COMMUNITY BANK HEROES

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson has been president and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank since 2009. Since 2004, he has also served as president of the board of the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), with additional roles in its executive, loan and technical assistance committees. According to his nominator at PERC, Anderson’s leadership has helped the organization...
Thomas Banks

Thomas Banks

Thomas Banks has longstanding roots in the South Shore, and so do his customers. He’s been at Rockland Trust for 25 years, working his way up from branch manager to district manager. And having the opportunity to build up those kinds of long-term relationships with his customers is part of what makes being a...
John C. Boucher

John C. Boucher

A trip to Disney World is a popular vacation choice for many young people, but for the intellectually disabled students at Cardinal Cushing Centers, it can be a trip they anticipate for years in advance. John Boucher, CEO of South Shore Bank in Weymouth, knew that the cancellation of the annual trip would be...
Steve Britton

Steve Britton

Steve Britton was surprised and pleased when he found out he was named a Community Bank Hero, but he says he’s still trying to figure out just what he did to deserve the honor. That’s just like Steve, said Jackie Giordano, the director of external affairs at the North Shore Community Development Coalition (CDC)....
Janis Dodge

Janis Dodge

During her college years, Janis Dodge thought she would pursue a career in either law or politics. But a job in the consumer electronics field steered her down a different path, and she wouldn’t change one minute of the journey. After college, Dodge accepted a position with Panasonic, where she learned much about marketing...
John Fulone

John Fulone

John Fulone’s outgoing voicemail message says a lot about him. In it, he lists several different contacts who can provide direct help for callers’ specific problems. The way he returns calls says a lot about him, too – he leaves no stone unturned, including appeals from a throng of nonprofit groups. One such group...
Anna Kulakowski

Anna Kulakowski

When asked why Anna Kulakowski’s name leapt to mind when he first heard about the Community Bank Hero awards, James Burke, a Peabody attorney and one of Kulakowski’s nominators, said, jokingly, that “she’s always bugging me for bottles of wine.” Not, of course, for her own use – Kulakowski, Burke said, is involved in...
James Lively

James Lively

When the past winter’s historic snowfall caused a partial roof collapse and closure of Bridgewater’s Mitchell Elementary School, James Lively was ready to help. Pupils were relocated to other schools in the district, but a Bridgewater Savings Bank employee whose son is a kindergartner pointed out that many school supplies were left behind. “She...
Bopha Malone

Bopha Malone

When asked to describe Bopha Malone, branch relationship manager and vice president at Enterprise Bank, Alison Burns thinks first of her energy. “I remember when I first met Bopha, she was so full of energy. She was very passionate and had an infectious personality,” said Burns, community relations and customer experience officer and vice...
Tom McGregor

Tom McGregor

It’s difficult to find someone in Worcester’s business community who doesn’t know Tom McGregor, and it’s even more difficult to find somebody who doesn’t think the world of him. “Worcester is a very, very unique community,” said Paula Aiello, CFO of Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc. (Y.O.U. Inc.).“It’s the second-largest city in New England, but...
Beth Ann Meehan

Beth Ann Meehan

As a little girl, Beth Ann Meehan vacationed on Nantucket Island and vowed someday to live there year-round. In September 1994, she kept that promise, established a career and became a champion for affordable housing. Meehan holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree in journalism from New York...
Andrew Sobers

Andrew Sobers

Building a community from the inside out, one household at a time, is Andrew Sobers’ vocation. That’s the observation of his nominator at Urban Edge, a nonprofit CDC serving Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and surrounding Boston communites. Sobers has served on Urban Edge’s board of directors since 2008 – a time when the already-frail economic...
Timothy Telman

Timothy Telman

Although his career has followed a mostly financial path, Timothy Telman considers himself an entrepreneur first and a banker second. Telman received his undergraduate degree in economics from Boston College and continued his education at Babson College, where he earned his MBA. He spent 16 years in downtown Boston, holding positions with Bank of...

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