MBA's State Ambassadors

MBA State Ambassadors voluntarily serve to engage with MBA members, non-members and state and local mortgage banking association leaders across a range of communication, advocacy, and member recruitment/retention activities. For example, in their state(s) Ambassadors are available to: brief the board of directors of the state association about MBA's initiatives; convey MBA's advocacy priorities during state advocacy days, or help define the value of MBA and the state association to prospective member companies.

Additionally, as members of the MBA State Relations Committee, Ambassadors serve as liaisons of state association interests within the national MBA's governance.

The program was created by MBA's Board of Directors in October 2013. Ambassadors are appointed by MBA's Executive Committee and serve two-year renewable terms. In selecting Ambassadors, the Committee has looked to former MBA officers, current or former leaders and members of MBA's boards of governors, current or former leaders in MBA's Society of Certified Mortgage Bankers, and other volunteer leaders from MBA's policy and advocacy committees.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Ambassador Program, please contact William Kooper.

MBA's State Ambassadors

Couch photo Alabama
Robert M. Couch, CMB
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Swaney Arizona & Nevada
Amy Swaney, CMB
Governmental Relations Officer
Citywide Home Loans/CHL Mortgage 

Bucky Houser Arkansas
Bucky Houser
Consumer Direct Mortgage Lending Manager
Centennial Bank

Chris George photo California
Christopher M. George
President & CEO
CMG Financial

Julie Piepho HeadshotColorado
Julie Piepho, CMB, AMP
Executive Strategic Advisor 
Credit Plus, Inc.

Phil DeFronzo HeadshotConnecticut, Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Phil DeFronzo
President & CEO
Norcom Mortgage

Burch thumbnailD.C., Delaware, Maryland & Virginia
Nathan Burch, CMB
Vellum Mortgage 

Williams Headshot Georgia
Fowler Williams, CMB
President & Chief Executive Officer
Crescent Mortgage Company

Kittle ThumbnailIndiana & Kentucky
David G. Kittle, CMB
Vice Chairman & President
The Mortgage Collaborative

Calcaterra thumbnail Michigan
Donald G. Calcaterra, Jr., CMB, AMP
Local Lending Group LLC  

Lowrie thumbnailNew Jersey & Pennsylvania
Regina M. Lowrie, CMB
President & Chief Executive Officer
RML Investments, Inc.

Fowler thumbnailNew Mexico
Alan R. Fowler, CMB
Founder and President
Fowler Financial Education and Consulting, LLC

Jim BoppNew York
Jim Bopp
Vice President of National Renovation Lending
Planet Home Lending, LLC

Cosgrove thumbnailOhio
Bill Cosgrove, CMB
Chief Executive Officer
Union Home Mortgage

Kittle ThumbnailOregon & Washington
Richard W. H. Bennion
Executive Vice President
HomeStreet Bank

Abernathy thumbnail Tennessee
Dana Abernathy
Senior Vice President - Enterprise Sales
Computershare Loan Services

Severance thumbnail Vermont
Mark Severance
Regional Sales Manager
Regency Mortgage Corporation

Joe DoyleWisconsin
Joe Doyle, AMP
Account Manager
Arch Mortgage Insurance Company