Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Craig L. Montanaro
President and Chief Executive Officer
Craig L. Montanaro was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 2010. Mr. Montanaro joined Kearny Bank in 2003 when Kearny acquired West Essex Bank where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Financial and Kearny Bank in April 2011. Prior to that time, he had served as President and Chief Operating Officer since April 2010. He previously performed the duties of Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning for Kearny Bank and Kearny Financial from 2005 to March 2010 and from 2003 to 2004 served as Vice President and Regional Branch Administrator. He is a graduate of Syracuse University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in finance and marketing and in 2000 received his MBA from Fairfield University. He also received a Graduate Degree in banking from the National School of Banking at Fairfield University. Craig L. Montanaro is the son of Director Leopold W. Montanaro. In addition to his wide range of management experience and leadership skills, Mr. Montanaro’s strong economic background and his knowledge and understanding of the financial, economic, social and regulatory environments make him a valuable asset to the Board of Directors.
Eric B. Heyer
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Eric B. Heyer was appointed Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2018, having previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2014 and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2011. He became First Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Kearny Financial in October 2009 and of Kearny Bank in July 2009. Mr. Heyer had previously served as Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of American Bancorp of New Jersey, Inc. from 1997 until its acquisition by Investors Bancorp, Inc. in May 2009.
Patrick M. Joyce
Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer
Patrick M. Joyce was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Kearny Bank in April 2014, previously serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Kearny Bank since 2002 and as Vice President of Loan Originations from 1999 to 2002. He was formerly employed by South Bergen Saving Bank where he served as Assistant Corporate Secretary and as a Loan Originator and joined Kearny Bank when South Bergen Savings Bank was acquired by Kearny Bank in 1999. He joined South Bergen Savings Bank in 1985.
Keith Suchodolski
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Keith Suchodolski was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kearny Financial and Kearny Bank in July 2018, having previously served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since March 2018, Senior Vice President and Controller since June 2014 and First Vice President and Controller since January 2013. Mr. Suchodolski had previously served as the Controller of various financial institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region since 2005 and has been employed within the banking industry since 2001. Mr. Suchodolski holds a Master of Business Administration degree, with a specialization in Finance, from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Erika K. Parisi
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Erika K. Parisi was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in July 2019, having previously served as Executive Vice President and Director of Customer Relationship Management Analytics of Kearny Bank since June 2016. She has also served as Executive Vice President and Branch Administrator of Kearny Bank since April 2014, as Senior Vice President and Branch Administrator of Kearny Bank since 2002 and Vice President and Branch Administrator from 1999 to 2002. She was formerly employed by South Bergen Savings Bank as Vice President/Branch Administrator and joined Kearny Bank when South Bergen Savings Bank was acquired by Kearny Bank in 1999. She joined South Bergen Savings Bank in 1991. Ms. Parisi holds a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in accounting, from the State University of New York at Albany.
Thomas D. DeMedici
Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Thomas D. DeMedici was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Kearny Bank in June 2017, having previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Kearny Bank since September 2010. He is a seasoned banking professional with over 35 years of banking and lending experience. During his career, Mr. DeMedici has held previous Executive Officer positions at other banking institutions including President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer.
Anthony V. Bilotta Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer
Anthony V. Bilotta, Jr. was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of Kearny Bank in June 2018. Mr. Bilotta is an experienced banker with more than 37 years of banking experience. Mr. Bilotta previously served as Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Banking of Peapack Gladstone Bank from 2013 until his appointment as an executive officer of Kearny Bank. Prior to Peapack Gladstone Bank, Mr. Bilotta held executive positions at a variety of financial institutions.
John V. Dunne
Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
John V. Dunne was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer in July 2019. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer since March 2016. Mr. Dunne has over forty years’ experience in banking, primarily in management positions regarding internal audit and risk management. Mr. Dunne holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University.
Timothy A. Swansson
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Timothy A. Swansson was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Kearny Bank in July 2019. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Kearny Bank since 2017 and had also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer; Senior Vice President and Director of Information Technology; and First Vice President and Director of Information Technology. He was formerly employed by a technology service provider and had been working directly with Kearny Bank since 2003 until he was appointed an officer of Kearny Bank in 2008.

Board of Directors

Craig L. Montanaro
President and Chief Executive Officer
Craig L. Montanaro was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 2010. Mr. Montanaro joined Kearny Bank in 2003 when Kearny acquired West Essex Bank where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Financial and Kearny Bank in April 2011. Prior to that time, he had served as President and Chief Operating Officer since April 2010. He previously performed the duties of Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning for Kearny Bank and Kearny Financial from 2005 to March 2010 and from 2003 to 2004 served as Vice President and Regional Branch Administrator. He is a graduate of Syracuse University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in finance and marketing and in 2000 received his MBA from Fairfield University. He also received a Graduate Degree in banking from the National School of Banking at Fairfield University. Craig L. Montanaro is the son of Director Leopold W. Montanaro. In addition to his wide range of management experience and leadership skills, Mr. Montanaro’s strong economic background and his knowledge and understanding of the financial, economic, social and regulatory environments make him a valuable asset to the Board of Directors.
John J. Mazur, Jr
Chairman
John J. Mazur, Jr. was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and Kearny Bank in 1996 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial and Kearny Bank in 2004. He currently serves on the Board of the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of Felician University and is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Meadowlands YMCA. He is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Elegant Desserts, a wholesale bakery located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, which opened in 1994 and sells gourmet cakes locally and nationally. From 1976 to 2003, he was also a partner and general manager of Mazur’s Bakery, in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, a family owned business that operated from 1936 until 2003 when it was sold. Mr. Mazur is a graduate of Villanova University. Mr. Mazur has extensive knowledge of the banking industry and brings strong marketing and sales skills to the Board as well as a wide range of experience in business management and employee relations.
Theodore J. Aanensen
Theodore J. Aanensen was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 1986. He served as Chairman of the Board of Kearny Bank from January 2000 through January 2004 and as Chairman of the Board of Kearny Financial from March 2001 through January 2004. He is an owner of Aanensen’s, a luxury home remodeling and custom cabinetry company established in Kearny, New Jersey in 1951, serving as President since 1982. Mr. Aanensen is a graduate of Upsala College. With over 50 years of business experience, Mr. Aanensen has strong leadership, sales and customer assessment skills. Mr. Aanensen’s broad understanding of Kearny Bank’s industry strengthens the Board’s collective knowledge of our business and the policies and practices of the Board as its governing body.
John N. Hopkins
John N. Hopkins was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 2002. His career at Kearny Bank began in 1975, and he retired in March 2011 as Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Financial and Kearny Bank after serving in those positions since January 2002. Prior to that time, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Financial and Kearny Bank, positions he held since 2002. He had served Kearny Bank as Executive Vice President from 1994 to 2002 and as Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 1999. Active in professional and charitable organizations, he served on several committees of the New Jersey Bankers Association and on the Board of Directors of TICIC, Inc., a consortium that provides long-term financing for affordable and senior housing in New Jersey. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Clara Maass Medical Center, Director Emeritus of the Rutherford Senior Citizens Center, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of West Hudson Hospital in Kearny and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Barnabas Healthcare System (now RWJ Barnabas Health). He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Hopkins’ many years of service in the operations of Kearny Bank and his past duties as Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Financial and Kearny Bank bring a special knowledge of the financial, economic and regulatory challenges we face which makes him well suited to counsel the Board on these matters.
Joseph P. Mazza
Joseph P. Mazza was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 1993. He has been the sole owner of a dental practice in Rutherford, New Jersey since 1971. Dr. Mazza also serves on the Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. Board of Trustees, where he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and currently serves as Chairman of the Strategy Committee. Recently, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Flagship Health Systems, Inc. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Rutherford Senior Citizens Center (55 Kip). He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, both in the U.S. and in Vietnam, and then continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel through 1993. Dr. Mazza is a graduate of Seton Hall University and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mazza brings to the Board strong leadership and business management skills along with valuable experience relating to governance and ethical issues.
Matthew T. McClane
Matthew T. McClane was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 1994. He began his career with Kearny Bank in 1967, retiring in 2002 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Bank after serving in that position since 1994 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Financial after serving in those positions since 2001. Mr. McClane is active in the local community as a member, past President and current Secretary of the Optimist Club of Kearny, New Jersey. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s College and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Mr. McClane’s wide range of responsibility for operations and human resources at Kearny Bank, together with his past duties as Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Financial and Kearny Bank bring a special insight and knowledge of personnel challenges along with financial, economic and regulatory challenges we face. This acute insight and knowledge makes him well suited in educating the Board on these matters.
John F. McGovern
John F. McGovern was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 1999. He has worked as a self-employed Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) and Certified Financial Planner (“CFP”) since 1984 and holds the designation of Personal Financial Specialist (“PFS”) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Since 2001, he has been a federally registered investment advisor. Mr. McGovern is also the owner of McGovern Monuments, Inc., a monument sales and lettering company located in North Arlington, New Jersey that has been family owned and operated since 1924. Mr. McGovern is involved in local and community organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has been designated as an audit committee financial expert under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and regulations. Through his considerable experience as a CPA/PFS and CFP and his strong risk assessment, financial reporting and internal control expertise, as well as extensive knowledge of accounting and regulatory issues, Mr. McGovern provides an essential understanding of public accounting and financial matters to the Board.
Leopold W. Montanaro
Leopold W. Montanaro was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 2003. He also serves as a director of the Kearny Bank Charitable Foundation. He is retired and was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Essex Bancorp, Inc. and West Essex Bank where he was employed since 1972 until that bank was acquired by Kearny Financial in 2003. Mr. Montanaro is the father of Craig L. Montanaro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kearny Bank and Kearny Financial. Mr. Montanaro’s past service as President of a financial institution, director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Thrift and Bankers Association and his participation in our local community for 50 years brings special knowledge of the financial, economic and regulatory challenges we face as well as knowledge of the local economy and business opportunities for Kearny Bank.
John F. Regan
John F. Regan was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 1999. Now retired, he was the majority shareholder and President of two automobile sales and service companies, DeMassi Pontiac, Buick and GMC, located in Riverdale, New Jersey and Regan Pontiac, Buick and GMC, located in Long Island City, New York since 1995. Both companies closed in March 2009, and in July 2009, both companies filed for bankruptcy. Mr. Regan’s involvement in our local community brings knowledge of the local economy and business opportunities to Kearny Bank. His solid leadership and business management skills, as well as a depth of knowledge in the areas of operational efficiency and effectiveness, are valuable assets to the Board.
Raymond E. Chandonnet
Raymond E. Chandonnet was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 2015. He is a Managing Director and head of the Financial Strategy Advisory Services practice at Hovde Group, a boutique investment banking firm headquartered in Chicago that focuses on financial institutions. Mr. Chandonnet was previously the founder of BankStrategies.net, an advisory firm that provides balance sheet, earnings and technology strategy consulting, training and business development to participants in the bank, credit union and FinTech ecosystem. He founded the firm in 2015 after retiring from Sandler O’Neill in 2014, where he had served as a partner and Chief Balance Sheet Strategist since 2007. Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill, Mr. Chandonnet was head of Bank Strategy for JPMorgan Securities, Lehman Brothers, First Union Capital Markets, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. The roster of clients he has worked with includes banks and credit unions, Federal Home loan Banks, regulators, public accounting firms, and FinTech companies. Mr. Chandonnet is a frequent publisher and speaker on a wide range of issues related to bank financial management and technology utilization and holds a Master’s Degree in finance from Bentley College Graduate School of Business in Waltham, MA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. Mr. Chandonnet’s background brings a strong understanding of accounting, regulatory and tax issues to the Board along with his beneficial knowledge of balance sheet structure and strategies and his familiarity with Information Technology and FinTech.
Christopher D. Petermann
Christopher Petermann was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Directors of Kearny Bank in 2015. He is a CPA, the Partner in Charge of the Cranford office of PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and serves as Co-Partner-in-Charge for the Private Foundation and Philanthropic Services Practice. He has over 30 years of specialized experience in accounting for exempt organizations and private foundations, as well as closely held businesses and financial services entities. He holds a number of professional committee and community board positions including involvement with the NJ Symphony Orchestra, Partners For Health and Exponent Philanthropy, along with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Petermann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bucknell University. Mr. Petermann provides the Board with proficient guidance relative to financial reporting, accounting and tax matters as well as internal control and governance issues as an independent director.
Charles J. Pivirotto
Charles J. Pivirotto was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kearny Financial Corp. and the Board of Director of Kearny Bank in 2018. Mr. Pivirotto served on the Board of Clifton Bancorp Inc. and Clifton Savings Bank and was the Audit Committee Chairman from February 2007 until the bank was acquired by Kearny Financial in 2018. Mr. Pivirotto is a CPA and the Managing Shareholder at Pivirotto & Company, CPA’s, PA, Fairfield, NJ. He has been awarded a Certificate of Educational Achievement by the American Institute of CPA’s Continuing Professional Education Division for “Tax Planning and Advising for Closely Held Businesses.” He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Pivirotto is a graduate of William Paterson University. Mr. Pivirotto’s extensive expertise in financial reporting, accounting and tax matters and regulatory and compliance issues provides the Board with broad and valuable risk assessment, financial reporting, internal control and business management insight.
Catherine A. Lawton
Catherine A. Lawton was elected as a director of Kearny Financial Corp. and Kearny Bank in October 2018. Ms. Lawton was a principal in the investment banking group of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. (“Sandler O’Neill”), a full-service investment bank serving the financial institutions industry, retiring from her full-time position in July 2018 and from consulting services in March 2019. During her 25-year career at Sandler O’Neill, Ms. Lawton was responsible for providing a wide range of investment banking services to community banks and thrifts, including general strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and public and private capital raising transactions. From 1993 to 2004, Ms. Lawton also served as Sandler O’Neill’s general counsel. Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill, Ms. Lawton spent nine years in the corporate and banking group of a large New York law firm advising financial institutions and prior to that was a certified public accountant with KPMG. Ms. Lawton holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. She currently serves as a trustee of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation and serves as Chair of the Investment Committee. Ms. Lawton brings a deep knowledge of markets and valuation to the Board, together with a strength in corporate governance, risk assessment and general financial matters.
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