ELM Board of Directors

Angelo A. Papa, BA MA JD

Hi, I am Angelo Papa, Esquire, CEO, and founder of ELM (Education, Law, Medicine). We are a non-profit, community learned presentation referral organization project. I promise that the following experiences will become relevant very quickly: BS education, MA school administration JD Juris Doctorate in Law,

Former: High School State Championship Linebacker, Collegiate Football Player, Football Coach, High School Administrator, School Board President, Prosecuting Attorney; Current Continuing Legal Education Instructor Cape Institute, Owner/Founder of Signature Hill Professional Consultants recently reinvented as ELMFREEDOMTREE.COM

Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in both Mathematics and Secondary Education. He also holds the following Cisco certifications: CCNA, CCDA, CCNP-Voice, and CCNP-Security. Don has worked in the banking industry as a software engineer, has owned his own company offering software engineering services to corporations within the Pittsburgh, PA area and serves as a Principal Network and Telecom Engineer and Operations Manager at a well respected college. Don is the developer/webmaster for many online ecommerce websites. Don has a heart for seeing other succeed to their fullest potential and finding their true purpose in life.  Don has taught Mathematics and Computer Science at Penn State University and Youngstown State University.  Don also servers on several Executive boards which are dedicated to developing new business ventures within the New Castle PA and surrounding area.

Director of Technology
Don E. Goodlin, Jr.

Director of Multi School District Collaboration
Pat Amabile


Attended New Castle and Lawrence County Vo-Tech High Schools- Graduate: 1985

Associates Degree: ICM School of Business- Pittsburgh PA (Business Management) 1987

Bachelor’s Degree: Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA (Business/Marketing) 1989


FedEx Corp. 25 Yrs. Retired 2013- Senior Manager, Customer Relations/ Sales Support (Pittsburgh, PA)

Local Small Business Owner: Shipping Depot+ (New Castle, PA) Opened: 2009

Current President of Downtown Business Association 

Current Board of Director of New Castle High Area School District 

Current Commissioner of Men’s & Women’s New Castle Softball League

Lector of Holy Spirit Catholic Church (New Castle, PA) 

PA Notary Public Lawrence County since 2010

Para Legal Assistant with Attorney Papa Law Offices (New Castle, PA)

Penn State, Agronomy and Turf, Business classes

• 1978 – Present: Pine Hill Golf Course Owner/ President
• 2007 – present: Substance Abuse Coalition Summits CFO

• Northwest Golf Course Superintendents Association
• Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce
• Mercer County Visitors Bureau
• Grace Chapel Community Church

CFO / Business Manager
Charles Loreno

Division Chairperson

Legal Division

Alexander H. Lindsay Jr., ESQ

Alexander H. Lindsay, Jr. (Al) grew up in the Freeport/Butler area, north of Pittsburgh. He attended the Freeport Area Schools and graduated from high school at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania in 1964.

Al graduated as a History major from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA in 1968. He was a 1971 graduate of Pitt Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Al returned to Pitt Law School in 1992 as an adjunct professor, teaching Trial Advocacy to law students.

In 1972 Al became the first full time Assistant District Attorney in the history of Butler County. In that position he investigated and prosecuted all types of violent and white collar crime. He also handled Juvenile Court hearings in Butler County and most proceedings before the various Indicting Grand Juries which were in session at the time.

His most significant work as an Assistant District Attorney in Butler County, however, was to investigate and prosecute public corruption. In 1974, he was appointed to supervise a Special Grand Jury investigation of allegations of corruption at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Butler County. This investigation resulted in numerous indictments and convictions, including the convictions of William Casper, Treasure of the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee, who was convicted of extortion, conspiracy, criminal solicitation and election law violations, and Thomas Tiberi, a former PA State Legislator, convicted of extortion. Other significant prosecutions that Al pursued while he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Butler County included Joseph Markus, Director of the Personal Property Tax Bureau, who was prosecuted for embezzlement, and Leo Sarteschi, Chief Inheritance Tax Appraiser, who was convicted of bribery.

In August 1975, Al was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, under U.S. Attorney Richard Thornburg, a positions he held until July 1980. The vast majority of the cases prosecuted by Al as an Assistant United States Attorney dealt with public corruption and white collar crime. From September 1977 until July 1980, he served as supervisor of all public corruption investigations and prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

During his time, Al personally prosecuted many high profile public corruption cases, including the prosecution of former United States Congressman Frank M. Clark, for mail fraud and income tax violations, former State Senator William Duffeld, for mail fraud and perjury violations, State Representative Robert E. Bellomi, for violation of the Hobbs Act, John Torquato, Harold Stevens and John George, all State employees, who were found guilty of violating the Hobbs Act, and Egidio Cerilli, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, for a violation of the Hobbs Act.

In July 1980, Al left the United States Attorneys Office and entered the private practice of law in Butler, PA, where his main office is located today. Much of his early work in Butler involved municipal litigation, and he was solicitor for a number of municipal governments. From January 1984 to March 1986, he was the Butler County Solicitor, from July 1980 to July 1984, he was the Solicitor for the Redevelopment Authority for the City of Butler. He was also solicitor for Cranberry Township in Butler County, one of the fastest growing municipalities in Western Pennsylvania.

Much of Al’s experience as a private attorney has been in the field of criminal defense and civil litigation, in both Federal and State Courts. He was involved in the defense of numerous high profile criminal cases, the most prominent of which was the defense of a Brentwood Police Officer, John Vojtas, who was originally charged with murder, as a result of the death of Johnny Gammage on October 12, 1995. In that case, through expert testimony, the defense refuted the proposition that Mr. Gammage died as a result of any conduct on the part of Officer Vojtas and successfully refuted the idea that Mr. Vojtas committed any misconduct. After a highly publicized jury trial, the Defendant, John Vojtas, was acquitted of all charges. Al also defended the Rev. Richard Rossi on charges of attempting to murder his wife. The trial ended with a hung jury.

Al has also been involved in numerous civil trials, including the case of Charles Wilken, Ruth Wilken and Janice Wilken vs. the Butler Motor Transit Company in which a Butler County jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiffs in the amount of $1,139,661, which was one of the largest verdicts ever paid in Butler County.

Al has received a number of awards in the course of his career, including a Special Achievement Award from Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, on March 6, 1978 and a Commendation from William Webster, Director of the F. B. I. He also served as the President of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association in 1998, and on March 13, 1999, Al was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In addition to trying cases, Al has been Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy since 1992. He appeared numerous times as an instructor at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute for Criminal Trial Advocacy at the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. He also conducted numerous seminars on criminal procedure for State and Local police, and he was an instructor in Criminal Law and Procedure at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Butler County Community College. Al served on the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee at the request of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for six years.

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines.

DEGREES: B.S. Pre-Med (April 1968).

MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, M.D. (April 1972).

INTERNSHIP: Flushing Hospital Center, Flushing, New York, (Medical), July 1973 – June 1974


  1. State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center Kings County Hospital Center (Neurology), July 1974 – June 1977
  2. State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center – Kings County – Hospital Center, Neuromuscular Fellowship (MDA Neurology), June 1977-1978

Medical Licenses: Pennsylvania 020833-E, DEA-AO8291863 NPI#1437200755 Florida ME100654

Procedures Performed:

  1. Epidural Blocks, Cervical, Lumbar.
  2. Botox injections for all Neurological insurance approved indications.
  3. PRP Injections for pain management.
  4. EMG/NCV
  5. Interpret EEG, Evoke Potentials.
  6. Skin Biopsy
  7. Neurostim trial

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS: UPMC Altoona – 1978 to present

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Private Practice, Altoona, PA: 1978 to present


  1. Diplomate American Board Psychiatry & Neurology 1980 Lifetime
  2. Fellow American Board Psychiatry & Neurology 1986
  3. American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc., October 22, 1987
  4. Diplomate Academy Of Integrative Pain Management, April 14, 2003
  5. Diplomate Headache Medicine, October 31, 2007
  6. Diplomate of the American Board of Geriatric Medicine, December 28, 2008

FELLOWSHIP: American Academy of Neurology – November 1983


  1. American Academy of Neurology – January 1980
  2. American Headache Society – 2006


  1. American EEG Association, June 24, 1981
  2. American Society of Clinical Evoked Potential – July 29, 1983
  3. American Academy of Neurophysiology – July 1, 1986
  4. American Epilepsy Society – March 28, 1990

ASSOCIATE MEMBER: American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis October 1981

PHYSICIAN ADVISOR: Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.


  1. Chairman of Department of Internal Medicine – Bon Secour Holy Family Regional Hospital, Altoona, PA – February 1, 1991-January 31, 1993
  2. Director of Neurophysiology Non-Invasive Laboratory, Bon Secours Holy Family Regional Hospital, Altoona, PA – March 5, 1986-2004 (lost position due to merging
  3. Chairman of Peer Review Committee – January 01,2011 to December 31, 2011
  4. Chief Section, Neurology UPMC Altoona Campus 2012-1-2014
  5. SOLO Practice at present. 222 Chestnut Ave. Altoona, Pa. 16601 814-946-5000

Medical Division

Dr. Ciceron L. Opida, MD FAAN

Educational Division

Angelo A. Papa, BA MA JD

Hi, I am Angelo Papa, Esquire, CEO, and founder of ELM (Education, Law, Medicine). We are a non-profit, community learned presentation referral organization project. I promise that the following experiences will become relevant very quickly: BS education, MA school administration JD Juris Doctorate in Law,

Former: High School State Championship Linebacker, Collegiate Football Player, Football Coach, High School Administrator, School Board President, Prosecuting Attorney; Current Continuing Legal Education Instructor Cape Institute, Owner/Founder of Signature Hill Professional Consultants recently reinvented as ELMFREEDOMTREE.COM

Area Specialists

Robyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, She is a certified Reading Specialist, She has received a Master of Science degree in Special Education, a Dyslexia Specialist, and she also holds an advanced Orton-Gillingham certification.
Utilizing my Orton-Gillingham training, I have seen a young child with a 1% (one percent) working memory achieve results beyond what his neuropsychologist said he could achieve, after only working with him for one year. The neuropsychologist told the parents that the teacher had a special gift and they should continue to utilize my services. The neuropsychologist also said he has never, in all his years of practice, seen such great results with a person in this young boy’s condition.

Robyn has held the following positions

CO-DIRECTOR Children’s Dyslexia Center of Western Pennsylvania, New Castle, PA Aug 2009 to Present
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND READING New Castle Christian Academy, New Castle, PA Jun 2022 to Present
READING SPECIALIST New Castle Christian Academy, New Castle, PA Aug 2017 to Present
DYSLEXIA TEACHER Children’s Dyslexia Center of Western Pennsylvania, New Castle, PA June 2022 to June 2022
ELEMENTARY TEACHER New Castle Christian Academy, New Castle, PA Aug 2007 to Aug 2017
ELEMENTARY TEACHER A. G. Richardson School, Culpeper, VA Aug 1997 to Jun 1998
ELEMENTARY TEACHER Pearl Sample School, Culpeper, VA Aug 1991 to Jun 1997


Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, Master’s Degree Special Education
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, Reading Specialist Certification
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, Bachelor of Science Degree, Elementary Education



Director of Education
Robyn Goodlin

Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Advisor
Lori Paul

Forward thinking visionary business professional with extensive knowledge/experience and documented success in: B2B, Sales, Start up, Management, Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, Product Launch, Substance Use
Disorder, Mental Health.
Over 14 years in the airline industry including extensive experience as an Employee Assistance Program Peer Counselor for the Flight Attendants. Critical Incident Team experience including the events of Flight 427 & 9/11. Appointed to the Advisory Council Member/Customer Experience for The George Washington University, Washington DC Executive Contributor-Brainz Magazine

Lori has held the following positions

– DreamLife Recovery | Donegal, PA
– Regional Outreach Manager March 2019-September 2020

– Renewal Health Group | Los Angeles, CA

– Elements Behavioral Health | Wrightsville, PA

TREATMENT CONSULTANT 03/2017 to 01/2018
– Delphi Behavioral Health Group | Fort Lauderdale, FL

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE 10/2016 to 03/2017
– GeneID Advanced Molecular Diagnostics | Montvale, NJ

Inventiv Health | Somerset, NJ
– Customer Service Specialist Daiichi Sankyo Contract. April 2016-October 2016
– Health Care Liaison/Orexo Part-time Contract Morristown, NJ July 2014-December 2015

USAccuScreen | Brunswick, GA

USSame Day Delivery | Cranberry, PA

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE B2B 12/2010 to 04/2012
Froggy/Pickle Radio | Pittsburgh, PA

Quintiles/Eli Lilly Contract | Durham, NC

USAirways | Pittsburgh, PA
– Expeditor /Instructor/Flight Attendant/USAirways/ January 1990-August 2004


Master of Arts | Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
Bachelor of Arts | Journalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA


Certified Life Coach/Health Coach Institute -September 2020
Certified Event Interventionist/Addiction Training Center-May 2020
Certified Family Recovery Coach/FAVOR- February 2020
Youth & Adult Mental Health Certificate/National Council for Behavioral Health-January 2017
Development Dimensions International (DDI) -Certified Skills For An Empowered Workforce Facilitator 1996
Development Dimensions International (DDI) -Certified Targeted Selection (Behavioral Interviewing System) Administrator 1992

**Appointed to The George Washington University , Washington DC Customer Experience Advisory Council October 2021 effective January 2022 the program was transferred to the University of Richmond, Richmond VA where I am now on their Advisory Council.

Committee Members

Tim Thomas

Coming Soon

Advisory Board


The Late Dr. Neil Capretto, D.O, F. A. S.A. M. – Psychiatrist/Chief of Staff -Gateway Rehabilitation Center  

Dr. Carl Rollyn Sullivan, III, M D, FACP – Director/Addictions West Virginia University Hospitals

Honorable Ron Antos Magisterial District Judge, Mercer County District 2-02

Dr. James Barber, MD, Pain Management Testing

Dr. Jacqueline Respress, EdD, Educational Director

Mr. Robin Cole, former Pittsburgh Steeler, 2 Time Super Bowl Champion

Mr. Larry Forletta, former DEA Agent, Risk to Community Assessment Prevention

Mr. Brian Welsh

Matthew Mangino, Esquire, former Member of the PA Parole Board and Lawrence County

Attorney Robert Kochems, Mercer County

Nessa L Smith, MSW LCSW MBA, Co-Dependency

Angelo Papa, Esquire, Connecting “local” Treatment Options to the Law

Alexander Lindsay, Esquire, Professor of Trial Tactics, University of Pittsburg School of Law

Dr. Ata Ulag, MD FACEP MPH Objective Prescription toward a Total Abstinence Goal.

Dr. Mark Matta, DO Alternative Diagnosis

Michael Streib, Professor at Duquesne University School of Law

The Honorable Timothy Shaffer, Former Magistrate, former State Senator

Commissioner Matthew B. McConnell, Mercer County Commissioners

Sabrina Amick Deskins, Esquire, Assistant Prosecutor, Logan, West Virginia

Kevin Flaherty, Esquire, (National Anthem)

Lawrence Kelly, Esquire

Mr. Edward Yerage, Educator, Inspirational Speaker, Government

Dan L. Bailey Substance Addiction Ministry

Terri L. Bailey Substance Addiction Ministry

Dr. Peter Iacino, PhD, President, Kennedy Catholic School

Paul Former Chief Drug Court Judge Washington County

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