Anita A. Harden, J.D.
An Indianapolis native, Anita A. Harden graduated from Shortridge High School in 1973 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana in 1977 in Journalism and Broadcasting, and her law degree from the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas in 1991. Attorney Harden was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1995.
Anita has her own private law practice, the Anita A. Harden Elder Care Law Office, in the area of elder law in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving as an advocate for senior citizens. Anita is also Of Counsel with Coleman and Stevenson, LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana. She has had a full-time private law practice since 2007. Anita counsels and provides legal services to senior citizens, their families and caregivers. These services include: estate planning, asset protection; Medicaid planning; Medicare planning; powers of attorney; advance directives including appointment of a health care representative and living wills; last will and testaments; probate and estate administration; revocable and irrevocable trusts; guardianships; veterans benefits; and other legal concerns for these populations.
Her work experiences have included serving as Deputy Attorney General for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office; Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Commissioner of Administrative Services and Human Relations for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles; Congressional Aid for Congresswoman Julia Carson in Indianapolis, Indiana; and Congressional Aid for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in Houston, Texas.
Prior to Anita’s legal and political career, she worked as Public Information Officer and Assistant to Superintendent of Schools for the Indianapolis Public School system, and as an intern television reporter for WRTV Channel 6 Television station in Indianapolis.
Anita is the Vice-Chair of CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions’ Operating Board of Directors in Indianapolis, Indiana; and presides as Chair of CICOA’s Public Policy Committee in Indianapolis, Indiana. Anita is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); the Indiana Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Indiana NAELA); the Indiana State Bar; the Indiana State Bar Elder Law Section; and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA).
Armaryllis Lewis, MSW, LSW
Armaryllis Lewis is originally from the Bronx, New York and has resided in Indianapolis since 1989. She graduated with a B.S. in Counseling Psychology and Cum Laude Honors. She received the University President’s Tenacity Award. In 1998 Armaryllis graduated from the IUPUI School of Social Work with a Masters in Social Work. Armaryllis received her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) License in 2012. She has a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Southern Indiana and she also has an Elder Care Coordinator Certificate from Stockton University in New Jersey.
In her final semester at IUPUI, Armaryllis wrote a thesis about the plight of women when released from prison. From her reach she found that there was a void of culturally sensitive service for this population. Because of this, formally incarcerated women went back to prison and did longer prison terms than other groups. Out of these concerns, Armaryllis co-founded and opened four transitional houses for women and families between 2000 and 2014. The houses provided a safe, nurturing and supportive environment where women and their children were able to improve their quality of life and heal from the trauma of being incarcerated. In 2003 she formed a 501c-3 nonprofit organization, Transitional Life Connections, Inc., to extend services to other women residing in the community who were survivors of domestic volience and homelessness.
Armaryllis has held Administrative and Direct Care positions in the fields of Child Welfare, Corrections, Veteran and Military Services, Home-Based Services, Mental Health, Addictions, HIV Advocacy, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Elder Care, and working with the Homeless Community. She has provided supportive services to the Faith Community and used her grant writing skills to assist in maintaining their funding and operation flow.
Currently Armaryllis provides social service and paralegal services to the law office. Armaryllis is the Care Coordinator and provides life care planning, family counseling, case management, and other individualized services for our clients. She also works for the hospice community. She loves to take long walks, travel to the Carribbean and spend time with her family. Armaryllis is also an Ordained Minister.