MutualOne Foundation provides $1,500 for headphones at Stapleton School

MF59581Chairman Robert P. Lamprey of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation announced today that a recent $1,500 Foundation donation will cover the purchase of five cases of brand name headphones for use by fifth grade students at the Mary E. Stapleton School in Framingham. The goal, Lamprey said, is to reduce noise distraction in classrooms where students are engaged in individual digital learning activities on devices such as Chromebooks and iPads.

According to special education teacher Debbie Price who sought the Foundation grant, there were more classroom electronic devices available to students than there were headphones, resulting in noise distractions that could compromise the learning experience.

 

MutualOne Bank tops Wicked Local list

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Thank you to our neighbors for selecting MutualOne Bank as one of their favorite businesses in WickedLocal’s annual reader poll. We are pleased to have been selected as the #1 Community Bank in Framingham, as well as to receive the Silver award for regional favorite, and honorable mention in Natick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Ledwith promoted to Executive Vice President at MutualOne Bank

Brian_Ledwith_EVPMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank, has announced the promotion of Brian E. Ledwith of Franklin to Executive Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender. In this position, he oversees the Bank’s commercial loan department.

Ledwith joined the Bank in 2007 as vice president and member of the commercial lending team. In 2013, he was promoted to senior vice president with responsibilities that included overseeing the commercial loan support staff.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and graduated with honors from the America’s Community Bankers’ National School of Banking.

Ledwith has been active in coaching local youth athletics, including soccer and hockey. He is a past board member of the Franklin Educational Foundation, and past chairman of program development for the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.

2016 Scholarship Awards

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to four students. They are Ana Asmar, Framingham High School; Sarah Woodlard, Natick High School; Caitlyn Snider, Marian High School; and Erin Dowdy, Joseph P. Keefe Regional Technical School.

Each of the scholarships is named to honor a prominent past member of the MutualOne Bank family including Roland J. Bunnell II, a Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank senior vice president and member of the board of directors; Joseph M. Vincent, senior vice president and controller; Richard H. Potter, former president, CEO and chairman of the board of directors; and Charles W. Hickson, former president, CEO and board chairman.

“Higher education is an important investment, and we strongly believe that giving these exceptional students the opportunity to learn and grow is one way we can encourage a brighter future.” said Haranas.

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Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Neveen Bakhet, personal banker II at our Natick office, and Luz Acevedo, operations specialist at our Main Office, on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.

Neveen was selected for her ability to work with customers to offer solutions for their financial needs. Luz was recognized for her willingness to learn new tasks and accept added responsibilities on short notice.

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Neveen Bakhet (left) and Luz Acevedo (right)

$2,500 Read to a Child award from MutualOne Foundation

Read_to_a_childChairman Robert P. Lamprey of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has announced a $2,500 grant to Read to a Child in support of a lunchtime reading program for students in grades 1 through 4 at the Woodrow Wilson and Brophy elementary schools in Framingham.

The program currently provides one-on-one weekly reading time for 104 high-risk children who are paired with volunteer mentors from community corporate partners. Read to a Child’s mission is to increase literacy skills and improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes.

“The Foundation award to Read to a Child will help ensure the sustainability of this valuable literacy program,” said Lamprey. “We are convinced that the children it serves will have a better chance of success in life, starting at a very early age.”

Annual Employee Awards Night

Our annual Employee Awards is one of our favorite events of the year, because we get to show our appreciation and honor all of our dedicated and hard working employees.

Executive Vice President, Steven M. Sousa, presented the awards during the Ceremony on April 25th. As a part of the celebration we acknowledged our new employees and our service award honorees, each of whom celebrated an anniversary of a five-year increment with the Bank.

(Left to Right) Luz Acevedo; Sandhya Jayarama; Michael Bilinsky; President & CEO, Mark Haranas; Mildred Dones; Debra Miranda; Glaiz Herdman; Kevin Chandley.

(Left to Right) Luz Acevedo, Sandhya Jayarama, Michael Bilinsky, President & CEO Mark Haranas, Mildred Dones, Debra Miranda, Glaiz Herdman, Kevin Chandley.

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.

Service Awards:
Sandhya Jayarama – 5 years
Brien Maginnis – 5 years
Mildred Dones – 10 years
Glaiz Herdman – 10 years
Luz Acevedo – 15 years
Debra Miranda – 15 years
Michael Bilinsky – 25 years
Kevin Chandley – 30 years

New Employees:
Jeffrey Ryan – Commercial Loan Officer
David Flynn – Commercial Loan Officer
Wilhelmina Murray – IT Specialist
Gregory Kennedy – Vice President, Retail Banking
Jean Hoskins – Senior Personal Banker
Clara DePina – Senior Loan Servicing Representative
Boris Rashkovskiy – Accounting Assistant
Stacy Howard – Commercial Loan Assistant

MutualOne Bank distributes $2,300 to local charities

Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank, announced today that the Bank has awarded $2,300 to four local charities. The donations were made at the conclusion of the Bank’s renovation celebration at its downtown Natick office.

For each checking account opened during the celebration, MutualOne Bank pledged to give $100 to one of four charities: Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Natick Visiting Nurse Association, Kids Connect, and Natick Community Organic Farm. Those opening accounts selected among the four charities.

“This was an extension of our ongoing Checking for Charity program, which is our way of thanking our newest checking account customers for choosing MutualOne Bank,” said Sousa. “It’s also a way to reinforce our commitment to supporting people and programs in the communities we serve.”

Since its introduction in 2008, the MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity promotion has benefited Framingham High School, Natick High School, the Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, the American Cancer Society, the Callahan Center in Framingham, the Natick Community-Senior Center, Framingham Public Library, and Natick’s Morse Institute Library.

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(Left-Right) Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank; Jane Harvey, Organic Farm Director of Development; Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president, retail banking; and Organic Farm Flower Grower and Business Manager Deena Kanopkin.

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Natick Visiting Nurse Association
(Left-Right) Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank; Judith Boyko, Natick VNA CEO; and Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president, retail banking.

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(Left-Right) Donna Gogliormella, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham Branch Manager; Flutie Foundation Executive Director Lisa Borges: and Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank.

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Members of the Kids Connect team with Deb Sayre, Kids Connect Director (front right) and Michael Carey, MutualOne Bank. (back right)

 

MutualOne Bank pledges $2,500 to Natick Service Council

MutualOne Bank took advantage of the Natick Service Council’s recent telethon to pledge $2,500 to the organization. Funds raised from the telethon will help low income Natick families with advocacy services, and basic human needs, including food, housing, home heating fuel, and after school enrichment activities.

“It’s important to reach out to help our neighbors, particularly in today’s uncertain economic environment,” said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank.

“We support the Natick Service Council’s goal of helping local low income and under-employed residents along the path to gainful employment, self-sufficiency and economic independence,” he added.

Natick Service Council telethon includes $2,500 pledge from MutualOne Bank MutualOne Bank pledged $2,500 to the Natick Service Council during that organization’s recent telethon. Pictured with “Mo”, the Bank’s mascot, are (l-r) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking and Natick Service Council Board Member Andrew Meyer.

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MutualOne Bank pledged $2,500 to the Natick Service Council during that organization’s recent telethon. Pictured with “Mo”, the Bank’s mascot, are (l-r) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking and Natick Service Council Board Member Andrew Meyer.

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our most recent Employees of the Month – Doug MacLennan, senior personal banker at our Natick office, and Mary-beth Collins, specialist in our operations department.

Doug was selected for his success in cross-selling products. Mary-beth was recognized for her knowledge of ACH processing, and her eagerness to learn new tasks.

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