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PeoplesBank Announces Key Appointments

Tom Senecal, President and CEO of PeoplesBank, has announced the appointment of Amy M. Roberts to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Top left to right, Amy Roberts, Steven W. Gardner, Jacquelyn Guzie, and Nicole Stevenson.

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Roberts oversees all human resources and employee engagement activities for 325 employees spread over 21 banking centers and three additional locations under development in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Employee engagement is one of the bank’s core values, and PeoplesBank has been named a best place to work and best local bank numerous times.

Roberts leads a team that is responsible for talent recruitment and development, HR compliance, benefits, employee relations, compensation management, and HR-related associate communication. Ms. Roberts has extensive experience in leadership development and coaching, change management, performance improvement, organizational learning and development, and employee engagement, as well as over 20 years of experience serving in leadership positions in human resources.

A resident of Wilbraham, Roberts holds a Master of Arts in human resource development from American International College in Springfield, MA, and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Bridgewater State University. She also has earned certificates in Leadership Development and Succession Planning, Talent Development and Retention, and Human Capital Management Principles from the Human Capital Institute.

Ms. Roberts’ volunteer service includes serving as a board member for the Center for Human Development, the United Way of Hampshire County, Leadership Pioneer Valley, and the STCC Foundation, as well as serving as an advisory board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a Read Aloud volunteer for Link to Libraries.

Senecal also announced the appointments of Steven W. Gardner as Assistant Vice President and East Longmeadow Banking Center Manager, Jacquelyn Guzie as Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager for First Suffield Bank, a division of PeoplesBank, and Nicole Stevenson as the West Springfield Banking Center Manager.

In his new position, Gardner oversees and manages all aspects of a full-service banking center, including staffing, sales, lending, operations, business development, and community relations. He has 18 years of financial services and banking experience.

A resident of Westfield, MA,  Gardner holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA, and an Associate of Science in retail management from Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA. He serves as Vice President of the East Longmeadow Rotary Club, is a member of ERC5 & West of the River Chambers, and is a volunteer for Revitalize CDC and Junior Achievement.

In her new position, Guzie is responsible for assisting in the growth of relationships for the Connecticut region. She has 20 years of banking experience.

A resident of West Suffield, CT, Guzie holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration as well as an Associate of Science in business administration from the New England College of Business and Finance in Boston, MA.

She has served as the treasurer of Suffield Chamber of Commerce and president of Suffield Rotary Club, is a member of the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation, and has volunteered for Suffield on the Green, the Suffield Business Showcase, and the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association.

In her new position, Stevenson oversees and manages all aspects of the West Springfield banking center, including staffing, sales, operations, business development, and community relations. She will also ensure that the banking center exceeds service and sales goals, provides excellent customer service, operates according to all bank policies and procedures, and serves as a leader within the community. She has 10 years of banking experience.

A resident of West Springfield,  Stevenson holds an Associate of Science in business administration and management from Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA. Her volunteer service includes serving as a committee member for the West Springfield St Patrick’s Day, Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade, and the Agawam St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. She also served as booth chair for Credit for Life Springfield, is a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, is second vice president of the Safe Deposit Group of Western Mass, financial group volunteer for Rays of Hope, and a volunteer for Rebuilding Together. Stevenson is a member of the finance group for JDRF, the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England and Young Professional Society.

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