Who We Are


National Board


Linda Matkowski



Linda Matkowski serves as executive vice president at City Securities. Having spent the bulk of her career in Chicago, Linda recently joined City Securities to manage the Fixed Income Capital Markets division, which comprises Public Finance Banking, Underwriting, Institutional Trading & Sales, and Retail/Taxable Trading. Linda is a graduate of the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana. She holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 52, 53 and 63 licenses. Additionally, she is involved in a number of governmental and industry organizations nationally as well as in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Prior to joining City Securities she was employed by Raymond James and was located in Chicago Illinois.

Linda has been involved in number of volunteer activities including serving two terms as an elected board member for a school district in Illinois.  She served two years as an appointed board member on the Financial Oversight Panel for East St. Louis School District 189.  In previous years she also served on various committees for the Illinois State Board of Education dealing with financial and educational policy issues.  She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences addressing financial policies and procedures for local governmental entities.

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Natalie Guzman



Natalie Guzman is a Marketing, Public Relations and Business Development Executive successful at providing the vision, strategies and leadership required to build reputation and brand for the sixth largest contributing affiliate in company. She is an innovative strategic leader with experience transforming concepts into high impact results. In addition, Natalie has a proven record in development and execution of winning marketing strategies that drive profitability and growth while positively impacting the bottom line. She has notable success in developing programs that differentiate the organization from its competition.


Ashley Christie



Ashley Christie is a manager in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Real Estate Services Group and has been with the firm since 2008. Ashley’s primary responsibilities include managing client relationships, preparing income tax returns for partnerships, fiduciaries, S corporations, C corporations and individuals, and consulting and advising clients on their tax issues. She also prepares client financial statements, tax projections, estate planning, property tax returns and business plans as well as providing other general business and accounting services. Ashley is actively involved in training and mentoring the staff. Additionally, she is a participant in the firm’s Recruiting and KSM Bright Ideas committees.
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Howard J. Ross



Howard J. Ross is a builder of innovations in the field of diversity and inclusion and a unifier of people, organizations, and causes. He is founder & Chief Learning Officer of Cook Ross Inc. and an advisor to major global educational, corporate, philanthropic, and governmental organizations. Through his unique combination of a personal and system-focused approach, Howard is an advocate for high-performing organizational cultures that advance people, performance, and profits. He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance.

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Melissa Greenwell



Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, leads human resources, communications and corporate social responsibility initiatives for Finish Line Inc., a national specialty athletic retailer. Melissa has applied her expertise in the design and development of organizations in many industries to help create high performance companies. Her career includes senior human resource leadership positions with Sallie Mae, Brightpoint North America, JP Morgan Chase, Oak Street Mortgage and Made2Manage Systems.


Darlene Slaughter



Darlene Slaughter is leading efforts to expedite and advance worldwide diversity and inclusion strategies, partnerships and initiatives working closely with community-based United Ways, as well as corporate and community partners.

Prior to joining United Way Worldwide, she served as the Principal Consultant and Chair of Linkage Institute for Leading Diversity and Inclusion where she trained corporate leaders on developing and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. Before Linkage, she led an integrated strategy to utilize and support the talents at Fannie Mae and designed the first Executive Diversity Council as its Chief Diversity Officer.

Her work in diversity and inclusion has been recognized in various ways. She has won many awards and honors including SAVOY’s 2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America, Profiles in Diversity Journal’s list of Women Worth Watching, Black Enterprises’ Top Executives in Diversity and Heart & Soul’s Women of Substances in Finance. She is also a frequent speaker on topics such as changing management, women’s initiatives, financial literacy, leadership development and concepts on diversity and inclusion.

She holds a M.S. in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from American University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Howard University.


Haley Altman



Haley Altman is Partner in Ice Miller’s Business Group. Haley concentrates her practice in corporate and securities law and in the representation of emerging growth companies and the venture capital firms and strategic investors that finance them. While many of her clients are entrepreneurs, she also represents several private equity firms, venture capital firms and angel funds and has been involved in formation and structuring of start-up and early-stage companies in the Midwest in such industries as technology, life sciences and medical device. She counsels entrepreneurs on the legal and business issues related to the formation process and all facets of corporate growth. Haley also advises her clients in obtaining financing through a variety of funding sources, including equity capital, mezzanine capital and senior loans. She has led and participated in a variety of transactions, ranging from relatively straightforward “friends and family” equity rounds and senior loan financings to larger equity raises with venture capital funds in amounts ranging from $500,000 to $50 million, to multi-tiered equity and debt financings involving equity, senior debt and mezzanine debt tranches ranging from $1 million to $750 million. She also is an active mergers and acquisitions lawyer, with a particular focus on middle-market deals. She has represented both acquiring and selling companies in such transactions, ranging from less than $5 million to over $800 million, with the majority being between $25 -$50 million.

Haley began her career as an associate at Ice Miller in the Business Group. She expanded her corporate and venture capital financing experience at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in California. Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Haley moved back to Indiana and rejoined Ice Miller LLP in 2010. Haley graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and political science in 2002. While at DePauw, Haley was a Science Research Fellow. She attended Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she earned a juris doctorate, cum laude, in 2006.

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Don Cates



Don Cates is the President and CEO of 3 Rivers FCU, and $780 million, 70,000 member Credit Union in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He joined the Credit Union in October of 2011 as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to coming to 3River he was President/CEO and served on the board of Directors of AmericanTrust in Peru, Indiana.  At 31 he was the youngest Bank CEO in the State of Indiana, and served in that capacity for 10 years.   His previous experience includes sales management, branch administration and commercial lending.  He was Chairman of the Miami County Economic Development Corporation for 5 years, and has been active in Economic Development for over 15 years.   He is involved with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnerships Regional Opportunities Council, United Way Campaign Cabinet Chairman, and is on the board for Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana.


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Laura Haynes



Laura Haynes is Vice President and Relationship Manager for Stock Yards Bank & Trust Commercial Banking division. She has worked in the commercial banking arena for more than 27 years. Laura has extensive experience and expertise in all facets of lending including middle market, small business, asset-based and floorplan lending.

Outside of banking, Laura keeps active in her community serving various organizations including being the Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Board for Mentoring Women’s Network in Indianapolis, Treasurer and Past President of the Central Indiana Chapter of the Risk Management Association (RMA), Rotary Club of Indianapolis member sitting on various committees and member of Executive Women in HealthCare. She was an active volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana for 14 years where she served as troop leader and Treasurer for the Pike Township Service Unit. Laura is listed as one of the Outstanding Young Woman of America.

Laura is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Mathematics. She is married and has two daughters.

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Melissa E. Buck



Melissa Buck is a Relationship Manager and Vice President for Comerica Bank in the Texas Market. She received her B.A. Degree from Florida Atlantic University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Retail Management. She started her career in clothing retail with Banana Republic and ran the third largest location in the country with over 14,000 square feet and over $14,000,000 in sales. She transitioned to banking in 2004 and helped establish a new bank in the Indiana market. Melissa has excelled in the transition winning numerous awards and in her first year of banking was awarded one of the top Branch Manager awards. Her success in banking started early, as she was asked to be on a panel that discussed the retail environment of banking to the executives of Charter One Bank just three months after her hire date. Melissa is a certified Business Banking Advocate and has spent the majority of her volunteer efforts being an advocate for women’s initiatives. She is an active member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and Comerica’s Women’s Forum. In 2015, she was elected to serve as Chairperson of the Dallas chapter of Mentoring Women’s Network.