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Executive Director

Katherine Strong Bifaro — kbifaro@eriebar.org

Katherine Strong Bifaro serves as chief staff executive and works with the president in the development of new policies and programs as they are approved by the Board of Directors. She plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the programs and activities of the Association to insure that objectives are met and plans fulfilled. As the Association's administrative officer, she oversees staff and the day-to-day operation of the Association's offices.

Director of Communications

Bonnie D. O'Brian — obrian57@comcast.net

Bonnie O'Brian serves as Editor of the Bulletin, the Bar Association's official monthly publication. She develops communications materials for both members and the general public. Media relations, advertising and public education programs are also among her areas of responsibility.

Director of Development

Maureen P. Gorski — mgorski@eriebar.org

As Director of Development, Maureen Gorski secures sponsorship funds for programs and activities offered by the Bar Association and the Erie Institute of Law. Her responsibilities also include developing membership recruitment and retention efforts and ensuring that the Association's membership services are relevant and consistently provided.

Director of Programs and Events

Susan L. Kohlbacher — skohlbacher@eriebar.org

As Director of Programs and Events, Susan L. Kohlbacher assists the Executive Director in day-to-day operations of the office and provides staff support for the President and Board of Directors. She serves as the staff liaison to the Awards, Judiciary, Judicial Election Oversight, Professional Ethics and Young Lawyers Committees. In addition, Susan coordinates the BAEC's social events and special projects. She also serves as the Association’s photographer.

Communications Assistant

Brittany O. Luongo — bluongo@eriebar.org

As Communications Assistant, Brittany O. Luongo aids in the production of the Bulletin as editorial assistant and advertising coordinator. She is responsible for editing, producing and distributing the annual Directory of Attorneys & the Courts, for which Brittany sells advertising space. 

Comptroller

Heidi J. Mahon — hmahon@eriebar.org

As Comptroller, Heidi J. Mahon maintains the financial records of the Association, the Erie Institute of Law and the Erie County Bar Foundation. Heidi is responsible for maintaining the membership database, overseeing the Foundation's annual fund-raising campaign, helping prepare the annual budget, assists accountants with the annual audit, and also manages the office computer network.

Director of Continuing Legal Education

Mary A. Kohlbacher — mkohlbacher@eriebar.org

Mary A. Kohlbacher is the Director of Continuing Legal Education for the Erie Institute of Law and works with the CLE Advisory Committee to plan and implement educational programs for the legal profession. She is responsible for marketing and coordinating all programming. She also manages and maintains the Institute’s audio/video library and publishes the annual catalog of CLE programs.

CLE Assistant

The CLE Assistant, assists the CLE Department and General Office with administrative duties. He/she is responsible for arranging You and the Law guests for WBFO-88.7 FM radio and plans and implements the annual Leadership Institute program. Also, he/she coordinates the Speakers Bureau and other law-related education seminars and special projects for the public.

Committee Coordinator and Receptionist

Marnie L. Kennedy — mkennedy@eriebar.org

Marnie L. Kennedy is the receptionist for the Association. In addition, she serves as Committee Coordinator. In that capacity, Marnie assists the committee chairs in arranging committee meetings, is responsible for all communications to committee members, and maintains all committee files.

Lawyer Referral and Information Service Administrator

Marcia M. McKowan — mmckowan@eriebar.org

Marcia M. McKowan is the Administrator of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service and is responsible for the daily operation of the LRIS. She is also the staff liaison to the Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee.

Lawyer Referral and Information Service Assistant

Dana D. Banks — dbanks@eriebar.org

Dana Banks assists in the operation of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service. She provides information and resources to members of the general public who are seeking answers to legal questions.  

Dispute Settlement Tribunal Assistant

Leslie Housh — lhoush@eriebar.org

Leslie Housh is the Administrative Assistant for the Dispute Settlement Program. She assists in the operation of the Dispute Settlement Tribunal, which provides a forum for the resolution of fee disputes between attorneys and clients. She also provides staff support to the Committee on Grievances.