Board Members

Thomas J. Shara

Thomas J. Shara

President and Chief Executive Officer / Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank

250 Oak Ridge Road
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438

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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.

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Mary Ann Deacon

Mary Ann Deacon

Director since 1995
Chairman of the Board
Secretary and Treasurer, Deacon Homes, Inc.

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

Bruce D. Bohuny

Director since 2007
President, Brooks Builders

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 Flynn

Brian Flynn

Director since 2010
CPA and Partner, PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP

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

Mark J. Fredericks

Director since 1994
President, Keil Oil Inc. and Fredericks Fuel and Heating Service

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

James E. Hanson II

Director since 2018
President and CEO of The Hampshire Companies

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

Janeth C. Hendershot

Director since 2004
Former Senior Vice President, Munich-American Risk Partners

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.

Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr.

Director since 2016
Chairman of the Board and CEO of Inserra Supermarkets, Inc.

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.

Thomas J. Marino

Thomas J. Marino

Director since 2013
CPA, Retired Partner, CohnReznick LLP

Mr. Marino was most recently an Executive partner and CPA with CohnReznick, LLP and had previously served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Firm since J.H. Cohn combined with Reznick Group in 2012 to become CohnReznick. His areas of accounting and auditing expertise include the real estate and construction industries, private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and publicly traded companies. Prior to assuming the role of J.H. Cohn’s Chief Executive Officer in 1998, Mr. Marino, who joined the Firm in 1969, had been named partner-in-charge of J.H. Cohn's Accounting and Auditing practice in 1994.

Included in Accounting Today’s list of “Most Influential People in Accounting” numerous times, as well as the publication’s “The Prestigious List of 100,” Mr. Marino was honored by the Anti-Defamation League as the recipient of its 2004 Humanitarian Award, and, in 2010, he was honored by his alma mater, Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ), with its prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award for his contributions to his community and his continued dedication to the University.

Mr. Marino is a frequent speaker on accounting and auditing issues affecting specific industry groups and has authored and published numerous articles. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Rider University, Tri-County Scholarship Fund, New Jersey Hall of Fame, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Sussex House, and the Foundation for Free Enterprise. A Board of Director for Nexia International, his professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Marino formerly served on the Board of Directors of Somerset Hills Bank.

Robert E. McCracken

Robert E. McCracken

Director since 2004
Funeral Director/Owner, Smith-McCracken Funeral Home and Wood Funeral Home

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 Nicholson III

Robert Nicholson III

Director since 2003
President and CEO, Northern Resources Corporation

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.

Chairmen Emeritus

  • John W. Fredericks
  • Robert B. Nicholson