International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) Announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors

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The International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the premier international, networking and professional growth organization for women in the restructuring and insolvency industries, today announced its new incoming Board of Directors.

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"The composition of the Board speaks to the depth and expertise of our membership base and we look forward to working with these talented women." -Beth Hansen, current IWIRC Chair

The International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the premier international, networking and professional growth organization for women in the restructuring and insolvency industries, today announced its new incoming Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to announce our newly elected and appointed incoming Board of Directors, who will continue to guide and grow the organization,” said Beth Hansen, IWIRC Chair. “The composition of the Board speaks to the depth and expertise of our membership base and we look forward to working with these talented women.”

The following individuals make up the 2016 – 2017 IWIRC Board of Directors:

Executive Board (terms ending October 2017)

  •      Nancy Valentine, Ice Miller LLP, Chair
  •     Jennifer McLemore, Christian & Barton LLP, Vice Chair
  •     Carrianne Basler, AlixPartners, Secretary
  •     Michelle Pickett, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Treasurer
  •     Leyza Blanco, Gray Robinson, Vice Finance Director
  •     Beth Hansen, UTC Aerospace Systems, Immediate Past Chair

Management Committee (terms ending October 2017)

  •     Summer Chandler, Chandler Law Firm, LLC, Member Services Director
  •     Tinamarie Feil, BMC Group, UNCITRAL Committee Director*
  •     Karen Fellowes, DLA Piper (Canada), LLP, Canadian Networks Director
  •     Margie Kaufman, Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC, Programs Director
  •     Jennifer B. Kimble, Prime Clerk, Communications Director
  •     Evelyn Meltzer, Pepper Hamilton, LLP, U.S. Networks Director
  •     Alexandra “CC” Schnapp, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Newsletter Director
  •     Carren Shulman, Sheppard Mullin LLP, UNCITRAL Committee Director*
  •     Annerose Tashiro, Schultze & Braun, European Networks Director
  •     Aruni Weerasekera, Alvarez & Marsal Asia Limited, Pac-Rim Networks Director

Regional Directors (terms ending October 2017)

  •     Melissa Hager, Morrison & Foerster LLP, U.S. Regional Director
  •     Catherine Read, Walkers, Asia Regional Director
  •     Barbara Rumora-Scheltema, NautaDutilh, Europe Regional Director
  •     Melaney Wagner, Goodmans LLP, Canada Regional Director

Directors at Large (terms ending October 2018)

  •     Shawn Christianson, Buchalter Nemer, PC
  •     Eloise Fardon, Stephenson Harwood
  •     Sarah Frankel, the 525 group, LLC
  •     Kelly McDonald, Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP
  •     Tara Schellhorn, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
  •     Lori Vaughan, Trenam Law

Directors at Large (terms ending October 2017)

  •     Alison Elko Franklin, Dentons US LLP
  •     Elizabeth Gunn, Virginia Office of the Attorney General
  •     Christina Lucas, Lucas Consulting Group, LLC
  •     Meg Manning, Gavin/Solmonese LLC
  •     Lauren McKelvey, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC
  •     Caroline Moran, Maples and Calder
  •     Pooja Sinha, Ashurst
  •     Nellwyn Voorhies, Donlin Recano

Standing Committee Vice-Directors (terms ending October 2017)

  •     Alison Elko Franklin, Dentons US LLP, Vice Director of Fall Conference
  •     Terri Freedman*, Freedman Law, LLC, Vice Director of Spring Conference
  •     Christina Lucas, Lucas Consulting Group, LLC, Vice Director of Budget
  •     Lauren McKelvey, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC, Vice Director of Member Services    
  •     Tara Schellhorn, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP, Vice Director of Regional Programming    

*denotes non-voting position

“We appreciate the support and dedication of our exiting Board members and thank them for their service, time and commitment to IWIRC,” added Ms. Hansen.

About International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC): IWIRC is committed to the connection, promotion and growth of women in insolvency and restructuring professions worldwide. Since 1994, IWIRC has been connecting women worldwide through a global membership of more than 1,400 attorneys, bankers, corporate-turnaround professionals, financial advisors and other restructuring practitioners. The organization provides its members with relationship-building, educational, career enhancement and promotional opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.iwirc.com.

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