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Diversity Task Force

Ameris Bank’s Diversity Task Force is comprised of teammates from across our organization. It is a diverse group of leaders ensuring we are cultivating an environment that supports our bank’s strategy to engage, recruit, develop, retain and advance a diverse team of talent, inclusively and equitably.



Kena Ceasar Branch Manager Women in Banking ERG Co-Chair
Kiara Wright VP, Branch Manager Co-Chair of Gen-United
Jennifer Garizio Director of Learning & Development GenUnited ERG Co-Chair
Yolanda Wallace CTR/MIL/WLM Manager Co-Chair of Pride & Allies
Shermeia Dixon DEI Program Coordinator
Bill Lutes Market President Minds Matter ERG Co-Chair
Lesa Nix-Mack Branch Manager Co-Chair of the Veterans ERG
Christina Neubert End User Services Manager Women in Banking ERG Co-Chair
Chris Misamore Market President Indispensables ERG Co-Chair
Farah Mahaffey HR Business Partner Minds Matter ERG Co-chair
Bridgette Prise Retail Area Manager Indispensables ERG Co-Chair
Bobby Cabral Commercial Team Lead The Place Co-chair
Brook Leary Universal Banker Co-Chair of the Veterans ERG
Geni Reed VP, Branch Market Manager Co-Chair of The Place
Carlton Russell Universal Banker Co-Chair of Pride & Allies
Greg Marini Market President: Savannah, GA. Minds Matter ERG Co-Chair




  • Gloria Davis, Senior HR Business Partner

  • Carolyn Dodge, Corporate Compliance Officer

  • Jim LaHaise, Chief Strategy Officer

  • Lawton Bassett, President

  • Nicole Stokes, Chief Financial Officer

  • Nila Patel, HRIS and Payroll Manager

  • Michael Pierson, Chief Governance Officer

  • David Sparacio, Controller

  • Howard Lemons, Director Treasury Services Product Management
  • Sheryl Touchton, Communications Director