Lakeland Bank Colleagues Named to Nonprofit Board Positions

Oak Ridge, N.J. – Aug. 9, 2018 – Lakeland Bank is pleased to announce that James Nigro, Chief Risk Officer was recently named President of the Morris Habitat for Humanity board of directors and Debra Zimmerly, Vice President, was recently named Chairman of the board of directors for the Housing Partnership.

“It is an honor to serve in a leadership position with Morris Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that brings together volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds to make the dream of homeownership a reality for families in need of assistance. Not only does this vastly improve the living conditions of our homeowner families, it also strengthens our communities and enriches the lives of all who participate,” said Nigro. 

Nigro had served as a Director of Morris Habitat for Humanity since January 2013, and previously served as Treasurer and Vice President before being elected Board President. With more than 30 years of banking experience, Nigro was named Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Lakeland Bank in 2016. He also serves as a member of the Morris County Housing Alliance and as a member of the Enterprise Risk Management and Commercial Lending Committees of the New Jersey Bankers Association. He is a member of the Risk Management Association and earned a Credit Risk Certification designation from that organization. Nigro is a resident of Mendham Township.

“As a member of the Board of Trustees, I have witnessed first-hand the commitment of both the staff and the board of this organization and how they contribute to the success of the Housing Partnership. They play a key role in helping people become homeowners through their education, counseling and special financial programs, who otherwise may not have been able to own a home,” said Zimmerly. “I am truly honored to Chair the Board of Trustees for the upcoming year and for the opportunity to continue to support the mission of the Partnership.”

Zimmerly had served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Housing Partnership since March 2016 before being elected Chair. She joined Lakeland Bank in 2013 as Vice President, Compliance Officer with the acquisition of Somerset Hills Bank in Bernardsville where she had spent 15 years as the Compliance and CRA Officer. She was promoted to CRA Officer and Fair Lending Officer in 2014. Zimmerly is a resident of Lincoln Park.

About Morris Habitat for Humanity and the Housing Partnership

Morris Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity provides technical assistance, but each affiliate operates independently raising its own funds, finding its own sites and selecting its own families. A 13-member board made up of dedicated volunteers oversees Morris Habitat’s activities and a paid staff carries out day-to-day operations. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds and rehabilitates houses in partnership with families in need. Visit

The Housing Partnership is a nonprofit organization located in Dover, N.J. It has been the resource for homebuyer education and programs in Northern N.J. since 1992. The organization offers education, counseling service and special financial programs to create lasting and responsible homeownership in the community. Workshops and one-on-one counseling are offered in both English and Spanish. Visit


About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $5.5 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 53 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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