The NCBC Committee Chairs for this year are:
Benefits Committee: Yvonne Cheroke
Education Committee: Teresa Underwood
Membership Committee: Sabrina Palacio-Garcia
Mentorship/Scholarship/Awards Committees: Mona Sparks
Outreach Committee: Vito Genna
Website Committee: Joe Markley
Impact Editorial Committee: Jan Zari
We welcome new people to serve on our committees so please contact me or any committee chair if you are interested.
Ken Hirz – He is a treasure(r)!
I was recently advised that our current treasurer, Ken Hirz, will retire as Clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio effective December 31, 2016. While we are thrilled that Ken can enjoy a well-deserved “next chapter,” this is a tremendous loss for the bankruptcy community and the NCBC. Ken has tendered his resignation from the NCBC Board effective November 8, 2016. In his email to me, Ken stated “I spent my first term on the board 2001-2003; and have served continuously since 2008, adding up to a total of 10.25 years as Board member, Vice President, President, Past President and Treasurer. It's been a great ride and I've enjoyed serving on the board these many years.”
Ken – we cannot thank you enough for all your contributions! We will miss but hope you won’t be a stranger. All the best to you and your family – enjoy retirement!
Louisiana Flood Relief Fund
Sincere thanks to all the NCBC members who responded to the call for assistance for our Middle District of Louisiana colleagues. In a few short weeks, we collected over $8,500 which was distributed to court employees who lost all their personal property during the recent flooding. Your generosity is inspiring and much appreciated! I have included some comments from a few of the thank-you emails I received:
“I am in awe and extremely appreciative of the benevolence being expressed by the NCBC.”
“This is so unexpected and I will be forever grateful to everyone, not only for the donations but also for their thoughts and prayers.”
“Words cannot express how much this means to me and my family.”
NCBC Member Survey Results
Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer the Member Survey. We are reviewing the responses and suggestions carefully - our goal is to make sure we are providing members with what they want from the NCBC. It was clear from the responses that some members may not be clear on what benefits are afforded with their NCBC membership. In response, this issue of Impact provides lots of information. If you have more questions, please reach out to Benefits Committee Chair, Yvonne Cheroke or me.
Also, if you are interested in having Jim De La Torre and his team at FedAdvantage come to your court for financial and retirement training in 2017, please let us know. The training programs over the past year were a huge success and we are fortunate that Jim is willing to do more. So check you court calendars to see when you can bring this valuable training to your court for everyone – not just NCBC members.
Stay tuned for some exciting announcements about new member offerings in the near future!
Job Opportunities: Don’t forget to post your vacancy notices on the NCBC Jobs Board. It’s easy to use – just send questions or court vacancy notices to: NCBCJobs@ganb.uscourts.gov
NCBC Website: The website is regularly updated, so please visit often. In case you have not checked in a while, the website now contains presenters’ course materials and photos from the 2016 Joint Conference and the first bit of info about Denver – site of the 2017 conference!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and all the very best in 2017!