Pamela R. Berneking

Deans Advisory Council Member


Kearney, MO Chief Commercial Officer CommunityAmerica Credit Union B.S. English and Industrial Administration, Iowa State University, 1981 Pam Berneking is a banker with a passion for entrepreneurship. Her banking career spans four decades and includes leadership roles in community and regional banks as well as a foundation in commercial lending and bank regulation. She currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer at CommunityAmerica Credit Union, where she is responsible for establishing a boutique commercial strategy within Kansas City’s largest credit union. In 2010 Berneking was the founding President and CEO of Alterra Bank, a community bank established with a mission to support the Kansas City area’s small business community. Berneking led Alterra Bank from startup to growth, achieving a successful exit for investors through sale of the company in 2014. Berneking is an angel investor focused on early-stage companies, especially those with women in key leadership roles. She supports the life-saving mission of the American Heart Association as a volunteer leader at the local and regional level. In her business and civic life, she enjoys the challenges and rewards that come from casting the vision, building and executing strategy and working with teams of professionals who share a common mission and purpose. Berneking is a member of the ISU Alumni Association and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.