Susan Paley Honored with 2022 Pathway to Possible Carol Beard Visionary Award

Susan Paley, vice president of community relations at The Village Bank, has been honored by Pathway to Possible for her steadfast commitment to the wellbeing of Newton.

Pathway to Possible, a nonprofit organization that provides housing, support and advocacy for people with disabilities and their families, has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with The Village Bank and Paley.

On September 22 at Pathway’s 50th Anniversary celebration at Brae Burn Country Club, Paley was presented with the Carol Beard Visionary Award for her compassion and dedication to making Newton and the world a better place.

Paley and Beard shared a commitment to giving back and worked together on Newton’s Planning and Development Board.

“Carol was one of those people … so firm in her beliefs and in making sure that the people she cared for most were served,” shared Paley. “It was amazing to learn from her and to be honored with an award in her namesake.”

A lifelong Newton resident, Paley has helped a variety of organizations dedicated to the betterment of our local communities.

She currently serves as vice president of the board of the Newton Cultural Alliance and is on the boards of Family Access of Newton, Newton Community Development Foundation, Historic Newton, and the Rotary Club of Newton. She also is on the advisory council of the Newton Food Pantry.

“The Village Bank would like to extend our sincere thanks to Pathway to Possible for recognizing the dedication of Susan in helping make life better for all in the City of Newton,” said Joseph A. De Vito, president & CEO. “Susan embodies all the qualities of service and has been so instrumental in helping The Village Bank carry out our mission to strengthen our community.”


The Village Bank hires Brassil as vice president, information security

Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced the hiring of Paul Brassil as vice president/information security.

Brassil joins the Bank after three years as senior vice president and chief information officer at Pawtucket Credit Union. He previously was CIO at Commonwealth Medicine and vice president of information technology at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Brassil was raised in Walpole and graduated from Walpole High School. He attended Bridgewater State University, where he received a degree in business administration. The Medfield resident also received a Master of Science degree in computer information systems from Bentley University.

In his new role, Brassil will oversee the design, implementation, and sustainment of the Bank’s cybersecurity programs and initiatives.


The Village Bank awards $68,000 in scholarships to Class of 2022 students

Joseph A. De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, announced today that the Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $68,000 to 26 local students.

Aiden Wright of Newton North High School and Andrew Zhao of Wayland High School each received a $10,000 scholarship. Both were selected for their academic achievement and their active involvement as leaders in community and charitable causes.

In addition, 24 students from local high schools were awarded $2,000 scholarships, including:

Christian Bonadio – Xaverian Brothers
Sean Bryden – Newton South High School
Bryce Busa – Newton North High School
Gabriella Cellucci – Hudson High School
Ashley Cerone – Newton North High School
Danielle Chen – Newton South High School
Avery Coen – Newton North High School
Alexis Conzo – Framingham High School
John Donnellan – Newton North High School
Abigail Enselek – Dexter Southfield
Isabella Forte – Newton North High School
Steven Gao – Newton North High School
Lily Harutyunyan – Billerica Memorial High School
Mary Harutyunyan – Billerica Memorial High School
Julia Lawlor – Weston High School
Julia Miller – Newton North High School
Andrew Murray – Newton South High School
Nikolas Page – Newton North High School
Anjali Patel – Wayland High School
Rebecca Rosen – Newton South High School
Adrian Rufo – Needham High School
Daniel Salemme – Newton North High School
Ella Tucker – Hudson High School
Cleo Whitney – Newton South High School

“We are proud to continue our tradition of recognizing the achievements of the youth in our community while supporting their educational goals,” De Vito said.

Since its inception in 1998, The Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships. The scholarships are funded in part by the Bank’s Annual Golf Classic held each fall.


The Village Bank announces $10,000 Great Giveaway

Joseph A. De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced a summer promotion called The Great Giveaway, which offers customers the chance to win $5,000 for themselves and $5,000 for a charity of their choice.

Customers can earn entries to the promotion by using their Village Bank debit card between July 1 and September 30, 2022. Any customer who uses their card 10 times in a calendar month earns one entry. Customers who used their card 10 times in all three months earn three entries. The winner of the Giveaway, who will be randomly selected in early October, will receive a $5,000 prize and an additional $5,000 to donate to one of a selected group of non-profit organizations.

“The Village Bank has always taken great pride in being there for our customers and giving back to the community,” De Vito said. “We believe the Giveaway is a great combination of those commitments, and we look forward to announcing a winner.”


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!


Security Articles & Alerts

Fraud Chronicles: It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Spotlight: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This initiative began in 2006, aimed at providing communities a better understanding of the risks of elder abuse, financial exploitation and neglect. With this in mind, The Village Bank is committed to proactively fighting elder financial abuse. Part of this commitment is providing resources for customers to spot scams targeting the elderly so they can be stopped before they become a bigger problem.

Some common fraud schemes targeting the elderly:

  • Romance scams: Criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites.
  • Tech support scams: Criminals pose as technology support representatives and offer to fix non-existent computer issues.
  • Grandparent scams: Criminals pose as a relative— usually a child or grandchild— claiming to be in immediate financial need.
  • Government impersonation scams: Criminals pose as government employees and threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to pay.
  • Sweepstakes/charity/lottery scams: Criminals claim to work for a charitable organization to gain victims’ trust, or claim victims have won a lottery or sweepstakes which they can collect for a fee.
  • Home repair scams: Criminals appear in person and charge homeowners in advance for home improvement services they never provide.

Remember to always resist the pressure to act quickly, and when in doubt, you can stop communication with a suspected fraudster. Visit our Security Center for more information.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to elder financial abuse, please notify us immediately.

Trending: Beware of travel scams

Warmer weather has people booking summer vacations, and fraudsters are quick to use the travel season to take advantage of their victims. Without knowing the red flags of travel scams, that hotel discount or vacation deal you found online could cost a lot more than you think.

Be on the lookout for these common travel scams:

  • “Free” vacations. Ads, calls, emails and text messages claiming you’ve won a vacation even though you never entered a contest. Responding to these messages reveals there are fees and taxes attached— the free vacation isn’t free at all.
  • Robocalls about vacation deals. Robocalls are illegal unless the caller has written permission from you, so if someone is calling you this way, there’s a good chance it’s either a disreputable company or an outright scam.
  • International travel document scams. Sites promising to help get travel visas, passports and other international travel documents often charge steep fees for their services, which are often free on the U.S. Department of State website.
  • International driving permit scams. Scammers often attempt to sell fake international driving permits to travelers from shady websites, which can cause legal problems in the event the victim tries using it to travel in a foreign country.
  • Vacation home scams. Fraudsters sometimes hijack rental listings and advertise them as their own, so when victims show up for their vacation, they find the home already occupied … or that it doesn’t even exist.
  • Charter flight scams. Ads for private plane bookings, sometimes including sightseeing tours and lodging, can be a scam in disguise. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Special Authorities Division maintains a list of approved public charter flights. If the flight isn’t approved by DOT, it’s probably a scam.

Remember, if there are hidden fees, lack of specific information about the offer, pressure to decide quickly, or required payment by wire transfer, gift card or cryptocurrency, it’s almost certainly a scam.

Read more from the FTC about the latest on travel scams.

Awareness: Password safety

Passwords are the locks on your account doors. The access your passwords protect, such as financial accounts, personal information and tax returns, can be devastating in the wrong hands, so protecting yourself is critical.

Here are some ways to make sure your passwords are secure:

  • The longer the password, the better. That means at least 12 characters. Consider using random words and avoid using common words or phrases. You can also make your password stronger by mixing uppercase and lowercase, numbers and symbols.
  • Don’t reuse passwords you’ve used on other accounts. Use different passwords for different accounts. That way if a hacker gets your password for one account, they can’t get into others.
  • Use multi-factor authentication when it’s an option. Some accounts offer extra security by requiring something in addition to a password. Multi-factor authentication includes something you have — like a passcode you get via an authentication app or a security key, and something you are — like a scan of your fingerprint, retina, or face.
  • Consider a password manager. If remembering all your passwords is becoming a problem, consider storing passwords and security questions in a reputable password manager. Make sure to use a strong password to secure it!
  • Pick security questions only you know the answer to. Avoid answers that are available in public records or easily found online. And don’t use questions with a limited number of responses that attackers can easily guess, like the color of your first car. Nonsense answers can also make guessing more difficult. Just make sure you can remember what you use!
  • Change passwords quickly if there’s a breach. If a company tells you there was a data breach where a hacker could have gotten your password, change the password you use with that company right away, and on any account that uses a similar password.

If someone is using your information to open new accounts or make purchases, report it and get help at

Learn more from the FTC about keeping your password safe.

Protect Your Information

The Federal Trade Commission has provided information about ways that you can protect your personal information and data.

If you believe you have been the victim of fraud, contact our Customer Care Center immediately at (617) 969-4300 and report it to the FTC at


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.

Security Articles & Alerts

Senior Fraud Awareness

On average, older adults lose more money to fraud but are the least likely age group to report that loss. Education and resources are key to keeping older Americans in our community safe from financial exploitation and scams.

Just Remember…

  • Never send Gift Cards as a form of payment
  • The IRS will never call you asking for money
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Ask questions

If you feel you have fallen victim to fraud or if you are being financially exploited, reach out for help. Stop by one of our branches and speak with a Village Banker or visit our website’s Security Center for valuable information including the resources provided below.


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.”

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