Meet the Staff

Official Mailing Address:
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
Fax: 1-866-408-9515

Dan Labert
Executive Director

Dan LaBert, former executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), has been named as the organization’s executive director.

Prior to joining PICPA, LaBert served as the executive director of the Bar Association of Lehigh County in Allentown, Pennsylvania. LaBert received the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal Executive Spotlight Award in 2011 and Top 20 Under 40 Executives in 2010.

LaBert also served as executive director for the Brewers of Pennsylvania, in multiple positions with the Leadership Institute (a nationwide nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership training organization) and consulted for U.S. Lacrosse.

Prior to transferring to Pennsylvania State University where he earned a B.S. in political science, LaBert attended the University of Buffalo for three years on a full athletic scholarship in football. He served on the board of governors for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the executive committee of the Lehigh Valley Consortium of Professional Associations and the board of directors for The First Tee of the Lehigh Valley.


Rachael Hodgen
Director of Events

Event Management, Membership Support, & Technical Assistance

Rachael started working with NACBA in October of 2009. She oversee all NACBA Conventions and workshops. She is also heavily involved in membership services. Her event planning talents have brought many enhancements to our educational programs.

Prior to joining NACBA, Rachael was the Special Events Coordinator at the world-renowned Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was responsible for programs ranging from Commencement to major concerts and special events. Rachael also had extensive prior experience at both American Greetings and National City Bank.


Maureen Thompson
Legislative Director

Legislative & Media Inquiries

Senior Partner of The Hastings Group (THG), Maureen Thompson heads up the lobbying and coalition management work of The Hastings Group. With more than 23 years of experience in the lobbying/coalition field, Thompson is a rare breed in lobbying circles in that she is equally at “home” at the federal and state levels. In addition to working regularly with major committees and subcommittees in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Thompson has collaborated on initiatives with state government officials in nearly all 50 states. She has worked closely with a wide range of groups representing the interests of women and children, working families, consumers, the elderly, and others and has managed several large coalitions. She has assisted Congressional committees in the organization of dozens of hearings and has drafted testimony for scores of Congressional hearings. Thompson also has extensive experience working with the White House and with Executive Branch departments and agencies.

Now in its 17th year of operation, The Hastings Group (THG) is a full-service consulting firm that specializes in issues management and lobbying, coalition outreach, public relations, Web projects and branding/advertising. THG works primarily with initially low visibility “white hat” clients that require aggressive and innovative strategies to raise the profile of themselves and their issues. The hallmark of The Hastings Group is an aggressive approach to low-cost/high-impact campaigns that catapult its clients and their issues into a place of greater prominence and influence on policy making and in other realms. Unlike larger consulting firms that use senior members to pitch clients and then hand off the work to junior staff members, THG achieves superior results by involving senior partners and other seasoned staffers in all aspects of its work for clients.


Cat Matsuda
Membership & Marketing Associate

Catherine (Cat) joined the NACBA in spring of 2015, just prior to the annual convention in Chicago. Cat serves as a Membership and Marketing Associate and is responsible for membership recruitment and retention and handling of annual dues. Cat brings 15 years of nonprofit and trade association experience to NACBA, having worked with many prominent technology trade associations including the Consumer Electronics Association and the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.


Chere Williams
Digital Communications Associate

Chere Williams joined NACBA in 2015. She oversees NACBA NOW and assists in membership services, and promoting online community building.

Prior to joining NACBA Chere was a Volunteer Relations Manager with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership where she managed a number of committees and section councils including the Legal Section Council. She also has extensive experience in volunteer, membership, event, and account management along with online community building through her positions at AIIM: Association for Information and Image Management, AHIP: America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators.


Tara Twomey
Amicus Director

Tara Twomey is the Amicus Project Director for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and currently Of Counsel to the National Consumer Law Center. She is currently a Lecturer in Law at Stanford, and has previously lectured at Harvard and Boston College Law Schools. Tara 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 is also a co-principal investigator, along with Professor Katherine M. Porter of the University of Iowa, for a national study examining mortgage claims in consumer bankruptcy cases.


Lisa Sharon
Amicus Assistant