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SBW Announces Employee Achievements, Promotions
SBW Announces Employee Achievements, Promotions


Savings Bank of Walpole is pleased to announce that Tamara Richardson, SHRM-CP, PHR and vice president & human resources officer for Savings Bank of Walpole has been appointed to the Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) Board as a private sector member. In addition, the bank has named a new lending assistant and has hired three summer employees as part of its internship program.

Richardson, who has been with the bank since 1996, was elected by the SEVCA Board after a nomination process that considers the type of expertise that would contribute to effective governance of the organization. SEVCA was established in 1965 as part of the national War on Poverty and has worked to address the needs of low-income residents of Windham and Windsor counties for more than 50 years, providing a “safety net” for households in financial crisis. Richardson, who resides in North Springfield, Vermont, with her husband and son, is a veteran of the United States Air Force, past board member of HCRS, Springfield, Vermont, and member of SHRM, American Payroll Association (APA), River Valley HR Association (RVHRA).

In addition, the bank is pleased to announce that Holly Gibson-Bresnahan, who joined Savings Bank of Walpole last October, has moved from retail banker at Keene's West Street branch to lending assistant at their Marlboro Street location. Both her administrative and exceptional customer service skills are welcome additions to the lending department team.

“We’re pleased to congratulate our employees on their successes,” said Gregg Tewksbury, President and CEO for Savings Bank of Walpole. “Tamara Richardson’s appointment to the SEVCA board is representative of her commitment to helping others in our community. She’ll be a great asset to their Board just as she is to the bank. We're also excited to recognize Holly Gibson-Bresnahan, who excels at her job by showcasing dedication to her fellow team members along with attention to detail in serving our customers.”

In other news, the bank hired three summer employees as part of their internship program. Diogenes “Dio” Espinal is an economics and management major at Keene State College and just finished his junior year. He is interning as a temporary loan processor in the bank’s loan operations department. The bank’s retail department is pleased to have Spencer Feng join them for the summer as a teller. Spencer, who just completed his freshman year at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, is majoring in accounting and minoring in finance and works primarily out of Savings Bank of Walpole’s Keene branches. Additionally, the bank’s retail department welcomed Jake Gehrung as a teller at its North Meadow Plaza Office. Gehrung just completed his freshman year at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he is studying business and will be transferring to the University of New Hampshire this fall.

“Our internship program is designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the bank, the banking industry and the business world,” said Tewksbury. “We’re excited to offer this type of experience and to augment the academic careers of these students.”