Sonja Theisen Joins Emprise Bank as CFO, Bringing Extensive Financial Services Experience and Visionary Leadership

WICHITA, Kan. - Emprise Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Sonja Theisen to its leadership team. In her role as EVP, Chief Financial Officer, she will oversee the finance and operations divisions at Emprise. 

Sonja joins Emprise Bank from Pathward (formerly Metabank), where she was most recently Head of Risk, Underwriting, and Customer Experience. She brings an impressive background with more than 15 years of experience in the financial services sector, specializing in finance, accounting, and risk management. Her expertise in banking as a service will be instrumental as Emprise Bank continues to develop its innovative Emprise Embedded platform. 

"Sonja’s collaborative approach emphasizes empowering people and building effective teams, which aligns perfectly with our values," said Matt Michaelis, Chairman and CEO of Emprise Bank. "She is a visionary leader whose data-driven insights and strategic planning skills will further enhance our position as an innovative and progressive bank, and our entire team is thrilled to have her joining us in this this vital role.” 

Sonja is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. She currently resides in Sioux Falls and will travel to Wichita regularly to be in person with her teams. Beyond her professional endeavors, she actively contributes to the community, serving on the Boards at EmBe and LifeScape Foundation. 

Speaking on the significance of her leadership experience, Sonja stated, "I have significant technical experience in banking, financials, capital and risk management. But the more important side is what I bring to the table from a leadership perspective. That's the influence that I hope to have throughout the organization — collaboration, strategy, and a team-centric mindset. I want to foster strong relationships and partnerships with everyone at Emprise in addition to our partners and customers, so we can all win together.” 

Emprise Bank is excited to welcome Sonja Theisen to its leadership team and looks forward to the positive impact she will make across the company in her role as CFO. Her leadership, strategic mindset, and commitment to fostering strong relationships will undoubtedly contribute to the bank's continued growth and success, further enhancing Emprise Bank's position as an innovative and progressive company. 

Sonja Theisen