Bank vice president retires
Bob Mosso, senior vice president of First Citizens Community Bank's Investment and Trust Services Division, has announced the retirement of Jean Knapp, vice president of trust
Knapp began her career with First Citizens as a trust clerk in 1980. In 1983, she was promoted to trust administrator, and became a trust officer in 2000. In 2005, Knapp was named assistant vice president, and in May of this year, was promoted to vice president.
According to a news release, as trust officer, Knapp was responsible for administering and managing trust accounts, and for settling all estates in which First Citizens is named as executor or co-executor.
During her tenure in the Trust Department, Knapp, the news release said, "played a significant role in the department's growth, increasing from $5.8 million in 1980 to $106.7 million in 2013. However, her greatest achievements were evident in her commitment to quality service to her customers."
"Jean transcended conventional customer service standards and typically developed life-long, personal relationships with her customers," said Mosso. "She can take great satisfaction in knowing that she helped so many people and made such a positive impact on her community."
Her last day was in late September. First Citizens, the news release said, "extends Jean its best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement.
First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield and operates 17 offices in Tioga, Bradford and Potter counties in Pennsylvania, and Allegany County, N.Y., as well as loan processing offices in Lock Haven and Dallas.
Addition to bank's management
Mickey Jones, executive vice president and chief financial and operations officer, has announced the appointment of Alison Broughton to the position of Loan Central manager for First Citizens Community Bank.
As Loan Central manager, Broughton is responsible for oversight of the loan operations departments, ensuring quick turn-around time for customer loan requests, and ensuring compliance with lending regulations, a news release said.
Before joining First Citizens, she worked at Citizens and Northern Bank for 10 years in loan officer, mortgage specialist, senior mortgage underwriter, and as loan origination team leader capacities.
Broughton graduated summa cum laude from Lycoming College, where she earned a bachelor degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and marketing. She is a graduate of the PBA Central Atlantic School of Banking and an honors graduate of the PBA Advanced School of Banking.
"We are fortunate to have Alison on board," said Jones. "Her years of experience with lending in both back-office and customer contact capacities will positively influence customer turn-around time for the community offices."
She resides in Morris with her husband, Ryan, and their children Mackenzie and Hunter.
Sales team leader selected by bank
Amy Van Blarcom-Lackey has been named sales team leader at Citizens and Northern Bank. In her new position Van Blarcom-Lackey will lead business development and sales efforts throughout the bank's market area.
Van Blarcom-Lackey holds her bachelor degree in communication and government from Cornell University and her masters of government administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a news release said.
The news release said she has extensive lending and sales experience, having held various positions as sales team leader, branch manager and loan officer for AgChoice Farm Credit for the past eight years, working the Towanda and Lewisburg territories. She also has been employed as director of national governmental affairs and dairy specialist for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, government relations director for PennAg Industries Association in Harrisburg, Ombudwoman for the state Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg and director of communications for Dairy Farmers of America North East in Syracuse.
"High quality - high impact individuals such as Amy are extremely difficult to find," said Hal Hoose, C&N's Director of Lending. "We are fortunate to have her joining the C&N team. Our employees and our clients will benefit greatly from having someone with Amy's talents working with them."
Van Blarcom-Lackey and her husband, Scott, have two children. The family lives in Troy on her family's dairy farm, Sugar Branch Farm, LLC.