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Leadership

Meet the NASB leadership team.

Our vision comes from our leadership.

The commitment to help our customers achieve their financial goals starts with our executive team and permeates throughout the entire NASB organization.

Tom Wagers

Chief Executive Officer

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Tom was elected to serve as NASB’s CEO in 2022. As CEO, Tom works with the executive and senior leadership team to deliver award-winning mortgage and banking products and exceptional service for NASB customers.

Prior to joining NASB in 2013, Tom served as interim president and chief executive officer of Atlantic Coast Bank in Jacksonville, Florida while serving as chief financial officer for nine years.

Tom began his career at Barnett Bank as regional audit manager and worked in a variety of roles before eventually being appointed director of accounting operations.

In addition to his official duties, Tom is a passionate supporter and executive sponsor of NASB’s Kansas City Corporate Challenge involvement.

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from East Tennessee State University and is a certified public accountant. 

 

Burke Walker

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

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Burke oversees all aspects of talent acquisition and management, employee benefits/wellness policies and the promotion of NASB culture and brand for both the Mortgage and Retail Banking division.

Burke is an avid champion of NASB’s values that promote curiosity, accountability and teamwork, and he and his team work tirelessly to develop policies and programs that ensure NASB’s 500 employees can grow, thrive and succeed in their roles.

Burke began his career at Sprint as an international HR manager and continued his work in Human Resources as an HR director for H&R Block for seven years. Prior to joining NASB in April 2017, Burke worked at DineEquity, Inc. as their Vice President of Human Resources.

Burke earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Baker University where he was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

 

Dena Sanders

Executive Vice President, Retail Banking

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Dena oversees all aspects of Retail Banking, Deposit Operations and Retail Funding. She is responsible for the strategic direction, operational and financial goals of NASB’s retail banking network that includes 11 branches within the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Dena and her leadership team work to create exceptional customer experiences and competitive banking products that align with customers’ evolving financial needs and goals.

Dena is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and holds a master’s degree in architectural management from Kansas University as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is a certified financial marketing professional (CFMP) and a member of the ABA Bank Marketing School advisory board.

 

Enrique Venegas

Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

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Enrique joined NASB in 2013 and oversees all aspects of NASB’s portfolio credit risk management, loan servicing operations, and NASB’s commercial real estate and construction & development lending divisions. Enrique is responsible for the strategic direction, operational, and credit risk effectiveness of NASB’s portfolio lending. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking Management and holds a finance and economics degree from Missouri Southern State University.

Enrique was born and raised in Santiago, Chile and moved to the United States at the age of 20 to attend college. What started as a part-time teller job at a community bank became a long-term career and genuine passion for banking and leadership by helping customers and colleagues achieve their goals and aspirations.  

 

Rhonda Nyhus

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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Rhonda oversees NASB’s financial planning and actions that ensure NASB’s ability to serve its customers through continued financial success.

Rhonda joined NASB in 1995 as manager of internal audit before being promoted to vice president and controller in 1997. She has served as chief financial officer since 2002.

Prior to NASB, Rhonda held various roles in the audit department of Grant Thornton LLP. She earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

 

Jessica Gardner

Chief Marketing Officer

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Jessica leads all marketing, communications, and branding initiatives and serves as the NASB’s chief storyteller. Jess and her team are passionate about creating exceptional customer experiences that consistently deliver on the NASB promise.

Jessica has been with NASB since 2016 and brings over 15 years of marketing leadership experience to this role. Prior to NASB, she served as the director of marketing and communications for Ohio University’s College of Business, where she helped grow the college’s enrollments for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Jessica has also held the role of marketing manager for Matco Tools and MTD Products. She holds an MBA in business administration and management from Ohio University and a BA in communications from Hiram College.

 

Paul Hubbard

Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

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Paul oversees the facilitation and coordination of enterprise risk management strategies for the NASB. He works with NASB’s Board Risk Committee and senior management to assess, monitor, mitigate, and respond to internal and external risks to the bank. In addition, he works closely with the Chief Information Security Officer to maintain sound bank privacy, information, and business continuity plans.

Paul joined NASB in 2015 as VP, Chief Compliance Officer before being promoted to SVP, Chief Risk Officer in 2022. Prior to NASB, Paul held leadership roles at H&R Block, H&R Block Bank, The Revere Group, and Ernst & Young. He uses his 34 years of financial experience to work with business partners to strengthen and promote NASB’s strong compliance and risk awareness culture.

Paul earned an MBA in economics from Northwest Missouri State University.