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New Director, Promotions and Milestones at The Village Bank’s Annual Meeting

At the recent Annual Meeting of The Village Bank, President and CEO Kenneth C. Brennan announced the addition of Joseph Albanese of Newton to the Bank’s board of directors and the promotions of employees Diane LeBlanc, Susan Paley, Kathleen Malloy, and Jill Rousseau,

At the event, Brennan was recognized for his 30 years of service, and Senior Vice President Elizabeth MacLellan was honored for her 25 years with the Bank. All current officers of the Bank were re-elected by the board of directors.

New director Joseph Albanese, an Auburndale resident, is the founder and CEO of Commodore Builders, a commercial construction company headquartered in Nonantum. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, with a degree in civil engineering from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Boston University.

His lifelong career in construction included executive positions with A.J. Martini, Inc.; George B. H. Macomber Company; and Shawmut Design and Construction before his founding of Commodore Builders in 2002.

In 2007, Albanese mobilized to the Middle East for 10 months of active military service as the Commander of the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment. He retired as a Captain, U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps in 2009 after 28 years of military service. His numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Naval Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals.

Active in his industry and community service, Albanese sits on the board of directors of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and on the board of advisors of the UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering. He serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the Associated General Contractors, and on the board of the U.S.S. Constitution Museum. He is also a director at Woodland Golf Cub, where he holds the roles of secretary and chairman of the building committee.

At The Village Bank, Albanese joins board members Alfonso De Vito, Chairman; Kenneth C. Brennan; Janice T. Bourque; Carol E. Chafetz; Joseph G. Cosgrove; Janet E. Fields; Victor A. Nicolazzo, Jr.; and Walter F. Tenant.

Employee promotions included that of Diane LeBlanc of Hudson, from vice president of human resources to senior vice president. LeBlanc joined The Village Bank in 2004. She has overseen staff growth from 65 employees to today’s staff of 115. She is also responsible for oversight of the training function, and has been involved in the creation of the Bank’s supervisory training, management training and mentoring programs.

An active member of organizations in her field, LeBlanc serves as vice president of membership with the MetroWest Human Resource Management Association and is a member of the Regional Employment Board of Massachusetts. She is also on the Networking Committee of the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce.

LeBlanc was recently honored as a “Community Bank Hero” by Banker & Tradesman, a trade publication for leaders of the banking and real estate industries.

Susan Paley of Newton, the Bank’s community relations officer and formerly an assistant vice president, was promoted to vice president. Joining The Village Bank from Boston Private Bank in 2007 as a mortgage originator, she was promoted to the community relations position shortly thereafter. In that role, she has been responsible for a significant growth in the Bank’s involvement in the community. Under her guidance, the Bank has played an active role in over 150 events annually over the past three years, with over 95 percent of the Bank’s employees participating.

A graduate of Simmons College, Paley serves the Newton community in roles including vice chair of the Newton Council on Aging; vice chair of Newton’s Fair Housing Committee; and co-chair of the Temple Emanuel Social Action Committee. She also serves on the boards of Historic Newton and the Newton Cultural Alliance.

Also by vote of the board of directors, Kathleen Malloy of Framingham and Jill Rousseau of Waltham were promoted from assistant treasurer to assistant vice president.

Malloy joined The Village Bank in 2007 as manager of the Newton Highlands branch, and was promoted to training manager in 2008. She was the 2012 winner of the Bank’s President’s Award for professionalism, attitude, commitment, and interpersonal skills.

Before moving to the Boston area and joining The Village Bank, Malloy worked for MBNA America Bank in Delaware for 14 years as a senior personal banking officer, focusing on small business development. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delaware, and is a member and past treasurer of the Woman’s Club of Newton Highlands.

Jill Rousseau joined The Village Bank in 2005 as manager of the Waban branch, with management experience from Citizens Bank. Her branch has served as a training site for most of the Bank’s new tellers, and the branch itself has experienced significant deposit growth under her management.

Her involvement in community affairs includes serving on the Women in Networking Committee of the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce and teaching financial literacy classes at The Second Step. She also volunteers at the Annual Waban Village Day organized by the Waban Improvement Association and also joins the Bank’s Village Volunteers for numerous civic, community, and charitable events in Newton and Wayland.