Newton Highlands branch begins renovation

Our Newton Highlands branch is getting a makeover! Construction will begin inside the branch on Wednesday, June 29, and will continue throughout the summer. The branch will remain open at regular hours during construction, but all business will be conducted in the teller area. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please see the attached photos for a preview of the Newton Highlands branch’s exciting new look!



Cram, Jencunas among Village Bank officer promotions

At The Village Bank’s annual meeting held in May, president and CEO Joseph De Vito announced the following officer promotions:

Slater Cram was promoted to vice president/digital banking manager. Cram joined the Bank in August 2006 as a teller in Waban. He held several retail positions, and in May 2015, he was promoted to assistant treasurer/branch manager. In May 2018, he was promoted to assistant vice president/branch manager, and in January 2021, he was promoted to digital banking manager. Slater is a graduate of Boston College and completed The Village Bank’s Leadership Academy Program in December 2019.

Nicole Jencunas was promoted to vice president/core systems manager. Jencunas joined the Bank in March 2009 as a teller supervisor in Newtonville. She completed the Bank’s Management Training Program in 2010 and received several promotions, including to assistant treasurer/business process analyst in 2014. She became assistant vice president/core systems manager in June 2020. Jencunas is a graduate of Arizona State University and has an MBA from the New England College of Business.

June Hudnall was promoted to assistant vice president/mortgage loan officer. Hudnall joined the Bank in June 2016 as a mortgage lending specialist. In September 2020, she was promoted to assistant treasurer/mortgage lending specialist. She previously held the positions of assistant store manager and financial services representative at TD Bank at various locations. She is a graduate of Framingham State University and has taken MBA courses in management at Clark University.

Lula Kiflit was promoted to assistant vice president/retail lending coordinator. Kiflit joined The Bank in May 2002 as a loan servicing specialist. In April 2011, she was promoted to retail lending coordinator and in May 2017 to assistant treasurer/retail lending coordinator. She previously worked as a loan administrator at Sanwa Bank in Boston and as an administrative assistant for the City of Newton’s planning and development department. She has a business management degree from Mount Ida College.

Richard Lebreux was promoted to assistant vice president/credit operations manager. Lebreux joined the Bank in August 2008 as a teller in Nonantum. He held several retail positions until January 2013 when he was selected as a candidate for the Credit Analyst Trainee position. He moved up the ranks in the credit department and in July 2018 was promoted to credit operations manager, then to assistant treasurer in 2020. He has degrees from Nipissing University in Ontario and the University of Manitoba.

Valdet Abazi was promoted to assistant treasurer/branch manager. Abazi joined the Bank in March 2021 as branch manager in Newton Centre. Previously he worked at People’s United Bank and was an assistant branch manager at East Boston Savings Bank. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Pristina in Kosovo.

Jeidy Batista was promoted to assistant treasurer/operations manager. Batista joined the Bank in September 2014 as a teller in Waban. In May 2016, she was selected for the Bank’s Management Training Program, and upon completion was promoted to retail banking coordinator. In July 2020, she was promoted to operations manager. Batista is a graduate of a Regis College, completed the Bank’s Supervisor Training Program in May 2016 and the Manager Training Series in January 2021.

Raymond LaMacchia was promoted to assistant treasurer/residential real estate specialist. LaMacchia joined the Bank in April 2020 as a residential real estate specialist. He previously held the positions of real estate operations manager at USAlliance Federal Credit Union, and vice president of lending at Equitable Bank and Stoneham Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union. He holds an associate degree in business administration from North Shore Community College.

Karla Snyder was promoted to assistant treasurer/senior mortgage underwriter. Snyder joined the Bank is April 2012 as a mortgage underwriter. In June 2018, she was promoted to senior mortgage underwriter. Before joining The Village Bank, Snyder held the positions of loan processor at Custom Financial Mortgage Co. in Hingham and underwriter at Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. in Braintree and BayBank Mortgage Corp in Westwood.


The Village Bank hires Sullivan as senior vice president, human resources

Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced the hiring of Maureen Sullivan, SHRM-SCP, as senior vice president/human resources.

Sullivan comes to the Bank after working as the executive vice president/chief human resources and marketing officer at Wellesley Bank. She previously was the president and publisher of San Diego Magazine.

The Newton resident has a long history of giving back to the communities in which she has worked and lived, with a focus on human services and underserved children. She was the president of the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation and also has served on the Foundation for MetroWest distribution committee and the Charles River Regional Chamber nonprofit committee.

Sullivan will oversee the human resources and training functions of the Bank, and lead the institution’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

“We are excited to add Maureen to our talented senior team,” De Vito said. “She brings knowledge and experience to the position, and her extensive history of community service makes her a great fit for The Village Bank.”


Doyle, Settles elected to Village Bank Board of Directors

The Village Bank Chairman Kenneth C. Brennan has announced the election of Anne Doyle, MBA, and Darryl Settles to the Board of Directors.

“Anne and Darryl bring a great deal of talent, experience, knowledge, and dedication to the community to our Board of Directors,” Brennan said. “We are so excited to welcome them both, and we look forward to their contributions to our organization.”

Doyle is the president of Lasell Village, an innovative senior living and learning community in Auburndale and a vice president of Lasell University. In 2021, Doyle’s leadership was recognized for the third consecutive year as Lasell Village was named one of the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe. The Lincoln resident has more than 30 years of experience in management roles in the field of health and senior care. She serves on the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Board of Advisors, and is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.

Doyle has a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was a Fulbright scholar in Sweden, where her passion for senior housing and care was born.

Settles is the founder of Catalyst Ventures Development, a company that focuses on the development of and investment in multifamily and commercial real estate properties in Boston and the surrounding communities, including Newton. Settles and CVD are dedicated to making a positive social impact on the real estate landscape by fostering partnerships that empower minority communities and help them grow financially.

The South Carolina native and Newton resident is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Settles recently co-founded of the Boston Real Estate Inclusion Fund (BREIF), which aims to provide people of color access to project investment in markets from which they have been historically excluded. He sits on the Board of Directors for Commodore Builders.

“We are honored to have Anne Doyle and Darryl Settles join our incredible group of directors,” Village Bank president and CEO Joseph A. De Vito said. “They bring unique perspectives and experience to the Board, and their commitment to the community make them wonderful fits for the Bank and its mission.”


The Village Bank hires Bunnag as Nonantum branch manager

Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced the hiring of Mark Bunnag as assistant vice president/Nonantum branch manager.

Bunnag comes to the Bank after working as a branch manager for Santander Bank for three years. Bunnag was raised in Auburndale and graduated from Newton North High School. He attended Boston University before joining the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.; Camp Pendleton in California; and did a tour in Fallujah, Iraq.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Bunnag held retail management positions at Walmart and Home Depot while completing his higher education at Mass Bay Community College and Framingham State University.

Bunnag will oversee the daily operation in Nonantum, the Bank’s second-largest branch by deposits.


Join The Village Bank for Shred Day!

Protect your old documents by stopping by our Auburndale Branch, located at 307 Auburn Street, on May 21. The event will run from 9 am to Noon and will occur in the back parking lot.

Two standard 24×24″ boxes of documents will be accepted per person and can include items such as:

  • Bank statements
  • Old mail/magazines
  • Bills
  • Medical records
  • Other unwanted paper documents containing personal, identifiable information

Please note we are accepting paper only. No plastic folders, bindings, paper clipped or stapled documents. Thank you.

See you there!


Temporary change to statement envelopes

Village Bank customers,

Our statement production vendor is experiencing a shortage of the standard white envelopes used for the mailing our monthly statements. Because of this shortage, some paper statements received in April will be mailed in recycled brown envelopes (pictured below) instead of standard white envelopes. Please do not be concerned. Your paper statement will appear the same as in past months. Only the envelope is different. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, please call our Customer Care Center at (617) 969-4300. Thank you.


Fakhory featured in The Boston Globe Top Places to Work

Mina Fakhory

Employer: The Village Bank, Newton
Job: Staff Accountant

I arrived here from Egypt with the hopes of being an accountant. It was difficult to find a position, but I connected with Village Bank and was hired as a teller. Later, I started the training program for management trainees, then COVID hit and I had to go back to my original job. Soon after, a staff accountant position opened up and I was fortunate to get the job. This company seeks to push you forward and make you a better person. All my hopes have been fulfilled, and I’m grateful.


The Village Bank will award seventeen college scholarships to Class of 2022

Joseph A. De Vito, president & CEO of The Village Bank announced today that the Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation is now accepting college scholarship applications from local high school seniors.

The seventeen scholarships totaling $50,000 will be awarded to college-bound students of the Class of 2022. The recipients can apply the scholarship funds toward tuition, room and board, or supplies at an accredited college or university. The application deadline is April 15, 2022.

The Foundation will award two $10,000 scholarships and fifteen $2,000 scholarships. The $10,000 scholarship recipients are required to have demonstrated active involvement in community and/or charitable causes, in a leadership capacity, in addition to academic achievement. Eligible Newton or Wayland residents will be considered for both award categories. Applicants who do not reside in Newton or Wayland will be considered for the $2,000 awards.

“The Village Bank has a strong commitment to supporting the community we live in and initiatives that impact our friends and neighbors,” said De Vito. “We are excited to support and recognize students in the community as they work towards their goals.”

Complete rules, requirements, and application forms are available online here.

The Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation’s investment in education since the program began in 1998 will total more than $950,000 with this year’s awards, according to De Vito. The scholarships are funded in part by the Annual Golf Classic held by The Village Bank each fall.


The Village Bank promotes Spalding to Waban branch manager

Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced the promotion of Michael Spalding to manager of the Waban branch.

Spalding joined The Village Bank’s retail team in June 2016 and quickly became a valuable asset. He was promoted to senior teller and teller supervisor in 2018-19, and in 2020, he was named assistant branch manager at the Newton Centre location, where he worked until his most recent promotion.

Spalding will oversee the daily operation in Waban. He completed the bank’s Supervisor Training Program in October 2019. In July 2021, he completed the Manager Training Program.

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