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Stephen Prince, President
Owner -Villa Payments Consulting


The Managed service and deliverables of multiple financial departments, representing over 125 team members catering to top merchant customers. Developed budgets and performed sales forecasting for programs with net revenues exceeding $60M. Successfully directed and optimized the cross-functional operations of a merchant technical call center with nearly 200 associates and 11 managers.

10+ years of early experience with Bank of America & subsidiaries. From entry in the Cardholder Credit Review Department through full merchant business solutions, underwriting and terminal deployment. Tenure culminated with oversight of 8 Supervisors and 189 team members.

Chris Bucolo, President-Elect
SVP, Market Strategy - ControlScan


Chris Bucolo has over 30 years’ experience in the financial technology and security and compliance industries. As SVP, Market Strategy at ControlScan, Chris is responsible for enhancing the company’s payments industry partnerships by understanding their strategy in the payments industry. Chris’s role also involves designing and marketing offerings that meet the unique needs of payment facilitators and their sub-merchants.

Chris possesses a wealth of knowledge in PCI compliance, payment security best practices and merchant relationships.

Chris holds a BA in Government from Lafayette College and an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University.

Georgia Stavrakis, Immediate Past President/Director
SVP/Head of Compliance - Wells Fargo

Georgia Stavrakis has over 20 years of risk and compliance management experience in merchant payment processing; specializing in regulatory compliance, credit risk, merchant compliance, loss prevention, and PCI compliance. She is currently the SVP of Compliance-Merchant Services at Wells Fargo. Georgia is very active in the greater payments landscape as she is the President of MAC’s Board of Directors and chair of the ETA CPP Credentialing Committee. Georgia’s most recent previous role was as VP for Merchant and External Compliance at Global Payments. 

Georgia holds certifications in ETA CPP and PCI SSC PCIP and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University.

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Vadeene Sisk, Secretary-Treasurer
SVP of Global Disputes - Elavon

Ms. Sisk is responsible for Global Disputes for Elavon. She is responsible for the performance of teams consisting of almost 200 employees. Responsibilities include budgets, losses, goals, policies, customer experience, compliance, card brand regulation adherence, enhancements, automation and employee engagement within the groups. Ms. Sisk joined Elavon in 1990 and has held various positions within the company during her 30 years of service. Previous responsibilities included Boarding, Deployment/Terminal Programming, Customer Service, Loss Prevention (Fraud Management) Leasing, and Sales Support.  

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David Landis, Vice President
SVP of Sales - Verisk G2


David Landis is SVP of Global Sales at G2. David is a seasoned executive with 17 years of expertise in payments, technology and sales management. Over the past 11 years at G2, he has established and grown relationships with over 300 global acquiring banks and payment processors, and has expanded the business significantly year over year. David has been invited to speak at numerous industry conferences, including Merchant Acquirers Committee, MasterCard and many others.

Prior to joining G2, David drove sales and business development for Serials Solutions, a leading provider of library technology, taking the company from start-up to acquisition. He also held roles at Xerox and Text 100 Public Relations.

Sid Pershad, Vice President
Sr. Director Risk Management - PayPal


Sid Pershad is an accomplished Risk Management Executive with over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services and Payments Industry. He is a subject matter expert in Fraud, Credit, and Identity Risk Management with a proven track record of successful Risk Strategy and Solutions Development. For the last 14 years Sid has led multiple global teams responsible for managing Seller Risk and protecting PayPal’s platform and the customers using it. As a pioneer in this industry, Sid is well regarded amongst his peers for his contributions as a visionary and change agent, constantly innovating and pushing the industry culture forward. 

Shari Savlick, Vice President
Director, Merchant Compliance - Merrick Bank, a CardWorks company


Shari has 19 years industry experience, 17 of which with Merrick Bank on the acquiring side, and is responsible for regulatory merchant compliance and operational integrity for the Merchant Acquiring business unit of Merrick Bank. She has been a MAC member for 16 years, and is the current Chair of the MAC Bank Consortium Special Interest Group. Shari has extensive industry experience in matters related to: Regulatory Compliance inclusive of IRS 6050W and Beneficial Ownership, PCI Compliance and breach investigations, Third-party oversight and registration requirements; Project management, Data integrity; CPP/Breach/Suspected breach events; and Enterprise Risk Management. 

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Jim Bibles, Director
SVP Risk and Compliance -Aperia Solutions


Jim is the Senior Vice President of Risk and Compliance for Aperia. He has spent the last 20 years of his career building risk management and compliance programs for everything from large multi-national organizations to small payments companies. In addition to his position on the MAC board, he is the Vice Chair of the ETA Risk, Fraud, and Security Committee, and is a member of the PCI SSC Global Small Merchant Task Force. Through his participation in MAC, ETA, and the PCI SSC, he has contributed to the development of a number of risk management, compliance, and security frameworks for the payments community. Jim currently holds PCI SSC Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Approved Scan Vendor (ASV), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA) designations.

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Aimee Ducasse, Director
Marketing Director -MAPP Advisors


Aimee DuCasse has fifteen years of marketing expertise in payment services. She serves as Marketing Director for MAPP Advisors, the premier payments boutique M & A advisory firm. She also serves as Marketing Director for gift card and loyalty program provider, Factor4. Previously, she founded Streamline Business Services where she built and operated an ISO, provided marketing consultation services to ISOs, and contributed to M & A transactions. She worked as Marketing Director for ProfitPoint until it’s sale in 2010. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a University Scholar from PSU with a B.S. in Marketing. 

Adrienne Gray, Director
Director of Operations - EpicPay

Adrienne Gray is currently the Director of Operations at EpicPay. She is a Certified Payments Professional, CPP, with 25+ years in the payments industry. Adrienne has been instrumental in driving strategic initiatives throughout her career. She has created comprehensive compliance and fraud prevention policies and procedures on both, the issuing and acquiring sides of payments. Adrienne’s past employers include Intuit and Discover Financial Services.

Adrienne is a Director on the MAC Board and Secretary of the IAFCI North Texas Chapter. Adrienne’s other credentials include a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration.

Jacinthia Lawson, Director
Founder & Managing Partner - Risk3

Jacinthia has over twenty-five years of experience working in industries including financial services, internet security and payments. She has held leadership to “hands on” positions in Fortune 1000 and SMB organizations in roles covering
Compliance, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit (including IT) and Strategic Program/Project Management.

Jacinthia is the founder and managing partner of Risk3 Inc., a firm that specializes in providing risk management consulting services to SMBs in payments and other industries.

She is an advisor to MAC Board of Directors, the chair of MAC’s Outreach Committee and a member of IIA, ISACA and PMI.

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Aliki Liadis-Hall, Director
Vice President, Risk Strategy & Portfolio Analytics

Aliki Liadis-Hall, CPP, is the Vice President of Risk Strategy and Portfolio Analytics at Elavon, a global payment processing provider and subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, bringing sixteen years of operational risk, credit and compliance experience working with ISOs, processors, banks and acquirers. As an engaged member of the payments community, Aliki volunteers with MAC, ETA, and W.Net, focusing on education, collaboration, and prevention of abuse within payments. Aliki graduated from Oakland University (MI) with a BA in English, resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband and two sons, where they regularly enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking and hiking together.

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Heather Mark, Director
Director of Corporate Compliance and Security - Sphere Commerce

Heather Mark, PhD is the Director of Corporate Compliance and Secuirty at Sphere, a software and financial technology company providing solutions that integrate payments and software to serve businesses of all sizes. She is a season compliance professional with 20 years' experience with compliance roles throughout the payments ecosystem. 

Dr. Mark holds a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from Auburn University and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). 


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Kate Root, Director
SVP, Managing Director - Chesapeake Bank


Kate Root has been leader in the payment processing industry for over 30 years. She obtained a wide range of experience having spent her career spanning from sales to managing acquiring and processing divisions within FI's, ISOs and VAR's. Her experience varies with a concentration in the knowledge of industry standards, best practices, compliance and regulatory adherence as well as pricing and sales retention. Kate was a key factor in the start-up of four acquiring entities. She understands and lives by respecting the precious value of a partnership.

Kate is currently the SVP/Managing Director of Chesapeake Bank’s Payments Division also known as Chesapeake Payment Systems (CPS).

Christian Chimel, Advisor
Vice President Chargebacks - EVO Merchant Services


Christian A. Chmiel, CEO of Web Shield, is responsible for the development and implementation of novel investigation techniques and research tools to identify fraudulent or brand damaging online merchants. Prior to founding Web Shield, he served as the Deputy Head of Compliance for a major German acquiring bank, and specialized in online fraud investigations, credit card compliance and underwriting.

He has served clients across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, IT software, entertainment, travel and health. Christian has undertaken assignments in the mainland Europe, Israel, Georgia, North America and the United Arabian Emirates. He brings deep experience in conducting investigations into fraudulent online merchants, risk calculations and forecasting methodologies to the table.

Christian is a lecturer at the Web Shield Academy, host of RiskConnect, the annual networking conference for risk professionals, and has written and co-written a series of publications about the various aspects of risk management, fraud detection and investigative methodology.

In 2019 he has been honored as one of the ETA's Forty Under and has also received the PayTech Leadership Award.

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Kevin Lambrix, Advisor
SVP Credit & Risk - KeyBank

Kevin has direct responsibility of Credit, Risk, and Chargebacks in North America and indirect responsibility in for the same in Europe. His role also includes setting company wide credit and risk policy, ensuring credit risk procedures are documented and being followed, credit/risk oversight and monitoring of our portfolios, and supporting strategic objectives. 



Alexis Lichterman, Advisor

Co-Founder - Salus Payments

Alexis is the Co-Founder of Salus Payments. She has held various positions within the industry for 12 years, and looks forward to making an impact for small to medium sized ISO’s. She believes that small businesses deserve a reliable payments solution that they can trust. Maintaining a long-lasting relationship with her clients is extremely important to her. She credit her Payments family to her success, her fellow MAC Board Members are no exception. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, and their dog. Also spending time with her cat, while listening to Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Queen, and other legends.

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Tim Miller, Presidential Advisor
Head of Global Credit and Risk - Elavon

Mr. Miller is responsible for Global Credit and Risk for Elavon, which includes Credit, Fraud, Risk Analytics, Client Security, Risk Assessment and Collections worldwide for Elavon. He brings over 37 years of management and credit experience in the bankcard industry to Elavon, having joined the company 18 years ago.

Before joining Elavon, Mr. Miller was Chief Operating Officer for Cardservice International, an innovative high risk acquirer ultimately purchased by First Data Corporation.  Mr. Miller was employed 7 years with Cardservice. Prior to Cardservice he spent 7 years with Global Payment Systems, in their Atlanta, New York and Baltimore locations.  His credit card experience includes career paths at Citicorp and Bank of America.  

He is currently a member of MasterCard’s Global Fraud Advisory Council, MasterCard’s Global Payments Integrity Council and Visa’s Risk Executive Council.  He served as a Director on the Board of the Merchant Acquirers’ Committee for many years and now is an advisor to the President of MAC.   He is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy. 
Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lycoming College and a Masters in Administrative Science (MAS) from Johns Hopkins University.

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Julie Schwartz, Presidential Advisor
Director - WorldPay from FIS

Julie is a Senior Leader at Worldpay from FIS under the Strategic Partnerships team supporting the Global Compliance Programs. She leads and manages the global payments brand compliance programs including compliance monitoring, high risk merchant registration, third party service providers, and data integrity while supporting FIS’s merchant solutions compliance efforts. She previously managed payments brand violations, oversight of excessive chargeback and fraud, merchant and partner PCI compliance and account data compromises, AML/BSA program for sanctions screening as well as bank sponsorship relations. Over the years, she has built a strong and sustainable risk and compliance programs and works collaboratively with FIS’s leadership team to address various compliance and risk requirements including payment brand regulations.

Deana Rich, Past President Advisor
Co-Founder & CEO - Infinicept


Deana Rich is a highly respected payments industry professional with unparalleled risk, operations and compliance experience. In 2004 she founded Deana Rich Consulting, Inc, providing strategic risk management services to the payments industry. The company helped clients understand their risk tolerances, recognize their vulnerabilities, initiate effective procedures to manage exposures and implement the right risk policies, processes and systems. In 2014 Deana Co-founded Infinicept – combining her consulting experience with SaaS based software that allows payment facilitators to get up and running in weeks – not years.

Her far-reaching experience in the industry, combined with a natural sense of professionalism and business acumen, has translated into profound insight into the payments industry from virtually every point of view—operations, underwriting and risk monitoring, information security, strategic business analysis, and industry and legislative regulations.

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Scott Arndt, Advisor
Director, Processor Relations - American Express

Scott Arndt is the Director of Processor Relations for the U.S. Payment Consulting Group at American Express.  He is responsible for managing the business relationships between certified third party processors and American Express, to ensure their compliance with brand policies and requirements.  

Prior to managing processor relationships, Scott held various positions within both the merchant and issuing businesses at American Express.  These included Point-of-Sale Engineering where he was responsible for device certifications, as well as Fraud Operations and Customer Service.  

Scott is based in Phoenix and has been with American Express for over 30 years.

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JJ Kieley, Advisor
Vice President, Payment Consulting Group, US and LAC - American Express

JJ Kieley is the Vice President, Payment Consulting Group, US and LAC.  The US/LAC Payments Consulting Group (PCG) is responsible for providing payment processing and product-related technical expertise and support to American Express merchants, third party processors and payment service providers in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Prior to leading the US/LAC PCG organization, JJ held various positions within the American Express Global Network (AEGN).  These included end-to-end responsibility of the deployments of mobile wallets (e.g. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay) in international markets.  He was also responsible for the development of network operating regulations for American Express payment products. These operating regulations are applicable to all payment transactions that transact over the AEGN. 


Elizabeth Scofield, Advisor
Director, Global Brand Protection - Visa

Elizabeth Scofield has been with Visa since 2000 and currently heads up Visa’s Global Brand Protection Program, which identifies illegal or brand damaging merchants within the payments system. Elizabeth also produces and executes policy and educational materials which aid Visa’s clients in managing their merchant underwriting, monitoring and compliance programs.

Elizabeth is a member of the Board of Directors of The ASOP Global Foundation and an advisory board member of the MAC.  Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University.

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Jonathan Trivelas, Advisor
Director, Brand Performance - Mastercard

Jonathan has been with Mastercard since 2002, during which time he has held various risk management roles within the Corporate Security, Franchise Development and Franchise Integrity groups.  Jonathan is currently a Director in the Mastercard Brand Performance Team and is responsible for a number of global customer compliance programs. 
Many of the programs he manages, including the Business Risk Assessment Management (BRAM) Program, MATCH and Global Rules Investigation Program (GRIP), focus on identifying and mitigating various risks introduced by merchants into the payments ecosystem, including illegal, brand damaging and otherwise deceptive behavior.   

Additional Board Members

Kevin Smith, Director
Partner - Even More Payments

Jennifer Maddux, Advisor
Technical Compliance Manager, Intuit

Elaine Jamer, Presidential Advisor
SVP, Head of Sponsor Oversight - Citizens Bank

Jeffry Beene, Past President Advisor

SVP, Global Merchant Risk - Paysafe Group


Richard Parrott, Past President Advisor
Vice President of Risk and Compliance -Talus Payments


Carrie Back, Discover
Project Manager - Discover Network

Jordan Bennett, Advisor
Senior Director - Nacha

Jeanette Fox, Advisor
Senior Director, Risk Investigations, ACH Network Risk Management - Nacha

Troy Leach, Advisor
SVP, Engagement Officer for Market Intelligence & Stakeholder Engagement - PCI Security Standards Council


David Press, Advisor
Director: Franchise Management Program, Customer Engagement & Performance - MasterCard