Management Team

Our Senior Management Team is comprised of knowledgeable banking professionals who strive to provide the best experience and solutions possible. Our executives are dedicated to our clients and they work closely with them to deliver customized solutions to meet their needs. We strive to create personal relationships with our clients, and work hard to earn their trust. We invite you to meet our team:

Don Cole

Chief Executive Officer

Don Cole is the Chief Executive Officer of Congressional Bank. From 2012 to 2018, Don served as Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Partners. From 2009 to 2011, Don served as Chief Financial Officer of CapitalSource. From 2003 to 2009, Don served in various senior management positions at CapitalSource including Chief Operations Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, and Chief Information Officer. Don received his BS and MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his law degree from the University of Virginia.

Anne M. Balcer

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Internal Auditor

Anne Balcer joined Congressional Bank in April 2013. She previously served as Maryland’s Deputy Commissioner of Financial Regulation as an appointee of the O’Malley-Brown Administration. Before her career in public service, Anne was the Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Division of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Inc. in Baltimore City. Anne has testified before Congress, the TARP Oversight Committee and in state and local legislatures on consumer protection, foreclosure and fair housing. She was honored with the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators Distinguished Service Award in August 2012 and was named the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s 2012 Consumer Advocate of the Year. She was also honored as one of the Daily Record 2012 Leadership in Law recipients. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, with honors, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her B.A. from Randolph Macon College.

Kenneth F. Elias

Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer

Kenny Elias joined Congressional Bank in 2011 and now serves as the Chief Lending Officer of the bank.  Kenny also founded and continues to run the Corporate Lending business at Congressional Bank.  Prior to Congressional Bank, he served various roles in leveraged finance, private equity and accounting. Most recently Kenny was with Blackstreet Capital where he sourced, underwrote, and managed control equity buyouts of underperforming companies. Prior thereto, Kenny was a Director of Portfolio Management for Leveraged Finance at Capitalsource Bank where he managed several billion dollars of performing and non-performing loans throughout his tenure. His previous experience includes roles with Allied Capital Corporation (now part of Ares Capital) and regional CPA firm Watkins Meegan LLC. Kenny is a CPA and received his MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware.

Amy Y. Heller

Executive Vice President, Healthcare Lending

Amy Heller joined Congressional Bank as the SVP - Healthcare Lending in 2013. Prior to Congressional Bank, Amy was most recently Managing Director of the Healthcare Credit Group at CapitalSource Bank where her responsibilities included originating, structuring, underwriting and negotiating asset-based, leveraged and real estate loan transactions within the healthcare industry. Her previous experience includes a variety of roles within CapitalSource, Heller Financial and its predecessor, Healthcare Financial Partners where she managed various portfolios of loans, including complex restructuring transactions. Amy graduated from The George Washington University, cum laude, with a degree in Business, concentrating in Finance.

James H. Peterson

Executive Vice President-Chief Operating Officer & Chief Credit Officer

Jim Peterson joined Congressional Bank as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in 2014.  Prior to Congressional Bank, Jim was with CapitalSource for 11 years, most recently as the Senior Vice President and Director of Credit & Credit Policy where his responsibilities included: credit policies and procedures, credit approvals, regulatory relations, and managing a loan administration department. His previous experience includes business development, underwriting, and relationship management during 17 years with Bank of America in various commercial lending roles. Jim graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Economics.

Mark Wendel

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mark Wendel joined Congressional Bank in 2017 and has over 30 years of financial services industry experience in the areas of internal and regulatory financial reporting, asset-liability management, treasury management, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning. Prior to joining Congressional, he served over 10 years as the CFO of a $4 billion asset sized institution, Cardinal Bank of Mclean VA. Mark graduated from Rhodes College of Memphis with a degree in Accounting and received his MBA in Finance from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis.

Tony DeLucca

Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending

Tony DeLucca joined Congressional Bank as Vice President of Commercial Lending in 2005 and was named Senior Vice President - Commercial Lending in 2007. Prior to Congressional Bank, Tony was the Vice President of Commercial/Residential Lending at Colombo Bank where his responsibilities included: loan origination, business development, portfolio management, secondary market manager and a member of loan committee. His previous experience includes roles with Bank Atlantic, RFC / Homecomings Financial and Countrywide Wholesale Lending. Tony graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Finance.

Patience C. Gaskill

Senior Vice President, Deposit Sales

Patience Gaskill joined Congressional Bank in 2012. She manages the Deposit Sales team including the Business Development Officers and the staff at the bank's branches. Prior to Congressional Bank, Patience was Senior Vice President, Retail Administration for Suntrust Bank where she managed sales and operations for 14 branches in Washington, DC. She was with Suntrust Bank for 12 years prior to joining Congressional. Patience graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

James Robertson

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

James Robertson joined Congressional Bank as Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 2016. Prior to Congressional Bank, James was the Vice President of Human Resources for World Duty Free Group, headquartered in London, England and with Seneca One Finance in Bethesda. His previous experience includes roles as Vice President of Human Resources as well as Operations, Organizational Development and Talent Management. James graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and received his MBA from The George Washington University in Washington DC.

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