Bar Leadership Institute Committee


Encourages lawyers in the development of their professional and leadership skills within the Bar, Foundation and legal profession.  A joint MCB and MBF Committee.




2018-19 Chair 2018-19 Vice-Chair
Michael L. Martinez
David W. Murray 



Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021

Stephanie D. Jackson
Julie C. Spahn
Sarah Motley Stone
Christopher M. Vann


Gabrielle G. Kelly
M. Aaron Lay
Pender R. McElroy
R. Lee Robertson Jr.


Jennifer P. Moore
Mandana D. Vidwan
Courtney C. Rogers



Staff Liaison

Shannon R. Reid, Director of Compliance, Ethics & HR -

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Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) Committee attend monthly committee meetings, select BLI participants from pool of applicants, monitor the annual BLI budget, plan the kickoff event and evening program sessions, recruit speakers and alumni for various roles and evaluate program effectiveness at year's end.  The BLI Committee currently meets on the first Wednesday each month at 8 a.m. Interested in joining this committee? The application for this year's committee volunteers is now available and must be completed by May 31, 2019.  Click here to complete the committee interest form.


2017-18 Bar Leadership Institute Committee Report
Mark W. Kinghorn, Chair & Michael L. Martinez, Vice-Chair

The MCB and MBF Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) enjoyed its first year back from a furlough year that enabled the BLI Committee to review and redevelop the BLI program from beginning to end to help ensure its programming is relevant and aligned to MCB and MBF strategic priorities.  Thanks in large part to the BLI Committee’s commitment and diligence, along with the support of Charlotte-area firms and organizations, the 2017-18 BLI program was a success. 

The BLI Class of 2018 is comprised of 20 participants with diverse backgrounds personally and professionally.  Through the BLI, the participants evaluated their personal leadership styles, strengths, and areas for development during a weekend retreat in Hickory, North Carolina and over the course of seven evening sessions that featured prominent legal and civic leaders in our community.

The BLI Committee would like to thank all of the session speakers and panelists for volunteering their time to the BLI this year.  Those speakers include Pat Kelly, Tricia Derr, David Erdman, Hon. Sarah Parker, James Ferguson, Hon. Richard Boner, Dr. Tom Hanchett, Hon. Elisa Chinn-Gary, Dr. Susan McCarter, Rosalind Reid, Ralph Wilson, Jr., Hon. Aretha Blake, Timika Shafeek-Horton, and Heather Culp.  The Committee would also like to thank Matt Burkinshaw of Performance Growth Advisors, Inc. for facilitating this year’s program.  

Please join the BLI Committee and MCB and MBF leaders in congratulating the most recent BLI graduates!

Laura Gray Barringer, American City Business Journals
Edward Paul Byron, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
Maria Fernanda Caino, Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office
Suzanne Kramer Canali, Safe Alliance
Shantia Joy Coley, Wells Fargo
Rachel D. Rogers Hamrick, Tom Bush Law Group
Christopher Maynard Hicks, Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court's Office
Elizabeth Jeanne Ireland, Winston & Strawn
Mary Fletcher Sherrill King, Johnston, Allison & Hord
Lauren Ellis Leader, James, McElroy & Diehl
Colleen Forcina Molner, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm
Amanda Pickens Nitto, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson
Amy Elizabeth Puckett, Foundation for the Carolinas
Khalif Jamal Rhodes, Mecklenburg County Magistrate's Office
Courtney Collins Rogers, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Office of General Counsel
Kristen Lynn Schneider, Troutman Sanders
Bridget M. Vanevenhoven, Horack Talley
Nathan P. Viebrock, Lending Tree
Lakai Cheryll Vinson, Vinson Law Offices
Mallory A. Willink, Krusch & Sellers