Board of Directors
The nine-member Board of Directors serve staggered terms of three years each. Each year, three director seats are up for election. The membership is notified of the election prior to the annual convention, and candidates for seats are asked to submit statements of candidacy. Prior to the convention, ballots are mailed out and the membership makes its selections. The results of the election are announced at the convention.
Organization officers include a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Board of Directors elects officers every two years, with a new set of officers taking over on January 1 of odd-numbered years.
Ed Boltz, Esq, Board Member
Durham, North Carolina
Mr. Boltz received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993 and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1996. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, where he has been certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law. He is admitted to practice before the Districts Courts in both the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina.Edward C. Boltz is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C., where he has managed the firm’s office in Durham, North Carolina since 1998, representing clients in not only Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting abusive mortgage practices.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for NACBA, where he is jointly responsible for directing the State Chair program, Mr. Boltz serves on the Bankruptcy Council for the North Carolina Bar Association and previously served as the Bankruptcy Chair for the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Boltz moderated the panel, “Military Members Deep in Debt”, at the 2007 NACBA Convention. Mr. Boltz served as the Convention Chair for the 2008 NACBA Convention in Hollywood, as well as moderating a panel on Basic Bankruptcy Issues. Mr. Boltz’s term as NACBA’s President commenced January 1, 2013.
In April 2008, Mr. Boltz testified on behalf of NACBA in Congress regarding the need for changes to the bankruptcy code to protect National Guard and Reservists returning from Iraq and Afghanistan from the harsh results of the Means Test, which was enacted as the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act.
Ms. Colliersmith received her law degree from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida and has practiced exclusively consumer and small business bankruptcy law since 2001. She has been an active member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys for many years.
She is the past president of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Group and former NACBA State Co-Chair for Georgia. She is a member of the Bankruptcy Section of the Georgia Bar and is or has been a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Cobb Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at bankruptcy and other continuing legal education seminars.
She is a member of the NACBA Advocate team and recipient of both the K. Colleen Nunnelly Award and Hammes-Shulman Legislative Advocate Award. In years 2014 and 2015, she testified before the State House Judiciary Committee on Consumer Protection and Debt Settlement issues. She is a mentor attorney with the Bankruptcy Assistance Practice Program, (Law Clinic) at Georgia State University College of Law.
Ms Colliersmith practices with her law partner and husband, Rob Colliersmith in Marietta, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.
John C. Colwell, Esq, Board Member
San Diego, California
Mr. Colwell received his B.A. Degree in Philosophy from Ripon College in Ripon, WI in 1977; and his J. D. degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA in 1984. He is a member of the State Bar of California (1985) and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court (Southern District of CA), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.Mr. Colwell maintains his practice at the Law Offices of John C. Colwell, a P.L.C. d/b/a Debt Relief Legal Clinic of San Diego County, where he has worked exclusively in the field of consumer bankruptcy since 1989. He manages a practice averaging 30 Ch. 7 and 10 Ch. 13 consumer bankruptcy cases per month. Under his guidance, his firm filed the first “electronic” Ch. 7 bankruptcy case in San Diego, and his firm is the largest filer of cases filed via the internet in San Diego (over 6300 Ch. 7 and Ch. 13’s filed electronically as of 3/06).
Mr Colwell is a member and a Director on the Board of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, as well as a member of the following: 9th Circuit Information Technology and Telecommunications Committee, National Assoc. of Ch. 13 Trustees, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, San Diego County Bar Association (Bankruptcy Section), and the California and San Diego Bankruptcy Forums.
Mr. Colwell has participated on many panels regarding the representation of debtors, on a variety of subjects, and venues, including NACBA, NACTT, Visa USA, Inc., Toyota Motor Credit, Mitsubishi Motor Credit, CA Credit Union Collectors Council, S.D. County Bar ‘Free Law Day’, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District visiting Judges panels, and for other MCLE providers. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
James Haller, Esq, Board Member
Oak Brook, Illinois
Jim received his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 7th and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Federal District Courts of Northern and Southern Illinois, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, and in the states of Illinois and Missouri. Jim is the director of the bankruptcy division at the Sulaiman Law Group Ltd. in Chicago Illinois. The Sulaiman Law Group aggressively represents consumers in both federal and state court.
Eugene Melchionne, Board Member
Prior to opening his office in 1990, Mr. Melchionne was associated with Grady & Riley in Waterbury, Connecticut and DiPietro, Kantrovitz & Brownstein, P.C. in New Haven, Connecticut. From 1990-1998, Mr. Melchionne was of counsel to Bender & Anderson handling that firm’s complex litigation and trials. In addition to his practice, Mr. Melchionne was an adjunct professor at the American Institute of Banking and Teikyo Post University teaching bankruptcy, real estate, commercial and consumer law. Mr. Melchionne also advised the Corporation Counsel’s office for the City of Waterbury on bankruptcy and foreclosure matters and mentored junior attorneys in that office.Eugene Melchionne is a graduate of The University of Connecticut (B.A. 1977) and Drake University School of Law (J.D. 1980) where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for academic excellence.Since 1980, Mr. Melchionne has focused his practice in the areas of consumer bankruptcy, workouts and foreclosure defense in distressed real estate markets, real estate transactions, condominium law, commercial litigation, business organizations and probate.
In 2005, Mr. Melchionne was appointed State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA). He acts as a liaison between the national organization and Connecticut attorneys who are members of the Association. He has fostered education of attorneys in the bankruptcy field and increased access of the public to bankruptcy relief in light of the law passed in 2005.
Richard Nemeth, Esq, Board Member
Mr. Nemeth is a current or former member of American Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association, the Cleveland Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, for which he has been appointed the State Chair for the Northern District of Ohio. He is admitted to practice before all Ohio state courts, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
In 2007, Mr. Nemeth spearheaded an effort to reform Ohio’s exemption statute, which was one of the most restrictive in the nation. Mr. Nemeth participated in the drafting of the new law, was the lead-off witness before the Ohio Senate committee that considered the bill and a key witness before the House committee, and marshaled retired judges, a trustee, attorneys and others to support the bill as well. Mr. Nemeth received national recognition for his efforts in getting the bill passed against heavy odds and was named NACBA “Member of the Month” in July, 2008. The new law took effect September 30, 2008 and will save Ohio debtors billions of dollars in the years to come.
Daniel M. Press, Esq, Board Member
Mr. Press and his law partner Brett Weiss are the authors of Chapter 11 for Individual Debtors, published by Collier/Lexis-Nexis, and present the Individual Chapter 11 Bootcamps.Daniel M. Press is a bankruptcy lawyer with the law firm of Chung & Press, P.C., in McLean Virginia and Greenbelt Maryland. A 1988 magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. After graduating from law school, Mr. Press served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Jaime Pieras Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Press practices in the Bankruptcy and Federal District Courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, as well as other U.S. Appellate, District and Bankruptcy Courts around the country. Prior to his election to the NACBA Board, he served as State Chair for the District of Columbia. He is also the Education Director of the Consumer Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute and member of the Council of the Consumer Bankruptcy Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. He is a regular speaker on bankruptcy and related topics at Continuing Legal Education seminars and programs locally and nationwide.
Ike Shulman, Esq, Board Member
San Jose, California
Ike Shulman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and he received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Shulman has practiced bankruptcy law in San Jose, California, since 1986. His practice has been devoted almost entirely to small business and consumer bankruptcy debtors. He is certified as a Specialist in personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Shulman is a member of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits. He served as a delegate to the California State Bar Conference of Delegates from 1987 through 1989. A member of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, he organized and served as the first Chair of its Chapter 13 Subcommittee in 1989-90. He again served as its Chair for 2002. In 1996 and 1997, Mr. Shulman testified on consumer bankruptcy issues before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. In March 1998, he also testified on pending bankruptcy legislation before the House Judiciary Committee.
In 1992, Mr. Shulman led the effort to organize the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys to provide consumer debtors with an effective voice in the legislative process. Mr. Shulman was elected NACBA’s first president, and served in that position through 1996. In 1997 he took over as NACBA Treasurer and also currently serves as Chair of NACBA’s Legislative Committee. He has served as a panelist at each of NACBA’s annual conventions and has appeared as a speaker at numerous other conventions and seminars.
Pamela Stewart, Esq, Board Member
Ms. Stewart has been actively involved in the governance and as a member of numerous local bar associations and national professional Bankruptcy Law organizations. She is a co-founder and former Secretary of Bankruptcy Law Network, the founder and current President of the Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (formerly known as the Houston Association of Debtor Attorneys), former President and Vice-President of the Upper Kirby Optimist Club, and a former Vice-President of the Katy Bar Association. Ms. Stewart is a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Foundation. Ms. Stewart is also member of the Board of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Bankruptcy Section of the Houston Bar Association, the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and the Moller-Foltz American Inn of Court. Ms. Stewart has served as a member of the Texas Supreme Court’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.Ms. Stewart was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1991 and has been practicing Consumer and Bankruptcy Law, with a focus on mortgage servicing issues, in the Houston area for sixteen years. While attending the University of Houston Law Center, Ms. Stewart completed an internship with former Bankruptcy Judge William Greendyke.
In 2003, the Coalition for Consumer Bankruptcy Debtor Education certified Ms. Stewart as a Debtor Educator. Ms. Stewart has spoken frequently on Bankruptcy Law and related issues, among other places, at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar and the People’s Law School at The University of Houston Law Center, Center for Consumer Law. Ms. Stewart has been selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who of American Women” and “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.”
Ms. Stewart also has an office in Victoria, Texas.
Tara Twomey, Esq, Board Member
Tara Twomey is currently Of Counsel to the National Consumer Law Center and served as NACBA’s Amicus Project Director until April 2011. She has been a Lecturer in Law at Stanford, Harvard and Boston College Law Schools. Ms. Twomey is a former Clinical Instructor at the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School where her practice focused, in part, on sustainable homeownership for low- and moderate-income homeowners. She is a contributing author of several books published by the National Consumer Law Center including, Foreclosures: Defenses, Workouts and Mortgage Servicing and Bankruptcy Basics. Ms. Twomey earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. After law school, she served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Herbert P. Wilkins of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.