A Message from the President
Many of you are recently back from the 34th NCBC Annual Conference (Conference) held in St. Louis from July 15 – 18, 2014. From comments received from Conference attendees, I am pleased to report that the Conference was a great success. A total of 457 people attended this year’s Conference. We missed those of you who were unable to attend and hope to see you next year in Atlanta.
Congratulations and thanks are extended to the two host Clerks, Dana McWay (MOE) and Donna Beyersdorfer (ILS). Their success would not have been possible without the help and support of their staffs that did an excellent job in making us all feel welcomed. And a special thanks to Chief Judges Kathy A. Surratt-States (MOE) and Laura K. Grandy (ILS) for their delightful welcome to St. Louis. (Spoons will now take on a new meaning after watching their presentation!) Much of the success of the Conference was due to the excellent educational opportunities. The program featured two plenaries, 33 breakout sessions, Michigan State University courses, peer-to-peer lunch, and the information sharing program.
We thank the Education Committee for their work in making this year’s Conference a success. Edward (Eddy) Emmons was the chair of the Committee, and was joined by Dana McWay, Donna Beyersdorfer, Diana Durkee, Eileen Garrity, Kirsten Mahoney, Kris Botts, Rhonda Patterson, Richard Marshall, Yvonne Cheroke, Gary Streeting, Beth Pfister, Barry Lander, Donna Bard, Ann Iannarelli, Sandi Brask, and Joshua Wiker. We were blessed to have among our speakers Jill Sayenga, Deputy Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Honorable Thad Collins, representing the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, John S. Cooke, Deputy Director of the Federal Judicial Center, Gary McCaffrey, Chief of the Operations Division in the Office of Court Services, and Robert (Bob) Lowney, Chief of the Programs Division in the Office of Court Services.
I would also like to thank the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center, SDSD, Gallagher Benefit Services, fedAdvantage, and staff from various courts for providing training at this year’s Conference. This Conference wrap-up would not be complete without recognizing the 10-year partnership with Michigan State University which was celebrated with a special reception attended by graduates, current students, clerks, chief deputies, and NCBC Board members. The reception was hosted by Michigan State University and NCBC. A very special thank you to Dr. Maureen Conner for identifying the need for this program over 10 years ago. I would also like to recognize the outgoing NCBC Board members, Eddy Emmons and Sharon Gardner, and thank them for their service on the Board. I would also like to welcome the new Board members, Mona Sparks (KYE) and Sabrina Palacio-Garcia (CAC). In addition, congratulations to Regina Thomas on being elected President Elect and Ken Hirz on being elected Treasurer.
Lee Ann Bennett