American College of Bankruptcy Announces Election of 2020 Officers and Directors

Monday, April 6, 2020
Stanardsville, VA – The American College of Bankruptcy (the “College”) announced today its 2020 Officers and Board of Directors.
The 2020 Officers are:
Mark D. Bloom (Chair)
Melissa S. Kibler (President)
James L. Baillie (Vice President)
Hon. Joan M. Feeney (Vice President)
Karen A. Giannelli (Vice President)
Martha E.M. Kopacz (Treasurer)
Annette W. Jarvis (Secretary)
R. Patrick Vance (Counsel)
The members of the 2020 Board of Directors are:
Agustin Berdeja-Prieto
Robert M. Charles, Jr.
Roberta A. Colton
Jan M. Hayden
Robert J. Keach
James R. Kelley
James T. Markus
Taft A. McKinstry
Timothy F. Nixon
Neil P. Olack
Norman L. Pernick
George T. Snyder
Richard Stern
Robert J. van Galen
David A. Warfield
Richard L. Wasserman
Officers and directors serve two-year terms and are elected at the College’s annual meeting in March. Incoming Chair Mark Bloom stated, “I am both grateful and humbled by the honor of serving as Chair of this vibrant and dynamic organization of esteemed insolvency professionals, and look forward to working with the outstanding leadership team to fulfill and enhance the College’s mission. In these uniquely troubled times I know that our Fellows will step forward as leaders in the profession and their communities.”
Melissa Kibler previously served as Treasurer and is the first non-attorney to be elected President of the College. She noted that, “All of our Fellows have been leaders and achievers in their professional and civic endeavors, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President alongside Mark Bloom and so many highly qualified individuals. Bankruptcy and restructuring will be essential tools to meet the unprecedented economic challenges arising from the ongoing global health crisis; the College and its Fellows will rise to meet those challenges.”
The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary public service association of United States and international insolvency professionals who are invited to join as Fellows based on a proven record of the highest standards of expertise, leadership, integrity, professionalism, scholarship, and service to the bankruptcy practice and to their communities. The College funds projects that improve the quality of bankruptcy law and practice, as well as access to justice, including through grants by its affiliated Foundation to pro bono legal service programs. The College facilitates the effective domestic and cross-border application of bankruptcy and insolvency laws and the administration of justice in the courts through conducting professional educational programs, sponsoring the publication of scholarly reports, and maintaining the National Bankruptcy Archives. In all of its work, the College is dedicated to enhancing professionalism, scholarship, and service in bankruptcy and insolvency law and practice.