Member Spotlight

WHF is pleased to feature the WHF Member Spotlight. Each month we will feature a different WHF member.


Hamden CT

Fun Fact
Cory Monteith said “Hey” to me on a movie studio lot not long before he passed away.

Describe your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.
I wanted to do corporate work, but when I showed up at the law firm, they said I was in the banking group! I never left. After 6 years in private practice, I moved to the government, where I have remained ever since doing regulatory and enforcement work.

Travel, Intellectually-rigorous television

How long have you been a member of WHF?
21 years

Please describe your involvement with WHF.
I have been a member of WHF since I moved to this area in 1999 and have volunteered with the organization in various capacities throughout that time. I have served as President-Elect, Vice President, and two consecutive two-year terms as Treasurer of the organization and look forward to continuing to serve as an officer of WHF. During my time as Treasurer, I prepared annual budgets and regularly ensured that the organization’s finances track the budget. Each month, I prepared monthly financial statements for the review of the full Board of Directors. I also provided membership tracking information. I worked with the auditors for four years to ensure the organization received an independent audit report as chairman of the audit committee, and each such report found no significant issues with the organization’s finances or controls. As Treasurer, I also served on the Executive Committee. In that role, I helped determine the overall direction of the organization. I helped with scheduling and planning major events such as the symposium, the regulators reception, the congressional reception, and the annual meeting. In addition, I am actively involved in selecting speakers and finding venues for our monthly public policy luncheons.

What have you gained from being a member?
I found out about the opportunity for my first government job from a woman I met at WHF (who went one to become president of WHF). I have met tons of people in my field and enjoyed getting to meet in person so many Washington figures, especially Alan Greenspan and Hank Paulson.

How do you make the best use of your day? 
Start early before others are at work calling, emailing, and stopping by.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
That the most important thing in the world to a parent is the health and happiness of their children, and so remember that every time you talk to and think about your own parents.



June 2020 - Sydney Garmong, Partner in Charge of Regulatory Matters & Office Managing Partner, Crowe LLP

April 2020 - Donna Howell, SVP, Customer Success, Ampcus

March 2020 - Julia Tishman, Director, Federal Government Relations, TIAA

February 2020 - Tim McTaggart, General Counsel, Forethought Advisors LLC & Partner, McTaggart Law Office 

January 2020 - Elizabeth M. Young LaBerge, Senior Regulatory Compliance Counsel at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU)

November 2019 - Peggy Twohig, Assistant Director for Supervision Policy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

October 2019 - Peter Judge, Manager of Government Relations, Crowe LLP

September 2019 - Kris Kully, Partner, Mayer Brown 

July 2019 - Kristin McGovern, Managing Director, Fannie Mae

June 2019 - Jenny Menna, Senior Vice President, Business Security Solutions, U.S. Bank

May 2019 - Nancy Weissgold, Partner and Co-Leader of the Consumer Finance Team, Alston & Bird, LLP

April 2019 - Chastity Abrom, Mortgage-Backed Securities Specialist, Ginnie Mae, Office of Securities Operations

March 2019 - Gisele Roget, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing, Federal Housing Administration

February 2019 - Monda Raquel Webb, Consultant, Monda Media LLC 

January 2019 - Jonice Gray Tucker, Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP 

December 2018 - Alma Angotti, Navigant, Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Investigations and Compliance

November 2018 - Michele Lieber, President, BluePoint DC

October 2018 - Dionne Joemah, Deputy General Counsel, District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development

September 2018 - Lindsey Johnson, President, U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI)

August 2018 - Bernadette Kogler, Co-founder & CEO, RiskSpan; Co-founder, SmartLink Lab

July 2018 - Lawrence Kaplan, Chair, Bank Regulatory Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

April 2018 - Dina Ellis Rochkind, Of Counsel, Paul Hastings LLP

March 2018 - Marti Tirinnanzi, President and CEO, Financial Standards, Inc.

February 2018 - Janis Smith, Board of Governors, National Housing Conference

November 2017 - Mary Pat Denney, Managing Director, Risk Initiative Vertical, The Oakleaf Group

September 2017 - Joanna Girardin Shapiro, Managing Director, Global Client Management, Bank of New York Mellon

July 2017 - Mary Martha Fortney, President, The Fortney Group

June 2017 - Kris Kully, Partner, Mayer Brown

May 2017 - Lee Ann Hoover, Financial Services Advisory and Compliance, Navigant Inc.

April 2017 - Faith Arnold Schwartz, Chairman, HLP, Principal, HFSS, LLC, Advisor to Accenture Credit Services

March 2017 - Debbie Matz, Board Member, Mutual of Omaha Bank; Advisory Board OpenDoor Trading LLP