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Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Thomas J. Shara
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / LAKELAND BANCORP, INC. AND LAKELAND BANK
Thomas J. Shara Jr. Mr. Shara was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank effective April 2, 2008. Prior to joining Lakeland Bank, Mr. Shara served as President and Chief Lending Officer of TD Banknorth’s (now TD Bank) Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to TD Banknorth acquiring Hudson United Bank, Mr. Shara was Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer of HUBCO, a $9 billion commercial bank, where he oversaw organic growth and was responsible for integrating over 30 acquisitions.

Mr. Shara serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, N.J., the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, and is Second Vice Chairman of the New Jersey Bankers Association board. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation and is a Foundation Officer on the Board of Trustees of Chilton Medical Center Foundation. Mr. Shara earned a master’s degree in business administration as well as a Bachelor of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.Shara served as President and Chief Lending Officer of TD Banknorth’s (now TD Bank) Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to TD Banknorth acquiring Hudson United Bank, Mr. Shara was Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer of HUBCO, a $9 billion commercial bank, where he oversaw organic growth and was responsible for integrating over 30 acquisitions.

Mr. Shara serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, New Jersey and on the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Bankers Association. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation and the Chilton Medical Center Foundation. Mr. Shara is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Community Depository Institution’s Advisory Council. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Ronald E. Schwarz
SR. EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Ronald E. Schwarz Mr. Schwarz joined Lakeland Bank in 2009 as Chief Retail Officer.

Prior to joining Lakeland, Mr. Schwarz, with over 40 years of retail banking experience in Northern, New Jersey, was Executive Vice President and Market Executive of Retail Banking at Sovereign (now Santander) for their Northern New Jersey division. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of management for a 79 branch network and over $4 billion in deposits. Prior to Sovereign, he was Senior Vice President and NJ Retail President for Independence Community Bank and also held positions with Broad National Bank, Urban National Bank, Midlantic National Bank and United Jersey Bank.

Mr. Schwarz is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and is a member of the Board of Directors for Hudson County Community College Foundation and the Metro YMCA’s of the Oranges.
Thomas F. Splaine Jr.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Thomas J. MarinoMr. Splaine serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and began his career at Lakeland Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer in 2016.

Prior to joining Lakeland, Mr. Splaine was employed by Investors Bank from 2004 until 2015 in various positions including Senior Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis and Investor Relations, and as Chief Financial Officer. His additional previous employment included Hewlett-Packard Financial Services, CIT and KPMG LLC.

Mr. Splaine earned both an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Master's in Business Administration from Rider University.

Paul Ho-Sing-Loy
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Timothy J. Matteson Paul Ho-Sing-Loy joined Lakeland Bank in 2017 as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer based in Oak Ridge. Mr. Ho-Sing-Loy is responsible for further developing and leading the information technology strategy for the Bank.

Ho-Sing-Loy’s extensive industry experience spans more than 30 years and was most recently Senior Vice President, Business Solutions at Associated Bank, a regional bank with $29 billion in assets headquartered in Wisconsin. Prior to that, he served as divisional Chief Technology Officer for Bank of America in San Francisco and Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University.
Timothy J. Matteson, Esq.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER / GENERAL COUNSEL AND CORPORATE SECRETARY
Timothy J. Matteson Mr. Matteson joined Lakeland Bank in 2008 and currently serves as serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for both Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank, and as a member of Lakeland's Executive Management Team.

Mr. Matteson is responsible for the supervision of the administrative and operational departments, including Information Technology, Business Application Support, Deposit Operations, Enterprise Solutions, Facilities, Human Resources, Legal, Loan Operations and Physical Security.

Mr. Matteson previously served as General Counsel at Hudson United Bancorp, Assistant General Counsel at IDB Bank, Senior Attorney at TD Banknorth (now TD Bank) and Counsel at Summit Bank.

Mr. Matteson earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University. Mr. Matteson also is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, in connection with which he completed the requirements to receive the Wharton Leadership Certificate from the Wharton School, Aresty Institute of Executive Education, at the University of Pennsylvania, and separately earned the certificate from the ABA Advanced Commercial Lending School. Mr. Matteson is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York.
James M. Nigro
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF RISK OFFICER
Timothy J. Matteson Mr. Nigro joined Lakeland Bank in 2016 as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Manager at The Provident Bank in Iselin, NJ.

His banking career began in 1994 at Summit Bank in Berkeley Heights where he held various credit and lending positions in Chatham, Cranford, Dayton, and Bridgewater. He advanced to Vice President, Regional Sales Manager, a position he held until 2001 when he left Summit Bank to pursue opportunities with the former Somerset Hills Bank in Bernardsville as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer.

Mr. Nigro graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Financial Management Association. He was recently named Chairman of the Morris Habitat for Humanity where he has served as a Director and Treasurer since January 2013. He also serves as Secretary for the Morris County Housing Alliance, is a member of the Risk Management Association and serves on a committee for the New Jersey Bankers Association.
Ellen Lalwani
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF BANKING OFFICER
Ellen LalwaniMrs. Lalwani joined Lakeland Bank in August 2008 as Senior Vice President, Director, Retail Sales and has more than 20 years of retail banking experience. Before joining Lakeland, she was Vice President, Retail Sales Manager at TD Banknorth in Mahwah, N.J. Prior to that, she was Sales Manager for Key Bank in Parsippany, N.J. and Senior Vice President, Director, Direct Banking for Hudson United Bank in Mahwah, N.J. Mrs. Lalwani earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in economics from St. John’s University. She is a member of the Society of Industry Leaders – Bank Technology and the St. John’s University Alumni Association.
John F. Rath III
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF LENDING OFFICER / COMMERCIAL LENDING
John F. Rath III Mr. Rath serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer and joined Lakeland Bank in March 2015 as Senior Vice President and Group Manager, responsible for Middle Market and C&I lending, Asset Based Lending and Equipment Finance. He has over 35 years of banking experience and was previously employed by TD Bank for over 16 years as Senior Vice President and Group Manager responsible for Middle Market, Commercial and Small Business lending activities in the Lower Hudson Valley prior to his departure. Prior to that, he was with The Bank of New York for 18 years where he held various positions.

He serves as a Board member and past Chairman for Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and is on the boards of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. He has been an Advisory Board member for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley for 25 years and was Co-Chairman of their Capital Campaign.

Mr. Rath was a recipient of the 2014 Mount Saint Mary's College Joseph A. Bonura Leadership award and 2017 United Way of Dutchess/Orange Community Champion award. He graduated from Washingtonville Senior High School and attended Dutchess County Community College.
Steven C. Ackmann
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Steve Ackmann Mr. Ackmann serves as Executive Vice President, and is responsible for the coordination, enhancement and expansion of client relationships related to the acquisition of Highlands State Bank as well as the development of new client relationships. Mr. Ackmann was formerly the President and CEO of Highlands State Bank.

Prior to joining Highlands, he was President of the Bank of Princeton. Much of his banking career began in Pennsylvania where he served as President and CEO of Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank in Scranton, PA, and for 21 years, President and COO of Promistar Financial Corporation in Johnstown, PA. Mr. Ackmann earned his MBA in business from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Robert Morris University and Washington & Jefferson College.

He is a past Director of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Political Action Committee and has recently served as President of the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey and the North New Jersey Community Bankers. Mr. Ackmann also served as a member, Director and President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Robert Morris Associates, currently renamed the Risk Management Association.

Karen Garrera
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF RETAIL OFFICER
Karen GarreraMrs. Garrera joined Lakeland Bank in 2000 through the acquisition of Metropolitan State Bank as Vice President, Regional Administrator for the Southern Region and has more than 30 years of retail banking experience. In 2007, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Regional Administrator of the Bank’s Southern Region and in 2016, she was promoted to First Senior Vice President and Senior Regional Administrator. She is currently a board member for the Chilton Medical Center Foundation.
James R. Noonan
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER
James R. Noonan Mr. Noonan joined Lakeland Bank in 2004 as Chief Credit Officer, where he oversees Credit Administration and is responsible for loan review, collections, special assets, commercial appraisal control and the Credit Department.

Mr. Noonan’s banking career began at People’s Trust of New Jersey and continued through mergers to United Jersey Bank, Summit Bank, and Fleet National Bank. His experience includes commercial lending, asset based lending, international lending, credit policy and risk management.

A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, Mr. Noonan received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has taught courses for AIB in loan negotiations and customer calling skills.
Stephen C. Novak
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / SR. COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE OFFICER & GROUP LEADER
Stephen C. Novak Stephen Novak is an Executive Vice President, Senior Commercial Real Estate Officer and Group Leader for several of Lakeland Bank’s lending teams. Mr. Novak joined Lakeland Bank in 2001 and has a banking career that spans 30 years, including his tenure with Independence Bank of New Jersey and Commerce Bank.

In addition to his position with Lakeland Bank, Mr. Novak is active within the community including several board/trustee/membership positions with local not-for-profit organizations, charities and various trade organizations, including Commerce and Industry of New Jersey and NAIOP. Mr. Novak serves as the trustee/treasurer for Allendale Housing Inc., which is a not-for-profit organization that is active in the development of housing for low to moderate income developmentally disabled individuals.

Mr. Novak received his Associates Degree in Business from Bergen Community College and both his Bachelors Degree in Finance/Economics and his MBA in Finance from Montclair State University. Mr. Novak is also a graduate of The Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Wharton Leadership Program.
Jenifer Thoma
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Jenifer ThomaMrs. Thoma joined Lakeland Bank in June 2016 as First Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources and has more than 20 years of leadership and organization development experience. Before joining Lakeland, she was the Senior Human Resources Executive at Byram Healthcare, Bowlmor AMF, Century 21 Department Stores and The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P). Mrs. Thoma earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from New Jersey City University and a Master of Science degree in organizational management and human resource development from Manhattanville College.
David S. Yanagisawa
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / SENIOR LOAN OFFICER / COMMERCIAL LENDING
David S. YanagisawaMr. Yanagisawa joined Lakeland in November 2008 as Chief Lending Officer. Mr. Yanagisawa has over 45 years’ experience in commercial banking, including Senior Loan Officer for TD Bank in the Northern New Jersey market. Before TD Bank’s acquisition of Hudson United Bank in 2006, Mr. Yanagisawa had been with Hudson United Bank for nine years. Prior to Hudson United, he held various senior lending positions through successive mergers, with Bergen State Bank, Citizens First National Bank of NJ, NatWest Bank and Fleet National Bank.

He is a member of the Garden State Credit Associates, the 200 Club of Bergen County and Risk Management Associates and is a former board member of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.

Mr. Yanagisawa holds MBA and Bachelor’s degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University and advanced banking degrees from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking and The Graduate Commercial Lending School.

Board of Directors

Thomas J. Shara
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / LAKELAND BANCORP, INC. AND LAKELAND BANK
Thomas J. Shara Jr. Mr. Shara was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank effective April 2, 2008. Prior to joining Lakeland Bank, Mr. Shara served as President and Chief Lending Officer of TD Banknorth’s (now TD Bank) Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to TD Banknorth acquiring Hudson United Bank, Mr. Shara was Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer of HUBCO, a $9 billion commercial bank, where he oversaw organic growth and was responsible for integrating over 30 acquisitions.

Mr. Shara serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, N.J., the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, and is Second Vice Chairman of the New Jersey Bankers Association board. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation and is a Foundation Officer on the Board of Trustees of Chilton Medical Center Foundation. Mr. Shara earned a master’s degree in business administration as well as a Bachelor of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.Shara served as President and Chief Lending Officer of TD Banknorth’s (now TD Bank) Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to TD Banknorth acquiring Hudson United Bank, Mr. Shara was Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer of HUBCO, a $9 billion commercial bank, where he oversaw organic growth and was responsible for integrating over 30 acquisitions.

Mr. Shara serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, New Jersey and on the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Bankers Association. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation and the Chilton Medical Center Foundation. Mr. Shara is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Community Depository Institution’s Advisory Council. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Mary Ann Deacon
DIRECTOR SINCE 1995 CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD SECRETARY AND TREASURER, DEACON HOMES, INC.
Mary Ann Deacon Ms. Deacon is the Secretary and Treasurer of Deacon Homes, Inc., a real estate development company in Sparta, New Jersey. She has over thirty years of extensive experience in real estate development, construction, property management and sales. In addition to serving on every committee of the Board during her tenure with Lakeland Bancorp, Inc., Ms. Deacon has held leadership and committee positions in state and local real estate associations, during which time she has gained experience in ethics, professional standards, strategic planning and governance. In January 2010, Ms. Deacon was elected Vice Chairman of the Boards of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank, and in May 2011, she was elected Chairman of the Boards of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank. Ms. Deacon has been a member of the Board of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. since 1995.
Bruce D. Bohuny
DIRECTOR SINCE 2007 PRESIDENT, BROOKS BUILDERS
Bruce D. Bohuny Mr. Bohuny is the President of Brooks Limited, a construction company in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. He has over twenty years of experience in the real estate business, particularly land development and building, as well as a background in the equity and fixed income markets.
Brian A. Gragnolati
President and CEO, Atlantic Health System
Mr. Gragnolati is President and CEO of Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system with 17,000 employees that serves more than half the state of New Jersey. He serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and has twice been presented the AHA’s Partnership for Action Grassroots Champion Award, which honors a hospital leader who has effectively educated elected officials on major issues affecting hospitals, while advocating for patients and the community. Mr. Gragnolati is also an active member of the board of Paper Mill Playhouse and serves as an Advisory Trustee for Liberty Science Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Systems Analysis from the University of Connecticut, an MBA from Western New England College, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the JFK School at Harvard University.
Brian M. Flynn
DIRECTOR SINCE 2010 CPA AND PARTNER, PKF O'CONNOR DAVIES, LLP
Brian M. Flynn Mr. Flynn is a partner at PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP, the leading North American firm in the PKF International network of independent accounting and advisory firms. Mr. Flynn is a member of the Executive Committee and managing partner for the firm's New Jersey market. With over thirty years of experience as a practicing certified professional accountant, Mr. Flynn has in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standards. He has worked with audit committees and boards of directors, including previously serving on the Boards of TD Banknorth, Inc. and Hudson United Bancorp. Mr. Flynn provides Lakeland Bancorp, Inc.’s Board and Audit Committee with extensive expertise in auditing and preparation of financial statements.
Mark J. Fredericks
DIRECTOR SINCE 1994 PRESIDENT, KEIL OIL INC. AND FREDERICKS FUEL AND HEATING SERVICE
Mark J. Fredericks Mr. Fredericks has extensive years of service as a Director of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank. He has experience in the real estate industry, having managed a number of real estate partnerships. Mr. Fredericks has held leadership positions in numerous charitable organizations. He served as a trustee of Chilton Memorial Hospital, at which time he served as a member of the finance committee, and is presently the President of the West Milford Education Foundation.
James E. Hanson II
DIRECTOR SINCE 2018 PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE HAMPSHIRE COMPANIES
James E. Hanson II Mr. Hanson oversees the operation and investment activities of The Hampshire Companies and its funds. He has over 35 years of real estate investment management and operational experience. Mr. Hanson is currently a Council Member of the New Jersey State Investment Council; an Executive-In-Residence and Co-Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Center of Real Estate Studies at Rutgers Business School; a Commissioner of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission; and a Member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hanson earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and a juris doctor degree from Vermont Law School.
Janeth C. Hendershot
DIRECTOR SINCE 2004 FORMER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MUNICH-AMERICAN RISK PARTNERS
Janeth C. Hendershot Ms. Hendershot, having most recently served as global team project lead for Munich Re Group, has significant experience in the leadership and management of various corporate entities and their operations. She also has experience in managing and controlling risk-taking operations within the insurance industry, and in information technology strategy and developments. Ms. Hendershot received an economics degree from Cornell University.
Lawrence R. Inserra Jr.
DIRECTOR SINCE 2016 CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CEO OF INSERRA SUPERMARKETS, INC.
Lawrence R. Inserra Jr. Mr. Inserra is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., a family-owned business founded in 1954. Inserra Supermarkets is one of the largest supermarket chains in the metropolitan area, which owns and operates 22 ShopRite stores throughout New Jersey and New York. He holds a number of leadership positions, both professionally and philanthropically, including board member and treasurer of Wakefern Food Corporation.

In 2013, Mr. Inserra was named Chairman of the Board of Governors at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) after serving as First Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Human Resources Committee at HUMC. He is currently a board member for Food Industry Alliance of New York, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Hackensack Economic Development Commission and several foundations. Mr Inserra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from Lehigh University.

Mr. Inserra served as a director of Pascack Community Bank from 2011 until the closing of the merger with Lakeland Bank, and as a member of Pascack’s compliance committee.
Robert E. McCracken
DIRECTOR SINCE 2004 FUNERAL DIRECTOR/OWNER, SMITH-MCCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME AND WOOD FUNERAL HOME
Robert E. McCracken Mr. McCracken is an owner and operator of various businesses and real estate within our geographic footprint and has over fifteen years’ experience serving on the boards of various banks. As a lifelong member of our community, he has held leadership positions in numerous charitable organizations.

Mr. McCracken is a former Board Chairman of the Newton Medical Center Advisory Board, and currently is a member of the board of Atlantic Health Systems. Mr. McCracken is the former Chairman of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc.’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Robert B. Nicholson III
DIRECTOR SINCE 2003 PRESIDENT AND CEO, NORTHERN RESOURCES CORPORATION
Robert B. Nicholson III Mr. Nicholson has broad experience in the management and acquisition of companies and commercial real estate. As a result of his civic and business commitment to our communities, Mr. Nicholson has been honored with the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award from Sparta Township and as a Distinguished Citizen by the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots Path Council. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Florida Southern College, for outstanding service to his professions and community.