Lakeland Bank Appoints Backman, Zoganas and Cardona

Oak Ridge, N.J. – August 6, 2015 – Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, is pleased to announce the following officer appointments.

Patricia Backman has been appointed to Vice President, Finance based in Oak Ridge. Backman joins Lakeland Bank with 26 years of industry experience most recently with Spencer Savings Bank in Elmwood Park as Vice President Controller. Prior to that, she was with Sussex Bank in Franklin for 15 years as Senior Vice President Controller. Backman earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College and is a graduate of the Stoner School of Banking. She served as president of the United Way of Northern New Jersey from 2013 to 2015. Backman is a resident of Stockholm.

Konstantine Zoganas has been appointed to Vice President, Network Services based at the Milton Operations Center. Zoganas joins the Bank with 16 years of experience most recently as a Program Manager for Engineering Solutions and Products in Eatontown N.J. Prior to that, he worked for Hosokawa International as an IT Director in Summit, N.J. Zoganas earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Joseph’s College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Seton Hall University. He is a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and the deputy director of operations for the Parish Emergency Response Team at St. Bartholomew’s church. Zoganas is a resident of Scotch Plains.

Marlene Cardona has been appointed to Assistant Treasurer, Audit Officer based at the Milton Operations Center. With 11 years of banking experience, Cardona was previously with Chase in Florham Park as an Assistant Branch Manager. Prior to that, she was with PNC in Watchung as an Assistant Branch Manager for two years. Cardona earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bloomfield College.

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bancorp (LBAI), the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has $3.7 billion in total assets with 48 branch offices, four regional lending centers, and two loan production offices spanning Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties in New Jersey, and the Hudson Valley region of New York. Lakeland Bank is the second largest commercial bank headquartered in the state and offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online and mobile banking, localized commercial lending teams, and 24-hour or less turnaround time on consumer loan applications. For more information about the full line of products and services, visit

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