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Bay State Savings Bank

Worcester-based Bay State Savings Bank has hired Joyce B. Shand as its next vice president and credit administration officer, overseeing risk management in the bank’s commercial loan portfolio. Shand was most recently vice president at Brockton-based Cobblestone Mortgage.


Needham-based Bowdoin has hired Dan Edmiston as a senior estimator.

Brookline Bank

Brookline Bank has hired Peter Catal as a member of its business banking team.

Brookline Bank has also hired Maria Psychos as a banking officer in its Wellesley branch.

Florence Bank

Florence Bank has named senior mortgage underwriter Dawn Harrington as the recipient of its annual President’s Award, which recognizes outstanding performance, customer service and contributions to the bank.


Pennsylvania-based Incenter, part of investment firm Blackstone, has hired Nicholas Costas as its Boston-based senior vice president of national sales.

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

The Boston-based Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action honored several prominent housing and real estate figures for their work at its first-ever Virtual Gala on June 17.

  • MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay and Massachusetts Housing Partnership Executive Director Clark Ziegler were both honored with the group’s Distinguished Leadership Award.
  • NeighborWorks Housing Solutions Director of External Policy Maureen Fitzgerald was honored for her work as executive director of the Regional Housing Network.

Massachusetts Bankers Association

The Massachusetts Bankers Association has named several new members to its board of directors. The association’s 2020-2021 officers are:

  • Board Chair: Patrick J. Murray, president and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank
  • Vice Chair: Peter G. Brown, president and CEO of Dedham Savings Bank
  • Treasurer: Mark R. O’Connell, president and CEO of Avidia Bank
  • Immediate Past Chair: William M. Parent, president and CEO, Envision Bank
  • New at-large directors: Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod President and CEO Lisa J. Oliver, Bank of America Northeast Division Executive Shimna Sameer and Northmark Bank President and CEO Jane C. Walsh.

North Brookfield Savings Bank

North Brookfield Savings Bank has promoted Jenniver Plassman to loan servicing representative.

Peabody Cos.

Braintree-based Peabody Cos. announced that Kristen Fowler, the resident services manager at its Braintree Village property, has earned the Fair Housing Compliance designation from the National Affordable Housing Management Association.

Penobscot Investment Management

Boston-based Penobscot Investment Management has promoted Colleen MacPherson as its next director of research while retaining her role as portfolio manager.

Quaker Lane Capital

Carlos Febres-Mazzei, founder and managing partner of Boston-based Quaker Lane Capital, has been named chair of ULI Boston/New England’s district council.

Reading Cooperative Bank

Reading Cooperative Bank announced six employees are the first graduates of its bank apprenticeship program, created in partnership with the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The six employees are: Banking Specialist IIs Justine Collins, Jake Gilbert, Karley Witham and Jenna Kowal; Banking Specialist I Wilbin Hiraldo; and teller Matthew Arsenault.

Rockland Trust

Hanover-based Rockland Trust has hired Peter Staiti as its new manager of business development and commercial relationships in the Greater Worcester area. Staiti was most recently vice president and senior commercial relationship manager for TD Bank.

South Shore Bank

Weymouth-based South Shore Bank has hired Stephen DiPretre as its next chief commercial banking officer. DiPretre comes to South Shore from Eastern Bank where he was a senior vice president on its middle market lending team.

The Village Bank

Newton-based The Village Bank has hired Robert Dolan as an assistant vice president and commercial loan officer. Previously, he was a vice president of commercial lending for Lowell Five.

The bank has also hired Gernette Wright as an assistant vice president and information security officer and Susan Lowell as an assistant vice president of residential lending. Wright was most recently senior manager of IT infrastructure and security operations for CIRCOR International in Burlington. Lowell joins the bank from USAlliance Federal Credit Union, where she was responsible for providing performing service quality reviews and ensuring compliance requirements and secondary market guidelines were met.

Webster Bank

Waterbury, Connecticut-based Webster bank recently appointed James P. Bush to its board of directors. Bush was most recently senior advisor to the chairman and CEO of American Express.

Webster Five

Webster Five has hired Brian McEvoy as its new senior vice president and senior retail banking officer. McEvoy was most recently director of retail distribution strategy of Synovus Bank in Columbus, Georgia.

Personnel File

by Banker & Tradesman time to read: 3 min