Bell Bank hires Causey as regional human resources manager

Bell Bank has hired Latasha Causey as vice president of human resources for Bell’s South Region markets, with oversight of human resources activities, including culture and diversity efforts, for Bell Bank and its divisions. Causey offices in Phoenix and works with Bell’s team members in Arizona, as well as its mortgage offices in New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Florida.

“We’re focused on hiring the ‘best of the best,’ and Latasha certainly fits that billing,” said Kyle Kennedy, Bell’s Southwest region president and Arizona banking director. “With her vast experience and connections, she’ll be able to help guide not only Bell Bank’s recruitment, hiring and human resources functions in this region, but also our expanding efforts in diversity and outreach. We’re proud to have someone of her caliber choose to join Bell as the next step in her already-successful career.”

“I’m excited to join the Bell Bank family,” Causey commented. “Bell has a unique culture that truly is built on core values of family, service and giving back. It’s a great opportunity for me to bring my own experience and perspectives in helping guide people-first practices for this rapidly growing financial organization.”

Causey has more than 20 years of experience leading recruiting and human resources teams. Prior to joining Bell Bank, she worked at Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, and USAA, where she was responsible for strengthening USAA’s brand and culture in the Phoenix market. Most recently, Causey was head of recruiting for U-Hall International, where she led recruitment for all the company’s locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Causey is very active in the Phoenix business community. In 2018, she was named one of Phoenix’s Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal. She was appointed to the Phoenix Business Workforce and Development Board by Mayor Kate Gallego. Causey serves on the boards of directors of several community nonprofit organizations: the Arizona State University Alumni Association, Valley of the Sun United Way, and Teach For America Phoenix.

Causey graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, then earned her master’s degree with a concentration in organizational management and Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification. She and her husband, Sullivan, live in Litchfield Park, Ariz., and have two sons.

Free Arts announces new board members

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona announced the following new board members: Margarita Cortez, Amanda Ho, Nura Eltaib, Mindy Conway, Lisa Ludolph and Liz Shabaker.

“We’re thrilled to have their expertise and knowledge on our board,” said Alicia Sutton Campbell, executive director of Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. “Some have been volunteers or served on various committees over the years and others are brand new to our organization. Each brings a unique skill set and passion to help children who have experienced trauma.”

Margarita Cortez is one of five members of the Phoenix Suns Charities and Social Responsibility team. She manages and administers nearly $1.1M in grants to 120 nonprofits annually serving more than 400,000 families and children in need in the Arizona community. She is a proud member of the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center’s Class 11 and was a former employee before joining the Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona Board. 

Amanda Ho is Director of State Regulatory Affairs at Arizona Public Service where she works with external stakeholders and state regulators on public policy and compliance matters. She enjoys serving on the Board and Free Arts Development Committee.  

Nura Eltaib is an aviation enthusiast, she has worked in the airline industry for most of her adult life and prides herself on having the opportunity to work on several mergers over her tenure.

Mindy Conway has been volunteering at Free Arts since 2018. She brings 10+ years of FP&A experience to the Finance & Operations Committee and Free Arts Board.

Lisa Ludolph is Director of Marketing for Global Payments Integrated and has over 20 years of experience working in both advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Marketing expertise includes Financial-Technology, Payments, Automotive, Real Estate and High-Tech Manufacturing.

Liz Shabaker is Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Versant Capital Management. Liz specializes in all aspects of wealth management, including investments, financial planning, estate planning, tax planning and consulting, family governance, next-generation education and planning, and philanthropy. She has been heavily involved with Free Arts for many years.