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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. Alan has served on the board since 2013, during which time the bank has greatly benefited from his executive management experience, financial analysis expertise, and strong technological background. As a business owner, Alan brings a valuable perspective to help guide the Bank’s vision to support local businesses as a premier Arizona business bank. Alan graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Administration and earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has taken post-graduate courses at UCLA in corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment Thus Far: Launching Gemma Companies in 2000, and more recently Ocean Rescue Spa Products, a premium seaweed-based skin care line.

Camala C. Bailey, CPA, CVA

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. Camala has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting.

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, Ph.D.

Regina is an experienced leader with a strong background in outreach, education and the social sector. She recently served as the CEO of the Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix, and continues her involvement through a number of volunteer leadership roles. She is a founding member of the board, joining in 2007 when the Bank was chartered. Her intimate knowledge of the community offers insight to helping the Bank support local business owners and the community. Regina holds bachelor and master degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment Thus Far: Attending college as a first generation student and achieving a doctoral degree while working and raising a family.

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. She is a seasoned volunteer who endlessly contributes her time and talents in support of our local communities. Judy has both a Bachelor's and Master's in Communication Studies from Arizona State University.

 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. She has a BBA in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. 

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 25 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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