At The Village Bank’s annual meeting held in September, president and CEO Joseph De Vito announced the following officer promotions:
Gernette Wright was promoted to vice president. Wright joined The Village Bank in March 2020 as assistant vice president/information security officer. He previously was the information systems and technology manager for Dentsply Sirona in Waltham and the senior manager/IT infrastructure and security operations for CIRCOR International in Burlington. Gernette holds a degree in computer science and information systems from Stockton University in Galloway Township, N.J. He also holds a graduate certificate in cybersecurity from the Van Loan School-Endicott College, as well as an executive certificate in management and leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Carlos Batista was promoted to assistant treasurer. He joined The Village Bank in April 2008 as a teller at the Waban branch. In July 2012, he was chosen to enter the Bank’s management training program. Upon completion, he was promoted to credit analyst. Batista was promoted to senior credit analyst and then to commercial loan portfolio manager in July 2018. He holds a degree in management from UMass-Boston as well as a certificate in commercial lending from the Center for Financial Training. He also is a graduate of the New England School of Financial Studies.
Alyssa D’Amore was promoted to assistant treasurer. D’Amore joined The Village Bank in June 2011 as a teller. She was promoted to senior teller at the Newton Highlands branch in June 2013, and to teller supervisor in June 2014. In August 2017, she was promoted to assistant branch manager in Newton Highlands, and in May 2019, she transferred to the Newtonville branch in the same role. In August 2020, D’Amore returned to Newton Highlands and was promoted to branch manager. She received a branch manager certificate from the Massachusetts Bankers Association in June 2019.
Christina Hacsunda was promoted to assistant treasurer. Hacsunda joined The Village Bank in April 2012 as a floating teller/customer service representative. In July 2013, she was promoted to customer service representative at the Auburndale branch, and to assistant branch manager in February 2015. In May 2017, she transferred to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) department in the new role of BSA specialist, and in February 2019, she was promoted to BSA analyst. She then was promoted to senior risk analyst in June 2020. Hacsunda holds an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from MassBay Community College and received her CAMS (certified anti-money laundering specialist) certificate in February 2019.
Richard Halstead was promoted to assistant treasurer. Halstead joined The Village Bank in August 2008 as network administrator. He previously worked as a senior network administrator for Grafton Suburban Credit Union in North Grafton and as a senior server engineer for Shareholders.com in Maynard. Richard holds a natural sciences degree from Harvard Extension School and is a Microsoft certified systems engineer.
Brian Harris was promoted to assistant treasurer. Harris joined The Village Bank in January 2016 as an information security administrator. In August 2020, he was promoted to Information Technology (IT) risk manager. He previously was an IT consultant for Fincorp Inc. in Northborough. He also held the positions of IT senior software analyst at Intel Massachusetts and information systems principal specialist and consultant for Digital Equipment Corp. in Hudson. Harris holds a degree in physics from Bates College in Lewiston Maine.
Noelle Wise was promoted to assistant treasurer. Wise joined The Village Bank in January 2017 as loan servicing manager. She previously worked as a senior loan servicing representative at Mutual One Bank and as a loan servicing supervisor at The Cooperative Bank. She has studied business and accounting at the University of Phoenix and completed The Village Bank’s manager training series in December 2019.