CLFP Foundation Announces Board of Directors



The Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation announced its 2023-2024 board of directors and executive committee. Lia Wax, CLFP, vice president of Financial Pacific Leasing, will serve as president of the board.

“I’m truly humbled to have the opportunity to serve as president of this incredible board,” Wax said. “I have long since believed in this organization and the designation, so to be given the opportunity to serve as its president is a dream come true.”

“Lia and I attended the same CLFP preparation class together back in the mid-2000s and also worked together while I was at Financial Pacific Leasing,” Reid Raykovich, CLFP, CEO of CLFP Foundation, said. “She has always been a trusted leader, a wealth of knowledge and has volunteered at every opportunity given. We are lucky to have her serve as President and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2023 has in store for the Foundation.”

In addition to Wax, the executive committee includes:

  • Vice President – Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP, senior vice president of Finance, First American Equipment Finance
  • Treasurer – Mike McDonald, CLFP, treasury director, CoreTech Leasing
  • Secretary – Candace Reinhart, CLFP, COO, CXO, CoreTech Leasing
  • Immediate Past President – Jenny Wood, CLFP, senior vice president of client services, Orion First Financial

The board of directors include:

  • Craig Colling, CLFP, Senior Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital, LLC
  • Nick Gibbens, CLFP, Vice President of Business Development, Wintrust Specialty Finance
  • Ben Hall, CLFP, Senior Counsel, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
  • Brent Hall, CLFP, Senior Vice President, Alliance Funding Group
  • Michelle “Mikki” Henkelman, Vice President of Credit and Risk, Oakmont Capital Services
  • Theresa Kabot, CLFP, Founder, Kabot Commercial Leasing and K2 Funding
  • Paul Knowlton, CLFP, National Program Manager, Huntington National Bank
  • Larry LaChance, CLFP, President, Bankers Capital
  • Eric Mandella, CLFP, Vice President of Corporate Operations, Navitas Credit Corp.
  • Jill Molitor, CLFP, CFE, CFCS, Chief Credit Officer, Stearns Bank
  • Michael “Mic” Mount, CLFP, Senior Vice President and Credit Executive, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
  • Kathy Nordendahl, CLFP, Vice President of 3rd Party Originations Manager, Dedicated Funding, LLC
  • Deborah “Deb” Reuben, CLFP, DES, CEO and Founder, TomorrowZone
  • Molly Simon, CLFP, Senior Legal Counsel, DLL
  • Dave Verkinderen, CLFP, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance


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