Hector Toledo Appointed to Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees
On September 8, 2019, Governor Charles Baker officially appointed Hector Toledo, Vice President and Branch Distribution Network Officer of Greenfield Savings Bank, to Greenfield Community College’s esteemed board of trustees.
Raised in Springfield, he has spent the past 25 years volunteering for numerous non-profits. He is a Board member and chair of the finance committee for Baystate Health; a Board member for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts; a former Chairperson of the Board of Springfield Technical Community College; and a Board member of both the YMCA of Greater Springfield and the United Way of Pioneer Valley. Hector’s hard work and dedication has made him a tremendous asset to his home city and the surrounding communities.
“We are delighted to have Hector join our Board,” remarks GCC’s President, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, “He is a seasoned executive who is no stranger to the community college board role. His perspectives will serve us well as we advance equity in terms of access to opportunities and outcomes in our communities.”
Though new to GCC, Hector has served on boards alongside the school’s former President, Dr. Robert “Bob” Pura. He is not only familiar with GCC’s outstanding reputation, but is acutely aware of the life-changing impact community colleges have on the students they serve. An alum of STCC, Hector is of the first generation in his family to attend college.
“One of the greatest qualities of community colleges in this state is the automatic support and hope given to students regardless of where they come from, their ethnicity, their gender or their age,” shares Hector. “Community colleges are among the few beacons of hope left across the state where people with little or no money can pursue their dreams or even just figure out what those dreams are with little to no debt. They make higher education a possibility rather than a pipe dream.”
With a wealth of leadership skills, strong financial expertise, and a personal connection to the life-changing impact of community college, Hector is well-positioned to balance GCC’s expectations to perform with the real needs of its students, community, and staff.
“All of us at Greenfield Savings Bank are proud of Hector Toledo’s appointment to the GCC Board of Trustees,” commented John H. Howland, President and CEO of Greenfield Savings Bank. “Hector’s management experience and his firm support for public community colleges as an affordable quality education and pathway to a career will be an asset to the College.”
Trustee Robert Cohn echoes this sentiment. “Hector Toledo will be a superb asset to our board. He is well versed in community college structures and his financial savvy as a Greenfield Savings Bank manager makes him a perfect fit. I have spent some time with Hector– the entire board of trustees welcomes him to a wonderful board that cares deeply for the college and the community!”
Beatrice the Bee Takes Flight: Greenfield Savings Bank Offers $10,000 Matching Grant
William Granger joins Greenfield Savings Bank as Chief Information Officer
Mark Zacek has joined the team at GSB Investments and Insurance as a Financial Advisor, Infinex Investments, Inc. Mark will offer clients a wide range of financial services and investments including retirement and financial planning, mutual funds, tax deferred annuities, life insurance, long term care insurance, college savings planning, and IRA rollovers (401K/403B).
“Mark’s experience in helping clients achieve their financial goals has already made him an important addition to the GSB team,” said Steve Hamlin, Senior Vice President & Senior Trust Officer. “We are especially pleased that Mark has joined GSB Investments and Insurance department at a time when there is growing demand for our services, particularly as we expand further into Hampshire County and beyond.”
Mark grew up in Missoula, Montana and was earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University. He resides with his wife Laurie and their five children in Amherst, MA. His hobbies include gardening, cooking, fitness and classical music. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the Mohawk Trail Concerts.
Mary Pomeroy Joins Greenfield Savings Bank as Assistant Office Manager of the Greenfield Office
Mary Pomeroy has joined Greenfield Savings Bank as the Assistant Office Manager of the Main Office. In addition to supervising activities of the office and staff development duties, Mary will also work with customers providing customer service and business development.
“Mary is an experienced manager with more than 10 years in the banking industry,” said Lisa McKenna, Assistant Vice President and Greenfield Office Sales Manager. “She is committed to our goals of locally-based community banking and to providing our customers with exceptional service.”
Mary has earned diplomas in Consumer Lending, General Financial Services and Advanced Financial Services and Certificates in Intro to Financial Services, Credit Analysis and Consumer Lending from the Center for Financial Training. She is currently enrolled in Business and Financial Management at New England College of Business and Finance.
A native of Ashfield, Mary lives in Turners Falls with her husband and her two cats, Bunny and Buster. She is also the proud grandmother of her 6-year-old granddaughter. She and her husband love traveling and exploring Central America, and especially enjoy visiting Mexico.
Greenfield Savings Bank Gives Additional Grant to Expand Community Action's Community Loan Program
Community Action Pioneer Valley, the area’s largest anti-poverty agency, announced that it has completed its one year pilot program of the Montague Community Loan Program. Based on the success of the pilot, the program is now open to all eligible residents of Franklin County, and will be known as the Community Loan Program.
Funding for the pilot program came through an initial $10,000 grant from Greenfield Savings Bank in early 2018. At a ceremony announcing the program's expansion on May 24, Greenfield Savings Bank gave an additional $5,000 donation, much to the surprise and delight of the Community Action team.
The program works to assist lower-income residents overcome an unexpected financial need providing short-term, no interest loans of up to $500 per household. Eligible applicants must currently reside in Franklin County and must show verifiable income not to exceed 300% of the federal poverty rate. Approved borrowers will then sign a loan agreement and will commit to financial coaching throughout the life of the loan.
The program stems from Greenfield Savings Bank’s commitment to community investment and forwards Community Action’s mission to improve the lives of Pioneer Valley residents living with lower-incomes through access, opportunity, and community.
In addition to financial coaching, Community Action also operates nearly 40 programs, addressing the needs of lower-income residents through Fuel Assistance, Head Start & Early Head Start, WIC, youth and family services, food pantries, and more.
You can find coverage of the expansion at WWLP: Micro-loan pilot program now open to all Franklin County residents and at Greenfield Recorder: Low-income microloan program expanded.
Karen M. Cartier
Karen Cartier has been promoted to Vice President and Compliance, Fraud Prevention, and Community Reinvestment (CRA) Officer at Greenfield Savings Bank. As the Fraud Prevention Officer, Karen manages the Bank Secrecy & Anti-Money Laundering Department, the Bank’s Compliance Management System and Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention programs. Her department monitors transactions and identifies suspicious activity.
Karen joined GSB in December 2013 has been working in working in banking and fraud prevention for 28 years.
“Karen is tenacious in her working to protect our customers and the Bank from fraud and identity theft,” said Denise Coyne, Executive Vice President and COO of Greenfield Savings Bank. “Throughout the year, Karen gives talks on identity theft and fraud prevention to community groups, seniors and at open houses at the Bank.”
Karen is a 2008 graduate of The New England School for Financial Studies at the Babson Executive School and has earned additional professional designations including Certified Bank Secrecy & Anti-Money Laundering Professional (CBAP) and Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer (CBCCO).
Karen donates some of her personal time volunteering in the community including serving as a Committee Member of the Annual Benefit for Toys for Tots, as a Board Member of All Out Adventures and she is a Member of the GSB Relay for Life Team.
Karen grew up in Westfield and now resides in Chicopee with her family. She is the mother of 4 adult children and has seven grandchildren. She loves traveling, fishing and hiking at her summer camp in Stafford CT. She loves cooking for family and friends and taking long walks on the beach at the family cottage in Marshfield.
Cassandra Morrey has been promoted to the position of Vice President and Residential Lending Officer at Greenfield Savings Bank with responsibilities of daily oversight of the Residential Lending Department including origination, process, closing, quality control and compliance. She joined Greenfield Savings Bank in April 2010 after working in the banking industry for 17 years.
“Cassie is an outstanding member of our residential lending department,” said Lori Grover, Senior Vice President and Senior Residential Lending Officer of Greenfield Savings Bank. “Customers love working with her and she is committed to helping our customers achieve home ownership.”
Cassie is an active volunteer in the community including serving as a Board Member and Treasurer of Highland Ambulance EMS, Inc., and as a 4th to 6th Grade Girls Basketball Coach.
Cassandra, born in Haydenville is a graduate with honors of the New England School for Financial Studies and Hampshire Regional High School. She lives in Goshen with her husband, James, and her two daughters, Addison and McKenna.
Christopher Pike has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Special Assets Officer at Greenfield Savings Bank with the responsibilities of Loan Operations and Special Assets Management. Before joining the Bank in 2014, he was an Associate Director and Bank Consultant at RMPI Consulting.
“Chris first came to the Bank as a consultant and we were very impressed with his work and experience, and he was impressed with Greenfield Savings”, said Joshua Parker, Vice President and Operations Officer. “When the position became available, Chris was the obvious choice and we were excited to have him join our Team.”
Chris also volunteers his time for a number of local community organizations including helping at the Stone Soup Kitchen, working at the Franklin County Fair Rotary Food Booth and fundraising for the YMCA.
He received his MBA from Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Chris lives in Franklin County.
Misty Lyons Joins Greenfield Savings Bank as a Mortgage Loan Officer
Greenfield Savings Bank announces that Misty Lyons has been appointed Mortgage Officer. Misty is responsible for loan origination, underwriting and approval of residential mortgages and will work directly with loan applicants, assisting them through the application process. Misty will be serving customers throughout Franklin and Hampshire Counties.
Misty began her career in the banking industry in 1988 and previously worked in the GSB loan department from 2003 to 2006. Misty is returning to her career in banking after a three-year medical leave while recovering from a severe case of Lyme disease.
“We are so happy to have Misty back at our Bank,” said Lori Grover, Senior Vice President and Senior Residential Lending Officer of Greenfield Savings Bank. “Misty has an outstanding reputation for customer service and is an excellent addition to our lending team.”
Misty has been a member of the Realtor Association for Pioneer Valley for more than 20 years and has always been an active community volunteer. She has served on the committees and boards of a wide range of organizations, and is a member of the Franklin County Rotary Club, a member of the GCC Foundation Board of Directors, Golf Committee Member for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department Fundraiser for Warm the Children, and as a member of the YMCA Sustaining Fundraising Campaign. Misty was also an elected member of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee from 2012 to 2015.
Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Misty moved to Western Massachusetts in 1995. She resides in Turners Falls with her three sons.
Greenfield Savings Bank Adds Three New Directors
At its Annual Meeting on March 13, 2019, the Corporators of GSB, MHC voted to appoint three new Directors to the Board of Directors of both GSB, MHC and Greenfield Savings Bank. The new Directors are Lisa C. Alber, Amy McMahan and Elizabeth H. Sillin.
“We are honored to strengthen our Board of Directors with these three outstanding business leaders, ” said John H. Howland, president and CEO of the Greenfield Savings Bank. “They bring a wealth of knowledge to contribute to our Board from both their professional careers and their commitment to supporting the communities served by Greenfield Savings Bank.”
“Greenfield Savings Bank is committed to being a leading corporate citizen,” said Pamela H. Stobierski, Board Chair. “Through their professional acumen and their demonstrated and ongoing dedication to Franklin and Hampshire Counties, all three of these new members of our Board will play a meaningful role in the long term success of Greenfield Savings Bank.”
The addition of Ms. Alber, Ms. McMahan and Ms. Sillin brings the total number of Directors to 16. They join Board Chair Pamela H. Stobierski along with Rebecca B. Caplice, Robert S. Cohn, Regina E. Curtis, Mark S. Donoghue, Timothy F. Farrell, Patrick M. Goggins, Shane P. Hammond, John H. Howland, Kenneth P. Kahn, Dennis J. Putnam, John M. Shanahan and Nicoletta M. Welsh.
The new Board Members are:
Lisa C. Alber
Dr. Alber is the owner and audiologist for Alber Hearing Services, a business she founded in 2009. Prior to forming her own firm, she worked as an audiologist at Berkshire Medical Center. She is a graduate of Greenfield High School; holds an undergraduate degree and a masters from University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and a doctorate from Arizona State University.
Dr. Alber is an active community member in Greenfield. She frequently donates her time and financial resources to help a broad spectrum of organizations serving Franklin County. She is a member of the Franklin County Rotary, the Board of Directors of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of the Greenfield YMCA. She was recognized in 2016 as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
Amy McMahan has been co-owner and sole operator of the Greenfield eatery, Mesa Verde, since it was opened in 2002. Her vision and skill has created a long-standing popular destination in downtown Greenfield.
Prior to founding Mesa Verde, Ms. McMahan worked her entire professional career in a variety of positions in the food service industry. She is an active member and participant in a number of business and non-profit organizations, including the Greenfield Development Corporation, Greenfield Business Association, Greenfield’s Planning and Construction Committee, and an alternate for Greenfield’s Planning Board. She conceived and collaborated on the first downtown Holiday Pop-up, and she recently created and co-hosted the “Take the Floor,” a popular entrepreneur pitch event for Franklin County start-up businesses.
Ms. McMahan holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Connecticut College and she is a graduate of The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia.
Elizabeth H. Sillin
Elizabeth H. Sillin is a partner at the law firm Bulkley Richardson. Ms. Sillin works with individuals in all areas of estate and gift tax planning and administration. Her clients include nonprofit institutions, assisting with formation and operational issues, including regulatory compliance, as well as providing advice regarding charitable trusts and endowments.
Ms. Sillin is active in a variety of professional and community volunteer organizations. She has represented the Massachusetts Bar Association on a state committee studying the spousal elective share statute, has been on a state committee studying legislation relating to digital assets. She is a member of various state and local bar associations and professional estate planning. She serves as the Chair of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Board of Trustees.
Ms. Sillin currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees. She is as a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee of the Baystate Health Foundation, Inc., a member on the Board of Directors at MicroTek, Inc., a member of the Hampden County and Franklin County Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County, the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Ms. Sillin earned her B. A. at Wesleyan University graduating cum laude in 1977, and received her M.A. in 1980 from Cornell University. In 1998, she received her J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, summa cum laude.