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 | Vice Chairman, Head of Consumer Banking, Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
  • Steven Antonakes | Executive Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management, Eastern Bank
  • Larry Franco | Executive Vice President, Southwest Territory Executive, PNC
  • Ernie Johannson | Group Head, North America Personal and Business Banking, BMO 
  • Charles Kim | Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
  • Cliff McCauley | Senior Executive Vice President, Frost Bank
  • Nitin Mhatre | President and CEO, Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc.
  • Laurie Nordquist | Lead Region President, Wells Fargo
  • Chris Van Steenberg | Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing and Product Management, First Horizon
  • 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
  • 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