Lakeland Bank to Open First Branch in Hudson Valley

Heather Foley and Debra McCarron hired to manage state-of-the-art facility

OAK RIDGE, N.J. — Feb. 16, 2017Lakeland Bank announces its first branch in New York State will be located in Highland Mills, N.Y., and the Bank has hired Heather Foley as Vice President, Branch Manager and Debra McCarron as Assistant Treasurer, Branch Operations Manager. The facility features the latest banking technology including modern teller pod stations, an ATM machine with automated deposit capability, and up-to-the-minute communications through digital signage. 

“We look forward to opening our first branch in New York and welcome Heather and Debra to the Lakeland family,” said Thomas Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank. “As a community bank, we put our customers at the heart of everything we do and are excited to introduce a branch designed to ensure our visitors have an enjoyable, personal and informative experience with us.”

The Branch will open at the existing Lakeland Bank Commercial Loan Production office which was established in 2016. The Commercial Lending Team is led by John Rath, First Senior Vice President and they continue to concentrate on developing new relationships in the Hudson Valley, which includes Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester and Sullivan counties to support the Bank’s focus to provide business banking solutions in markets adjacent to its existing footprint.

Foley joins Lakeland with more than 30 years of banking experience. She was most recently Assistant Vice President, Managing Director with Sterling National Bank (formerly Provident Bank) in Monroe, N.Y. Prior to that, she was Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager with Key Bank in Chester, N.Y. Foley attended Orange County Community College and is a resident of Campbell Hall, N.Y. 

McCarron joins Lakeland with more than 30 years of banking experience, and was most recently Assistant Vice President, Client Service Manager with Sterling National Bank in Monroe. Prior to that, she spent 20 years with Apple Bank for Savings in New York, N.Y. McCarron has an associate degree in business from Manhattan College. She resides in Highland Mills.

The Branch is located at 556 State Route 32 in Highland Mills and is scheduled to open in the Spring. For more information about the Highland Mills branch, please visit or call 866-224-1379. 

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; 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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