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Board of Directors

Alan L. Sparks, Chairman

Alan is Owner and President of Gemma Companies, LLC, providing specialized business and professional management services. 

Camala C. Bailey

Camala is the founder and president of Camala C. Baily, CPA, PC, a Certified Public Accounting firm in Tempe, Arizona specializing in helping veterinarians nationwide become even more successful. A board member since 2009, Camala’s keen financial aptitude has been a great asset to the board and the bank. An entrepreneur herself, she brings a unique set of skills that continually help the Bank refine its focus on supporting the financial needs of local businesses.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment Thus Far: Taking her business from being just another CPA firm to a boutique firm serving veterinarians only with clients throughout the United States.

Christian C.M. Beams

Chris is a shareholder in the law firm of Fredenberg Beams, and is frequently published in The Arizona Banker, the official publication of the Arizona Bankers Association. 

Chad E. Cline

Chad is CFO at Symmetry Software, which provides leading edge and regulatory compliant payroll-related software products.

Regina L.R. Edwards

Regina L.R. Edwards, Ph.D. is the Director of Development for the Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix.

Judy A. Lynn

Judy is the managing member of 831 Investors, LLC, a property management corporation. She has served on the Board since 2012, fostering strong relationships between the Bank’s shareholders and the Board. A dedicated advocate, Judy makes it her mission to continually look for opportunities to grow the Bank’s deposit and business relationships. Judy is a seasoned volunteer who endlessly contributes her time and talents in support of our local communities.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment Thus Far: Creating the Ed and Judy Lynn Scholarship at ASU in memory of Judy’s late husband. Since 2012, the scholarship has been awarded to seven deserving individuals in the Master’s program of Communication Studies as ASU’s West campus.

Scarlett Spring

Scarlett Spring is President and Chief Commercial Officer of VisionGate, an oncology pharmaceutical and diagnostics company focused on the prevention of cancer deaths through early cancer interception. A board member since 2014, Scarlett brings extensive executive leadership experience to the board, having led both lean organizations with less than 20 people to large Fortune 100 companies. With an extensive resume of board appointments, community leadership positions, and economic development experience, Scarlett provides valuable insight to help the Bank achieve its mission to be Arizona’s premier community business bank.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment Thus Far: Being named one of Arizona Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Women.

Ralph Tapscott

Ralph is President and CEO of Republic Bank of Arizona. He has over twenty-five years of banking experience spanning Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and is a former chairman of the Arizona Bankers Association.

Executive Management

Ralph Tapscott

President and Chief Executive Officer

(602) 280-9403 | rtapscott@republicaz.com

Amy Lou Blunt

Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

(602) 280-9402 | ablunt@republicaz.com

Brian Ruisinger

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(602) 280-9404 | bruisinger@republicaz.com

Bank Officers

Greg Barrett

Vice President, Commercial Banker

Emily Chedister

Vice President, Loan Operations Manager

Todd Grady

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Carlos Molina

Vice President, Commercial Banker

Angela Whitney

Vice President, Compliance Officer

Alicia Aljuwani

Assistant Vice President, Controller

Nicole Bribiescas

Assistant Vice President

Cathy Mireles

Assistant Vice President, Teller Supervisor

Nathaniel Spatz

Assistant Vice President, Commercial Underwriter

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