Webinar: 2020 Fundamentals of Special Needs Trust Administration - Speakers


Robert Fleming

Robert Fleming in an attorney with the firm of Fleming & Curti, P.L.C., a firm devoted solely to the practice of elder law, including guardianship and conservatorship, long-term care planning, estate planning, and probate. Fleming has been certified as a Specialist in Estate and Trust Law and he is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Additionally, Fleming was one of the litigants in the Arizona Supreme Court case of Rasmussen v. Fleming, which established the right of incompetent patients (through their guardians) to refuse life-sustaining treatment when there is little prospect of recovery.

Fleming authored the Elder Law Answer Book. Additionally, Fleming is a member of the Special Needs Alliance and the Elder Law Alliance. He is also a fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.


Bryn Poland
Born and raised a Kansas girl, Bryn earned her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University. Bryn earned her law degree from Washburn University School of Law, in Topeka, Kansas where she was a staff member and two-time published writer of the Washburn Law Journal. She was inspired to become an elder law attorney when she watched her family struggle with care options for her great grandmother, Lulu Sleeper, who lived to the age of 109.

Licensed to practice law in Texas and Kansas, Bryn is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Texas chapter of NAELA, and the Special Needs Alliance. She is a member and past president of the Elder Law Committee of the Houston Bar Association and a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Houston Bar Association.

Bryn moved to Texas and joined the firm of Pi-Yi Mayo in 2007, partnering with Pi-Yi in 2018 to form Mayo & Poland, PLLC. She focuses her practice on estate planning, special needs trust planning and administration, Medicaid planning, and qualified settlement funds. She is a frequent speaker on these topics at continuing education conferences for attorneys and trust officers. Bryn is passionate about helping families prepare for the future and often speaks about estate planning and special needs trust to civic organizations, churches, and support groups for children with disabilities.


G. Mark Shalloway
G. Mark Shalloway specializes in Elder Law in West Palm Beach Florida. He is among the first 135 certified Elder Law Attorneys in the nation to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, and is a member of the charter class of attorneys Board Certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar. In addition, he holds an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, and is an accredited Veteran's Administration Attorney.

Nationally, Mr. Shalloway has served as President and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He has served as chair of the NAELA Advanced Educational Institute in Colorado and proud to have received the Outstanding Achievement Award from NAELA for his work with the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.

As a member of the Special Needs Alliance, G. Mark Shalloway also concentrates his practice on Special Needs Trusts and planning. Mr. Shalloway authors the Medicaid and Special Needs Trusts chapters of Planning for the Elderly in Florida published by LexisNexis.In addition, Mr. Shalloway has lectured for Stetson College of Law on Special Needs Trusts and in Las Vegas at the national Absolute Litigators Conference on Special Needs Trusts. Mark is a board member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the Stetson College of Law Elder Law Advisory Board.


Gentry Byrnes
Gentry Byrnes joined Raymond James Trust in 2013 as the chief fiduciary officer. She is responsible for overseeing a team of trust, real estate and specialty assets officers and focusing on fiduciary issues for all assets under management. Previously Gentry worked with Wells Fargo where she was the senior regional trust manager responsible for all compliance, risk management and fiduciary issues for high-net-worth clients. Prior to Wells Fargo, Gentry was a trust team leader for Bank of America, where she worked with clients on estate planning goals. Gentry also has worked for the law firm of Fisher and Sauls, P.A., where her practice included estate and trust administration and elder law.

Gentry attended Stetson University where she received her bachelor's degree in 1990 in psychology. In 1993, she received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. Gentry is a past president of Suncoast Estate Planning Council and a past president of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Gentry also served on the St. Petersburg Bar Executive Committee, the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation Board and Great Explorations Children's Museum. She is an adjunct professor at Stetson College of Law and serves on the Stetson Elder Law Advisory Board. Gentry also serves as the chair for the Will for Warriors program that provides simple estate planning documents to impoverished veterans. Gentry currently resides in Seminole, Florida, with her husband and two children.


Mary Alice Jackson
Mary Alice Jackson is a 1991 cum laude graduate of Stetson University College of Law, and has been practicing elder law in Sarasota, Florida and Austin, Texas since 1992. She and her partner, Edwin Boyer, Esq. were proud to be two of the first three attorneys awarded Board Certification in Elder Law in 1998. Mary Alice is past President of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section and Sarasota County Bar Association, and a board member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national association of special needs planning attorneys. Mary Alice was an initial co-author of Planning for the Elderly in Florida. She is also an adjunct professor at her alma mater in St. Petersburg. She currently teaches Long Term Care Planning in the Elder Law LLM program. Ms. Jackson has long-time interest in public policy matters and works on several special needs public policy committees. In the fall of 2019, Mary Alice returned to Boyer & Boyer, P.A. in Sarasota, Florida, a firm she helped found twenty-five years ago. She and her husband, Bob, who served as State Director for AARP Texas before his retirement in September 2019, enjoy socializing with friends and spending time with their standard poodles, Henry and Shadow.