American Financial Services Association - Women’s Leadership Council
American Financial Services Association

Women’s Leadership Council

Women’s Leadership Council


To foster executive leadership and mentorship of top female talent and share knowledge to identify, promote, and retain female leaders in the financial services industry.

Goals Of The Council

  • Increase visibility of female senior executives in financial services
  • » Discuss/share best practices to identify and showcase female talent
  • » Educate member companies on the value of female leadership
  • » Measure and monitor trends and initiatives regarding female leadership
  • » Share thoughts and ideas on work-life balance, mentoring, communication strategies, and recognition
  • » Help members coordinate their own female-focused council, network, or group
  • » Create opportunities for networking

Members of the WLC

Anne Kline
SVP, Head of Commercial Services
TD Auto Finance
Anne Kurz
Chief Administrative Officer
Republic Finance
Becky Igo
Regional Vice President
Allied Solutions
Bonnie Klapaska
Senior Executive Vice President
Mariner Finance
Corinne Kirkendall
Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
Danielle Arlowe
Senior Vice President
American Financial Services Association
Darcy Locke
Principal New Business Development Executive
Dawn Peters
SVP Portfolio Management
GM Financial
Doriene Viera
Global Vice President, Business Development
Apak Group
Elizabeth Webb
WLC Chair Emeritus
Ellen Farrell
Vice President, Interim General Counsel & Secretary
Toyota Financial Services
Erin Kerber
Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Regulatory Compliance
Credit Acceptance
Ginger Herring
1st Franklin Financial
President & CEO
Janet Smith
Chief Administrative Officer & Executive Vice President
Mariner Finance, LLC
Joy Gaffud
Senior Vice President
Auto Finance Credit Administration Mgr
Julie Ausland
President & COO
Cashco Financial Services, Inc.
Kathy Ruble
Executive Director, Auto Marketing and Dealer Communications
Ally Financial
Kelly Abernathy
Director of Compliance
Regional Management Corporation
Kelly Lipinski
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Kelly Maynard
Senior Director of Operations
Ally Financial
Kristen Miller
Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance Officer
Global Lending Services LLC
Kristin Karwat
Chief Executive Officer
Gateway Financial Solutions
Laura Wehunt
Vice President, Automotive Valuations
Black Book
Laurie Anderson
Director, Product Marketing, Alternative Credit
Laurie Methot
Senior Manager
Nissan North America, Inc.
Lesley Hastings
Strategic Sales Executive
Lesley Hastings
Strategic Sales Executive
Lisa Teutsch
Human Resources Manager
Reliable Credit Association, Inc.
Marguerite Watanabe
Connections Insights
Nikki Munro
Hudson Cook
Patty Covington
Hudson Cook
Sara Costanzo
Scarlett Smith
VP Sales, Auto, Consumer and Equipment Finance
Sharon Mancero
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo
Sheryl Smith
Chief Compliance Officer
Omni Financial of Nevada, Inc.
Stephanie Casto
Senior Vice President
GM Financial
Susan Perlmutter
Chief Revenue Officer
Susie Storey
Chief Sales Officer
defi Solutions
Suzi Straffron
Director, Finance Company Markets
Allied Solutions
Tanya Sanders
Head of Retail Credit Underwriting and Fulfillment
Wells Fargo Auto
Terri Horn
Managing Director
People Strategies Inc
Valerie Tolhurst
Director, Human Resources
Sun Loan/Brundage Management