Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Gerald P. Ciejka
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Gerald P. Ciejka was appointed Vice President of Westfield Financial and Westfield Bank on January 4, 2005. Mr. Ciejka also serves as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources of Westfield Financial and Westfield Bank. Mr. Ciejka was previously a partner at the Springfield, Massachusetts law firm of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas in the business organization and real estate departments. From 1997 to 2004, he served as branch manager and senior underwriting counsel for First American Title Insurance Company and Chicago Title Insurance Company.
James C. Hagan
Chief Executive Officer
James C. Hagan has been our Chief Executive Officer since December 31, 2008, and has served as our President since June 2005. Mr. Hagan served as Chief Operating Officer of Westfield Financial and Westfield Bank from June 2005 until December 2008. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Department Manager of Westfield Bank from 1998. From 1994 through 1998, Mr. Hagan was a Vice President at Westfield Bank. Prior to 1994, Mr. Hagan worked as a commercial lender and manager at other New England based banking institutions. He received a Bachelor of Science from Westfield State College and received a Masters of Business Administration from American International College. Mr. Hagan’s expertise in credit administration, commercial lending and management through his various roles within the Company and within other New England based banking institutions provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Allen J. Miles III
Executive Vice President & Senior Lender
Allen J. Miles, III has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Westfield Financial and Westfield Bank since August 2005. From 1998 to 2005 he served as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer.
Leo R. Sagan Jr.
Chief Financial Officer
Leo R. Sagan, Jr. has served as a Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer of Westfield Bank (Bank) & Westfield Financial, Inc. (Company) since December 31, 2008. He has served as the Vice President and Controller of Company and Bank since 2003. Prior to that he served as Controller of Westfield Financial and Westfield Bank from 2002 to 2003 and as Assistant Treasurer of Westfield Financial and Westfield Bank from 1999 to 2002.
Guida R. Sajdak
Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
Guida Sajdak joined the Bank in 2016 and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. Prior to this, Guida worked for Chicopee Savings Bank since 1989 in a variety of roles, including customer service, internal audit, commercial lending and most recently as the Chief Financial Officer since 2010. Ms. Sajdak is a member of the Financial Manager Society and earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Western New England University.

Board of Directors

Donald A. Williams
CHAIRMAN
Donald A. Williams has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2005. Mr. Williams served as President of Westfield Savings Bank from 1983 through 2005 and Westfield Financial from its inception in 2001 through 2005. He later went on to serve as Chief Executive Officer as well until his retirement from the position in 2008. He has been employed in the banking industry since 1972. Mr. Williams received a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis on Finance and Insurance from Northeastern University and a graduate degree in accounting from Western New England College. Mr. Williams’ previous positions with the Company and Westfield Bank and his experience in banking and financial and regulatory management provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Laura Benoit
DIRECTOR
Laura Benoit has been the Treasurer and Co-Owner of Baystate Fuel Oil, Inc., a fuel distribution company located in Agawam, Massachusetts, since 1985. Ms. Benoit also is a former member of the board of directors of the Western Mass Fuel Dealers Association. Ms. Benoit received an Associate degree in Business Administration from Holyoke Community College. Ms. Benoit’s finance, accounting and small business management experience provides her with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Donna J. Damon
DIRECTOR
Donna J. Damon has been a director of our Board since 2011. Ms. Damon is the President and owner of New England Concrete Cutting, Inc., a construction company specializing in concrete cutting and drilling located in Agawam, Massachusetts. She also serves as an executive officer and the office manager for Witch Equipment of New England, Inc. and Witch Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Damon also serves on various community boards. Ms. Damon’s experience in human resource, office management and business administration, including financial management and employee benefit administration provides her with the qualifications and skills to serve as director.
Gary G. Fitzgerald
DIRECTOR
Gary G. Fitzgerald was nominated to serve as a director of our Board in 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Fitzgerald served on the Board of Corporators of Chicopee Savings Bank from 1993 until its dissolution in 2006 and as a director of Chicopee Bancorp, Inc. and Chicopee Savings Bank since 2009. Mr. Fitzgerald is a Certified Public Accountant and a Principal and Treasurer of Downey, Sweeney, Fitzgerald & Co., P.C., a Certified Public Accounting Firm. He holds a Masters of Science in Taxation degree. His extensive accounting background and experience as a bank director provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
James C. Hagan
PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, DIRECTOR
James C. Hagan has been our Chief Executive Officer since December 31, 2008, and has served as our President since June 2005. Mr. Hagan served as Chief Operating Officer of Westfield Financial and Westfield Bank from June 2005 until December 2008. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Department Manager of Westfield Bank from 1998. From 1994 through 1998, Mr. Hagan was a Vice President at Westfield Bank. Prior to 1994, Mr. Hagan worked as a commercial lender and manager at other New England based banking institutions. He received a Bachelor of Science from Westfield State College and received a Masters of Business Administration from American International College. Mr. Hagan’s expertise in credit administration, commercial lending and management through his various roles within the Company and within other New England based banking institutions provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Lisa G. McMahon
DIRECTOR
Lisa G. McMahon has been a director of our board since 2014. Ms. McMahon is a manager of university advancement with Westfield State University. Ms. McMahon came to the University in 2013 after leaving Merrill Lynch where she obtained her general securities license and license to become a registered investment advisor representative. From 2007 to 2012, Ms. McMahon was the executive director of the Westfield Business Improvement District, Inc. Ms. McMahon received a Bachelor of Science degree from Our Lady of the Elms College. Ms. McMahon’s business experience and extensive work with micro businesses, nonprofits, and community relations provides her with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
William D. Masse
DIRECTOR
William D. Masse was nominated to serve as a director of our Board in 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Masse served as a director of Chicopee Savings Bank since 1998 and Chicopee Bancorp, Inc. since its formation in 2006. Mr. Masse is the President of Granfield, Bugbee & Masse Insurance Agency. Mr. Masse has been in the insurance business over 31 years. He majored in economics at Williams College. He is the past President of the Valley Opportunity Council operating in Chicopee and Holyoke and has been serving on their board over 16 years. His small-business management experience, his extensive community involvement and his experience as a bank director provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Gregg F. Orlen
DIRECTOR
Gregg F. Orlen was nominated to serve as a director of our Board in 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Orlen served as a director of Chicopee Savings Bank since 1999 and Chicopee Bancorp, Inc. since its formation in 2006. Mr. Orlen is the owner of Gregg Orlen Custom Homebuilders and works as an excavating contractor. Mr. Orlen served on the development committee for South Hadley’s municipal golf course, The Ledges, and was responsible for the oversight of its construction phase. He remained on the golf course commission, while a resident of South Hadley. Mr. Orlen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Mr. Orlen is a well-established premier builder of residential homes within our market and his experience as a business owner, his extensive knowledge of the local housing market and his experience as a bank director provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Paul C. Picknelly
DIRECTOR
Paul C. Picknelly was nominated to serve as a director of our Board in 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Picknelly served as a director of Chicopee Savings Bank since 2000 and Chicopee Bancorp, Inc. since its formation in 2006. Mr. Picknelly is a hotel owner and operator, as well as a commercial real estate developer. Mr. Picknelly currently serves as President of Monarch Enterprises, LLC (Monarch Place Office Tower, Sheraton Springfield, and the Hilton Garden Inn Hotels in Springfield and Worcester, MA) and manages various commercial real estate properties in the local area. His unique and extensive knowledge of the local economy from a hotel management and real estate developer perspective, his many community and political contacts, and his experience as a bank director provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Steven G. Richter
DIRECTOR
Steven G. Richter has been a director of our Board since 2011. Mr. Richter is the founder, owner, operator and President of Micro Test Laboratories, Inc., a contract testing and manufacturing support operation for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Sciences degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a Ph.D. in Sterilization Sciences from Columbia Pacific University. Mr. Richter has served in a biotechnological advisory capacity for small business with Governors Romney and Patrick. Mr. Richter is also actively involved in research and development with the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Richter’s experience in small business administration and management, including financial and business operations matters provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as director.
Kevin M. Sweeney
DIRECTOR
Kevin M. Sweeney has been a director of our Board since January 2013. Mr. Sweeney has been a Principal of Sweeney Strategic Consulting since 2012, where he advises non-profit and for-profit organizations regarding critical finance, strategic and operational decisions. Mr. Sweeney also served as the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of DevelopSpringfield, where he had had overall strategic and operational responsibility. Mr. Sweeney previously spent 19 years with the MassMutual Financial Group, where he was most recently a Managing Director of MassMutual Capital Partners LLC and was responsible for strategic mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and other transactions for MassMutual and its affiliated companies. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MassMutual Trust Company, FSB. Mr. Sweeney is also a Professor of Practice with the School of Business of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA, specializing in Finance. In addition to his teaching with WPI and his consulting, Mr. Sweeney is a visiting Lecturer with Columbia University. Mr. Sweeney has also been a Senior Lecturer with Western New England University College of Business and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Western New University School of Law. Mr. Sweeney also serves on the board of directors of a two private organizations and he is a member of the advisory board of another. Mr. Sweeney received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, a Doctor of Law from the University of Wisconsin Law School and an M.B.A. jointly from New York University Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics & Political Science, and the HEC School of Management in Paris, France. Mr. Sweeney’s experience as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company and his vast academic experience and organizational consulting ventures provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Philip R. Smith
DIRECTOR
Philip R. Smith has been a director of our Board since 2009 and was previously our Secretary. Mr. Smith has been a partner at Bacon & Wilson, P.C., one of the largest regional law firms in western Massachusetts specializing in Real Estate, Business Law and Estate planning, since 2001. He has served as a past board member of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce in Westfield, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Westfield State College Foundation and the Westfield Community Development Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and received a J.D. from New England School of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from Boston University. Mr. Smith’s experience in commercial and residential lending and business law through his many years of legal practice provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
Christos A. Tapases
DIRECTOR
Christos A. Tapases has been a director of our Board since January 2013. Mr. Tapases is a Principal at Corbin & Tapases, P.C. and has been practicing public accounting since 1982. Mr. Tapases joined the firm in 1984 after gaining valuable experience with Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Tapases has been a certified public accountant since 1987 and is also the Plans and Training Officer for the City of Westfield Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Tapases received a Bachelor of Science from American International College. Mr. Tapases’ management and accounting experience as a certified public accountant provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.
William J. Wagner
Chief Business Development Officer, Director
William J. Wagner was nominated to serve as a director of our Board in 2016 and currently serves as the Bank’s Chief Business Development Officer. Prior to this, Mr. Wagner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicopee Savings Bank since 1984 and as President and Chairman of the Board of Chicopee Bancorp, Inc. since its formation in 2006. He also served as the President of each of the company’s subsidiary companies. Mr. Wagner is well known in the community through his active leadership roles and participation on the boards of several civic and charitable organizations. He currently serves as a director for the following organizations: Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation (President), Bankers Bank Northeast, the Center for Financial Training (chairman), the Eastern States Exposition (treasurer), the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, the Westmass Area Development Corporation and is an active member for several other organizations. Mr. Wagner also served as the past chairman of the board of the Holyoke Community College and also served on the board of the Sisters of Providence Health System. Many recognition awards have been bestowed upon Chicopee Savings Bank and/or Mr. Wagner for his leadership and direction of the Bank’s philanthropic support. He is the recipient of 2016 Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Chicopee Lodge Citizen of the Year, The Warren Group/Bank & Tradesman’s 2013 Community Bank Hero’s Award, the 2013 Chicopee Boys & Girls Club’s Prescott Founders Award, the 2010 Bishops’ Catholic Schools Award from the Diocese of Springfield, the 2009 EXCEL Award from the Chicopee Council of Aging, the 2007 Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary of West Springfield, the 2006 First Annual Presidential Award from the Elms College, the 2005 Cathedral High School Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2005 Holyoke Community College Distinguished Service Award, and various non-profit humanitarian awards. Mr. Wagner is a graduate of Western New England University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, cum laude. In 2003, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from the Elms College. Mr. Wagner’s expertise as a banking executive, his knowledge of the local business markets, along with his extensive nonprofit and community involvement provide him with qualifications and skills to serve as a director.