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Columbia Bank Announces Community Service Awards

Columbia Bank is proud to announce their 2019 Community Service Award Winners, part of a statewide program that recognizes outstanding community support efforts by their employees. Columbia employees receiving this year’s special recognition were:

  • Shannon Jefferys of South Plainfield: Serves as President of the South Plainfield Education Foundation and the Rotary Club of the Plainfields, and as Treasurer of the South Plainfield Business Association. She also serves as a volunteer at Rutgers University, the Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield, South Plainfield High School, and the Senior Citizen Pancake Breakfast. Shannon is Financial Services Officer at the bank’s South Plainfield branch office.
  • Amy Lewis of West Milford: Serves as the President of the West Milford Rotary Club and is Treasurer and Den Leader for West Milford Cub Scout Pack 9. She is also a member of the West Milford and Greenwood Lake Chambers of Commerce, a founding and board member for the town’s Bears Travel Baseball team, a committee member for the West Milford Autumn Lights Festival, and is a volunteer for both the Marshall Hill School PTA and Community Engagement Committee of Bergen and Passaic Counties. She also participates in the March of Dimes Walk for Babies and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Jersey Metro Chapter. Amy is Financial Services Officer at the bank’s West Milford branch office.
  • Jennifer Nixon of Maple Shade: Serves as a board member for the Maple Shade Business Association and has been involved with many town endeavors including their Fourth of July Celebration, Sidewalk Sale, Community Festival, Soccer Club, and “A Place To Go” after school program. She is also an active participant in the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. Jennifer is Assistant Branch Manager at the bank’s Maple Shade branch office.
  • Minoska Mateo of Elizabeth: Serves as Acting Executive Director for the Columbia Bank Foundation, distributing over $1.7 million in donations to charitable organizations that make a measurable impact in local communities served by the bank. She has also helped to coordinate several fund raising activities, including a company-wide kickball tournament, the bank’s annual golf outing, and helped to prevent the foreclosure of Shelter Our Sisters, a local shelter for battered women. Minoska has been recently appointed the bank’s Strategic Project Officer.
  • Todd Malkin of Fair Lawn: Serves as a Past President of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club, as well as an executive board member and chairman of several Club committees. He has also served as a Fair Lawn Zoning Board member and is currently a member for the Strengthen Our Sisters board of directors, recently helping to organize Columbia’s efforts to support this organization. Todd is the bank’s Vice President, Special Assets.

In presenting the awards, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank noted, “At Columbia Bank, we have a strong commitment to support and strengthen the communities that we serve. Each of these dedicated individuals exemplify our mission and we thank them for their outstanding work.”

Shown with Mr. Kemly (center) at the bank’s recent award ceremony are (from left): Amy Lewis, Jennifer Nixon, Shannon Jefferys, and Minoska Mateo. Not Pictured: Todd Malkin.

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