NACHA Councils Elect Chairpersons For 2012-2014

Kendra Beasley

HERNDON, Va., January 10, 2012 – NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association announces the election of chairpersons for three of its councils – The Internet Council (TIC), Council for Electronic Billing and Payment (CEBP), and Electronic Check Council (ECC) – for the 2012-2014 term.

Deborah Matthews, AAP, ProfitStars’ director of payments strategies, will take the role of chairperson for The Internet Council. She has been a member of the Internet Council steering committee since 2004 and has been actively involved in several other NACHA and industry councils. Matthews previously served as vice chairperson, marketing and education communications coordinator, and WEB/TEL work group leader for TIC.

The Electronic Check Council welcomes Angie Smith, AAP, senior manager of education at Viewpointe, LLC, as its new chairperson. She has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Smith serves on the Board of Regents for NACHA’s Payment Institute and actively participates in various industry work groups. She has been a member of the ECC steering committee for four years.

Chris Huppert, senior vice president in the wholesale Internet and treasury solutions group at Wells Fargo Bank, renews his role as chairperson for the CEBP. Huppert has 30 years of experience in the payments industry and serves as a member on NACHA’s rules and operations committee. He is also active in many industry groups and has been a member of the CEBP steering committee since 2006.

“NACHA’s Councils are incubators for new ideas, developments, and solutions in the payments industry,” said Janet O. Estep, NACHA president and CEO. “We look forward to working with the new Council chairpersons as they lead industry collaboration and facilitate dialogue on critical developments in their respective areas.”

NACHA’s Internet Council

The Internet Council (TIC) advances electronic commerce over open networks by enabling digital business in a straight–through, secure, and cost effective manner. Three annual meetings afford council members opportunities to enrich their payments systems knowledge and stay current on emerging marketplace trends. The Council’s focus includes WEB and TEL ACH applications, mobile payments, authentication issues, data security, alternative payments, and emerging payment technologies. For more information, visit

NACHA’s Electronic Check Council

The Electronic Check Council (ECC) brings together key industry participants and payments experts from the ACH and check worlds to promote better understanding and increased adoption of check electronification, including ACH check conversion and truncation, as well as image exchange. Members design, propose, monitor, and advance solutions to process paper checks electronically and address issues such as payments convergence, mobile device-based check conversion, business check conversion, deposited check truncation, trends in consumer check use, and ACH rules enhancements for electronic check entries. For more information, visit

NACHA’s Council for Electronic Billing and Payment

The Council for Electronic Billing and Payment (CEBP) promotes the adoption and use of consumer, business and government billing and payment programs and services across multiple delivery channels. Through three annual meetings, CEBP provides an open forum for education, resource development, solution innovation, research, and the exchange of information about developments and trends in the electronic billing and electronic payment industries. For more information, visit

NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association

NACHA manages the development, administration, and governance of the ACH Network, the backbone for the electronic movement of money and data. The ACH Network serves as a safe, secure, reliable network for direct consumer, business, and government payments, and annually facilitates billions of payments such as Direct Deposit via ACH and Direct Payment via ACH. Utilized by all types of financial institutions, the ACH Network is governed by the NACHA Operating Rules, a set of fair and equitable rules that guide risk management and create certainty for all participants. As a not-for-profit association, NACHA represents more than 10,000 financial institutions via 17 regional payments associations and direct membership. Through its industry councils and forums, NACHA brings together payments system stakeholders to enable innovation that strengthens the industry with creative payment solutions. To learn more, visit,,, and

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