Lakeland Bank Announces Officer Promotions (2017)

Oak Ridge, N.J. – March 27, 2017 – Thomas J. Shara, president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Bank recently announced the following officer promotions.

Saily Avelenda to SVP – Assistant General Counsel. Avelenda joined Lakeland in December 2010 as vice president, associate counsel and was promoted to senior vice president, associate counsel in 2015. Prior to joining the Bank, Avelenda was vice president and bank counsel for Hudson United Bank in Mahwah, and general counsel and compliance officer for Hann Financial Service Corporation in Jamesburg. Avelenda holds a BA from New York University and JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Lisa Mills to SVP – Compliance Officer. Mills joined Lakeland in May 2012 as vice president, compliance officer. Previously, she was vice president and compliance officer with Sussex Bank in Franklin. Prior to that, she was compliance officer with First Morris Bank & Trust (now Provident Bank) in Morristown. Mills is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Compliance Risk Management School and has earned a Certificate of Regulatory Compliance Manager accreditation. She is a resident of Jefferson.

Jason Fischer to VP Commercial Loan Officer. Fischer joined Lakeland in October 2015 as an assistant vice president, commercial loan officer based in Montville. Prior to joining the Bank, Fischer worked for Valley National Bank in Totowa as a commercial loan officer and for Affinity Federal Credit Union in Basking Ridge as a business lending relationship officer in 2013.  Fischer holds a BA and MBA from Rutgers University. He resides in Montgomery Township.

Dije Alliu to AVP – Online Banking Sales and Support. Alliu joined Lakeland in December 2001 as a teller in Branchville and was promoted to teller manager in Augusta. She transferred to online banking support in the computer services department in 2008, and was promoted to assistant treasurer– online banking sales and support in 2014. Alliu holds an associate degree in business management, and is working toward a BS in operations and project management. She has a professional certification for Electronic Banking Officer. Alliu is a resident of Lafayette.

Katherine Blake to AVP – ACH Debit Card Coordinator. Blake joined National Bank of Sussex County (NBSC) as an accounting clerk in July 1987. Lakeland acquired NBSC in 1999 and Blake remained with the Lakeland Bank Team. In 2014, she was promoted to assistant treasurer, ACH debit card coordinator and has earned a professional certification for Accredited ACH Professional and a CFT Accounting certificate. Blake resides in Dingmans Ferry, P.A.

Brian Davis to AT – Network Engineer I. Davis joined Lakeland in August 2006 as an information systems network administrator analyst. He quickly moved onto SharePoint Administrator, and in 2011 was promoted to Network Administrator I. Prior to the Bank, Davis worked at Novartis Consumer Health in Parsippany. He holds a BA in computer information science from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Davis resides in Flanders. 

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $5.1 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 52 New Jersey branch offices in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties and one branch in Highland Mills, New York; six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Newton, Teaneck and Waldwick; and two commercial loan production offices serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley region of New York. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.


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