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I am pleased to notify you that the Board of Trustees has selected Kevin Ryan as the MCBA’s next Executive Director. 
 
Kevin has served the Vermont Bar Association as director of education and communication and as assistant executive director for the past fifteen years.  Kevin oversaw the communication activities of the VBA, and has been deeply involved in all aspects of the management functions of the VBA, including budgeting and financial management, strategic planning, and decision-making about member services, as well as the planning and implementation of all VBA events. 
 
Kevin has developed a reputation in the legal community as someone who is knowledgeable about professionalism, ethics, legal technology, and trends in the industry.  Kevin was recently praised by the Professional Responsibility Board for his contributions to educating Vermont lawyers in ethics and professionalism. He has played a key role in the Vermont Commission on the Future of Legal Services and in the creation of the VBA’s incubator project for new lawyers.   Kevin brings with him a network of strong, cooperative relationships with executives of other bar associations.   In 2014, Kevin received the National Association of Bar Executives President’s Award for Exemplary Service, and their Communications Section’s E.A. "Wally" Richter Leadership Award.
 
Effective April 11, 2016, Kevin will begin work on a part-time basis as our Executive Advisor, and will work remotely on various issues.   Significantly, the MCBA is now entering the process of developing a budget for our next fiscal year, and Kevin will participate in that effort, and will also begin familiarizing himself with other key issues. 
 
Effective May 31, 2016, Kevin will work full time as our Executive Director. 

Kevin looks forward to meeting each of you, and working with you in the coming years.
 
I thank you for your ongoing support during this time of transition, and express my gratitude to the chair of our Search Committee, Past President Connie Walker, for her tireless efforts in organizing a comprehensive, objective, and timely process.  I also wish to thank the Search Committee members, Foundation President Bruce Lawrence, President-Elect Mark Moretti, Foundation President-Elect Elaine Cole, Immediate Past President Steve Modica, Past President Bryan Hetherington, Young Lawyers Section Chair Curt Johnson, and Foundation Board Member and former Trustee Carolyn Nussbaum for their time and dedication.

 

Neil J. Rowe