Meet Our Speakers!

David Bell

David A. Bell is the President & CEO of ALPS Corporation and ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company.  David joined ALPS in 2012. He was previously with Allied World Assurance Company (NYSE: AWH), a publicly-traded global (re)insurance company. David was a founding executive and served as the Chief Operating Officer.

After graduating from the University of Montana in 1996 with a degree in finance he began his career with The Chubb Corporation. David co-founded and serves on the board of Grateful Nation Montana, a first-of-its-kind in the national organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, and college education for the children of Montana soldiers killed while on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends and numerous other television and radio outlets talking about the need to make funding educations for the children of our fallen soldiers a national priority. David served as President of PLUS (Professional Liability Underwriting Society), the largest insurance industry association focused on education.

He currently serves on the board of the Bank of Montana, the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and is Board Chair of The Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center, which promotes a better understanding of Asia and of U.S. relations with Asia. He has presented to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), focusing on expropriation and kidnap/ransom in Asia and the Middle East, and he has spoken and written extensively on the subject of insurance risk transfer. In 2010 David authored a book titled The Best Quotes on Business, Leadership & Life.

Nolan Haims

Nolan Haims has over 20 years of experience in the fields of visual communications and presentation, having created every type of presentation from Fortune 500 CEO keynotes, to TED talks to multi-million dollar agency pitches. He trains organizations to think visually, speaks at national conferences, writes on visual storytelling at PresentYourStory.com, and is a co-host of the long-running Presentation Podcast. He is also a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, and a proud member of the Presentation Guild.

Matt Lubaroff

Matt Lubaroff served as the Director of Client Services at ALPS from 2008 – 2018 and now works part-time within ALPS’s marketing department. In addition, he is also a StoryBrand Certified Guide and helps businesses grow their businesses by creating clear & effective messaging.

Over the past 20 years, Matt has led teams of marketing, sales, customer service, and leadership. His core principle has always been to be the best you can at that moment and try to be even better the next time.

Matt is a K.I.S.S. kind of person and the idea of clarity is what initially attracted him to StoryBrand while updating ALPS’ messaging in 2015. When he became a StoryBrand Certified Guide in 2017, Matt became empowered to help organizations like Bar Associations create clear messaging that your members and prospective members will understand.

Sharon Wilkinson

Sharon Wilkinson was hired as the Wyoming State Bar’s Communication Director in 2002. She was promoted to the Deputy Executive Director in 2011 and eventually stepped into the role of Executive Director in October 2013. This will be her second ALPS Bar Leaders Retreat. When she’s not making the Bar a valuable destination for the legal community of Wyoming, she’s dreaming about Frontier Days in her home city of Cheyenne.

Diane K. Minnich

Diane K. Minnich is the executive director of the Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation, Inc.  She has worked for the organizations since 1985, serving as legal education director and deputy director prior to being selected as the executive director in 1990.  In addition to her involvement in professional organizations such as the National Association of Bar Executives, and serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Western States Bar Conference, she is has served the following community organizations; past president of the Zonta Club of Boise, past member of the Board of Directors of the Silver Sage Girl Scout Council, Boise Public Schools Foundation Board member, Board of Directors of Friends of Zoo Boise, and the BSU Legal Assistant Program Advisory Council member.  She is a member of the Boise Rotary Club, serving as the club’s president in 2003-04. She is a graduate of San Jose State University.

Cory Amron

Cory Amron recently retired as an intellectual property partner from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Amron was head of the IP practice group at Vorys, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Arlington, VA. She has actively worked on women’s and diversity issues as well as education of the public on the law and legal issues throughout her nearly 40 year legal career. She was the second Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, a member of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, the MacCrate Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession, ABA President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, the Standing Committee on Public Education and a recent Chair of the ABA Gavel Awards Committee. She is a Past Chair of the American Bar Foundation Fellows, D.C. Chapter and has held numerous positions in the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She was named a Star of the Bar by the WBA in 2003 and received the WBA’s Women Lawyer of the Year Award in 2004.

Corrine Propas Parver

Corrine Propas Parver is a former partner and head of the Health Law Services Practice at the Washington, D.C., law firm Dickstein Shapiro. After retiring from the law firm in 2004, she designed the health law specialization for American University Washington College of Law’s LL.M. Program on Law and Government, and expanded the health law curriculum so that AU Washington College of Law now offers from 15-20 health law-related courses each academic year, including the annual summer Health Law and Policy Institute, which she established in 2008. She has extensively published, testified before Congressional Committees, and lectured in the United States and Canada on health care topics during her career.

Wendi Lazar

Wendi Lazar is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York where she co-heads the firm’s Individual Practice and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group. Ms. Lazar has a particular practice and stellar reputation representing senior women in employment negotiations, partnership agreements, pay equity and discrimination issues.  She has represented women in all phases of their careers and is a trusted counselor to many female law partners.

From 2015-2018 Ms. Lazar served as a commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women, and she continues to work on the critical issues she advocated for when she chaired the Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Bullying Committee.  She is currently the liaison for the ABA Labor & Employment Section to the Commission.

As former Diversity Co-Chair for the New York State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section Ms. Lazar served in numerous positions for 8 years. She remains on its Executive Committee. She is an active member of NELA, ABA and other NYSBA committees. She is former Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee where she is an active speaker and leader.

Ms. Lazar was the founder of a quarterly column for the New York Law Journal entitled “Employees in the Workplace.” She regularly lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups and has had numerous legal articles and book chapters published. She is the Editor in Chief of the book, Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession, an ABA guide to combatting sexual harassment in the legal profession, published in 2018. She also co-authored as Co-Editor In-Chief, “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey,” published in 2010 by the BNA and its supplements through 2013, which includes the chapter “Confidentiality, Trade Secrets, and Other Duties and Restrictive Covenants in a Global Economy.” In addition, she is also the author of the chapter “Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Employment Agreements,” in the 3rd Edition of Vol. 1B of International Labor & Employment Law, published in 2009 by the BNA.

Myles V. Lynk

Myles V. Lynk, is an emeritus professor at Arizona State University where he taught from 2000 to 2019, specializing in professional responsibility and legal ethics. A member of the bar in New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, he currently serves as a Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel for appellate litigation in the District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Myles is a past president of the District of Columbia Bar, chaired the D.C. Bar’s Client Security Trust Fund and was a member of the D.C. Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee. He has been deeply involved in the development of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. He chaired the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility when the ABA adopted Model Rule 8.4(g), and he has chaired its Standing Committee on Professional Regulation and its Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law.

Myles has lectured on legal ethics to the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Naval Justice School, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the International Conference of Legal Regulators, the Navajo Nation Bar Association, and the National Association of Attorneys General, whose 2018 Ethics Summit he hosted at Arizona State University. In 2015 Professor Lynk helped draft and was a signatory to the ABA and NAACP Legal Defense Fund Joint Statement on Eliminating Bias in the Criminal Justice System.

Doug Emlen

Doug Emlen is an evolutionary biologist and Professor of Biology at the University of Montana. He has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation, and the E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. His research provides insights into the development and evolution of exaggerated male weaponry, such as the horns found in scarab beetles. He combines approaches from behavioral ecology, genetics, phylogenetics, and developmental biology to understand how evolution has shaped these bizarre structures. His current projects include an examination of how altered expression of appendage patterning genes contributes to species differences in the shape of horns, and how the insulin receptor (InR) pathway modulates the size of male weapons in response to the larval nutritional environment. He recently starred in documentaries about his work for the BBC (Nature’s Wildest Weapons) and NOVA (Extreme Animal Weapons), and released his first narrative nonfiction book for middle school readers, Beetle Battles: One Scientist’s Journey of Adventure and Discovery in December 2019.

Chris Newbold

Chris Newbold is Executive Vice President of ALPS Corporation and ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company, positions he has held since 2007. As Executive Vice President, Chris oversees ALPS business development team, sales strategy and is ALPS’ chief liaison into the bar association community, where ALPS is endorsed by more state bars than any other carrier regardless of size.

Externally within legal circles, Chris is a recognized nationally based on his roles as a strategic planning facilitator to bar associations and bar foundations, his leadership work in the lawyer well-being movement and his work advising states regulators and / or bar associations exploring the merits of implementing mandatory malpractice insurance requirements or stricter client disclosure rules.

On the strategic planning front, Chris’ lawyer credentials, knowledge of legal industry trends and keen observations into bar association relevance catapulted him into desired facilitator in legal conversations nationally. Chris’ unique and innovative strategic planning approach have resulted in his leading retreats and legal conversations at the national, state and local levels, including with State Bars in Maine, Vermont, Virginia, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.

On the issue of lawyer well-being, Chris has been at the epicenter of discussion both strategically and as an advocate. As co-author of the movement launching 2016 report The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, his leadership as co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, his participation on the ABA’s Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession and his role as co-host The Path to Well-Being in Law podcast, Chris has been at the forefront of a movement intent on creating a culture shift in the legal profession, and advancing personal and professional satisfaction in all sectors of legal life.

Chris has also been active nationally counseling State bar associations and regulators on the viability of requiring lawyers to maintain malpractice insurance as a condition of licensure. Given Chris’ insurance industry knowledge, particularly within small firms and solo practitioners, his insights have been additive to the conversations in states like Nevada, Washington, California and Idaho. Chris is also well versed in alternatives to mandatory insurance like client disclosure rules.

Chris received his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 2001 and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994). Following his graduation from law school, he served one year as a law clerk for the Honorable Terry N. Trieweiler of the Montana Supreme Court. After his clerkship, he launched his ALPS career as President and principal consultant of ALPS Foundation Services, a non-profit fundraising and philanthropic management consulting firm. In that capacity, he authored The Complete Guide to Bar Foundations in conjunction with the National Conference of Bar Foundations.