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.

Ramiro 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.
Aaron M. Kaslow
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Kaslow was appointed General Counsel & Secretary of Bancorp and Bank in July 2019 after serving the Company for over 10 years as outside counsel in his role as partner with Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton, LLP. As Team Leader of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Financial Institutions practice, Mr. Kaslow focused on corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory matters for financial institutions. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of business combinations and advised boards of directors on banking regulatory issues, public disclosure obligations and governance matters. Mr. Kaslow graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University and went on to receive his J.D. from Yale Law School. He was recognized as a 2018 Washington, D.C. “Super lawyer” in the area of Securities & Corporate Finance by Super Lawyers magazine. He is listed in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions Mergers and Acquisitions and also ranked nationally as a “Recognized Practitioner” in the 2018 and 2019 editions.
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 other banking institutions and investment firms. Mr. Sadowski's areas of expertise include operations, technology, cybersecurity, PMO, Corporate Security, Corporate Real Estate, Business Intelligence, Risk Management, and Client Experience. Sadowski holds a bachelor's degree from Loyola University and a MBA from Johns Hopkins University. A graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Mr. Sadowski currently serves on the school's advisory board.
Kevin Slane
Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Slane joined Sandy Spring Bank and the executive management team in 2018. As Chief Risk Officer, Mr. Slane oversees the development and operations of the bank’s risk management program with a focus on safely enabling business strategies to drive Sandy Spring Bank’s long-term success.

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Slane is an accomplished financial services executive. He joined Sandy Spring Bank from Hancock Whitney Bank in the Gulf South where he was responsible for enterprise risk management and operational risk. Prior to that position, Mr. Slane was the corporate risk director for First Horizon Corporation in Memphis, TN.

Mr. Slane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He is a member of the Risk Management Association where he has served on the Regulatory Relations Council since 2016 and he previously served on the Enterprise Risk Management Council. Mr. Slane is also a Board Member of the Raphael Village in New Orleans, LA, which seeks to improve the lives of those in the special needs community through education, life skill development, job training and supported living opportunities.

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

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.
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. She is currently the CFO of Nathan, Inc., a private international economic and analytics consulting firm. From 2014 to 2018 she was the Chief Financial Officer of MTSI, an employee-owned government contractor, and continues to serve on their board. 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 Audit 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 co-founder and president of Occasions Caterers Inc., a full-service, off-premise catering firm, located in Washington, D.C. since 1986. He is also founder and president 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.
Mark C. Micklem
Mark C. Micklem, Director since 2019

Mr. Micklem retired from Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., in 2018 where he was a Managing Director and Head of Financial Services Investment Banking for 12 years. While at Baird, Mr. Micklem focused on providing capital financing and merger and acquisition advisory services to banks and other financial services companies. Prior to joining Baird, Mr. Micklem was head of the Financial Services Investment Banking Group at Legg Mason for 10 of his 21 years there. During his career, Mr. Micklem completed more than 250 financing and M&A advisory engagements for financial services companies. Capital raising assignments included IPOs as well as public and private offerings of a variety of debt and equity securities. With regard to mergers and acquisitions, Micklem supervised and executed 31 buy- and sell-side assignments for clients, representing $2.0 billion in aggregate consideration.
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.

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 Nominating 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.

Mona Abutaleb Stephenson
Mona Abutaleb, Director since 2015

Ms. Abutaleb is the former CEO of mindSHIFT Technologies having retired in 2018. 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.