms. Cataldo also assists with pursuing grant funding to sustain the pension assistance projects.

Ms. Cataldo has extensive experience in a variety of fields relevant to her position at the center. In the past, she has assisted the vice president of development and alumnae relations at Emmanuel College and the director of planned giving at Boston College. She is also an accomplished human resources professional, with over ten years experience managing the human resources department at Direct Federal Credit Union. In addition to her experience in the fields of fundraising, development, and human resources, she also spent five years in the legal services field, as an intake worker for the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau. She holds a BA in business and English from Westfield State College.

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Sophie Esquier
Legal Intern

Sophie Esquier began her internship with the Pension Action Center in May 2015. She is a student at Boston College Law School and is expected to graduate in May 2017. She assists clients with tracking down and obtaining their pensions, as well as various retirement benefit issues. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Rochester.

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Jeanmarie Morey
Program Coordinator


Ms. Morey came to the Pension Action Center from Duggan Mechanical Services, Inc., where she was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Operations and Service. DMS, Inc. is part of one of the largest construction companies in Boston and a recognized Fortune 500 company as a family owned and operated top ten places to work. Prior to assisting with the smooth operation and customer care of the HVAC mechanical services division of DMS, Inc., Ms. Morey was a long time employee of Harvard University in The Bureau of Study Counsel. The Bureau of Study Counsel of Harvard College assists students with academic and emotional counseling such as peer tutoring and student workshops.

Ms. Morey received her BA in English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is currently taking graduate courses at the university as well.


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