Senior Officers

Farm Credit East’s leadership team is responsible for overall growth and success of the cooperative.
Current Senior Officers
Mike Reynolds
Michael J. Reynolds
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael J. Reynolds has served as president and chief executive officer since 1/1/2020. He is a Farm Credit veteran, having joined in 1990 after graduating from Hartwick College with a bachelor’s in management and accounting. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as chief business officer where he provided executive leadership for all branch credit and financial services operations. He is also a member of Farm Credit East’s Credit and Human Resources committees. He serves as director of the Board of Farm Credit Financial Partners (FPI), a service company owned by Farm Credit East and other ACAs, and will serve as Board Chair in 2022. He is also vice chair of the Farm Credit System’s Presidents Planning Committee, a national leadership group, and is active in other workgroups within the Farm Credit System.

William Bathel
William S. Bathel
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

William S. Bathel works closely with the chief executive officer and members of the executive and senior leadership teams in leading and/or executing on Association strategic and business initiatives. Bill is responsible for measuring and monitoring enterprise risk and analytics within Farm Credit East, and provides the Board and management reports demonstrating operational performance against the Association’s risk appetite. Bill oversees the Association’s loan underwriting and administration programs, as well as data governance and management. He also works closely with the Association’s technology partner, Financial Partners Inc. (FPI), on matters related to data security and business continuity. He also coordinates matters with the federal examiner, the Farm Credit Administration. Bill joined Farm Credit in 1987, initially as a regulator, and has advanced through several positions throughout his career. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in accounting. He serves on the Executive Leadership Team, chairs the Management Risk Committee and serves on the Credit Committee. He also works closely with the Board’s Business Risk Committee.

Brianna Beebe
Briana S. Beebe
Executive Vice President Chief Human Resources Officer

Briana S. Beebe leads all of Farm Credit East’s human resource programs, including benefits, recruiting, employee engagement, training, compensation and many other special projects. She joined Farm Credit in 2003 and served as loan officer in the Middleboro branch for seven years before transitioning to her current role in human resources. She is Chair of Farm Credit East’s Human Resources Committee and serves on the CoBank Retirement Trust & Welfare Benefits committees. She serves as director of the board of Farm Credit Financial Partners (FPI), a service company owned by Farm Credit East and other ACAs. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in animal science/ag business. She is also a graduate of LEAD New York and Farm Credit’s Leadership Development Program.

Tom Cosgrove
Thomas W. Cosgrove
Executive Vice President of Knowledge Exchange, Public Relations and Marketing

Prior to assuming his current position in 2018, Thomas W. Cosgrove served as senior vice president for Public Affairs and Knowledge Exchange, and previous to that role, he was a vice president in Farm Credit East’s Commercial Lending unit. Prior to joining Farm Credit East, he served in a variety of roles for CoBank in its capital markets, communications and agribusiness divisions. He has also served as a staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. He is the immediate past chair of the Empire State Council of Agricultural Organizations and serves on the board of the Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation. He is a graduate of LEAD New York and holds a B.S. in communications from Cornell and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Alena Gfeller
Alena C. Gfeller
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Alena C. Gfeller is responsible for Farm Credit East’s legal department and serves as the Standards of Conduct officer. As head of the legal department, she is charged with providing support on complex and innovative loan issues, ensuring regulatory compliance, supervision of outside counsel, and assisting with all facets of the Association’s legal and governance needs. She serves on the Farm Credit East Human Resources Committee and works closely with the Board’s Governance/Stewardship Committee. She joined Farm Credit East in September 2016, having previously been a partner and member of the executive committee at Murtha Cullina, LLP. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and received her law degree from Widener University School of Law.

Andrew Grant
Andrew N. Grant
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Andrew N. Grant leads the financial, treasury, accounting and asset-liability management operations of the Association. Prior to assuming his current position, he was chief financial officer of Farm Credit of Maine and has held several positions since joining Farm Credit in 1995. He is a member of the Association’s Executive Leadership Team, serves as Chair of the Asset Liability Committee and works closely with the Board Audit Committee. He also serves on the CoBank, ACB Retirement Trust Committee, which oversees the defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans for the Association and several other Farm Credit employers. He is a graduate of Husson University and holds both a B.S. in management accounting and a M.S. in business.

Roger Murray
Roger E. Murray
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketplace Officer

Roger E. Murray provides senior management oversight to the credit function and coaching to Commercial Lending, Country Living and Crop Growers, LLP business units. He serves as Chair of Credit Committee and provides program leadership for Farm Credit East’s trade credit partnership with AgDirect, leasing services through Farm Credit Leasing, and risk management services, including crop insurance. He serves on Farm Credit East’s Executive Leadership Team; Credit, Asset Liability, Business Risk and Human Resources committees. He works closely with the Board’s Business Risk Committee and supports the Audit Committee on the allowance for credit loss reserves. He holds a degree from Cornell University in agricultural economics and is a current member of the Cornell Agri-Business Advisory Council. He joined Farm Credit in 1981 and has held several positions with predecessor organizations, as well as the Springfield Bank for Cooperatives and CoBank in Springfield, Massechusetts.

Dave Pugh
David H. Pugh
Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer

David H. Pugh provides executive leadership and oversight of Farm Credit East’s transformation office, including its digital strategy. Dave started with Farm Credit in 1986 as a loan officer in the Cortland, New York, office. He served as branch manager in both the Cortland and Cobleskill, New York, offices before transitioning to develop the Country Living program in 2005, where he served as director for 14 years. Most recently, he served as EVP/regional manager overseeing five branches in Farm Credit East’s southern region. Dave also acted as strategy coordinator for the development of Farm Credit East’s loan origination system, AgWorx. He is a graduate of Farm Credit’s Management Development and Leadership Development programs, and LEAD New York, Class VIII, where he also served on its board. Dave holds an AAS in animal science from SUNY Morrisville and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.

Mike Reynolds
Michael J. Reynolds
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael J. Reynolds has served as president and chief executive officer since 1/1/2020. He is a Farm Credit veteran, having joined in 1990 after graduating from Hartwick College with a bachelor’s in management and accounting. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as chief business officer where he provided executive leadership for all branch credit and financial services operations. He is also a member of Farm Credit East’s Credit and Human Resources committees. He serves as director of the Board of Farm Credit Financial Partners (FPI), a service company owned by Farm Credit East and other ACAs, and will serve as Board Chair in 2022. He is also vice chair of the Farm Credit System’s Presidents Planning Committee, a national leadership group, and is active in other workgroups within the Farm Credit System.

William Bathel
William S. Bathel
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

William S. Bathel works closely with the chief executive officer and members of the executive and senior leadership teams in leading and/or executing on Association strategic and business initiatives. Bill is responsible for measuring and monitoring enterprise risk and analytics within Farm Credit East, and provides the Board and management reports demonstrating operational performance against the Association’s risk appetite. Bill oversees the Association’s loan underwriting and administration programs, as well as data governance and management. He also works closely with the Association’s technology partner, Financial Partners Inc. (FPI), on matters related to data security and business continuity. He also coordinates matters with the federal examiner, the Farm Credit Administration. Bill joined Farm Credit in 1987, initially as a regulator, and has advanced through several positions throughout his career. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in accounting. He serves on the Executive Leadership Team, chairs the Management Risk Committee and serves on the Credit Committee. He also works closely with the Board’s Business Risk Committee.

Brianna Beebe
Briana S. Beebe
Executive Vice President Chief Human Resources Officer

Briana S. Beebe leads all of Farm Credit East’s human resource programs, including benefits, recruiting, employee engagement, training, compensation and many other special projects. She joined Farm Credit in 2003 and served as loan officer in the Middleboro branch for seven years before transitioning to her current role in human resources. She is Chair of Farm Credit East’s Human Resources Committee and serves on the CoBank Retirement Trust & Welfare Benefits committees. She serves as director of the board of Farm Credit Financial Partners (FPI), a service company owned by Farm Credit East and other ACAs. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in animal science/ag business. She is also a graduate of LEAD New York and Farm Credit’s Leadership Development Program.

Tom Cosgrove
Thomas W. Cosgrove
Executive Vice President of Knowledge Exchange, Public Relations and Marketing

Prior to assuming his current position in 2018, Thomas W. Cosgrove served as senior vice president for Public Affairs and Knowledge Exchange, and previous to that role, he was a vice president in Farm Credit East’s Commercial Lending unit. Prior to joining Farm Credit East, he served in a variety of roles for CoBank in its capital markets, communications and agribusiness divisions. He has also served as a staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. He is the immediate past chair of the Empire State Council of Agricultural Organizations and serves on the board of the Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation. He is a graduate of LEAD New York and holds a B.S. in communications from Cornell and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Alena Gfeller
Alena C. Gfeller
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Alena C. Gfeller is responsible for Farm Credit East’s legal department and serves as the Standards of Conduct officer. As head of the legal department, she is charged with providing support on complex and innovative loan issues, ensuring regulatory compliance, supervision of outside counsel, and assisting with all facets of the Association’s legal and governance needs. She serves on the Farm Credit East Human Resources Committee and works closely with the Board’s Governance/Stewardship Committee. She joined Farm Credit East in September 2016, having previously been a partner and member of the executive committee at Murtha Cullina, LLP. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and received her law degree from Widener University School of Law.

Andrew Grant
Andrew N. Grant
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Andrew N. Grant leads the financial, treasury, accounting and asset-liability management operations of the Association. Prior to assuming his current position, he was chief financial officer of Farm Credit of Maine and has held several positions since joining Farm Credit in 1995. He is a member of the Association’s Executive Leadership Team, serves as Chair of the Asset Liability Committee and works closely with the Board Audit Committee. He also serves on the CoBank, ACB Retirement Trust Committee, which oversees the defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans for the Association and several other Farm Credit employers. He is a graduate of Husson University and holds both a B.S. in management accounting and a M.S. in business.

Roger Murray
Roger E. Murray
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketplace Officer

Roger E. Murray provides senior management oversight to the credit function and coaching to Commercial Lending, Country Living and Crop Growers, LLP business units. He serves as Chair of Credit Committee and provides program leadership for Farm Credit East’s trade credit partnership with AgDirect, leasing services through Farm Credit Leasing, and risk management services, including crop insurance. He serves on Farm Credit East’s Executive Leadership Team; Credit, Asset Liability, Business Risk and Human Resources committees. He works closely with the Board’s Business Risk Committee and supports the Audit Committee on the allowance for credit loss reserves. He holds a degree from Cornell University in agricultural economics and is a current member of the Cornell Agri-Business Advisory Council. He joined Farm Credit in 1981 and has held several positions with predecessor organizations, as well as the Springfield Bank for Cooperatives and CoBank in Springfield, Massechusetts.

Dave Pugh
David H. Pugh
Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer

David H. Pugh provides executive leadership and oversight of Farm Credit East’s transformation office, including its digital strategy. Dave started with Farm Credit in 1986 as a loan officer in the Cortland, New York, office. He served as branch manager in both the Cortland and Cobleskill, New York, offices before transitioning to develop the Country Living program in 2005, where he served as director for 14 years. Most recently, he served as EVP/regional manager overseeing five branches in Farm Credit East’s southern region. Dave also acted as strategy coordinator for the development of Farm Credit East’s loan origination system, AgWorx. He is a graduate of Farm Credit’s Management Development and Leadership Development programs, and LEAD New York, Class VIII, where he also served on its board. Dave holds an AAS in animal science from SUNY Morrisville and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.

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