Bob Malone is an independent member of our board of directors since November 2017. Since 2014, Mr. Malone has served as the Executive Chairman, President and CEO of First Sonora Bancshares, Inc. (a privately-held bank holding company), the holding company for The First National Bank of Sonora (dba Sonora Bank). Since 2014, Mr. Malone has also served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sonora Bank. He joined Community Banking, following a 35-year career with bp. Prior to his retirement, he was an Executive Vice President of bp plc, Chairman and President of bp America and a member of bp's London-based Executive Management team, which guided the worldwide operations of bp. Mr. Malone earned a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Master of Science in Management.
Walter Clements is an independent member of our board of directors, effective concurrently with our initial public offering. Since January 2019, Mr. Clements was named Associate Dean of Executive Education at University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in addition to his role as Teaching Professor of Finance at the college where he has served since August 2012. From August 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Clements served as a Visiting Lecturer of Finance at Indiana University. Mr. Clements has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Indiana University, and MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Michele Joy is an independent member of our board of directors since May 2018. Ms. Joy has served as Vice President, Regulatory and Major Projects of the general partner of Shell Midstream Partners (SHLX) from 2014 to 2017, when she resigned and retired from Shell. From April 2012, Ms. Joy also served as Vice President, SPLC and General Manager of Major Projects and Regulatory for Shell Oil Company. Ms. Joy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Juris Doctor from American University.