Lakeland Bank Colleague Joins South Street Youth Center Foundation Board of Trustees

Oak Ridge, N.J. – April 10, 2019 – Lakeland Bank is pleased to announce that Alethea Batts, Senior Vice President, Learning and Development was recently appointed to the board of trustees for the Second Street Youth Center (SSYC) Foundation, Inc. in Plainfield, N.J.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the SSYC Board and look forward to contributing my knowledge, skills and time to make a positive difference for the youth in this community,” said Batts. “The SSYC has done an outstanding job providing opportunities for at-risk children in Plainfield.”

Founded in 1967, the SSYC provides educational programs as well as cultural and recreational opportunities for at-risk children in the Plainfield community. SSYC is dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth of its students, providing the tools to not only succeed in the classroom, but also succeed emotionally and socially to meet the demands of today’s society. SSYC has educated and enriched the lives of more than 15,000 students (pre-kindergarten to 8th grade) over 50 years through it Preschool, Afterschool, STEAM Summer Camp and Leadership Academy programs.

Batts joined Lakeland in 2017 as Vice President, Learning and Development, and was recently promoted to Senior Vice President. In the past 16 months, she implemented a formal talent review/succession planning process, implemented a leadership development/mentoring program, and secured grants to deliver soft-skill and leadership training to the organization. Batts earned a bachelor’s degree in History/Afro-American Studies from Princeton University and recently obtained a Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional certification. She is a resident of Scotch Plains.

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $6.3 billion in total assets. The Bank operates more than 50 branch offices throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties in New Jersey including one branch in Highland Mills, New York; six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Newton, Teaneck and Waldwick; and one New York commercial lending center to serve the Hudson Valley region. Lakeland also has a commercial loan production office serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey.  Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.

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