CBA Councils

Education Council

The Education Council advises CBA on its educational mission and helps promote unique opportunities for emerging bank leaders, including the CBA Executive Banking School and CBA Onsite Education.



Chair - Michelle Lee | President, Community Banking, Eastern Region, Wells Fargo Bank

  • Michael Cleary | Head of Consumer & Business Banking, Santander Bank
  • Paul Leventhal | Education Consultant
  • Barbara Roehm | Senior Vice President, Retail Training Director, PNC Bank, N.A.
  • Clarke Starnes | Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, BB&T Corporation


Government Relations Council

The Government Relations Council drives our advocacy efforts and sets our annual legislative and regulatory agenda.



Chair  - Michael Aust | Executive Vice President, Executive Director, Retail Bank, Comerica Bank

  • Steven Antonakes | Director of Enterprise Risk Management, Eastern Bank
  • Michael Jones | Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking, TCF Financial Corporation
  • Charles Kim | Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
  • Dave Kvamme | Lead Regional President - Great Lakes, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
  • Cliff McCauley | Senior Executive Vice President, Frost Bank
  • Nitin Mhatre | Executive Vice President, Head of Community Banking, Webster Bank
  • Cathy Nash | President and Chief Executive Officer, Woodforest National Bank
  • John Pataky | Executive Vice President, Consumer Division, EverBank
  • John Ward | President, First American Bank
  • Chris Van Steenberg | Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing and Product Management, First Tennessee Bank
  • Judie Verb | Senior Vice President and Regional Manager - Southwest Region, US Bank


Corporate Membership Council

The Corporate Membership Council advises our team on how we can better serve our members and identifies potential areas of growth.



Chair - Ellen Koebler | Consumer Lending Solutions Executive, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

  • Ryan Bailey | Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking Group, Bank of the West
  • Mark Erhardt | Senior Vice President, Retail Product Management, Fifth Third Bank
  • Bob Kottler | Executive Vice President, Director of Retail & Small Business, IBERIABANK
  • Sherief Meleis | Managing Director, Novantas


Associate Membership Council

The Associate Membership Council, a recently formed group, assists in expanding the association’s affiliation with current sponsors and longtime supporters, and is developing and identifying potential sponsor opportunities.



  • Dennis Devine | Co-President of Key Community Bank, Consumer & Business Banking, KeyBank
  • Mark Pregmon | Executive Vice President, Commercial Lending Operations, PNC Bank, N.A.