Lakeland Bank Colleagues Named Rising Stars

Oak Ridge, N.J. – Nov. 18 2019 – Lakeland Bank is pleased to announce that Marlena Taglieri, CAMS, Senior Vice President, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Fraud Officer, and Victoria Duffin, Vice President, Marketing and Consumer Insights were recipients of the NJ Bankers Rising Star Award. A panel of independent judges reviewed nominations and selected the 2019 awardees based on exemplary leadership characteristics.

“Congratulations to Marlena and Victoria as they are recognized among the 19 banking professionals who have made a significant impact in the financial services industry,” said Thomas Shara, President and CEO, Lakeland Bank. “We are honored to have these two very talented leaders on our team and thank them for their dedication and commitment to helping make Lakeland a better bank.”

Taglieri joined Lakeland Bank in 2005 as a Credit Analyst Trainee and transferred to the BSA department in 2006. Over the course of her career, she was promoted to positions with increasing responsibilities within the BSA department. In her current role, she is primarily responsible for overseeing all aspects of the BSA/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Office of Foreign Assets Control Program of the Bank. This includes developing, implementing and coordinating BSA/AML systems and controls, and reporting to state and federal authorities in the event of suspicious activity. Taglieri resides in Rockland County, N.Y.

 “Receiving the NJ Bankers Rising Star Award is truly an honor and a great distinction among the abundance of talent within the banking industry,” said Taglieri. “Being recognized for my hard work and dedication is something I am truly grateful for. The award speaks to the many opportunities available within this organization. I look forward to growing my career with such a culturally diverse organization.” 

Duffin joined Lakeland Bank in 2017 and is primarily responsible for leading the Bank’s data-driven marketing strategy, the evaluation of campaign performance across channels as well as the statistical and demographic analysis of the Bank’s customer portfolio and markets to support the Bank’s strategic objectives and sales efforts. She oversees digital marketing efforts including email, search engine marketing, display and social media. Duffin is a 2019 graduate of Lakeland’s inaugural LEAD program and is a resident of Sparta, N.J.

 “It’s an honor to receive the NJ Bankers Rising Star Award and it’s truly humbling to be celebrated among such a talented group of leaders in our industry,” said Duffin. “I’m proud to be recognized for my hard work and sincerely grateful to Lakeland Bank for the many opportunities I’ve had to learn and challenge myself these past few years. I look forward to building on this foundation and to being a part of the organization’s continued growth.”

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has over $6 billion in total assets. With an extensive branch network and commercial lending centers throughout New Jersey and Highland Mills, N.Y., the Bank offers business and retail banking products and services. Business services include commercial loans and lines of credit, commercial real estate loans, loans for healthcare services, asset based lending, equipment financing, small business loans and lines, and cash management services. Consumer services include online and mobile banking, home equity loans and lines, mortgage options and wealth management solutions. Lakeland is proud to be recognized as one of America’s Best-In-State Banks by Forbes and Statista, rated a 5-Star Bank by Bauer Financial and named one of New Jersey’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies by NJBIZ. Visit for more information.

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