Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Management

Steven M. Klein
President & CEO
Mr. Klein joined the Company in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and President in 2013, and retained the title of Chief Operating Officer. Effective November 1, 2017, Mr. Klein was appointed Chief Executive Officer.
David V. Fasanella
Executive VP, Chief Lending Officer
David V. Fasanella currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Mr. Fasanella’s responsibilities include developing strategies to expand the Bank’s commercial banking capabilities to complement its current real estate focused lending programs and to collaborate with the business development team to focus on growth of loans and deposits. David also oversees loan servicing.
Tara L. French
Executive VP, Chief Risk Officer
Tara L. French currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer for Northfield Bank. Tara is responsible for overseeing credit and enterprise risk management, compliance, CRA & ethics, information security, and BSA/AML & fraud security.

Ms. French graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Tara started her career as a Bank Examiner at the Federal Home Loan Bank of NY and continued with the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) until it was integrated with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). She served as an Assistant Deputy Comptroller in the New York Field Office where she supervised a portfolio of national banks and federal savings associations.

Tara is commissioned as a National Bank Examiner, Federal Thrift Regulator, Thrift Examiner, and Federal Trust Regulator.
William R. Jacobs
Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer
William Jacobs joined Northfield in 2006 as Vice President and Controller and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2010. Mr. Jacobs was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2013. William also oversees property management and physical security. Prior to joining Northfield, William was an audit manager with the international accounting and auditing firm KPMG LLP. William is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of Georgian Court University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Mr. Jacobs serves on the Habitat for Humanities Board for the Middlesex County Chapter.
Robin Lefkowitz
Executive VP, Branch Administration & Business Development
Robin Lefkowitz currently serves as Executive Vice President, Director of Branch Administration and Business Development for Northfield Bank. Robin also oversees deposit operations for the bank. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Wagner College. Robin specializes in customer relationships and growth of overall deposits, she brings her wealth of experience to Northfield Bank’s network of branches throughout Staten Island, New Jersey and Brooklyn.

As a long-time, active community member, Robin’s involvement includes holding the positions of Board Member for each, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, New Ventures Charter/Lavalle Prep School, Eden II Foundation and Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) Foundation. Additionally, Robin is both a Director on the Board of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Woodbridge Township Economic Development Corporation.

Board of Directors

John W. Alexander
Mr. Alexander joined Northfield Bank in 1997, and has served as its Chairman of the Board since 1998, and Chairman of the Board of Northfield Bancorp, Inc. since 2002. Mr. Alexander previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Northfield Bank and Northfield Bancorp, Inc. from 1998 until his retirement in 2017, and as President from 2006 through 2013.
Annette Catino
Lead Director
Ms. Catino is a nationally recognized healthcare executive and entrepreneur. She launched QualCare Alliance networks in 1991 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer through the sale and transition to Cigna (NYSE: CI), a global health service company, concluding her service in 2017. Ms. Catino speaks throughout the country on topics of leadership, the future of healthcare policy, women in the workplace, and entrepreneurship. Ms. Catino currently provides strategic advisory services to the health care industry as an independent consultant.
Gil Chapman
Mr. Chapman has over 25 years of business experience, most recently owning and operating an automobile dealership in Staten Island, New York.
John P. Connors Jr.
Mr. Connors is the managing partner of the law firm of Connors & Connors, P.C., located in Staten Island, New York.
Timothy C. Harrison
Mr. Harrison is a principal of TCH Realty & Development Co., LLC, and affiliated partnerships, which develop retail and office projects. Mr. Harrison is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Karen J. Kessler
Ms. Kessler is President of Evergreen Partners, Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in the public relations industry, specializing in reputation management and communication counseling for high-profile individuals, both public and private corporations, large educational institutions and leading not-for-profits. The firm’s clients are both international, national, and regional.
Steven M. Klein
Mr. Klein joined the Company in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and President in 2013, and retained the title of Chief Operating Officer. Effective November 1, 2017, Mr. Klein was appointed Chief Executive Officer.
Frank P. Patafio
Mr. Patafio serves as Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Investments, and portfolio manager at RXR Realty, New York, New York. From 1999 until 2009, Mr. Patafio was a partner and Chief Financial Officer of The Praedium Group, New York, New York. In addition, Mr. Patafio is a principal in FJKP, LLC, and affiliated partnerships, which develop residential homes and own rental properties.
Patrick L. Ryan
Mr. Ryan has over 20 years of community banking experience in Central New Jersey and was the founder and chairman of Hopewell Valley Community Bank of Pennington, New Jersey, from its founding until it merged with Northfield Bank in January, 2016.
Paul V. Stahlin
Mr. Stahlin serves on the Board of Directors of Miami International Holdings, Inc., the parent company of MIAX Options Exchange. He was employed by Fulton Financial Corporation as Chief Executive Officer and/or President of its banking affiliates, including Somerset Valley Bank, Skylands Community Bank, and most recently as Regional President of Fulton Bank of New Jersey.