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History of the United Council on Welfare Fraud

The United Council on Welfare Fraud was established in 1985 with the merger of the National Welfare Fraud Association and the Eastern Regional Council on Welfare Fraud.  The establishment of the United Council on Welfare Fraud joined the two organizations to provide a single organization that addressed the issues that faced those engaged in public assistance program integrity duties across the North American continent.


Those who served as organization presidents are listed on this page.  Then, as well as today, the organization presidents steer the direction and begin the initiatives that make the United Council on Welfare Fraud a relevant and important entity in the fight against waste and abuse in our public assistance programs.




The Past Presidents of UCOWF, as well as those of the National Welfare Fraud Association and Eastern Regional Council on Welfare Fraud are listed below:


National Welfare Fraud Association, NWFA

Term

President's Name/State

Conference Site


1971-1974


Richard B. Peterson, CA



1974-1975


Richard F. Risley, MN



1975-1976


Dorothy M. Forney, PA



1976-1977


Robert E. Heilson, WA



1977-1978


James R. Curseaden, IN

Indianapolis, IN


1978-1979


Mary Lou Stone, ID



1979-1980


Carl Chase, Jr., SC



1980-1981


Edward L. Richards, TX



1981-1982


Frank Lawrence, CA



1982-1983


Thomas J. Lyndon, MO



1983-1984


Ellen J. Chestnutt, CO



1984-1985


Edward P. Roth, MI




Eastern Regional Council on Welfare Fraud


1978-1979


James Dick, NJ

Harrisburg, PA


1979-1980


Billy G. Davis, FL

Harrisburg, PA


1980-1981


John J. Parrish, Esq., ME

Harrisburg, PA


1981-1982


Limmie Morton, MD

Harrisburg, PA


1982-1983


Bert N. Smith, VT

Harrisburg, PA


1983-1984


Karen A. Ludwick, MI

Harrisburg, PA


1984-1985


Stephen W. Tator, NY

Harrisburg, PA








United Council on Welfare Fraud, UCOWF


1985-1986


Charles Sharp, AZ

Harrisburg, PA

Deceased

1986-1987


Lawrence W. Quabeck, GA

Harrisburg, PA

Deceased

1987-1988


Gordon Hardy, TX

Washington, DC


1988-1989


Richard G. Finkelstein, NY

Tampa, FL


1989-1990


Robert T. Bumbalough, TN

Norfolk, VA


1990-1991


Dennis Micai, NJ

San Antonio, TX


1991-1992


Martha Armstrong, SD

Scottsdale, AZ


1992-1993


Martha Armstrong, SD

Nashville, TN


1993-1994


Raymond L. Riddle, Jr.,  NC

Cherry Hill, NJ


1994-1995


Elaine M. Minkler, NJ

Milwaukee, WI


1995-1996


Gary Ware, OH

Atlanta, GA


1996-1997


Sandy N. Smith, VA

Denver, CO


1997-1998


Chris M. Tolia, FL

Rochester, NY


1998-1999


Claude E. Hill, TX

Houston, TX


1999-2000


Charlotte R. Livingston, GA

Norfolk, VA


2000-2001


J. Allan Anderson, MN

St. Paul, MN


2001-2002


Gwen Smith, AL

Raleigh, NC


2002-2003


Mike Rice, NY

Phoenix, AZ

Deceased

2003-2004


Rod Anderson, SD

Baltimore, MD


2004-2005


Sherri Compton, OK

San Diego, CA


2005-2006


Linda Wright, IA

Des Moines, IA


2006-2007


Jane Wasman, OH

Tampa, FL


2007-2008


Luther Nicholes, IL

Virginia Beach, VA


2008-2009


Russ Fernandes, FL

Snowmass, CO


2009-2010


Paula Kingery, IA

St. Paul, MN


2010-2011


John Bumford, WA

Raleigh, NC


2011-2012 Kathryn Dolan, IA Anaheim, CA
2012-2013 Dennis Erickson, IL Raleigh, NC
2013-2014 Tom Ryan, NY Des Moines, IA

 

2014-2015
Karen Bodard, British Columbia, Canada Little Rock, AR
2015-2016 Michael Rawlings, VA Alexandria, VA
2016-2017 Patrick Hallum, AR Cleveland, OH
 

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