Shaza L. Andersen

President & Chief Executive Officer

Shaza L. Andersen is founder and Chief Executive Officer of WashingtonFirst Bank, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. Ms. Andersen is responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth, and profitable performance of the Bank. Under her leadership, the Bank has grown to over $1 billion in assets, with 16 branches in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.  Prior to starting WashingtonFirst, Ms. Andersen served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Century National Bank until Century was acquired by United Bank.

Ms. Andersen donates her time and talent in the community and serves on the Board of Directors of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance, the Global Good Fund Board of Advisors, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Leadership Council, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Leadership Circle and the International Women’s Forum of Washington, DC. She previously served on the Treasury Board of Virginia, the Board of Trustees for Youth For Tomorrow, Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta where she was Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Housing Committee. Ms. Andersen founded the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the physical, social and mental well-being of children in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Ms. Andersen was named one of American Banker Magazine’s Top 25 Women to Watch, Washington Power Player, one of the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 and Women Who Mean Business, a SmartCEO Magazine 2010 and 2011 Top Banker, and honored with an ABC7 WJLA-TV & Toyota Dealers’ Tribute to Working Women award.

Ms. Andersen is frequently sought after to provide her opinions and insights regarding banking and capital market matters. She is often quoted in the media, appearing on CNBC and Fox News, and featured in articles such as the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine.  


Charles Elliott Andrews

MorganFranklin Consulting

Mr. Andrews has served as a director of the Bank and Company since 2012. Mr. Andrews most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of RSM McGladrey Inc., a subsidiary of H&R Block, Inc. He also served in various positions at SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae) including President, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President, and Executive Vice President of Accounting, Corporate Finance and Risk Management. Prior to joining Sallie Mae, Mr. Andrews was at Arthur Andersen for 28 years, including 18 years as a partner in the DC Metro area. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of NVR, Inc. (including as a member of the Audit Committee) and Washington Mutual Investors Fund. He previously served as a Director of Six Flags, Inc. (including as Audit Committee Chair) and U-Store-It (renamed to CubeSmart) where he was also a member of the Audit Committee. Further, Mr. Andrews serves as Director of Junior Achievement and Inova Health Systems Foundation. Mr. Andrews, a Virginia Tech graduate, also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the R.B. Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.


Joseph S. Bracewell

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Bracewell is the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the Bank and the Company. Mr. Bracewell has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. He is a retired partner and currently Of Counsel to the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, which he joined in 2009 as a result of the combination of Bingham and McKee Nelson LLP, where Mr. Bracewell was previously a partner. Prior to joining McKee Nelson in 2002, Mr. Bracewell served as Chairman, President and CEO of Century Bancshares, Inc. from the bank’s inception in 1982 until it was acquired by United Bankshares, Inc. in 2001. He has been actively engaged in the banking business for forty years in both Houston, Texas and Washington, D.C. having served as principal organizer or founding director of six newly-chartered banks, five of which have been profitably sold to regional banks or private investors. Mr. Bracewell is a former Director and Vice Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, and a former Director of the Independent Community Bankers of America.


George W. Connors, IV

Bank President & Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Connors is the Bank President and Chief Credit Officer of the Bank and has served as a director of the Bank since 2005 and a director of the Company since 2009. He has been in commercial banking for 29 years, serving in executive management positions at Century National Bank and its successor, United Bank, between 1990 and 2004, when he joined the Bank. Mr. Connors is currently on the boards of directors of The Entrepreneurs Institute, United Cerebral Palsy of Washington and Northern Virginia, and the Center for Financial Training. He currently serves on the faculty of the Center for Financial Training, and as President for United Cerebral Palsy, Treasurer for the Falls Church Anglican of Falls Church, Virginia, and Chairman of the Life to Eagle Committee for Boy Scout Troop 106, Arlington, Virginia.


Josephine S. Cooper

Josephine Cooper, LLC

Ms. Cooper has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Ms. Cooper is chief executive of Josephine Cooper LLC, a consulting firm providing crisis management, public affairs and communications services to companies, trade associations and individuals. For almost seven years, she served as Group Vice President for Toyota Motor North America, Inc., directing federal and state government affairs, legislative, regulatory and compliance issues. Prior to joining Toyota in 2004, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association for the automobile industry, for five years. Prior to that time, she was Vice President for Regulatory Affairs for the American Forest & Paper Association. She serves on the boards of the Washington Performing Arts Society, the National Capital Region Salvation Army, the Environmental Law Institute, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and is on the Board of Trustees of Meredith College and is past president of the Business-Government Relations Council.


Jan Naylor Cope

J. Naylor Cope Company

Ms. Cope is the Assistant Rector of St. David's Episcopal Church. From 1994-2006, Ms. cope was Founder and President of the J. Naylor Cope Company in Washington, D.C., a nationally recognized executive recruiting firm. Prior to founding the J. Naylor Cope Company, Ms. Cope served as Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel in the White House for President George H.W. Bush. She is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, The Decatur House, and the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation in Washington, DC.


The Honorable John H. Dalton

The Financial Services Roundtable

Housing Policy Council

Mr. Dalton has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Dalton has been President of the Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable since January 2005. From September 2000 to December 2004 he served as President and Director of IPG Photonics, a fiber optics company. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Dalton served as Secretary of the Navy. In 1997 he received the International Security Leadership Award from the National Security Caucus. Mr. Dalton serves as the Chairman of the National Advisory Board of Community Renewal International and on the Chapter of the Washington National Cathedral. He also serves on the corporate boards of Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc., and BGC Partners, Inc.


Gary Galleberg


Mr. Galleberg is a private investor based in Naples, Florida. From 1988 to 2004, he was President of Zoran Inc., an internationally known fashion design and manufacturing firm based in New York and Milan. He served as a member of the City of Naples City Council from 2000 to 2004 and as Vice Mayor from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Galleberg is also an attorney admitted to the State of New York Bar.


Kailash C. Goel

Delaware Cornerstone Builders

Dr. Goel is a professional engineer and a Principal of Goel Services, Inc., a contracting company specializing in environmental clean up, demolition and building renovations. Dr. Goel received his Ph.D., in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1968. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Management. He has a professional engineer license issued by the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers in 1968. He is a Diplomat of American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Dr. Goel served as the Director of the First Liberty National Bank from 1992 until its merger with WashingtonFirst in 2006.


Richard D. Horn

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Horn is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for both the Bank and the Company. He has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Horn was a partner with the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP in Washington, D.C. serving in the firm's commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. For more than 17 years, Mr. Horn represented clients before federal and state courts, administrative tribunals, and in state and federal agency proceedings in a broad array of business and commercial disputes. Mr. Horn is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.


John J. Mahoney

Regional Title Incorporated

Mr. Mahoney has served as a director of the Bank since 2006 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Since 1996 Mr. Mahoney has been President of Regional Title Incorporated. Prior to Regional Title, he served as Managing Partner for Transaction Associates (1995-1996), Vice President and Director of Operations for First American Title Insurance Company, Mid-Atlantic Region (1994-1995), and as President of Attorneys Title Corporation (1977-1994). Mr. Mahoney was past president of D.C. Land Title Association and the Capitol Hill Merchants and Professionals Association (CHAMPS). He was also a former Board Member (2001-2007) and Interim Chairman (2003-2004) of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, a Trustee of the Federal City Council (1996-2010), and a Trustee of Providence College in Rhode Island (2002-2010). Currently, Mr. Mahoney serves as a member of the D.C. Bar and a member of the Economics Club of Washington, and a participant on the District of Columbia Office of Revenue Analysis (ORA) Advisory Group.


Juan A. Mencia


Mr. Mencia has served as a director of the Bank since 2005 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Mencia was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cube Corporation, a nationally recognized facilities management company, from March 1994 to March 2005. The Cube Corporation was recognized as the Fastest Growing Hispanic-Owned Company in the United States in 2000, received the Virginia Vanguard Award for Top Service Company in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2001 and 2002, and was listed number fifty-one on Hispanic Business Magazine's Hispanic Business 500, a directory of the largest Hispanic-owned companies in 2004. Mr. Mencia sold The Cube Corporation, with over $115 million in annual revenue, in March 2005. He received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Washington Area in 2000 and the Hispanic Business Magazine's National Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. Currently Mr. Mencia is involved with numerous ventures, start-ups and others. Additionally, Mr. Mencia is an investor partner with Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) whose mission is to serve the needs of children of low-income families in the Washington Metropolitan region and to demonstrate a unique approach to effective philanthropy.


Larry D. Meyers

Meyers & Associates

Mr. Meyers has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Meyers is the founder and President of Meyers & Associates, a government relations firm established in 1981. The twelve-member firm assists universities, cities, business and agricultural groups in understanding and affecting government policy. The firm is associated with Crosswind Communications, an Austin-based public relations firm with offices in New York, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He also serves as President of Agriculture Development International, Inc., an export and consulting firm providing commodities and technical assistance to developing countries. He is a Deacon and serves as Vice Chairman of the Foundation for the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia. He also serves as Sponsoring Organization Representative for the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Office of International Affairs of Texas Tech University, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas State Aquarium.


Mark C. Michael

Occasions Caterers, Inc.

Mr. Michael has served as a director of the Bank since 2005 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Michael is the founder and President of Occasions Caterers Inc., a full-service, off-premise catering firm, located in Washington, D.C. since 1986. He is also founder and President of Protocol Staffing Services LLC, a hospitality staffing service, as well as Menus Catering, Inc. a corporate drop-off catering service. In addition to being on several corporate boards, he is on the President's Council for Higher Achievement Program and he serves as a mentor for the Regional Board for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, Washington, D.C. Chapter, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the International Society of Event Specialists.


Madhu K. Mohan, MD

Riverside Medical Group

Dr. Mohan has served as a director of the Bank since the acquisition of First Liberty in 2006 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Dr. Mohan is a practicing endocrinologist and President of the Riverside Medical Group, a large multi-specialty group consisting of 50 health care providers. He is founder and Chairman of First Opinions, a software company in New Delhi, as well as Director of AJPL, a hydroelectric power project in Sikkim, India. He is also Chairman of a private equity fund with interests in healthcare companies in Southeast Asia and Europe. He was previously the Chairman of First Liberty Bancorp, Inc. and First Liberty National Bank prior to its acquisition by the Company. Dr. Mohan has been involved in various community projects and multiple businesses in health care, technology, biotech and real estate.


James P. Muldoon


Mr. Muldoon has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Muldoon is the CEO of METCOR, Ltd., Washington, D.C., which identifies, develops and secures federal business for high technology firms and has served in that capacity since 1979. A division of METCOR, Learning Systems International (LSI), offers training materials development, documentation and training delivery services. He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Coast Guard's National Boating Safety Advisory Council since 1998 and is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's College of Maryland and continues to serve as a board trustee. He is Chairman of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation/DC Sail, the Vice President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and was President of the United States Sailing Association from 1997 to 2000. In addition, Mr. Muldoon currently serves as a member of numerous project and governance boards related to other charitable and community organizations.

William Oldaker

William C. Oldaker

Oldaker Law Group, LLP

Mr. Oldaker has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Oldaker is a founding member and partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Oldaker Law Group, LLP, which was established in 1993. From 1987 to 1993, he was a partner in the Washington office of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. He was a partner at Epstein, Becker, and Green from 1982 to 1987 and is currently a partner of the National Health Advisors, a joint venture of Epstein, Becker, & Green and The Oldaker Group. He previously served as a director of Century National Bank until its acquisition by United Bank. Mr. Oldaker, is a partner in the consulting firm, The National Group, and a member of the board of directors for Neuralstem, Inc., a biopharmaceutical firm. He is a member of the D.C. Bar Association, the Bar Association for the Court of Appeals, D.C., and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. The Company believes Mr. Oldaker's qualifications to serve as a director include his legal experience and his years of experience as a director of the Company and the Bank.


Randall S. Peyton, MD

Arthritis & Sports Orthopaedics & Physical Therapy

Dr. Peyton has served as a director of the Bank since 2007 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Dr. Peyton has been practicing orthopedics in the Northern Virginia area since 1995. Dr. Peyton is President and CEO of Arthritis & Sports Orthopaedics & Physical Therapy, which he founded in January 1998. Dr. Peyton is an orthopaedic total joint surgeon, focused on the treatment of arthritis, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal problems of the hip, knee and shoulder. He completed his fellowship training in adult reconstruction and total joint replacement surgery at the prestigious Rothman Institute of the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Peyton has performed thousands of knee and hip replacements. In addition to his work at Arthritis & Sports, Dr. Peyton is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons (AAOS) and belongs to several professional organizations including the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).


The Honorable Joe R. Reeder

Greenberg Traurig

Mr. Reeder has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Reeder, Mid-Atlantic Region Managing Shareholder for Greenberg Traurig, LLP (1999-2008), also served as Chairman of the Board of the Panama Canal Commission and 14th Undersecretary of the U.S. Army (1993-1997). A member of a number of corporate boards (both domestic and international), Mr. Reeder also serves on a number of civic and charitable boards, including the National Board of Governors of the USO, the Armed Services YMCA, the National Defense Industry Association, where he chairs the corporate Ethics Committee, the Marshall Legacy Institute, the Army Air Force Mutual Aid Association, Our Military Kids, and the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. A Trustee Emeritus of the Association of the U.S. Army, Mr. Reeder co-chaired Governor Warner's Base Realignment Commission and was named by Governors Warner and Kaine to the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority, where he recently was re-elected as Chairman.

William G. Reilly

William G. Reilly

Champion Title and Settlements, Inc.

Mr. Reilly has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Since 1993, Mr. Reilly has been the President of Champion Title, Fairfax, Virginia, a title insurance and real estate settlements company. From 1999 to 2001, he was Vice President in charge of sales for Network Access Solutions, Herndon, Virginia. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Reilly was National Sales Manager, Government Systems Division, of Executone Information Systems, Oakton, Virginia. He is on the Board of the Melanoma Research Foundation, a member of the Northern Virginia Builders Industry Association, Trump National Country Club, and Our Lady of Hope Church.


Gail R. Steckler

Infrastructure Management Group, Inc.

Ms. Steckler has served as a director of the Bank since 2004 and as a director of the Company since 2009. Ms. Steckler is Treasurer of Infrastructure Management Group, Inc., a global management consulting company. Before joining IMG, Inc. she was a Development Officer for Virginia Properties Associates, Inc., a real estate investment firm. Prior to this, she was a Vice President at ASB Capital Management, an institutional investment advisory firm. She has served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Presbyterian School, where for several years she chaired the Finance Committee and the Investment Committee. She is a member of the CFA Society of Washington, D.C., and The Board of Visitors of Children's National Medical Center.

Gen. Johnnie E. Wilson

General (Ret.) Johnnie E. Wilson


General Wilson has served as a director of the Bank since 2005 and as a director of the Company since 2005. General Wilson, retired 4-star, is currently Chief Executive Officer of JWIL, LLC. He previously served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Dimensions International, Inc. from 1999 to 2007, and later as Vice President of Logistics at Honeywell Technology. General Wilson's distinguished career in the U.S. Army culminated in his position as Commanding General, U.S. Army Material Command. During his career, General Wilson was selected to command the Ordinance Center and School responsible for the training and professional development of soldiers, NCOs and officers every year. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of Army, where he was responsible for worldwide logistics. General Wilson currently serves with a number of civic and charitable organizations, including Mission Readiness, an organization formed to fight youth obesity, CAUSE, an organization formed to support United States wounded combat veterans, and the Career Communications Group's Stars & Stripes Committee, where General Wilson serves as the National Chairman.


D. Mark Lowers

Lowers Risk Group

Mr. Lowers was appointed to serve as a director of the Bank and the Company following the acquisition of Alliance Bankshares Corporation in December 2012. Previously, Mr. Lowers had served as a director of Alliance Bankshares Corporation from July 2010 through December 2012. He served on the Compliance Committee of the board of directors of Alliance Bankshares Corporation during 2011 and 2012. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lowers Risk Group, a provider of enterprise-wide risk mitigation and loss prevention, employments screening, and data intelligence services through its three complimentary companies: Lowers & Associates, Proforma Screening Solutions and Wholesale Screening Solutions. He is also President of Lowers & Associates, a firm specializing in risk mitigation and loss prevention firm that provides services to insurance companies, banks, the cash in transit industry and other financial institutions. Mr. Lowers is a certified fraud examiner and has over 25 years of experience administering risk management functions including risk assessments, risk mitigation techniques, audits and compliance programs. Mr. Lowers is actively involved in the Loudoun County, Virginia community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of INOVA Health System. Mr. Lowers served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Loudoun Healthcare, Inc. from 1998 through 2009, and as a director of Loudoun Healthcare, Inc. starting in 1994.


Donald W. Fisher, PhD

American Medical Group Association

Dr. Fisher was appointed to serve as a director of the Bank and the Company following the acquisition of Alliance Bankshares Corporation in December 2012. Previously, Dr. Fisher had served as a director of Alliance Bankshares Corporation since 2009 and was appointed Chairman in February 2011. He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Group Association, or "AMGA," since October 1980. Dr. Fisher also serves on the Boards of Directors for the American Medical Group Foundation, the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, the American International Health Alliance, and as Chairman of the Board of AMGA’s subsidiary Anceta, LLC. Dr. Fisher earned a BS degree from Millsaps College, MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and completed the Group Practice Executive Manager's Institute at the Wharton School of Business. Through over 32 years of experience with AMGA, Dr. Fisher has developed extensive executive management knowledge and leadership skills that provide the board of directors with a unique perspective on corporate governance and corporate strategy.


Jon M. Peterson

The Peterson Companies

Jon M. Peterson has worked in the family’s real estate development business, previously known as Hazel/Peterson Companies, since 1986. The Peterson Companies has been a regionally recognized leader in the community development industry, providing 24,000 residential lots, approximately 3 million square feet of retail and approximately over 3.5 million square feet of quality office space. TPC provides management services for its own portfolio of office buildings and retail centers.

Mr. Peterson’s role as Senior Vice President of Commercial and Business Development has allowed him to develop close ties to the entire metropolitan real estate community. He has been involved on a day-to-day basis in all aspects of build-to-suit, purchase and acquisition, sale, leasing and financing of commercial properties as well as ground up development of approximately 2.25 million square feet of commercial office product in the Washington Metropolitan area.

His strength and expertise include Class A office leasing and mixed use development from the acquisition of the land to stabilized cash flow.

Mr. Peterson graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and English.


Ken Morrissette

Interstate Worldwide Relocation Services

Mr. Morrissette has served as a director of the Bank since 2010 and as a director of the Company since 2010. Mr. Morrissette has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Interstate Service Group, Inc., and several of its sister companies, from their worldwide headquarters in Springfield, Virginia since 2010. At age 16, Mr. Morrissette began working for the family business, Ace Van & Storage Co., Inc., founded by his father, Arthur E. Morrissette, in 1943. During his career with the family business, Mr. Morrissette has been responsible for management of all of the legal, financial, IT and administrative areas of the worldwide logistics and relocation businesses. Mr. Morrissette has served as officer and board member on various community and transportation industry associated boards, and currently serves on the board of The Salvation Army National Capital Region.