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The Third Party Risk Association was created out of a necessity to build a community of like-minded third party risk professionals to allow for the sharing of best practices, exchanging of ideas, and influencing of an industry.  This organization is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit.  

Julie Gaiaschi

Julie Gaiaschi

CEO & Co-Founder of the Third Party Risk Association (TPRA)

Julie Gaiaschi, CISA, CISM, is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Third Party Risk Association (TPRA). She has over 15 years of technology and information security risk experience, with the last 10 years specializing in third party risk identification and mitigation techniques. In her role as CEO, she provides strategic direction for the non-profit, whose mission it is to further the third party risk profession through knowledge sharing and networking. She also has a passion for helping others enhance their own third party risk management programs. In 2021, Julie was awarded "CEO of the Year" by Women in Governance, Risk, and Compliance.


Prior to co-founding the TPRA, Julie consulted on third party risk for a large bank. She also developed and led a large health payer organization’s Third Party Securit…

Heather Kadavy

Heather Kadavy

Senior Membership Success Coordinator of the Third Party Risk Association (TPRA)

Heather Kadavy joined the Third Party Risk Association (TPRA) in 2023 as the Senior Membership Success Coordinator. In recent year(s) Heather has been providing freelance TPRM consulting work to various organizations after retiring from a Nebraska financial institution after nearly 35 years where she oversaw and managed critical programs of the organization including Third Party Risk Management, Information Security, Physical Security, Safety, Business Recovery, Financial Crimes, Model Risk Management, and Enterprise Risk Management. In her TPRM role she had oversight of over a thousand third party relationships, systems, due diligence reviews and contract management activities. She developed, facilitated, and implemented training programs for thousands of employees over the years. As well as has served in board of director or leadership team roles to facilitate local, regional and state-wide peer-partnerships meetin…

Meghan Schrader

Meghan Schrader

Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator of the Third Party Risk Association (TPRA)

Meghan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trine University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications. She was the 2022 Jannen School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Student of the Year, the Trine University 2022 Robert B. Stewart Award Winner, and was awarded the Gold Key for outstanding academic performance. At Trine, she was the Director of Creative Design for the HAC Media Team and Editor-in-chief of the Writers' Block Literary Journal.


She began working as an intern at TPRA in July of 2021 before officially joining the team in June of 2022. In her role as Marketing Coordinator, Meghan provides organization-wide marketing strategy in support of TPRA's mission to further the third party risk profession through knowledge sharing and networking. Meghan currently lives in Fort Wayne,…

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