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Lakeland Bank Honors 26 Colleagues for Years of Service

Oak Ridge, N.J. – October 12, 2012 – Lakeland Bank recently hosted a luncheon ceremony at its Operations and Training center to honor employees who have reached 20 or more years of service with the Bank. Additionally, employees celebrating a 10 year service anniversary in the third quarter were recognized and presented with a service award.
“This year we recognized 21 individuals who have been with the Bank 20 or more years, plus another five who marked their 10 year anniversary,” said Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO. “Strong relationships with our customers are a part of our success as a community bank, but equally important are the relationships we have with our employees.” Nearly 35 percent of Lakeland Bank’s staff has 10 or more years of service.
Lakeland Bank thanks the following colleagues for their commitment to the Bank, and congratulates them for reaching their service anniversary milestone:
30 years of service
Patricia Ryan of Newton - assistant treasurer/mortgage loan officer, residential mortgage
Karen Stevens of Byram Township – assistant vice president/accountant, finance
25 years of service
Barbara Ann Caine of Wantage – assistant treasurer, human resources
Eftychia Gizas of Dover – assistant vice president/branch manager, Wharton
Leon Hull of Hardyston – assistant treasurer/IRA administrator, deposit operations
Linda Jean Read of Columbia – assistant branch manager, North Warren
Bette Van Der Toorn of West Milford – regional administrative assistant, southern region
Laurie Veith of Stockholm – senior vice president, deposits operations
Virginia Wayts of Dingmans Ferry, P.A. – image operator, image/transit department
20 years of service
Debra Frei of Wantage – customer service representative, Hampton
Joseph Gallo of Byram Township – senior vice president/auditor
Tina George of Newton – vice president, facilities & purchasing
Sharla Gonzales of Woodcliff Lake – assistant treasurer, branch operations manager, Park Ridge
Carl Grau of Montville – vice president, electronic banking manager
Mary Hebel of Riverdale – teller, Butler
Sharon Kise of Blairstown – teller manager, North Warren
Leo Macali of Oak Ridge – vice president, consumer collection manager, credit administration
Diane Mathews of Bloomingdale – executive assistant, retail administration
Mary Kaye Nardone of Sparta–senior vice president, chief technology and information security officer
Kevin Prendergast of Green Township – vice president, commercial loans, Sussex Team
Kelly Smits of Bloomingdale – vice president, cluster branch manger, Wanaque & Ringwood
10 years of service
Barbara Henderson of Franklin – teller, Franklin
Matthew Minion of Sandyston – network administrator II, network services
Barbara Schenk of Wantage – teller, Sussex-Wantage
Christine Shaw of Roseland – assistant branch manager, Boonton
Lakeland Bancorp, the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has an asset base of approximately $2.9 billion and 46 offices spanning six northern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online banking, localized commercial lending teams, and 24-hour or less turnaround time on consumer loan applications. For more information about the bank’s full line of products and services, visit their website at lakelandbank.com.
Photo Caption: Lakeland Bank recently held a celebration to honor staff with ten or more years of service. Seated left to right: Virginia Wayts, Karen Stevens, Leon Hull, Christine Shaw, Sharla Gonzales, Kevin Prendergast. Middle row: Carl Grau, Kelly Smits, Eftychia Gizas, Barbara Ann Caine, Patricia Ryan, Bette Van Der Toorn, Laurie Veith, Tina George, Mary Hebel, Diane Mathews, Joseph Gallo. Back Row: Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO, and Leo Macali. Not pictured: Debra Frei, Barbara Henderson, Sharon Kise, Matthew Minion, Mary Kaye Nardone, Linda Read, and Christine Schenk.