CBA Councils

Education Council

The Education Council advises CBA on its educational mission, advances the education strategy, and promotes talent development solutions for emerging bank leaders, including the CBA Executive Banking School and CBA Advanced Education.


  • Chair - Becky Griffin | Chief Administrative Officer, Consumer Banking, JPMorgan Chase
  • Quincy Miller | President, Eastern Bank
  • Cassandra McKinney | Executive Vice President, Retail Bank, Comerica
  • Patrick Smith | Head of Consumer and Business Banking, Santander
  • Paul Leventhal | EBS Faculty Advisory Committee Chair, Compuchoix LLC
  • Heather Wojcik | Director of Talent Development Programs, Santander


Government Relations Council

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


  • Chair - Brendan Coughlin | Head of Consumer Banking, Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
  • Steven Antonakes | Director of Enterprise Risk Management, Eastern Bank
  • Larry Franco | Southwest Retail Branch Executive, PNC
  • Ernie Johannson | Group Head, US Personal and Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank
  • Charles Kim | Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
  • Samantha Melting | Senior Vice President, Head of Consumer Banking, Synchrony
  • Cliff McCauley | Senior Executive Vice President, Frost Bank
  • Nitin Mhatre | President and CEO, Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc.
  • Laurie Nordquist | Lead Region President, Wells Fargo
  • John Pataky | Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer, TIAA Bank
  • Chris Van Steenberg | Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing and Product Management, First Horizon
  • Judie Verb | Senior Vice President and Regional Manager - Southwest Region, US Bank
  • John Ward | President, First American Bank


Membership Council

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


  • Chair - Maria Tedesco | President, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Ernie Diaz | Executive Vice President, Head of Consumer Distribution, TD Bank
  • Mike Drury | Senior Executive Vice President, Mortgage & Consumer Lending, M&T Bank
  • Mark Pregmon | Head of Credit Operations, USAA
  • Sherief Meleis | Managing Director, Curinos - Adviser