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 over 25 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 College. 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 the 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. He is also a member of the 2030 Group an advisory committee comprised of involved business and academic leaders, many of whom have multi-generational ties across Washington, who initiate research and analysis to better understand the growth trends affecting the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and to work toward a more sustainable future.

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 investment services. 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.
Ralph F. Boyd Jr.
Ralph Boyd, Director since 2012, was named the CEO of the Massachusetts Region of The American Red Cross in 2014. 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. Mr. Boyd maintains a primary residence in Laytonsville, Maryland with his family. 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.
Mark E. Friis
Mark E. Friis, Director, Director since 2005

Mr. Friis is president and principal owner of Rodgers Consulting, Inc., a land planning and engineering firm. He 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. Mr. Friis 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, and currently chairs the Nominating Committee of the board.
Susan D. Goff
Susan D. Goff,Director since 1994

Ms. Goff is the former Director and President of MD-Individual Practice Association, a subsidiary of Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. (MAMSI), a publicly-held healthcare company. Ms. Goff was also an Executive Vice President of MAMSI. In 2004, MAMSI was sold to UnitedHealthcare and Ms. Goff became the regional executive overseeing all products in seven states. She retired in 2005. During her career, Ms. Goff was directly involved with strategic planning, marketing, and product development. As chairman of the Compensation Committee for Bancorp, Ms. Goff has augmented her considerable executive management experience through regular education on trends in executive and board compensation.
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.
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.

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 over 25 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 College. 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 the 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. He is also a member of the 2030 Group an advisory committee comprised of involved business and academic leaders, many of whom have multi-generational ties across Washington, who initiate research and analysis to better understand the growth trends affecting the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and to work toward a more sustainable future.

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, 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. Today, mindSHIFT is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses. 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.