Leadership

Evolve’s Executive Leadership

Henry “Rusty” Barham II

Senior Vice President
General Counsel

Mr. Barham is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in legal, risk and compliance management. Prior to joining Evolve, Mr. Barham served as Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Consumer Affairs for Simmons Bank, a $21B asset-sized commercial and retail financial institution. Mr. Barham received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Mr. Barham is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and has been admitted to U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana.

Robin Bedsole

Senior Vice President
Corporate Controller

Ms. Bedsole oversees the Finance and Accounting functions for all of Evolve’s Divisions and Shared Services. She joined Evolve in 2016 as Vice President, Bank Controller. Ms. Bedsole has 30 years of accounting and banking experience. She came to Evolve from Commander Navy Installations Command, Millington, TN where she served as Controller, Head of Accounting. Ms. Bedsole has held similar positions at Bank of Bartlett, First Tennessee Bank and Hilton Hotel Corporation. Ms. Bedsole is a CPA and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Christian Brothers University.

Davina Bergin

President
SBA Lending Division

Ms. Bergin has more than 30 years of experience in SBA Lending. Prior to joining Evolve, she was Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer for immito, LLC. Ms. Bergin has also served in numerous senior management roles including Senior Vice President, SBA Production Director for Umpqua Bank; Vice President, SBA Market Manager, Rabobank; Executive Vice President, Coast National Bank; and Vice President, SBA Lending Mission Community Bank. Ms. Bergin has served on the board of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (“NAGGL”) for more than 20 years and is the recipient of their Legislative Advocate of the Year award. She attended the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Ean Colley

Vice President
Bank Operations Manager

Ms. Colley joined Evolve in 2019 and serves as Vice President, Bank Operations Manager. She has the overall responsibility of leading and supervising the daily operations of the Deposit Operations, Loan Servicing, Payment Operations, Wire Desk and Branch Support teams. Prior to joining Evolve, Ms. Colley served at both a community bank and a regional financial services provider in various roles including deposit product development, training, operational support, compliance, strategy and customer support across multiple retail banking channels for both business and personal customers.

Andy Cook

President
Trust Division

Mr. Cook is the President of Evolve’s Trust Division. He originally joined Evolve in 2005 as the Senior Vice of Litigation Trust Services and since has served as the Senior Vice President of Sales with Evolve Securities. Prior to joining Evolve, Mr. Cook was the Divisional Executive Vice President with AXA Advisors, Assistant Vice President with the Woodmansee Wealth Management Group of Wachovia Securities, and District Manager and Registered Principal with Equitable. Mr. Cook attended the University of Memphis before he left to pursue a career with the New York Yankees organization from 1988-1996.

Mark Donovan

Executive Vice President
Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Donovan has nearly 25 years of experience in the retail banking sector as well as business and private banking. After completing his MBA at Wake Forest University, he accepted a position as Vice President of Credit Administration for Main Street Bank, Covington, GA. Mr. Donovan has held several senior credit positions, including as the Chief Credit Officer with First Landmark Bank, a Division of National Bank of Commerce. While there, he supervised credit administration for the Atlanta region, which encompassed the loan approval and credit quality of a $980MM loan portfolio.

John C. Freeman

President
Banking Division

Mr. Freeman has vast experience in the banking industry and is the former President of Liberty Bank in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is the former Chairman on the Arkansas Bankers Association Board of Directors. Mr. Freeman is a graduate of Southwest Graduate School of Banking from Southern Methodist University and completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Harding University.

Debra Gates

Managing Director
Community Funding

Mrs. Gates brings extensive knowledge in the areas of: finance, banking, cash management, strategic business planning, key negotiations, client consulting, resource coordination and critical problem solving to the Evolve team. Her 25+ year track record includes leadership and management accomplishments within the financial services industry in the county government, corporate, and non-profit sectors. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Tennessee and Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. Debra is a CPA and has completed the National Tax Lien University training in preparation for obtaining the tax lien industry’s Certified Tax Lien Professional (CTLP).

Thomas E. Holmes Jr.

Senior Vice President
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Mr. Holmes has more than 20 years of marketing experience. Before making the transition into the financial industry in 2017, he led marketing efforts for top tier television stations in Memphis, Boston, and New York. Mr. Holmes has been nominated for several creative awards including two Emmys®. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. Mr. Holmes currently serves on the Memphis Orpheum Theatre Group’s Board of Directors and on the Youth Villages West Tennessee Advisory Board.

Matt Knueven

Senior Vice President
Director of Mortgage Operations

Mr. Knueven is a mortgage industry professional with more than 25 years of experience in improving the speed and reliability of service while enhancing customer engagement levels in retail, direct to consumer, and wholesale channels. Most recently, Matt served as Vice President, Mortgage Fulfillment Manager for Regions Bank, Nashville. He has held similar roles at Fifth Third Bank and RBS Citizens. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Wilmington College.

Lance Lemoine

President
Mortgage Division

Mr. Lemoine has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in mortgage banking, capital markets, marketing, and consumer lending. Prior to joining Evolve, Mr. Lemoine served as Senior Vice President at Axia Home Loans in Bellevue, WA. He graduated from the CBA Graduate School of Retail Bank Management and Bentley University, Waltham, MA with a degree in Finance.

Ramona Martin

Senior Vice President
Director of Human Resources

Ms. Martin joined Evolve in 2017 after spending 20 years with Allied Universal formally known as Guardsmark, LLC. In her role there, she was the Vice President of Human Resources responsible for a companywith over 19,000 employees nationwide. As a graduate of Christian Brothers University with a MBA from the University of Memphis, Ms. Martin brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience — including certifications as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Randy Reynolds

President
Arkansas Banking Division

Prior to joining Evolve, Mr. Reynolds was the Vice President and manager of the Asset-Based Lending department of Union Planters Bank and the Vice President of Commercial Lending for 15 years at Liberty Bank. Mr. Reynolds graduated from Arkansas State with a degree in Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations and minors in Finance and Marketing. He is also a graduate of the Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and the Lending School for the Arkansas Bankers Association. Mr. Reynolds has served as President of the Board for City Youth Ministries in Jonesboro, AR.

Cecilia Russell

Senior Vice President
Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Russell has over 25 years of experience leading compliance, quality control and risk management at a variety of financial institutions. Prior to joining Evolve, Ms. Russell served as Vice President Internal Audit Manager for The Bancorp, Inc, Wilmington, DE. During her career, Ms. Russell also oversaw compliance at WSFS Bank, Stonebridge Bank and Peoples Bank. Ms. Russell has a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accounting from Widener University.

W. Christoper Staab

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Staab has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining Evolve, he served as the Chief Information Officer for Santander Bank. Mr. Staab has held several other senior leadership roles including Executive Vice President, Enterprise Payments and Treasury Management at Capital One Financial Corporation, Executive Director, Global Banking Operations at Morgan Stanley and Vice President, Lending and Account Services at E*Trade Financial. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University

Jason Stone

President
Physicians Capital

Since becoming President of the Evolve Physicians Capital division in 2015, Mr. Stone has positioned Evolve to be one of the top nationwide leaders in financing for the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) market. As the number of surgeries performed on an outpatient basis continues to grow, coupled with the savings the ASCs provide insurance companies and Medicare, Mr. Stone has emerged as a trusted resource for physicians and ASC management companies alike. Mr. Stone holds an undergraduate degree in economics, as well as an MBA from Auburn University.

Mike Vandenbergh

Vice President
Director of Information Technology

Mr. Vandenbergh has more than 20 years of experience in information technology. He has worked for several local and national financial institutions and software companies including Union Planters, Regions Financial and Morgan Keegan. Prior to Evolve, Mr. Vandenbergh was the Director of Emerging Technologies for The Seam, a Memphis-based software company specializing in agriculture and financial software solutions. He received a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

Hank Word

President
Open Banking Division

Mr. Word joined Evolve in 2014 as Senior Vice President of Technology and System Strategies. Four years ago he was named Evolve’s first SVP, Chief Technology Officer, and soon after, led the Bank Operations team. Mr. Word is one of the original stakeholders in the development of the Open Banking division and its evolving team. Before joining Evolve, he served as SVP of Information Technology at Paragon National Bank. Mr. Word attended the University of Memphis.