VBA Announces Graduates of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management

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Sixty Virginia bankers graduated from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management in Charlottesville on July 21, 2023. The three-year school is sponsored by the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA).

VBA President & CEO Bruce Whitehurst commented about this year’s graduating class, “We are proud of the sixty bankers who graduated this year. These students have developed a range of skills that will enhance their current performance and qualify them as potential candidates for advancement within their institutions. The connections they have made with other students will benefit them both personally and professionally for years to come.”

Lisa M. Cuba, chair of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management Board of Trustees and executive vice president, chief risk officer at Forbright Bank, added, “The Board of Trustees and I are honored to partner with the VBA staff, faculty, and officers of each class throughout the year, as we work together to maintain our reputation as the premier state banking school in the country.  These graduates represent the future of the banking industry. We are all extremely proud of our graduating bank students, and we look forward to their continued success and contributions to the banking industry.”

2023 Class President Chrissy Peele, TowneBank, reflected on her time at Bank School by saying, “The class of 2023 has proven to be resourceful and adaptable, starting with our first year of classes, which were held in the midst of the pandemic. Through it all, we bonded together to create the most unique experience that will benefit us all for decades to come. Thank you to the faculty for the dedication they poured into teaching and leading us through this journey; we will take these relationships and the learning with us into the rest of our careers.”

Through the use of highly qualified instructors and a challenging curriculum, the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management is designed to provide a multidimensional banking educational experience. Graduates complete three one-week summer sessions, eight home study problems and participate in a BankExec simulation, which allows them the opportunity to make decisions acting as senior officers of a bank. Graduates broaden their knowledge in all respects of banking, economics, and related subjects.

Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management 2023 Graduates:

  • Lauren Chase Acey, TowneBank
  • Charles B. Akers, Burke & Herbert Bank
  • Yared S. Alemu, United Bank
  • Anne M. Archer, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Kara Barrett, Powell Valley National Bank
  • Vinson W. Berry, Chesapeake Bank
  • Elisa Bhasin, Burke & Herbert Bank 
  • Russ Blanton, Carter Bank & Trust
  • Jennifer Bowie, C&F Bank
  • Melissa M Brown, The Bank of Charlotte County
  • William Garth Calhoun, United Bank
  • Kimberly R. Campbell, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Thomas A. Cary, MainStreet Bank
  • John Christopher Chamberlin, Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.
  • Rachel A. Clancy, United Bank
  • Donald Lee Cooper III, C&F Bank
  • Shawn Dupuie, New Peoples Bank Inc.
  • Joseph T. Dusewicz, TowneBank
  • Lars Farnham, Old Point National Bank
  • Christian Eugene Filips, Highlands Community Bank
  • Darian J. Fisher, Southern Bank and Trust Company
  • David George, Bank of Clarke
  • Edward J. Henseler, TowneBank
  • Ginny M. Hicks, Bank of Botetourt
  • Sarah T. Hudgins, Citizens Bank & Trust Co.
  • Brad Hunter, TowneBank
  • Brittany Danielle Morgan Jones, TowneBank
  • Charles Brian Justice, TruPoint Bank
  • Lucas W. Kalber, New Peoples Bank Inc.
  • Louise S. Kellum, Chesapeake Bank
  • Betsy Lacy, TowneBank
  • Sean Christopher Lynch, TowneBank
  • Zachary R. Marshall, Skyline National Bank
  • Angela Massie, Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.
  • Sarah W. Mayfield, TowneBank
  • Ryan W. McKinley, National Capital Bank of Washington
  • Scott McNeill, SouthState Bank, NA
  • Jason Robert Mihm, Burke & Herbert Bank
  • Douglas John O’Hagan Murphy, Burke & Herbert Bank
  • Amy L. Murray, First Bank, Virginia
  • Andrew Norris, American National Bank & Trust Company
  • John Paul, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Brittany Payne, First Bank, Virginia
  • Alvin Payne, Atlantic Union Bank
  • William A. Paz, United Bank
  • Chrissy Peele, TowneBank
  • Lynda Phillips, Old Point National Bank
  • Mihalis Pontikis, Sandy Spring Bank
  • Linda J. Presgraves, Sandy Spring Bank
  • Paul David Reilly, Jr., Atlantic Union Bank
  • Jonathan Rhatigan, Carter Bank & Trust
  • Sharon Ricciardi, FVCbank
  • Roy Richmond, Jr., Powell Valley National Bank
  • Alec D. Schleicher, TowneBank
  • Gina A. Tingler, Highlands Community Bank
  • Gina M. Watson, FVCbank
  • Kimberly C. Wills, Village Bank
  • Ned Witthoefft, SouthState Bank, NA
  • Erin D. Young, TowneBank
  • Robert Zahm, CornerStone Bank

About the Virginia Bankers Association

The Virginia Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes and charters and has served as the unified voice for Virginia’s $881 billion banking industry and its 45 thousand employees since 1893. To learn more about the VBA, click here.