Board Members & Advisory Group

The individuals below have volunteered their time to serve as Board Members/Officers and provide guidance to the NIBA. Contact any Officer/Committee Chairperson for more information or to participate in association activities.



Founder & Chairman: Melinda Schramm
MHS Capital Resource, Inc.
President: Mike Burke
Highground Trading, LLC
Vice-President: Ryan Griffeth
PostRock Brokerage
Treasurer: Mike Coglianese
Michael Coglianese, CPA, PC
Secretary: Tom Sandy
Past President: Steve Petillo
Straits Financial
Member: Rodney Dow
The Dow Corporation
Member: Howard Rennell
The Windham Group
Member: Brad Janitz
Midland IRA
Member: Mark Shore
Shore Capital Management
FCM Advisor: Brian Gaffud
Rosenthal Collins Group
FCM Advisor: Paul Fry
Straits Financial
FCM Advisor: Daniel Dorman
Dorman Trading
Exchange Advisor: Barbara Schmidt-Bailey
CME Group
Legal Advisor: Matt Kluchenek
Baker & McKenzie

NIBA Committees

Membership: Brad Janitz, Chariman
Service Providers: Steve Petillo, Chairman
Newsletter: Ryan Griffeth, Chairman
Melinda Schramm
NFA Regulations: Mike Burke, Chairman
Melinda Schramm
Ryan Griffeth
CFTC Regulations: Melinda Schramm, Chairmam
Mike Burke
Steve Petillo
Matt Kluchenek
Exchange Relations: Barbara Schmidt-Bailey
Mike Burke
Brian Gaffud
Tom Sandy
New York City Conference: Howard Rennell Chairman
Steve Petillo
Melinda Schramm
Mike Burke
DePaul University Conference & Relations: Tom Sandy, Chairman
Steve Petillo
Mark Shore
Chicago Conference: Ryan Griffeth, Chairman
Steve Petillo
Melinda Schramm
Tom Sandy
Barbara Schmidt-Bailey
Advisory Group: Rodney Dow, Chairman
Melinda Schramm
Website: Ryan Griffeth
Adam Aronoff

NIBA Advisory Group

The NIBA Advisory Group is made of industry experts who have agreed to share their special knowledge and approach to our business with the NIBA to help grow the Association membership and influence, and help it meet its educational goals.

NIBA Advisory Group (AG) members meet once each year in Chicago. Each serves a 2-year term. Members whose term expire in November 2019 are:

Makenzie Billings, CME Group – [email protected]

Mike Dancey, Managed Accounts Research, Inc. – [email protected]om

Rob DeMuria, Compliance Supervisors, Inc. – [email protected]

Paul Georgy, Allendale, Inc. – [email protected]

Dr. Carl Luft, DePaul University – [email protected]

Tom McCarthy, Liccar CPA – [email protected]

John Nelson, Applied Research – [email protected]

Mike Phillips, VSEC, LLC – [email protected]

John Roe, BTR Trading – [email protected]

Mark Ruddy, Ruddy Gregory Law Office – [email protected]

Skip Shean, 16Wells – [email protected]

The Advisory Group is chaired by NIBA Board Member Rodney Dow. Board Members also serving are: Melinda Schramm, Mike Burke and Tom Sandy.