Speakers and Panelists
James Bullard is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, he is a participant on the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which meets regularly to set the direction of U.S. monetary policy. He also oversees the Federal Reserve’s Eighth District, including activities at the St. Louis headquarters and its branches in Little Rock, Arkansas, Louisville, Kentucky, and Memphis, Tennessee. A noted economist and policymaker, Bullard makes Fed transparency and dialogue a priority on the international and national stage as well as on Main Street. He serves on the board of directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the board of directors of Concordance Academy of Leadership, and he is a past board chair of the United Way U.S.A. Bullard is co-editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and a member of the Central Bank Research Association’s senior council. He is an honorary professor of economics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also sits on the advisory council of the economics department and the advisory board of the Center for Dynamic Economics. A native of Forest Lake, Minnesota, Bullard received his doctorate in economics from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Meredith Covington is the manager of the Supervision Policy, Research and Analysis team at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Previously, Covington led the Policy and Analysis team in the St. Louis Fed’s Community Development function. Prior to the Fed, Covington served as a director at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, and as the public policy and communications manager and development associate for Southern Bancorp Community Partners. Covington earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and pre-law at Spring Hill College and her master’s in public administration from the School of Public Service at DePaul University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in economics from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Luanne Cundiff is president and CEO of First State Bank of St. Charles, MO, where she leads the bank’s staff and board of directors to better serve the financial needs of community businesses, organizations, and individuals. Cundiff brings 27 years of banking experience to her role at First State Bank. She held a variety of positions in the industry before transitioning into a management role. Cundiff is also an industry leader at the state and national level, previously serving on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Bankers Association, Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association (ABA) and serving as Chair of the ABA Community Bankers Council. Cundiff is dedicated to helping St. Charles County align workforce needs with economic development efforts for current and future employers in the region. She has served as Chair for both the St. Charles County Workforce Development Board and the St. Charles County EDC Business & Community Partners. Passionate about giving back, Cundiff has a long history of supporting her community. Her leadership and service to more than a dozen local nonprofits include board member and treasurer of the Community and Children’s Resource Board and Barnes St. Peters/Progress West Hospital Foundation Board. Cundiff’s example of service to community is modeled by employees of First State Bank. Under her leadership, the bank has earned a reputation for supporting the communities it serves. Employee volunteer hours totaled more than 353 days with local nonprofits in 2019 and an additional 309 days in 2020 largely through virtual volunteer service needed in our local areas amid the pandemic. That spirit of commitment to exemplary service and personal contributions remains a core value of the First State Bank as Cundiff and the bank team continue to give back and strengthen our communities.
Tom Fite serves as the Director of the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions, a state regulatory department that supervises, charters and licenses financial service providers doing business in Indiana. As a lifelong public servant, Tom is excited to fulfill the Department’s mission. Now in his twenty-fourth year with the Department, Tom held many positions prior to being appointed Director in 2016. Tom represents state regulatory interests as a Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council member. He is a member of the FFIEC’s State Liaison Committee, a committee that he currently chairs. Recently, Tom was named Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. Closer to home, Tom also chairs the Midwest Interagency Advisory Group, and he is chairman of the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity Finance Committee. Tom supports the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors as well, where he is a board member of the NISCUE education foundation.
Tom earned an undergraduate degree from Ball State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Tom and his wife of 21 years are raising their three children in Brownsburg, Indiana.
His “hands on” regulatory experience most recently includes more than two years as the Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economics and Risk Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that position, he was involved in developing rules and regulations for the mutual fund industry, CDS trading standards, and various equity market and firm reporting requirements.
Professor Flannery previously worked with other U.S. regulatory agencies: part-time Senior Adviser to the Office of Financial Research from 2011-2014, the New York Fed’s Financial Advisory Roundtable (2006-2014) and the Federal Reserve System’s stress-test-related Model Validation Council (May 2012 –2014, chair 2013-2014). In 2003, he helped establish the FDIC’s Center for Financial Research and then served as co-director and senior adviser until 2007.
He holds economics degrees from Princeton (A.B.) and Yale (M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D.) and has previously held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and visiting positions at NYU, the London Business School, and the University of New South Wales. He served as president of the Financial Intermediation Research Society (FIRS) and the Financial Management Association. He was an editor of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking from 2000-2005.
He has been recognized for excellence in both teaching and research. Current research interests include the stability of “shadow banking” institutions and mortgage borrowers’ ability to discipline lenders that have been sanctioned by their regulator overseers.
Jim Fuchs is a vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, overseeing the operations of the bank’s Applications, Credit, Reserves, Statistics, Business Line Training Services, Quality Assurance, Digital Transformation Consulting, Supervision Policy Research and Analysis, and Supervision Outreach units. Fuchs also oversees a wide range of national outreach programs developed by the St. Louis Fed for community bankers and is a member of several Federal Reserve System workgroups focused on community banking issues. Fuchs also chairs the organizing committee the Federal Reserve/ Conference of State Bank Supervisors’/FDIC annual Community Banking Research Conference. Before joining the St. Louis Fed, Fuchs served as a banking policy adviser and directed financial communications for New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Earlier, he was chief of staff to former New York State Banking Superintendent Diana Taylor and served as an advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He is a former captain in the United States Air Force serving during Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Fuchs received his MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also earned a graduate certificate in communications from the University of Oklahoma and a teaching certificate in secondary mathematics from City College in New York. In addition, Fuchs is a graduate of the Department of Defense Information School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
She was born in Los Angeles and graduated from Marymount High School. She attended UCLA and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State University Northridge. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2002 to attend the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UC Santa Barbara to earn a Ph.D. Her educational pursuits were put on hold when she joined Montecito Bank & Trust in 2004. In 2006 she became CEO & President and in 2017 accepted the role of Chairman of the Board and continues her role as CEO. In 2022 Fielding University awarded Janet the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Humane Letters for her leadership and contributions to Fielding and the community.
Janet actively contributes her time and talent to local non-profits as well as industry associations. She currently chairs the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors, and serves on the Sansum Board of Trustees (past Chair), the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Board of Directors (past Chair) and the Board of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce.
She has previously served in different capacities with Women’s Economic Ventures, CALM, United Way, Music Academy of the West, the Santa Barbara Library, California State University Channel Islands, Habitat for Humanity, Fielding University, American Heart Association, PublicSquare and many others.
She also serves on industry boards including the Pacific Business Management Institute of Pacific Coast Banking School and the Board of the American Bankers Association Foundation Board. She has previously served on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank’s 12th District (CDIAC) and served as the Chair of the council in 2017 and 2018 and as the National CDIAC Chair in 2018.
In her spare time, Janet enjoys running, gardening and cooking. She loves spending time with her two sons and their families…especially her grandchildren!
Awards and accolades include: Santa Barbara Woman of the Year (2017), American Banker – 25 Most Powerful Women to Watch (2015, 2017), Pacific Coast Business Times - Top 50 Women in Biz (2007 – 2021), California State University Northridge Distinguished Alumna of the Year 2018, Pacific Coast Business Times Inaugural Distinguished Achievement Award (2018), Association of Fundraising Professionals – Volunteer of the Year (2015), United Way Abercrombie Community Excellence Award (2015), American Heart Association - Lifestyle Change Award (2013), Girls Inc. (Carpinteria) - Women of Inspiration Award (2012), Santa Barbara Chamber Businesswoman of the Year (2010), and Pierre Claeyssens Award for Distinguished Service (2010).
Martin Gruenberg is the chairman of the FDIC Board of Directors. He has been a member of the FDIC Board since August 2005 and previously served as Vice Chairman from August 2005 to July 2011 and as Chairman from November 2012 to mid-2018. He has also served as Acting Chairman on a number of occasions. Prior to joining the FDIC, Gruenberg served as senior counsel to Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D.-Md.) on the staff of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1993 to 2005. He also served as staff director of the Banking Committee's Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policy from 1987 to 1992. In addition, he served as chairman of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council from April 2017 to June 2018. Beginning February 15, 2022, Gruenberg assumed the role of chairman of the Resolution Steering Group (ReSG) of the Financial Stability Board. Since June 2019, Gruenberg has served as chairman of the board of directors of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America), and he has been a board member since April 2018. He received his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
Gregory T. Hayes is the president and chief operating officer (COO) of Kish Bank, Belleville, Pa. Over his career, Hayes has served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Kish, including teller, management trainee, branch manager and retail lender, commercial lender, vice president of lending services, senior vice president of client solutions, executive vice president and head of retail banking and client solutions. Most recently, he served as senior executive vice president and COO. Hayes is a graduate of Lafayette College, Easton, Penn., where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He also graduated with honors from both the PA Bankers’ school of commercial lending and its advanced school of banking. Prior to joining Kish, he was a mechanical services engineer and a supervisor at Merck and Co. outside of Philadelphia, where he managed the construction and startup of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine manufacturing facility. Active in the community, Hayes is chair of the board of the Bob Perks Fund, which financially supports individuals and families battling cancer in Blair, Centre, Clearfield, and Huntingdon counties. He is also a director of the PA Bankers’ advanced school of banking. In 2011, he received the Centre County Community Foundation’s “Future of the Foundation Award” for his extraordinary commitment to the community, including leadership roles with Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA and the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennyslvania State University.
Ruidi Huang is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. His research focuses on empirical corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and household finance using big data and machine learning techniques. His recent research uncovers gender, race, and income inequalities and their impact and consequences. His work has been published in leading academic journals in finance and has been covered in various media outlets, such as Forbes. He has presented his work at more than 20 universities as well as numerous national and international conferences. Huang received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019 and a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University in 2013.
Amy Hutton is a Professor at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Prior to joining the Carroll School, she was on the faculty at the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School. Professor Hutton has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, with written qualifiers in Accounting, Finance and Organizations & Markets. Her research areas include: methods for detecting earnings management, the role of effective corporate governance and disclosure strategies, the role of reputation building in voluntary corporate disclosures, empirical assessments of valuation methods, and the roles of capital market intermediaries and regulators in determining market values of company stocks. As a result of her research on the conflict of interests facing sell-side analysts, Professor Hutton was named to the 2001 Congressional Review Board, opining on the Securities Industry Association’s “best practices for equity research.” Her research was used in the development of the Global Analyst Research Settlement: https://www.sec.gov/news/speech/factsheet.htm. In 2010, Professor Hutton won the Distinguished Contributions to Accounting Literature Award for her ‘Groundbreaking Research” demonstrating how strong corporate governance combats earnings management. She also served on the Board of Directors of Bandag, Inc. (a Fortune 1500 company), where she was appointed chairman of the Audit Committee. With over 30,000 Google Scholar citations, Professor Hutton’s work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Accounting Studies, the Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. She served as an Editor for The Accounting Review from 2011-2014.
Erica Jiang is an assistant professor of finance and business economics at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. She obtained her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020. She is visiting the University of Chicago as a visiting assistant professor of finance during 2022-2023. Her research focuses on banking, household finance, and financial regulation. Her recent work studies the distributional effects of the supply-side adjustments in response to the rise of shadow banks, digital disruption, and changing regulatory environment.
Rhoshunda Kelly is the Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance. She has over 20 years of experience as a regulator. She began her career as a field examiner before serving as the Director of Bank Supervision. Kelly was appointed Deputy Commissioner in 2014. As Deputy Commissioner, she was responsible for the banking, mortgage, consumer finance, administration, legal and information technology divisions. In this capacity, she also ensured effective coordination between the state and federal regulators and fostered engagement with regulated industries. Governor Tate Reeves appointed Kelly Commissioner March 22, 2021.
As Commissioner, Kelly ensures effective agency operations and adequate supervision of state-chartered assets and nonbank financial service providers. The Department supervises over $140 billion in state-chartered banking assets and licenses over 10,000 consumer finance and mortgage entities.
Kelly received her undergraduate degree in business from Mississippi State University. She is a graduate of the School of Banking at Louisiana State University and an honor graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate Trust School. Kelly is a Certified Public Manager and a Certified Examinations Manager.
She was named a 2019 Leader in Finance by Mississippi Business Journal. Kelly is active in the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), serving on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Mississippi State University Finance and Economics Advisory Board.
Lise Kruse is the current Chair of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions. She was named commissioner in 2017. She joined the Department of Financial Institutions as a financial institutions examiner in 2004 and was promoted to chief examiner-banks in 2011. Prior to joining the DFI, she worked for a life insurance company in Fargo, ND. She received a Bachelor of Arts with majors in business and organizational communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. And her MBA with an emphasis in information technology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kruse is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. In 2020, Kruse was elected by her peers to serve on the CSBS executive board. She also serves on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Regulatory Advisory Board.
Scott Langford is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2022, where he was also a researcher at CREATE, an economic development research center affiliated with the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at Kenan-Flagler Business School. The central thread of his research is the investigation of how local finance and public health conditions affect entrepreneurship and economic development.
Ms. Lorch serves on advisory boards for the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) and the Hamilton County (Indiana) Community Foundation.
Ms. Lorch earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and an MBA from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business and is a 2015 graduate of the CBA Executive Banking School.
Jordan A. Miller, Jr. is a Business and Community Advisor and currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. He is a leader in the Columbus community and serves on several boards and fundraising initiatives. He is currently working with his business partners to form a new bank. The proposed bank is Adelphi Bank and if successful he will be the Chairman and CEO. Prior to this new venture, he was the Regional Chairman at Fifth Third Bank of Central Ohio and leader of the local Advisory Board. His focus was to expand the Bank’s footprint in the Commercial, Consumer, and Wealth Management areas. He was also committed to the Bank’s efforts to expand affordable housing and help women and minority owned businesses gain access to capital.
During his career at Fifth Third Bank, his other roles included President and CEO of the Central Ohio region, President and CEO of Fifth Third Securities Inc. (a full service investment and Brokerage) and senior vice president and manager of Fifth Third Investment Advisors (Cincinnati).
Prior to Fifth Third, Jordan served as chief financial officer and business manager for another regional Bank in Columbus, Ohio. He started his banking career as a bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland in College Park. In September 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of community leadership from Franklin University in Columbus.
Professional and Civic
Jordan serves as a board member of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Columbus Metropolitan Library. He is a member of the Columbus City Schools Finance and Appropriations Committee and a member of the Board of PACT for development of the east side. He is also on the Board of 2 for profit companies.
He is a former member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland – Columbus Business Advisory Council, the Ohio Banking Commission, The Columbus Partnership, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, The United Way of Central Ohio and the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. He was a Co-Chair of the fundraising of the Central Ohio Boys and Girls Club. He is also past chair of several campaigns, including the United Ways of Central Ohio, the American Heart Association Heart Ball, March of Dimes Walk for Babies, Prevent Blindness and The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. He recently co-chaired the Columbus City School millage committed for a planned levy. He also is the recipient of numerous community awards and was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame.
Website - https://www.danielrabetti.me
Joey Samowitz is a director of policy development with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). He serves as the senior analyst and facilitator on multiple committees and provides analysis on regulatory and legislative topics. Samowitz’s areas of focus include cryptocurrency, fintech and bank supervision. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, going on to serve as campaign manager for then Maryland House of Delegates Majority Leader Anne Kaiser. After the campaign’s completion, he worked for the Washington Commanders football team, eventually becoming an assistant for owner Dan Snyder. He joined CSBS in 2017.
Thomas Siems is the chief economist with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). He joined CSBS in 2019 after serving 34 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and more than 20-year teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Siems earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in operations research from Southern Methodist University. Siems is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and has published more than 75 articles in academic, Federal Reserve and referred journals. He delivered a 2015 TEDxSMU Talk, “The Wealth of Innovations,” and has authored five children’s picture books, including “The Dangerous Pet,” which poetically helps readers understand the dangers of debt.
Brian Sullivan is a senior media relations officer with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and host of the FDIC Podcast. For more than 20 years, he has served in the public sector as a spokesperson and public affairs specialist for the FDIC, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Prior to his government experience, Sullivan spent the first 20 years of his professional career in broadcasting, which included reporting, editing and producing local and national news at Milwaukee Public Radio, the former Mutual Broadcasting System, Westwood One, NBC Radio and WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Growing up in the D.C. area, Sullivan will tell you he got his real start in the media early on when he delivered newspapers for the Washington Post and Evening Star.
Amanda Swoverland has built her career at the intersection of risk, compliance, and innovative financial services solutions. Over 20 years as a bank examiner, consultant, BSA officer, and Compliance Officer, Amanda has developed and articulated a philosophy that compliance departments can help clients build great products that embed rules and reduce frictions rather than being departments of “no.” Prior to joining Unit, Amanda spent nine years building and leading a team of compliance and risk professionals at Sunrise Banks, based in Minnesota. As Sunrise’s Chief Risk Officer, Amanda helped transform the organization into a highly regarded sponsor bank in the prepaid and fintech markets, serving innovative clients like Remitly, Gusto, and Self Lender.
Amanda is a regular speaker at fintech and regulatory conferences, including LendIt, the Financial Health Network’s Emerge Forum, and FINEXT. She attended the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Leadership Academy and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado’s Executive Development Institute.
Oktay Urcan is professor of accountancy and Fred & Virginia Roedgers Faculty Fellow in Accountancy. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 after being an assistant professor for seven years at London Business School and, before that, a teaching assistant for five years at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include archival financial accounting: debt market relevance of accounting information, accounting disclosures, and macro accounting. He has made the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent at the University of Illinois several times, and received the Raymond A. Hoffman Faculty Excellence Award in Accountancy in 2016. Urcan received his BA in management from Bogazici University in 2002 and his PhD in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2007.
Gregory Weitzner is an Assistant Professor of Finance at McGill University where he research focuses on empirical and theoretical issues in financial intermediation. His most recent research analyzes how asymmetric information affects local bank lending markets. He received a PhD in Finance from UT Austin and a bachelor's and master's degree in economics from Boston University. Prior to his PhD I worked for two years in investment banking in New York City.
Carl White is the senior vice president of the Supervision, Credit, Community Development and Learning Innovation division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. White has 32 years of experience in the Supervision division, serving in various roles within the Safety and Soundness unit. He began his career as a bank examiner. White has served as lead instructor and course developer for numerous Federal Reserve System training courses, including an international assignment in Brazil. In addition, he served as the central point of contact for the Federal Reserve Eighth District’s largest state member bank before and during the financial crisis. He and his team were nominated for the District’s President’s Award for Innovation as a result of efforts to implement and enhance off-site loan review and examination processes. White holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in finance from St. Louis University.