The Michigan Bankers Association has named Patricia Herndon senior vice president of government relations and Joellen Wright senior vice president of the MBA Service Corporation.
In her role as senior vice president of government relations, Patricia will lead the MBA advocacy team in coordinating state and federal legislative and regulatory efforts on behalf of MBA member banks. She joined the MBA as advocacy director in 2011. Previously, Patricia was part of the State Farm Insurance Companies government relations team for 17 years. Patricia earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is a graduate of Leadership Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce. She has been involved with the Michigan Council on Economic Education, Michigan Fitness Foundation and Michigan Habitat for Humanity.
“For five years, Patricia has played a valuable and vital role in shaping and executing the MBA’s legislative efforts in Michigan and Washington,” said John Llewellyn, MBA executive vice president. “She is respected for her deep understanding of the banking industry and her ability to translate that knowledge into effective public policy.”
As senior vice president of the MBASC, Joellen will lead efforts to develop, maintain and provide MBA member banks with access to quality employee benefits and agency support, workers compensation coverage, and products and services. Joellen joined the MBA in 2003 as vice president of insurance and employee benefits. Prior to joining the MBA, Joellen was vice president and director of programs for the Michigan League of Community Banks. Joellen is a registered employee benefits consultant, certified employee benefits specialist and a group benefits associate. She earned a bachelor’s degree and dual associate degrees from Davenport College of Business.
“Joellen is extremely accomplished and respected by MBA members and staff. She brings a unique perspective and deep expertise to this role,” said John Llewellyn, MBA executive vice president and MBASC president, “Her leadership is critical as MBASC continues to grow and expand to best meet our bank members’ varying needs.”