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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

Amanda George
VP of Product and Customer Solutions
Anne Kline
SVP, Head of Commercial Services
TD Auto Finance
Anne Kurz
Chief Administrative Officer
Republic Finance
Beth Osburn
Director, Commercial Credit
Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation
Bethany Slomski
Director, Assistant General Counsel
Betty Jotanovic
EVP, Head of Originations
Santander Consumer USA
Bonnie Klapaska
Senior Executive Vice President
Mariner Finance
C. Meade Hartfield
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Connie Eiseman
Deputy General Counsel
OneMain Financial
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
Dianne Breuer
Senior Manager
American Honda Finance Corp
Doriene Viera
Global Vice President, Business Development
Apak Group
Elizabeth Cobb
Vice President, Human Resources
Southern Management Corporation
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
Heather Slyman
VP, Sales and Vendor Relations
Vergent LMS
Janet Smith
Chief Administrative Officer & Executive Vice President
Mariner Finance, LLC
Jennifer Kim
Hyundai Capital America
Joy Gaffud
Senior Vice President
Auto Finance Credit Administration Mgr
Julie Ausland
President & COO
Cashco Financial Services, Inc.
Kamal Dhaliwal
Head of Credit Management
TD Auto Finance LLC
Karen “Kay” O’Shields
Executive Vice President, Chief Learning Officer
1st Franklin Financial Corporation
Karen Bowman
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
Kim Gershon
Head of Strategic Planning, SVP
Mechanics Bank Auto Finance
Kristen Miller
Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance Officer
Global Lending Services LLC
Kristi “Kris” Nelson
Second Vice President & Actuary
Securian Financial
Kristie Bolte
Vice President | Dealer Services Strategic Product & Programs Executive
U.S. Bank National Association
Kristin Karwat
Chief Executive Officer
Gateway Financial Solutions
Lamaii Elfar
General Counsel
Liberty Career Finance
Laura MacIntyre
Chief Revenue Officer
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
Lisa Lanham
Alston & Bird LLP
Lisa Teutsch
Human Resources Manager
Reliable Credit Association, Inc.
Lori Millard
Executive Vice President, Head of Customer Service
Santander Consumer USA
Mara McNeill
President & CEO
Toyota Financial Savings Bank
Marguerite Watanabe
Connections Insights
Mary McDowell
Retired CEO and AFSA Board Emeritus
Melissa Brown
Senior Manager, Compliance
Global Lending Services, LLC
Nancy Mellon
Director, Lender Services
CCC Information Services
NaVella Barnes
Senior Vice President
BB&T Dealer Financial Services
Nikki Munro
Hudson Cook
Patty Covington
Hudson Cook
Rebecca McClain
Director, Marketing
Porsche Financial Services
Rochelle McClanahan
Chief Financial Officer
Sun Loan Company
Sandra Broderick
Executive Vice President, Head of Operations
Santander Consumer USA
Sara Costanzo
Sarah Milovich
Corporate Attorney & Compliance Associate
Carleton, Inc.
Scarlett Smith
VP Sales, Auto, Consumer and Equipment Finance
Sharon Mancero
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo
Sharon Moore
Career Success
Sheri Reynolds
Vice President, Sales
MicroBilt Corporation
Sheri Wilford

LPI Loans
Sheryl Smith
Chief Compliance Officer
Omni Financial of Nevada, Inc.
Stephanie Casto
EVP, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer
GM Financial
Stephanie D’Amico
Senior Director
Summer Clevenger
Operations Vice President
1st Franklin Financial Corporation
Susan Perlmutter
Chief Revenue Officer
Susie Storey
Chief Sales Officer
defi Solutions
Suzi Straffon
Director, Finance Company Markets
Allied Solutions
Tanya Sanders
Executive Vice President, Head of Transformation
Wells Fargo Auto
Tara Trantham
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Southern Management Corporation
Terri Horn
Managing Director
People Strategies Inc
Valerie Tolhurst
Director, Human Resources
Sun Loan/Brundage Management
Wendy Pratt
Area Vice President, Strategic Alliances
GWC Warranty