Steering the Electronic Payments Association

NACHA's Leadership

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NACHA is led by payments industry experts, all of whom make it their mission to uphold a safe, effective ACH Network.


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NACHA President & CEO

NACHA’s President and CEO Janet O. Estep sets the vision and strategy for the organization. Ms. Estep is responsible for ensuring that the ACH Network remains one of the largest, safest and most reliable payment systems in the world, and that it continues to provide value and enable innovation. Ms. Estep also drives NACHA’s continued role as an industry convener for ACH and other payments types by bringing diverse parties together through rulemaking, standards development, governance and education.
 
As an industry expert and thought leader, Ms. Estep currently serves on the U.S. Faster Payments Governance Framework Formation Team and served on the Steering Committee of the Faster Payments Task Force. Ms. Estep also participates on several payments and healthcare organization boards and coordinating bodies, and has been named to PaymentsSource’s list of Most Influential Women in Payments each year since 2013. Prior to joining NACHA, Ms. Estep led transaction services at U.S. Bank and previously held positions in technology-intensive companies.

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NACHA Board of Directors

The officers and voting members on the Board of Directors represent a diverse set of depository financial institution voices and oversee the governance and administration of NACHA as ACH Network administrator and industry trade association. The Board strives to be an advocate for the industry, providing guidance and addressing matters of strategic significance to the ACH Network and national association throughout members’ three-year terms.
 
The Board of Directors:

  • ​Laura Lee Orcutt, AAP, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Treasury Management, Wells Fargo (Chairperson)
  • James M. Morrell, President & Chief Executive Officer, Peninsula Community Federal Credit Union (Vice Chairperson)
  • Craig T. Vaream, Managing Director, Product Executive for North America Payables & Receivables, J.P. Morgan (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Janet O. Estep, President & Chief Executive Officer, NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association
  • Michael Bellacosa, Managing Director, Head of Global Payments, BNY Mellon
  • Richard W. Burke, Jr., CCM, Head, Corporate Products & Services, TD Bank, N.A.
  • Paul E. Byrne, Head of Deposits Portfolio Management, PNC Bank
  • Kevin J. Christensen, CISA, CRISC, CTGA, Senior Vice President, Market Intelligence & Data Analytics, SHAZAM, Inc.
  • Michael Fossaceca, CCM, NASD, Managing Director, North America Region Head for Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citibank, N.A.
  • Robert Garinger, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Express Centurion Bank
  • David Kretz, Managing Director, Head of Global Payments, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Fred Laing, II, AAP, CCM, NCP, President, Upper Midwest ACH Association
  • John E. Lucas, CCM, Senior Vice President, Product Management; Director, Treasury Management, Huntington National Bank
  • Rhonda L. Pavlicek, CPA, MBA, CCUE, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU)
  • William J. Schoch, President & Chief Executive Officer, WesPay
  • Amy L. Smith, AAP, CAE, Vice President, Executive Director, The Clearing House Payments Authority
  • Laura Steele, AAP, President & Chief Executive Officer, ePayResources
  • Larry Taft, AAP, CTP, Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Banking & Operations, Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Tynika Wilson, Senior Vice President, Debit Cards & Funds Services, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Uma Wilson, AAP, CTP, Executive Vice President, Director of Product Management, UMB Bank, N.A.​ 

The ACH Operator Advisor Representatives to the Board:

  • Brian D. Egan, Senior Vice President, Retail Payments Office, Operations & Customer Support, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Alex C. Romeo, Vice President, EPN Product Manager, The Clearing House
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NACHA Board Advisory Group

NACHA has continually engaged business end users, processors, solution providers and others through membership programs, industry outreach, and various groups and channels within NACHA rulemaking on the development of the ACH Network and the NACHA Operating Rules. As a natural progression of this engagement, NACHA formed the Board Advisory Group as a formal venue for senior executives from a balanced cross-section of non-financial institution entities including fintechs, processors and end users of the ACH Network to communicate directly with the NACHA Board of Directors on ACH payment priorities, needs and capabilities from the perspective of end-user clients and technology firms that enable ACH payments.

The Board Advisory Group is yet another way in which NACHA reaches out and listens to various stakeholders across the payments ecosystem, underscoring its commitment to the direct and inclusive engagement of the payments end-user and solution provider communities.
 
Appointees to the Board Advisory Group are:

  • Mary Ann Francis, Executive Business Advisor, Global Treasury, Payments & Blockchain Solutions, Wipro Ltd.
  • Sima Ghandi, LD, LLM, Head of Business Development & Strategy, Plaid 
  • Colleen P. Lindow, CCM, Vice President, Payments, Risk & Compliance, Bill.com
  • Cindy C. Newton, CPA, Managing Director, Melio & Company 
  • Bill Phillips, Group President, Enterprise Payment Solutions, ProfitStars – A Jack Henry Company
  • Joe Proto, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Transactis
  • Kim Sipes, CTP, Director, Treasury, Duke Energy
  • Thomas Spataro, CTP, FLMI, U.S. Treasurer, Computershare

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