Officers & Directors

Executive Management

Daniel J. Schrider
President and Chief Executive Officer of Bancorp and Bank
Mr. Schrider was named to the position of president and chief executive officer of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. on January 1, 2009 at which time he also joined the board of directors of Bancorp and its principal subsidiary Sandy Spring Bank. This action followed the board's selection of Mr. Schrider to lead the company in a planned succession making him the 11th president of Sandy Spring Bank since its founding in 1868.

Mr. Schrider has been part of Sandy Spring Bank for nearly 30 years having joined the company in 1989 as a commercial lender. He advanced his career to the executive level in 2003 and became the Bank's Chief Credit Officer. Mr. Schrider holds bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Mt. St. Mary's University. Mr. Schrider is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

A leader among community bankers, Mr. Schrider is currently a director of the American Bankers Association, a past chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association, a past chair of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking Advisory Board, and a sought-after guest speaker at local and national industry events.

Mr. Schrider also embraces Sandy Spring Bank's legacy of local, community involvement as he serves on the board of Medstar Montgomery Hospital in Olney, Maryland.
R. Louis Caceres
Executive Vice President for Wealth Management, Insurance, Mortgage
Mr. Caceres has over 25 years of sales management experience in banking and wealth management. He joined Sandy Spring in 1999 was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2002. Mr. Caceres oversees the bank's Wealth Management, Insurance, Mortgage and Private Banking divisions, which includes the subsidiary companies: West Financial Services and Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he holds a BA in Economics and an MA from American University.
Ronald E. Kuykendall
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Kuykendall joined Sandy Spring Bancorp as General Counsel and Secretary in January 2000. He was named Executive Vice President in 2002. He provides executive leadership to Bancorp and it subsidiaries in all legal, governance, regulatory, vendor management and general insurance matters . Prior to joining Sandy Spring, he was Associate General Counsel for SunTrust Bank and Senior Corporate Counsel for First Union National Bank in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Kuykendall currently serves on the Legal Affairs Committee of the Virginia Bankers Association and on the Board of Governors of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Virginia State Bar as a past chairman of the section. He is a member and past chairman of the American Bankers Association's Regional Banks General Counsel Group. He has been a member of numerous industry panel discussions or spoken on legal issues in the financial services industry, compliance issues, corporate ethics and the role of corporate counsel. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland and Virginia having received his Juris Doctorate from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. While there he was a member of the Law Review and selected for the Moot Court Board. He received a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, from the University of Virginia. Mr. Kuykendall is a member of the Montgomery County and Maryland Bar Associations, the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association, the Maryland Bankers Association, the Virginia Bankers Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association chapter, and the Society for Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.
Philip J. Mantua
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bancorp and Bank
Prior to becoming CFO, Mr. Mantua served Sandy Spring Bank as Senior Vice President, Director of Managerial Accounting with responsibility for asset/liability management, profitability and performance measurement, and financial planning. Mr. Mantua joined Sandy Spring in May 1999, after spending 15 years with Olson Research Associates, a consulting and education firm located in Columbia, MD.

At Olson, Mr. Mantua developed financial planning systems, strategic plans, and asset/liability management policies for financial institutions. He also provided board and executive management level education and consulting services to a wide variety of financial institutions. He is a frequent speaker at various industry-based seminars and workshops on topics such as asset/liability management, interest rate risk, and financial performance analysis.

Mr. Mantua is currently a faculty member of ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and the Maryland Banking School. He is a member of the Maryland CPA Association and the American Institute of CPAs, and a former board member for the Association for Management in Financial Services (AMIfs). Mr. Mantua is a CPA and earned his accounting degree from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, DC.
Ronda M. McDowell
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Ms. McDowell has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She began her distinguished career with Sandy Spring Bank in 1996 as part of the Credit Administration Division where she quickly established herself as an effective leader, and was named Senior Vice President in 2001. Ms. McDowell specialized in loan system integration and policy administration for SSB’s acquisitions, and she has worked extensively to evaluate policies and processes to ensure proper controls were in place to meet or exceed the safety and soundness guidelines established by financial regulators. Ms. McDowell is a graduate of the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the industry’s preeminent executive management school. She was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in November 2013.
Joseph J. O'Brien Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer
Mr. O’Brien is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Banking Officer, overseeing the Bank’s Commercial and Retail Banking Teams, Treasury Management, Product Development, Marketing and Online and Digital Banking. Mr. O’Brien joined the Executive team in 2007 and is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and business development strategies which emphasize customer retention, organic growth, effective pricing, and the collaborative, team-oriented delivery of financial products and services to clients through physical and digital channels. Mr. O’Brien has more than 25 years of experience in the regional banking space with an emphasis on commercial real estate and strategic planning. A graduate of James Madison University, Mr. O’Brien holds a BBA in Finance. Mr. O’Brien serves in leadership, Board and fundraising positions for numerous professional and community organizations including at Inova and George Mason University where he currently serves as Chairman of the George Mason University Board of Trustees.
John D. Sadowski
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
John D. Sadowski joined Sandy Spring Bank in March 2009 as Chief Information Officer. He has over 25 years of experience in financial services systems and operations including 14 years with T. Rowe Price where he had responsibility for a broad range of functional areas and was a two-time winner of the T. Rowe Price Management Excellence Award. Sadowski is a graduate of Loyola University and holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Board of Directors

Robert L. Orndorff
Chairman
Robert L. Orndorff, Chairman,Director since 1991

Mr. Orndorff is the founder and President of RLO Contractors, Inc., a leading residential and commercial excavating company based in central Maryland. Mr. Orndorff’s experience in building a highly successful business with a strong reputation for quality, teamwork, and integrity is a testament to his leadership ability and strongly aligned with Bancorp’s culture and values. He has been active in local civic organizations and brings to the board his extensive business experience, strategic planning skills, and knowledge of the local market.
Shaza L. Andersen
Shaza L. Andersen was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Washington First Bankshares, Inc. which was acquired by Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. on January 1, 2018 and Ms. Andersen joined the board of directors. She also serves as Vice Chairman of Sandy Spring Bank.

Ms. Andersen currently serves on the board of directors of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance, the Washington Redskins Leadership Council, the National Association of Women Business Owners Leadership Circle, the executive board of the Blitz for the Better Foundation, and the George Mason University Dean’s Advisory Council. She previously served on the Treasury Board of Virginia, the board of trustees for Youth For Tomorrow, the board of directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation, the executive committee of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta where she was vice chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Housing Committee. Recognized by American Banker as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch and named a Top Banker by SmartCEO Magazine (twice), Ms Andersen has also been honored with an ABC7 WJLA-TV & Toyota Dealers’ Tribute to Working Women award. A favored and sought-after authority on banking and capital market issues, Ms. Andersen has appeared on CNBC and Fox News, and been featured in the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine.
Ralph F. Boyd Jr.
Ralph Boyd, Director since 2012

Mr. Boyd is the Chief Executive Officer for the Americas Region of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global, multidisciplinary real estate organization whose work is driven by more than 40,000 members dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities. Previously he was CEO of the Massachusetts Region of The American Red Cross from 2014 to 2017. He is a Harvard Law School graduate and previously served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President Bush and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Freddie Mac. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Boyd was the President and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation. He previously served for 10 years on the board of directors of DirecTV and as chair of its Audit Committee. Among other distinctions, Mr. Boyd currently serves as chair of the NHP Foundation, a national nonprofit developer and owner of multi-family affordable housing. He also is a founding director, current member, and former chair of Center City Public Charter Schools, Inc., a charter management organization operating public charter schools in several high need communities in Washington, D.C. Mr. Boyd also a former national director, treasurer, and regional board chair of Easter Seals, Inc. Mr. Boyd currently chairs the Compensation Committee of the board.
Joseph S. Bracewell
Mr. Bracewell joined the board of directors on January 1, 2018, when Sandy Spring acquired WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. of which he had served as chairman since its inception in 2004. During his over forty years in the banking business, Mr. Bracewell has participated in the organization and management of six community banks in Texas and Washington, DC. A native of Houston, Mr. Bracewell moved to Washington when he was appointed by President Carter to serve as president of the Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Bank. From 2002 through 2013, he was a partner in the law firm of McKee Nelson LLP and its successor firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP. Mr. Bracewell is a former director and vice chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, and a former director of the Independent Bankers Association of America.
Mark E. Friis
Mark E. Friis, Director, Director since 2005

Mr. Friis was CEO and principal owner of Rodgers Consulting, Inc. from 2002 to 2017 and currently serves as chairman. Rodgers is a land planning and engineering firm headquartered in Germantown, MD. Mr. Friis is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has numerous affiliations with area professional and civic organizations as well as local government. He is valued for his business management experience, his sales and marketing skills, and in-depth knowledge of the local economy. Mr. Friis chairs the Bank's Frederick Advisory Board.
Robert E. Henel Jr.
Robert E. Henel, Jr. Director since 2011

Mr. Henel is the former regional president of PNC Bank for the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Region having previously served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Annapolis Banking & Trust Company, an affiliate of the former Mercantile Bankshares Corp., for 16 years. In addition to 39 years in the banking industry, Henel is a past chairman of the board of trustees for the Anne Arundel Health System, and a past chairman of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation. He has served numerous community, civic, and industry organizations such as Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis Life Care, Historic Annapolis Foundation, and the Maryland Bankers Association.
Pamela A. Little
Pamela A. Little,Director since 2005

Ms. Little has over 30 years of experience working with companies ranging from privately held start-up firms to large, publicly-traded government contracting firms. In 2014 she began working as the Chief Financial Officer of MTSI, an employee-owned government contractor, and continues to serve on their board after two years. Previously, she was CFO of CALIBRE Systems, Inc.,from 2013 to 2014 and served as CFO of Planned Systems International during early 2013. Ms. Little was the Co-CEO at the former ATS Corporation, a publicly-traded provider of IT services, from 2011 to 2012, and was CFO from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Little serves on the advisory board for K2 Group, Inc., a management and technology consulting firm in Northern Virginia. Ms. Little is valued for her range of business experience with public companies, her knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, executive management experience and her financial expertise. Ms. Little currently chairs the Compensation Committee of the board.
James J. Maiwurm
James J. Maiwurm, director since 2015, has had a distinguished career as an attorney and business leader. He moved into firm leadership with Squire Patton Boggs, a top-25 global legal practice, in 2003, and he went on to chair the global board and serve as global CEO for Squire Patton Boggs LLP (AU, UK, and US) from 2009 to 2014. He has served in both management and board positions for publicly traded, privately held, and nonprofit organizations. He was named one of the 10 most innovative law firm managing partners in 2012 by Law360. Mr. Maiwurm’s law practice involves the representation of a diverse range of businesses in private equity infusions, public offerings, and sophisticated domestic and international acquisitions, dispositions, financings and joint ventures.
Mark C. Michael
Mr. Michael served as a director of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. which was acquired by Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. on January 1, 2018, and Mr. Michael joined the board of directors. Mr. Michael is the founder and CEO of Occasions Caterers Inc., a full-service, off-premise catering firm, located in Washington, D.C. since 1986. He is also founder and CEO of Protocol Staffing Services LLC, a hospitality staffing service, as well as Menus Catering, Inc. a corporate drop-off catering service. In addition to being on several corporate boards, he serves on the board of directors of D.C. Central Kitchen. He is also on the President’s Council for Higher Achievement Program, and he serves as a mentor for the Regional Board for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). He is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the International Society of Event Specialists.
Gary G. Nakamoto
Gary Nakamoto, Director since 2011.

Gary Nakamoto is the former Chairman of Base Technologies, a professional services firm (acquired by CA Technologies in April 2011) that specialized in information technology, outsourcing, and consulting. He is currently the principal of The Nakamoto Group, LLC, a business consulting firm located in McLean, Virginia. Under Nakamoto’s leadership, Base Technologies was named one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in Virginia, received numerous industry awards for customer service and was designated a Top 100 IT federal government contractor. An influential businessman, Nakamoto was named a 2010 finalist for Executive of the Year in the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards, and was among the 2010 Fifty Powerful Men in Business by the Minority Enterprise Executive Council. Nakamoto is currently a member of the AAA Mid-Atlantic Washington Area Regional Board, a trustee for the Northern Virginia Technology Council TechPAC, and he is a former chairman of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.

Nakamoto resides in Great Falls, Virginia and is deeply committed to the community. At present he is president of the board of trustees for Joe Gibbs’ Youth for Tomorrow Foundation, a director for the American Red Cross National Capital Region, and a member of the board of trustees for Inova Health Systems Foundation. He also received the 2009 Valor Humanitarian Award from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.

The Honorable Joe R. Reeder
Mr. Reeder served as a director of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc., which was acquired by Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. on January 1, 2018, and Mr. Reeder joined the board of directors. Mr. Reeder, Mid-Atlantic Region Managing Shareholder for Greenberg Traurig, LLP (1999-2008), also served as Chairman of the Board of the Panama Canal Commission and 14th Undersecretary of the U.S. Army (1993-1997). A member of a number of corporate boards (both domestic and international), Mr. Reeder also served on a number of civic and charitable boards, including the National Board of Governors of the USO, the Armed Services YMCA, the National Defense Industry Association, where he chaired the corporate Ethics Committee, the Marshall Legacy Institute, the Army Air Force Mutual Aid Association, Our Military Kids, and the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. The Chairman of Peace Research Endowment, he is a Trustee Emeritus of the Association of the U.S. Army, Mr. Reeder also co-chaired Virginia Governor Warner’s Base Realignment Commission.
Craig A. Ruppert
Craig A. Ruppert,Director since 2002

Mr. Ruppert is President and CEO of The Ruppert Companies which is comprised of commercial landscape construction and management located in five states; tree-growing operations; and industrial property development. Mr. Ruppert is a former Class B director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and is a noted, local philanthropist. A highly successful entrepreneur, Mr. Ruppert’s strengths lie in strategic planning, executive management, mergers and acquisitions and business expertise. Mr. Ruppert currently chairs the Credit and Investment Risk Committee.
Daniel J. Schrider
Mr. Schrider was named to the position of president and chief executive officer of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. on January 1, 2009 at which time he also joined the board of directors of Bancorp and its principal subsidiary Sandy Spring Bank. This action followed the board's selection of Mr. Schrider to lead the company in a planned succession making him the 11th president of Sandy Spring Bank since its founding in 1868.

Mr. Schrider has been part of Sandy Spring Bank for nearly 30 years having joined the company in 1989 as a commercial lender. He advanced his career to the executive level in 2003 and became the Bank's Chief Credit Officer. Mr. Schrider holds bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Mt. St. Mary's University. Mr. Schrider is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

A leader among community bankers, Mr. Schrider is currently a director of the American Bankers Association, a past chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association, a past chair of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking Advisory Board, and a sought-after guest speaker at local and national industry events.

Mr. Schrider also embraces Sandy Spring Bank's legacy of local, community involvement as he serves on the board of Medstar Montgomery Hospital in Olney, Maryland.
Dennis A. Starliper
Dennis A. Starliper, Director since 2010

Mr. Starliper worked for Provident Bankshares Corporation for 24 years and held the position of chief financial officer for 10 years. He retired in 2009. Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Starliper worked for Fairchild Industries, a Fortune 500 aerospace manufacturer. The qualifications that led to Mr. Starliper’s election were his deep industry experience with a large and respected, local bank; his corporate experience with a publicly-traded company; and his financial expertise.
Mona Abutaleb Stephenson
Mona Abutaleb, Director since 2015

Ms. Abutaleb joined mindSHIFT Technologies in 2006 and utilized her unique blend of skills and expertise in operations, engineering, IT and customer service to drive mindSHIFT's rapid growth. She was named CEO in 2014, and she led the company in its acquisition by Ricoh Americas Holdings. As a leading managed services industry executive, Ms. Abutaleb was named to the MSPmentor 250 list as one of the most influential executives shaping the industry in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Ms. Abutaleb was named Senior Vice President of RAC Services in addition to her role at mindSHIFT. She has been a leader of technology-based service organizations for more than 30 years.