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meet Ascendus

Our goal is to help business owners ascend to a better life. And while you’ll find us listed individually below, you can be sure that we work together as a team to ensure your success.

Leadership Team

Board Members

Laura Miller, Chair

Chief Revenue Officer and Global Head of eCommerce, Nuvei

Colleen Galvin, Vice Chair

Director, North America Small Business at Mastercard

Roshelle Nagar, Secretary

Counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

Kimberly Johnson, Treasurer

Partner, KPMG LLP (Retired)

Stephen Cassell

Chief Marketing and Brand Officer, Point32Health

Pablo Cortina

Business Director, Small Business Lending Analytics and Data Science, Capital One

Daniel Delehanty

CRA Officer, Community Development Director at DIME bank

Amy Hellen

SVP, Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Risk Management, Discover Financial Services

Joseph Hernandez

Senior Director; HR, Inclusion & Diversity, TIAA Financial Services

Zara Ingilizian

Head of Consumer Industries, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Sudhir Jain

Managing Director, Citigroup

Perri Richmond

Co-Founder, Strategist and General Partner, Inspire Global Ventures

Lisa Servon

Professor and Department Chair, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

JJ Singh

President, Retreat Hotels & Resorts

Tyler Van Gundy

Senior Vice President, Hunt Companies, Inc.

Jerry Weiss

Head of Credit Risk, MoneyLion

New England Advisory Board

Alvaro Lima, Vice Chair

Director of Research, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Anne Cerami

Special Assets Analyst at Enterprise Bank

Henrik Totterman

Professor of Practice, Entrepreneurship & Management, Hult International Business School

Kris Puskar

Business Banking Sales and Innovation Director, Eastern Bank

Florida Advisory Board

Cristina Ice, Chair

Vice President Business Banking Area Manager, Chase Business Banking RM Channel

Miguel Baez, Vice Chair

Vice-President - Small Business Banker Manager, Bank of America

Clara Diaz Leal

Executive Vice President, Retail Executive - Miami Dade Market, Bank United

Karla Gottlieb

Grants and Development Consultant

Paul Hunt

Faculty, Florida International University

Peter Salas

Head of Franchise Lending, Regions Bank

Myrna Sonora

Regional Vice President, South Florida, Prospera

Ralph Tejada

Director of Commercial Banking SVP, City National Bank of Florida

Leo Toca

Vice President, Senior Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo Foundation

Mihai Vrasmasu

Partner, Shook, Hardy, and Bacon

David Boerger

Senior Vice President, Retail Market Manager for Miami-Dade & Florida Keys, First Horizon

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