Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Joseph J. Thomas
President & Chief Executive Officer
Joseph J. Thomas has been appointed as Freedom Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective August 27, 2018. Mr. Thomas, 55, was most recently President and CEO of Bay Bancorp (NASDAQ: BYBK), a community bank with $700 million in total assets based in Columbia, Maryland, before its successful sale to Old Line Bancshares in April of 2018 when Thomas was appointed to the Board of Directors. Mr. Thomas was previously Managing Director of Hovde Private Equity Advisors and Financial Services Partners Fund I, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in financial services companies and community banks. Mr. Thomas enjoyed a distinguished 20-year career with Wachovia Corporation. Over the course of his career at Wachovia, Mr. Thomas held a range of credit, corporate finance, and capital markets positions. Mr. Thomas’ last role was Managing Director of Wachovia Securities and Head of Financial Institutions Investment Banking in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Thomas holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In addition, Mr. Thomas is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Society of Washington, DC and a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow. Mr. Thomas also served on the Federal Delegate Board of the Independent Community Bankers of America.
Shaun E. Murphy
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating and Credit Officer
Mr. Murphy has over 25 years of national and international experience in financial services in senior positions in loan origination, credit, capital markets, regulatory compliance and workout.

Murphy was most recently SEVP and Chief Credit & Risk Officer at City First Bank in Washington DC since 2015. Prior to that, he served as Chief Risk Officer of H Bancorp where he was responsible for all risk and compliance activities and served on the Board of Directors of Bay Bancorp and its bank subsidiary, Bay Bank. Prior to H Bancorp, Murphy served as Managing Director of Hovde Private Equity Advisors, LLC where he was responsible for risk and due diligence activities surrounding strategic bank investments.

Murphy has worked at CapitalSource Inc. as Chief Operating Officer responsible for portfolio administration and operations of the Structured Finance Business. Prior to that, he was the Credit Executive for PNC Financial Services Corporate Banking and PNC Capital Markets, Inc., responsible for underwriting, portfolio administration, and strategic positioning. Murphy was also at Allfirst as Chief Regulatory Officer responsible for all compliance functions across the bank and other subsidiaries as well as the bank's BSA Officer, CRA Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Ethics Officer. He began his career at HSBC in New York and holds degrees from The London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc.) and Villanova University (B.S.B.A.).
Raj Mehra
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Raj Mehra joined Freedom Bank as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in December 2017. For many years Mr. Mehra was CFO of Middleburg Financial Corp., the holding company of Middleburg Bank. Previously, he served as director of financial risk management at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and held positions at JP Morgan Chase and Credit Suisse. Mehra received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, and holds two graduate degrees including an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Bankers Association’s Accounting Committee and the AICPA's Depository Institution Expert Panel.
Richard A. Hutchison
Executive Vice President & Chief Mortgage Officer
Richard A. Hutchison is an Executive Vice President and Chief Mortgage Officer and member of the bank’s senior management team. Hutchison was previously with Virginia Heritage Bank as a Senior Executive Officer and the Chief Mortgage Officer responsible for all mortgage loan production and first trust mortgage origination. Prior to Virginia Heritage Bank, Hutchison was a Senior Executive Officer with Community Bank of Northern Virginia which was sold to Mercantile and PNC. Hutchison is a native of Western Fairfax County and has been in local community banking for 35 years. He is a strong supporter of the Virginia Bankers Association and the Virginia Mortgage Lenders.
Kathleen S. Croson
Executive Vice President & Chief Banking Officer
Kathleen Croson joined Freedom Bank as Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer in January 2018. Ms. Croson began her career at First Virginia Bank. She served in various capacities of increasing responsibility at Middleburg Bank for 18 years. Ms. Croson was a branch manager, led retail and consumer banking operations and most recently served as Middleburg’s senior vice president of client services. Ms. Croson has a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and has served in a number of industry association positions.

Board of Directors

H. Jason Gold
Chairman
H. Jason Gold has served as a director of the Bank since May 2003. Mr. Gold is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Washington D.C. office where he focuses his practice on bankruptcy, financial restructuring, and liquidations. He has served as a bankruptcy trustee for more than 25 years and has more than 30 years of experience in complex restructuring and insolvency matters in various industries. He also serves as a bankruptcy examiner and federal and state appointed receiver. Mr. Gold served as a partner with the Firm of Wiley Rein LLP, McLean, Virginia from 2002 until 2014, and as President of the Firm of Gold Morrison & Laughlin, P.C. from 1985 until 2002
John T. Rohrback
Vice Chairman
John T. Rohrback has served as a director of the Bank since August 2004 and served as Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2011. He was hired in 2001 as Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer. Mr. Rohrback was President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a director of Heritage Bank from 1996 until 1999. Prior to this, Mr. Rohrback was Executive Vice President, as well as a director of Hallmark Bank and Trust until its acquisition by F & M National Corporation in 1996. Mr. Rohrback began his banking career in 1965 at Signet Banking Corporation, serving in various positions including Senior Vice President and Director of Signet Bank, N.A.
Cynthia Carter Atwater
Cynthia Carter Atwater has served as a director of the Bank since 2003 and is the Corporate Secretary. Ms. Atwater is a Principal of Digital Benefit Advisors, Reston, Virginia and was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of CCA Consulting, Inc., Reston, Virginia. Ms. Atwater served on the Advisory Board of the Bank as both Chairman and Vice Chairman until 2003.
Lauren F. McKelvey
Ms. McKelvey has served as a director of the Bank since 2018. She is a partner in the prominent Northern Virginia law firm Odin Feldman Pittleman where she frequently litigates commercial matters, intellectual property disputes, and other business matters in state and federal court. She also crafts and negotiates financing and technology agreements for her clients. Her experience extends as well to the representation of financial fiduciaries and banks. Ms. McKelvey has been recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by Washingtonian magazine, as well as a "Rising Star" by Virginia and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers. She sits on the Board of Directors of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). Ms. McKelvey received her J.D., magna cum laude from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, her M.A. from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and her B.A., summa cum laude from Sweet Briar College.
Brandon C. Park
Brandon Park founded Superlative Technologies, Inc. (SuprTEK) in 1996 and manages corporate direction and strategy guiding the growth of the organization from start up to the current projected annual revenue of $40+ million for 2018. SuprTEK has been recognized by industry, Congress and Government Customers for excellence through innovative solutions. SuprTEK is poised for continued growth with an experienced management team based upon core competencies. Mr. Park earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and currently serves as SuprTEK’s CEO. He enjoys and serves community and charitable organizations in multiple capacities as supporter, director, treasurer and coach.
Joseph J. Thomas
Joseph J. Thomas has been appointed as Freedom Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective August 27, 2018. Mr. Thomas, 55, was most recently President and CEO of Bay Bancorp (NASDAQ: BYBK), a community bank with $700 million in total assets based in Columbia, Maryland, before its successful sale to Old Line Bancshares in April of 2018 when Thomas was appointed to the Board of Directors. Mr. Thomas was previously Managing Director of Hovde Private Equity Advisors and Financial Services Partners Fund I, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in financial services companies and community banks. Mr. Thomas enjoyed a distinguished 20-year career with Wachovia Corporation. Over the course of his career at Wachovia, Mr. Thomas held a range of credit, corporate finance, and capital markets positions. Mr. Thomas’ last role was Managing Director of Wachovia Securities and Head of Financial Institutions Investment Banking in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Thomas holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In addition, Mr. Thomas is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Society of Washington, DC and a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow. Mr. Thomas also served on the Federal Delegate Board of the Independent Community Bankers of America.
Joseph M. English III
Joseph M. English III has over thirty years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, registered investment advisor, and personal financial specialist. Joe began his accounting career in 1988 and became a partner at Burdette Smith and Bish LLC in 1998. Mr. English's focus is on financial reporting, audits, reviews, compilations, tax planning, and compliance for individuals and businesses. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Kevin J. Kooman
Kevin J. Kooman has over 20 years of investment banking and financial management experience. He is a partner in the private equity firm, Patriot Financial Partners, L.P. Prior to joining Patriot, Kevin served as a Vice President of Investment Banking at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in the firm's Financial Institutions Group. He has previously held the positions of Divisional Controller and Manager of Financial Operations at CIGNA Corp and at ACE Limited. He began his career as a CPA in the Philadelphia Office of Arthur Andersen LLP.
Maury Peiperl
Maury Peiperl is the Dean of the George Mason University School of Business. Prior to joining George Mason University, he was Director (Dean) of Cranfield School of Management, one of the UK's leading business schools. Previously, he was Professor of Leadership at IMD in Switzerland, and a professor at the London Business School, where he co-founded the pioneering EMBA-Global. He holds several academic degrees including a BS in Engineering from Princeton University, a Masters of Business Administration, Master of Arts and a PhD from Harvard University.

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