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DRI 2020 Elections - Declarations of Candidacy

  • by DRI
  • Sep 1, 2020, 16:40 PM

At the 2020 DRI Summit, to be held October 21–24, the DRI Board of Directors will elect four individuals to join them as national directors (each serving three-year terms). The final candidates are presented to the board upon the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, chaired this year by DRI Past President Laura E. Proctor. In addition, an individual will be elected as the next DRI Second Vice President, which begins his or her track to the presidency after serving subsequent years as first vice president and president-elect. Also, one candidate will be elected to serve a one-year term as secretary–treasurer. The following DRI members have filed Declarations of Candidacy for this year’s second vice president, secretary–treasurer, and national director positions. To read a candidate's declaration, click on the name.

Second Vice President

Gary L. GrublerGrange Insurance Company,  Columbus, Ohio

R. Jeffrey Lowe, Kightlinger & Gray LLP, New Albany, Indiana

Patrick J. SweeneySweeney & Sheehan PC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anne M, Talcott, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC, Portland, Oregon


Melissa K. Roeder, Foley Mansfield LLP, Seattle, Washington

National Director

Kristen E. Dennison, Littleton Park Joyce Ughetta & Kelly LLP, Morristown, New Jersey

Stanley E. Graham, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Nashville, Tennessee 

Matthew S. Hefflefinger, Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC, Peoria, Illinois

Stacy Linn Moon, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, Birmingham, Alabama

Anthony J. Sbarra, Jr.Hermes Netburn O’Connor & Spearing PC, Boston, Massachusetts

Carmen R. Toledo, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta, Georgia

Sara M. Turner, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Birmingham, Alabama


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