Radhika Dholakia-Lipton, Founder
B.S. Business Administration
With an array of experience, Radhika created Parama Partners to provide the financial institution landscape a level of expertise it was missing. Radhika’s hand-picked team of consultants have an unmatched level of experience and education to assure all clients meet their maximum level of success. Radhika personally has more than 29 years of experience in the banking industry, with an impressive background spanning all phases of compliance, operations, and risk management for leading financial institutions. Radhika has been responsible for helping several banking institutions successfully pass their regulatory examinations. She excels in policy and procedure development, audit management, and streamlining processes through the use of technology. Radhika is passionate about what she does and dedicated to the success of her clients
Rose is a top performing risk-compliance professional with more than 20 years of leadership experience and exceptional talent for identifying and implementing risk mitigation strategies, maintaining strong internal controls, implementing operational efficiencies across multiple functional areas, and working cross-functionally to innovate and execute strategic initiatives. She has experience in working as a risk management and operations executive for credit unions ranging from $30 million to $2.6 billion in asset size.Rose understands the needs of credit unions. She has experience creating Risk Management Departments responsible for fraud mitigation, internal audit and risk assessments, BSA-AML-OFAC, regulatory compliance, corporate insurance, physical security, and vendor management. Rose has helped develop the Bank Secrecy Act – Anti-Money Laundering – OFAC Programs. Rose has established Regulatory Compliance Programs with policies, procedures, training and has created Security & Safety Programs including Workplace Violation Prevention.
Ben Farias is one of the most skilled consultants on the team with more than 38- years of experience in the credit union industry. Ben is highly educated in bank regulation, fiduciary activities, general financial institution compliance risk management and credit review. Ben has spent many years in the financial services industry hyper- focusing on compliance management and community reinvestment . Ben is a retired senior California Bank Examiner with skills extending to the areas of regulations like the Bank Secrecy Act, commercial bank examinations, information technology and officer department training. Since 1997, Ben has been certified as an Association Trust Compliance Professional. He has also been certified as a trainer at the Conference of State Bank Supervisor for the California Department of Personnel Administration.
CISM, CISA, CGEIT, CFE, CBA; inactive, CFSA; inactive, CFSSP; inactive, B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A
John joins Parama Partners as a senior consultant with more than 25 years of experience. John is thoroughly educated and experienced in many aspects of financial services including and not limited to internal audit, SSAE 16s/18s, regulatory compliance, information security, investigations, and process reengineering. He has held positions such as Chief Internal Auditor and VP of Audit & Compliance in a variety of companies and was the Chief Information Security Officer at two multi-billion institutions. John is also fluent in three languages.
NCCO, NCRM, CUCE, BSACS
Katey Proefke has more than 30 years of financial institution compliance experience focused on credit unions. She has worked for mortgage lenders/brokers, banks and credit unions. Katey has held the title of Chief Compliance Officer, Director and Assistant Vice President at these institutions. Most recently, she was the Chief Compliance Officer for a $3.5 billion credit union where she created the compliance department from the ground up. This included creating and maintaining the following functions: vendor management program, regulatory change process, compliance monitoring, BSA program and a comment letter process. Katey is the Vice President of the Credit Union Compliance Professionals group that meets monthly in Southern California.
CAMS, FINRA Arbitrator.,B.S. in Science in Management
Frank joins Parama Partners bringing an expert level of experience in an array of regulatory related initiatives including payment device products, writing policies, procedures, audit reports, account documentation review, risk assessment, investigation of suspicious transactions and financial advisor trading activities. Frank has expertise in BSA/AML regulations, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and implementation of high-risk business channels such as Money Service Business Banking. He has worked for small and medium-sized banks as well as some of the largest security firms and banks in the world, including Prudential Securities Inc. and Citibank N.A.
CIA, CISA, CCSFP, (HITRUST) ISO 2700, ISO 27001, ISO 27001, BSBA- Accounting & Finance - University of Louisville
Gary comes to Parama Partners with a wide array of more than 30 years of experience in various industries including credit unions, IT security, manufacturing and technology. Gary has in-depth experience consulting, SOC audits, HIPPA/HITRUST, ISO 9001/27001, internal audits, business continuity/disaster and risk/security assessments. Gary has personally been responsible for developing and delivering information security awareness training. He has served as the lead analyst for projects determining internal system controls’ weaknesses directly relating to client finances and IT infrastructure. He has designed and performed enterprise and IT Risk Assessments, including planning, development, evaluation of results and implementation of critical risk management practices. Gary is well-equipped with the knowledge and experience to classify him as a leading expert in this industry. Gary is an instrumental part in leading our clients to success.