Our support staff is instrumental in assisting the firms attorneys in preparing Social Security disability, SSI disability and VA disability cases. These support staff members are dedicated, empathetic, experienced and knowledgeable in their roles to assist and guide you through the disability application process.
Mark Bean – Veterans’ Advocate
Mark Bean was our previous Veterans’ Advocate. Mark is an accredited claims agent under VA regulations. He provided non-attorney representation before the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (the VA) and Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) on behalf of disabled military veterans throughout the United States. Mark retired on December 31, 2017, after 18 years of faithful employment and service to our Veterans. Mark devoted many months prior to his retirement to training with Kayla Vance to ensure a smooth transition of our Veterans’ cases as well as continued exceptional representation.
Kayla Vance – Veterans’ Advocate
Kayla Vance is a US Navy veteran born and raised in the Puget Sound area in Washington State. She graduated from The Evergreen State College for both her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies & Public Policy in 2013 and her Master of Public Administration Degree with a focus in Public & Nonprofit Administration in 2016.
Since 2012, she has spent most of her post-military time, focusing on veterans’ needs and hardships of adjusting to the civilian life through previous work for the Thurston County WorkSource as a Veteran Representative and her education within The Evergreen State College. Kayla is an active NOVA member and volunteers with the non-profit organization the Veterans’ Family Fund of America. When Kayla is not working, she enjoys spending her free time with her children and husband, a 13 year Army veteran, anywhere that will bring Kayla and her family close to the water.
Alma Inzunza – Legal Assistant
Alma was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in San Diego, CA. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Art in Multimedia. During that time she held an internship as a Marketing Assistant for the YMCA of Greater Richmond in Richmond, VA while her husband was stationed in Fort Lee, VA. She began working for Halpern Olivares PLLC in the spring of 2017. Alma enjoys hiking, trail biking and camping during her free time. She finds Olympia to be the perfect place to do such activities.
Katie Westall – Legal Assistant
Katie was born and raised in the Olympia area. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. During that time she volunteered with at-risk youth. She began working for Halpern Olivares PLLC in the fall of 2016. When she is not working, Katie enjoys spending time with friends, family and her dog, Keiko.