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Published: 5/26/2019 9:33:21 PM

Deloria named 
citizen of the year

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Regional Chamber has named Barbara-Jean DeLoria, senior vice-president and chief credit risk officer for Florence Bank, as its 2019 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year. The award, established in 2007, is given annually to honor the memory of Richard J. Moriarty, a longtime active participant in the Chamber.

For the past three decades, DeLoria has held several managerial positions in various lending institutions, including commercial lending, credit, loan review and consumer lending.

As chief credit risk officer, DeLoria is responsible for managing the residential mortgage division, loan servicing, collections and the commercial credit department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Bentley University.

DeLoria, a resident of South Hadley, is past president of the West Springfield Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the Springfield Regional Chamber and past president of Dress For Success of Western Massachusetts. She serves on the Massachusetts Small Business Review Board, and is involved with the Center for Financial Training, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

DeLoria will be honored at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Celebration on June 5 at the Springfield Sheraton. The meeting will also recognize 2019 Leadership Institute graduates.

Reservations for the Annual Meeting and Celebration are $75 for members in advance, and $85 for general admission. Reservations may be made online at or by contacting Grace Szydziak at

Florence Bankpromotes Melton, hires new officer 

FLORENCE — Florence Bank has promoted Jeremy Melton, of Holyoke, to the position of senior vice president, director of operations and risk management, and has hired Robert Raynor, of Northampton, to serve as vice president, compliance and Community Reinvestment Act officer.

Melton joined Florence Bank in 2012. Prior to his recent promotion, he served as first vice president, risk management, compliance, and CRA officer. Melton is the board chair and a member of the Finance/Audit Committee at Tapestry.

Raynor joined Florence Bank in April 2019 with nine years of banking experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Springfield College. Raynor is a board member and treasurer of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke.

Judy Herrell named to planning council

BOSTON — Judy Herrell of Herrell’s Ice Cream, Northampton, has been appointed to the state Economic Development Planning Council. The council will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan that will be presented to Gov. Charlie Baker by the end of the year. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy will serve as co-chairs of the council.

The new council brings a diversity of experience and perspective, including representation from every region of the commonwealth. The council includes appointees of the House, Senate, relevant executive secretariats and municipal leaders, along with small business owners and entrepreneurs, leaders from key business sectors and higher education.

Duffy honored by BusinessWest 

HADLEY — UMassFive College Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lauren E. Duffy has been selected as one of BusinessWest’s “40 Under Forty.” This annually published list honors young professionals in western Massachusetts for their career achievements, as well as service to the community. Duffy has worked at the credit union for 14 years tenure and held nine titles there.

Duffy is a top fundraiser for the UMass Cancer Walk & Run, sits on the Boston Children’s Hospital Advisory Panel, and is the treasurer of the Mount Holyoke College Class of 2003.

The event to honor all 40 of the talented individuals named on BusinessWest’s “40 Under Forty” will take place at The Log Cabin in Holyoke on June 20.

Greenfield Savings promotes two

GREENFIELD — Karen M. Cartier has been promoted to vice president compliance, fraud prevention and community reinvestment officer at Greenfield Savings Bank. As the fraud prevention officer, Cartier manages the Bank Secrecy & Anti-Money Laundering Department, the bank’s Compliance Management System and Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention programs. Her department monitors transactions and identifies suspicious activity.

Cartier joined GSB in December 2013 has been working in banking and fraud prevention for 28 years.

Denise Coyne, executive vice president and COO, says that Cartier gives talks on identity theft and fraud prevention to community groups, seniors and at open houses at the bank.

Cartier is a 2008 graduate of The New England School for Financial Studies at the Babson Executive School. She is a certified bank secrecy and anti-money laundering professional, and certified community bank compliance officer.

Christopher Pike has been promoted to assistant vice president and special assets officer at Greenfield Savings Bank, with the responsibilities of loan operations and special assets management. Before joining the bank in 2014, he was an associate director and bank consultant at RMPI Consulting.

As a consultant to the bank, Josh Parker, vice president and operations officer, says that “Chris was impressed by our bank, and we were impressed by his experience, so we offered him a job.”

Pike also volunteers his time for a number of local community organizations including helping at the Stone Soup Kitchen, working at the Franklin County Fair Rotary Food Booth and fundraising for the YMCA.

He received his MBA from Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Pike lives in Franklin County.


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