Burke & Herbert Bank Announces Executive and Senior Level Leadership Appointments

June 15, 2021

Bank Sets Stage for Continued Growth

Burke & Herbert Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of several senior leaders at the Bank.  The promotions recognize the Bank’s ambitious growth plan and the resulting expanded roles of key individuals.  The promotions also recognize the significant contributions that each of the team members has made to the Bank’s success. 

“Our continued growth and success requires an organizational framework that supports a larger and more complex institution,” said David P. Boyle, President & Chief Executive Officer of Burke & Herbert Bank.  “I am delighted with the progress and advancements that we have made in the organization during the last few years — advancements that would not have been possible without the leadership and support of many highly-talented and dedicated individuals. Our expanded team of senior leaders will be instrumental in helping us achieve our aggressive growth objectives as we move forward.”

The executive and senior vice president appointments include individuals from various parts of the organization.

Human Resources

Emily Debeniotis has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources. With nearly 30 years of service to Burke & Herbert Bank, Ms. Debeniotis oversees all human resources functions for the Bank including the recruitment and ongoing development of team members at the Bank.

Information Technology and Information Security

Carl Ford has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Director of Information Technology and Edward Kraemer has been appointed Senior Vice President and Director of Information Security.  These seasoned professionals play lead roles in identifying and implementing continued advancements in the Bank’s technology infrastructure and systems to support our growing organization and ensure the ongoing safety and security of customer and account information.


To support the Bank’s growing needs in the areas of Operations Risk Management and Reporting, Joe Matusek has been named Senior Vice President to lead this important work.  In addition, Cathy Slepitza has been appointed Senior Vice President, Operations.  In this role, Ms. Slepitza has management responsibility for all of the Bank’s consumer and commercial deposit operations functions, digital banking services, and the Bank’s Customer Contact Center. 


Mary Edwards has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Credit Officer.  In this role, Ms. Edwards plays a critical leadership role in the management and monitoring of credit risk associated with the Bank’s growing loan portfolio. 


Chief Compliance Officer Jennifer Schmidt has been elevated to the position of Senior Vice President.   In addition to overseeing regulatory compliance associated with all of the Bank’s deposit and lending activities, Ms. Schmidt’s expanded role includes management responsibility for the Bank’s audit and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance programs.

Consumer & Small Business Banking

To support the continued delivery of high-quality service and financial guidance to consumers and small businesses through the Bank’s branch network, Area Managers Araba Brobbey, Sandra Vasquez, and Ramita KC have been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.  Each of these individuals is responsible for providing management oversight, leadership and support to the branches in a designated geographic area.

Burke & Herbert Bank is the oldest bank in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the oldest continuously operating bank in the Washington, DC area.  The Bank offers a full range of personal and business banking products and services designed to meet customers’ banking, borrowing, and investing needs.  Burke & Herbert Bank is headquartered in Alexandria and operates more than 20 branches in northern Virginia and greater Fredericksburg.

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