The National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA) held elections for secretary, treasurer and board of directors concurrent with the NARCA 2015 Fall Collection Conference in Washington, D.C. While the secretary and treasurer positions were uncontested, ten NARCA members ran for six board seats.
Newly Elected Board of Directors
David Ashe from Dominion Law Associates, PLLC serves on several NARCA committees, has been an education presenter and participated in NARCA Capitol Hill Events. Ashe also serves as the president of the Virginia Creditors Bar Association and participates in judicial matters by publishing briefs and articles, serving as an expert witness and engaging state legislatures in his firm’s jurisdictions. He has litigated collection ad defense cases up to the appellate level.
Frank Fabiano from Fabiano Law PC served as the parliamentarian for NARCA’s board of directors, chairs the NARCA Court Rules and State Legislation sub-committee and is a member of the Federal and State Government Affairs Committees and the Education Committee. A longtime member of NARCA and attorney in the collections industry, he previously served as a federal agent with the DEA and as a deputy county attorney.
Michele Gagnon from Lyons Doughty & Veldhuis P.C. is in her second term on NARCA’s board. She chairs the State Government Affairs Committee and chaired the Fall 2015 Collection Conference Committee and is a member of the Grievance Committee. Gagnon previously was chair of the Professional Standards Committee and Elections Committee. Along with 19 years of consumer debt collection experience, she has presented at NARCA conferences and was the president of the Maryland/DC Creditors Bar Association.
Steve Markoff from Markoff Law LLC is in his second term on NARCA’s board. He has been an active member of NARCA for eight years and is a second generation NARCA member. Markoff chairs the NARCA Legal Learning Committee and is a member of the NARCA 2.0 Committee, Conference Advisory Committee, New Member Division Committee and Leadership Development Committee. At the NARCA 2015 Fall Collection Conference, he received the President’s Award for his work on the NARCA 2.0 transition.
Burton “Chip” Stacy, Jr. from Hood & Stacy is a member of both the NARCA Finance and Government Affairs Committees. He has lobbied legislatures concerning NARCA’s amendment to the FDCPA on two separate occasions in Washington D.C. and has attended all recent NARCA Collection Conferences. Stacy has been a member since 2007.
Ronald Miller from Miller and Steeno P.C. is another board member entering his second term. He is a founding member of the Missouri Creditors Bar and has been treasurer since its inception. As an active creditors advocate, he has testified before a Missouri senate committee against the reduction of post-judgment interest rates and has lobbied the Missouri legislature. He is the current chair of the Professional Standards Committee, spearheaded the drafting of the NARCA continuing legal education requirements, and played a central role in rewriting the Grievance Committee procedures.
Newly Elected Board Officers
Brent Yarborough from Zarzaur and Schwartz P.C. served on the NARCA board since 2007 before his election to secretary. He has been a NARCA member since 2002 and has been actively involved in NARCA since 2005. Yarborough has chaired the NARCA 2.0 Committee, Newsletter and Education Committees and Federal Government Affairs Committee. At the NARCA 2015 Fall Collections Conference, Yarborough received the President’s Award for his work on the NARCA 2.0 transition.
Mark Groves from Glasser and Glasser P.L.C. has served on the NARCA board since 2012. He has served as the Grievance Committee Chair, as a conference chair, a chair of a task force to create and implement the process that would make CLE credits widely available to conference attendees and served NARCA in various capacities including Education, Advocacy, Finance and Grievance.