St. Mary’s Credit Union (SMCU) has promoted Eileen Potter to vice president, controller.
Potter joined SMCU in 2012 as assistant vice president, accounting and was promoted to vice president, accounting in 2020. Her current responsibilities include maintaining and controlling the credit union’s accounting system, serving as the accounting representative for credit union projects, acting as a liaison for internal auditors, preparing various internal and regulatory reports, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the accounting department.
Her new responsibilities include preparing monthly Audit Committee and Board financial reporting packages, working with the senior management team to coordinate and prepare an annual budget and managing the facilities vendor relationship.
Potter has spent more than 30 years employed at various New England financial institutions within their accounting and finance departments,
St. Mary’s Credit Union is based in Marlborough.
MutualOne Bank has promoted Tyler Bay to business banking relationship manager.
Bay joined the bank in 2018 and had been serving as a business banking specialist. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing and mentoring business banking specialists as well as providing business service support to customers and branch staff.
Prior to joining MutualOne Bank, he worked at State Street Bank Corporation, The Roosevelt Investment Group and Cambridge Savings Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UMass Dartmouth and a master’s degree in business administration from Assumption College.
MutualOne Bank has offices and loan centers in Framingham and Natick.
Charles River Bank has promoted Catrina M. Lopes to assistant controller.
Lopes joined Charles River Bank in January of 2016 as a teller. In March of 2018, she was promoted to marketing and sales coordinator. In her new role, Lopes will be performing accounting and finance functions, including financial reporting, account reconciliation, daily cash management, month end closing process, investments, fixed assets, accounts payable, wire transfers, and ensuring that the bank’s systems and processes are maintained in accordance with GAAP, under the direct supervision of the controller.
Lopes graduated with honors from the New England School of Financial Studies, a 2-year intensive program for emerging bank leaders. Lopes completed rigorous research projects related to many critical banking functions, including finance, asset-liability management, human resources, marketing and lending, concluding with a team project simulating management of an actual bank.
Currently, Lopes is enrolled in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in a dual degree program – Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Finance (MSIF). She expects to graduate in 2023 with concentrations in corporate finance and investments. Lopes earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, in 2013.
Charles River Bank is based in Medway.
St. Mary’s Credit Union has promoted James F. Petkewich to executive vice president, retail services.
Petkewich previously served as senior vice president, retail services. He oversees the credit union’s retail branches, Member Solutions Center and Facilities Department. He will chair the newly formed Member Experience Committee and is St. Mary’s BSA Officer and Security Officer.
Petkewich is a long-term member of the Senior Management Team and also serves on the credit union’s Asset and Liability, Marketing, Compliance, and Real Estate & Facilities committees.
“Jim’s focus on teamwork and member satisfaction has never been more rewarding than during the recent pandemic when St. Mary’s retail staff led the organization to record setting member satisfaction ratings during a very unusual and trying year,” St. Mary’s stated in a press release. “He was instrumental in building three new branches for St. Mary’s in the past several years. He was also responsible for negotiating long-term leases with multiple tenants, including a new partnership with a national brand at the rebuilt South Bolton Street branch location in Marlborough, which opened earlier this year. Jim has had an illustrious 38-year career in banking and financial services management—previously working at BayBank Middlesex, MetroWest Bank, and Kaeding, Ernst & Company LPL, prior to joining St. Mary’s Credit Union in 2006.”
Petkewich graduated from Providence College with a degree in business administration. He is an alumnus of the MetroWest Leadership Academy and the Marlborough Shamrocks Football Team where he is a member of the Century Club (for participation in over 100 games). He is also a past board member of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of MetroWest, and has served on the Economic Development Committee of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce.
St. Mary’s Credit Union is based in Marlborough.
Elevate Counseling Services, a practice serving the needs of clients from locations in South Easton, Middleborough and Bellingham, h
as promoted Ashley Luongo to assistant director of clinical operations.
Luongo previously held the position of associate administrative director of the practice’s Bellingham location.
In her expanded role, she will focus on growing the groups that Elevate Counseling is offering to its clients. She is working with CEO Leigh-Ann Larson on expanding the topics and numbers of groups that are available.
Luongo will continue with her other duties as well, which include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the practice’s Bellingham location, including administrative and training functions. She additionally maintains her own caseload of clients, with a concentration on high school teenagers.
Luongo joined Elevate Counseling Services in 2017 as a clinician. She previously worked in community mental health in Boston and on the South Shore, as well as in home therapy.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Curry College and her master’s degree from Assumption College, and holds the LHMC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) designation.
Elevate Counseling Services is a private group practice of behavioral health care professionals.
Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced the promotions of Corey Rouleau and Elijah Hopkin as well as the hiring of Valdet Abazi.
Rouleau was promoted to vice president and treasurer in April. She joined The Village Bank in September 2009 as a staff accountant. In 2014, she was promoted to assistant treasurer/staff accountant, and in 2017 to assistant vice president/staff accountant. In 2019, Rouleau was promoted to assistant vice president/assistant controller.
In her new role, Rouleau will be responsible for overseeing the bank’s accounting operations and fiscal reporting, with a focus on establishing and meeting financial objectives.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nichols College and a master’s degree in finance from New England College of Business. She also earned a banking certification in finance and management from the Connecticut Bankers Association.
Hopkin was promoted to Waban branch manager in April. He was hired by The Village Bank in April 2015 and most recently held the position of assistant branch manager at the Auburndale branch office. Previously, he progressed from teller to senior teller to teller supervisor to senior customer service representative.
In his new role, Hopkin will foster new customer relationships, share responsibility for the daily branch operations and develop the team at the Waban branch office.
He holds degrees from BYU-Idaho and Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge.
Abazi was hired as Newton Centre branch manager in March. He previously was an assistant branch manager for East Boston Savings Bank and also held positions at Belmont Savings/Peoples United and Brookline Bank/First Commons Bank.
Abazi will be responsible for the growth and success of The Village Bank’s newest branch office. The Kosovo native and Framingham resident holds a degree in management and informatics from the University of Pristina in Kosovo.
The Village Bank has eight full-service offices in Newton and Wayland and a loan center in Newton Upper Falls.
Arch Therapeutics Inc., a Framingham-based developer of novel self-assembling wound care and biosurgical devices, has appointed Michael S. Abrams its chief financial officer.
In alignment with the company’s succession plan, Abrams joins Arch’s financial team in the role previously held by Richard Davis. Davis will remain with the company during a transition period, which will end on June 30, after which he will support the company in a consulting role through Dec. 31.
Abrams has more than 25 years of experience as a chief financial officer to numerous public and private companies; principal investor;…