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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

Alicia Dagosta
V.P., Asst. General Counsel, Head of Regulatory Legal
Oportun, Inc.
Amanda George
VP of Product and Customer Solutions
Amy Brooks
Divisional Sales Director
Chase Auto Finance
Angela Walsh
Director of Compliance
Byrider Finance, LLC dba CNAC
Anne Kline
Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Relationships & Syndicated Accounts
TD Auto Finance
Anne Kurz
Chief Administrative Officer
Republic Finance
Beth Osburn
Director, Credit Commercial
Nissan Motor Acceptance Company LLC
Bethany Slomski
Vice President, Compliance Advisor
Betty Jotanovic
EVP, Head of Originations
Santander Consumer USA
Bonnie Klapaska
Senior Executive Vice President
Mariner Finance
Bridget Clark
Director of Accounting
Equity Auto Finance
Chanteya Lawrence
Executive Director, Corporate Development
Chase Auto Finance
Connie Eiseman
Deputy General Counsel
OneMain Financial
Corinne Kirkendall
Executive Vice President, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
Crystal “CJ” Jeffrey-Alexander
Director, Consumer Credit & Fair Lending Officer
VW Credit, Inc.
Danielle Arlowe
Senior Vice President
American Financial Services Association
Darcy Locke
Vice President, Head of Consumer Finance Sales
Dawn Peters
SVP Portfolio Management
GM Financial
Dayana Marquez
Senior FCRA Processor
Regional Management Corp.
Denise Brown
Vice President & Chief Credit Officer
CarMax Auto Finance
Denise Landin
General Counsel, VP of Compliance
Wallace Management Co.
Dianne Breuer
Senior Manager
American Honda Finance Corp
Doriene Viera
Global Vice President, Business Development - Asset & Consumer Finance
Sopra Banking Software
Elizabeth Cobb
Vice President, Human Resources
Southern Management Corporation
Elizabeth Webb
WLC Chair Emeritus
Ellen Farrell
Group Vice President, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Toyota Financial Services
Erin Kerber
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
Credit Acceptance
Geneve Villacres
Vice President, Director of Government Relations
Ginger Herring
1st Franklin Financial
President & CEO
Heather Slyman
Director of Strategic Alliances
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Jamie Jones
Executive Director, Chase Auto Marketing
Chase Auto Finance
Jen Faaborg
Client Partner
Jenn Reid
Head of Sales, Digital Lending – Motor Vehicle
Wolters Kluwer Lien Solutions
Jennifer Barrett Gauna
Chief Administrative Officer
Flagship Credit Acceptance
Jennifer Kim
Hyundai Capital America
Jill Cleaveland
Director of Compliance
CarMax Auto Finance
Joanna Sherry
Group Vice President
Southeast Toyota Finance
Joy Gaffud
Senior Vice President
Auto Finance Credit Administration Mgr
Julia Timofeyeva
Chief Risk Officer
Mariner Finance, LLC
Julie Ausland
President & COO
Cashco Financial Services, Inc.
Kamal Dhaliwal
Head of Credit Management
TD Auto Finance LLC
Kat Killeen
National Sales Manager - Associated Auto Finance
Associated Bank
Kathy Ruble
Executive Director, Auto Marketing and Dealer Communications
Ally Financial
Kayla Barton
Chief Financial Officer
MAS Financial Services, Inc.
Kelly Abernathy
Chief Compliance Officer
Heights Finance
Kelly Lipinski
Kelly Maynard
Senior Director of Operations / Dealer Financial Services
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
Kristen Novitski
Vice President, Business Development
Kristi “Kris” Nelson
Second Vice President & Actuary
Securian Financial
Kristin Karwat
Chief Executive Officer
Gateway Financial Solutions
Kristina Bolte
Vice President | Dealer Services Strategic Product & Programs Executive
U.S. Bank National Association
Lamiaa Elfar
General Counsel
Liberty Career Finance
Laura Abdo
Manager, Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Global Lending Services, LLC
Laura Wehunt
Vice President, Automotive Valuations
Black Book
Lauren Frank
Buckley LLP
Laurie Anderson
Director, Product Marketing, Alternative Credit
Laurie Methot
Director, Consumer Collections & Loss Recoveries
Nissan Motor Acceptance Company LLC
Lena Bourgeois
General Manager, Automotive
Equifax Inc.
Lesley Hastings
Strategic Sales Executive
Lisa Lanham
Alston & Bird LLP
Lisa Mackie
Vice President of Sales
NextGear Capital
Lisa Teutsch
Human Resources Manager
Reliable Credit Association, Inc.
Lori Millard
Executive Vice President, Head of Customer Service
Santander Consumer USA
Mara McNeill (WLC)
President & CEO
Toyota Financial Savings Bank
Marci Kawski
Husch Blackwell
Marguerite Watanabe
Connections Insights
Marie Persichetti
Executive Vice President, CFO
CIG Financial
Mary Leigh Phillips
Bridgecrest Acceptance Corporation
Mary McDowell
Retired CEO and AFSA Board Emeritus
Meade Hartfield
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Nancy Mellon
Director, Lender Services
CCC Information Services
Natasha Wood
General Counsel
Western Shamrock Corporation
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
Rene Franck
Senior Vice President, Dealer Financial Services
Truist Dealer Financial Services
Rochelle McClanahan
Chief Financial Officer/Compliance Officer
Brundage Management/Sun Loan Company
Sandra Broderick
Senior Executive Vice President, Former Head of Operations
Santander Consumer USA
Sara Costanzo
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA
Sarah Milovich
Corporate Attorney & Compliance Associate
Carleton, Inc.
Scarlett Smith
VP Sales, Auto, Consumer and Equipment Finance
Sharon Mancero
Wells Fargo
Sharon Moore
Career Success
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, Business Development
Summer Clevenger
Operations Vice President
1st Franklin Financial Corporation
Susan Perlmutter
Chief Revenue Officer
REPAY-Realtime Electronic Payments
Susie Storey
Chief Sales Officer
defi Solutions
Suzi Straffon
Director, Finance Company Markets
Allied Solutions
Tanya Kolsova
Senior Vice President, Risk
Tanya Sanders
Executive Vice President, Head of Wells Fargo Auto Consumer Lending
Wells Fargo & Company
Terri Horn
Managing Director
People Strategies Inc
Tori Lawing
Director, Funding & Underwriting
American Credit Acceptance, LLC
Valerie Tolhurst
Vice President, Talent
Brundage Management/Sun Loan Company
Wendy Pratt
Area Vice President, Strategic Alliances
GWC Warranty
Wendy Stone
Associate General Counsel
BMW Financial Services, NA, LLC