Kathleen Pless SVP, Chief Lending Officer

Rondout Savings Bank Welcomes Kathleen Pless, SVP, Chief Lending Officer

November 4, 2021

Kathleen Pless joins Rondout Savings Bank as Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer. Kathleen has worked in both community and regional bank environments and is highly skilled at business development and client management. As a seasoned banking professional, she brings more than 20 years of experience in the areas of Commercial Lending, Construction Lending, CRE, Multi- Family Lending, Credit Analysis and Risk Management. Kathleen is passionate about company branding and bringing technology to the forefront of community banking.

Kathleen has served as a member of the Valley Health System Hospital Auxiliary and Literacy Volunteers of America. She served as a Board member of the Bergen Volunteer Center and sat on its Executive Committee, Real Estate Task Force, Marketing and Branding Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.

In her new role, Kathleen will be responsible for growth of the lending division of the bank and will continue Rondout’s longstanding tradition of serving the community through volunteer efforts. “I am thrilled that Kathleen has decided to join the Rondout Team. Her lending expertise and passionate community stewardship are valuable attributes to both Rondout Savings Bank and the communities we serve” – Cheryl Bowers, President & CEO.

Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and has completed the Leadership Certificate Program at The Wharton School and Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University. She resides in Kingston.

Christopher Crews Commercial Loan Officer Headshot

Rondout Savings Bank Welcomes Christopher Crews, AVP Commercial Loan Officer

September 29, 2021

Christopher Crews comes to Rondout Savings Bank after an extensive career in Event Marketing, Event Production and Experiential Marketing. Christopher was born and raised in Kingston and has family ties to the area dating back to 1947, when his maternal Grandparents moved to Kingston. After graduating from Kingston High School, Christopher received his undergraduate degree in Business Marketing from Jacksonville University and would go on the receive his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Florida State University. In his new position, Christopher is looking forward to reestablishing lifelong connections and working with local businesses to reach their financial goals. Christopher has served on the board of the Benedictine Health Foundation and actively fundraises for Bike for Cancer Care.

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys sports, travel and spending time with his wife and his son.

Christopher Crews
AVP, Commercial Loan Officer
Cell: (845) 901 – 0326
300 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
www.RondoutBank.com (845) 331-0073

Sean Soliva

Rondout Savings Bank Welcomes Sean Soliva AVP, Director of Retail Banking

June 23, 2021

Sean Soliva comes to Rondout Savings Bank with over fifteen years of retail banking experience in the local community. Working from the ground up, Sean understands the importance of immersing himself in every aspect of the retail bank. From his time as a Teller to his current role with Rondout, he has gained expertise and knowledge in sales, business development and project management.

As an emerging leader in our community, Sean has effectively coached and mentored teams to exceed their career development goals. In his new role of Assistant Vice President, Director of Retail Banking at Rondout Savings Bank, Sean is responsible for the retail bank division and enhancing and strengthening our deposit customer relationships. Additionally, he will manage the Bank’s financial literacy program.

Sean earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from SUNY New Paltz in 2004 and is a graduate of the Ulster Leadership Development Institute in 2014. Sean enjoys volunteering for various organizations within the community including Independent Living, Ulster County Chamber Foundation, Kingston Uptown Business Association, Young Ulster Professionals, and the Sullivan County Legislature Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Board.

“Mr. Soliva is an outstanding addition to our Branch Team and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Branch Management and Employee Development. I am very excited to have him on our Rondout Savings Bank Team.”– Susie Dallies, SVP Chief Operating Officer


Dare to Soar Award Mike Naccarato, Joemy Abreu, Cheryl Bowers

Rondout Savings Bank Dare to Soar Winner

April 13, 2021

Congratulations to Joemy Abreu Rondout Savings Bank’s Dare to Soar Award Winner!
Joemy works in our IT Department as the IT Support Technician. Joemy has been with the bank for almost two years! From day one she instantly connected with the team. Her friendly demeanor, positive and can do attitude fosters an environment of excellence at Rondout Savings Bank. There is no task to big or small for Joemy- she will do whatever she can to assist the RSB Team.

Lighthouse Monument Ribbon Cutting

Rondout Savings Bank Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Donation to Kingston

May 31, 2018

KINGSTON – “I like to think of the City of Kingston as a city of firsts”, said Kingston Mayor Steve Nobel. He was referring to the first lighthouse on the canal back in the 1800’s, and the first woman to operate it; bringing us to the first woman president of Rondout Savings Bank, Cheryl Bowers.

“Its a little bit less about being the first woman as much as it is being the first president that starts the next 150 years.”, said a very humble Cheryl Bowers. Bowers was named the bank’s fourteenth president back in November of 2017.

The evening began with a reception at the Homeport Barn at the foot of Broadway in Kingston. After hor d oeuvres, a welcome from Cheryl Bowers, and cake the crowd moved to the Visitor’s Center. Situated on the grassy knoll, next the the Visitor Center building, the structure stood wrapped in a blue cloth, awaiting its unveiling.

Hundreds gathered around the 10 foot structure that only revealed the blue stone base of the monument. Ulster County Chamber of Commerce President Ward Todd MC’d the event with quick congratulatory words from himself, mayor Noble, and Rich Kleban who came to represent the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, where a Rondout Bank Hyde Park location resides.

After the speeches, Bowers cut the ribbon and behind her, the cloth was snapped away from the structure to reveal a five foot steel lighthouse as a symbol of Rondout’s mission throughout its 150 year history to be a beacon of trust and to provide guidance to the community it serves. Local artist Johnny Poux was commissioned by Rondout Savings Bank to create the lighthouse.

“Two words”, said Tony Marmo, owner of Normann Staffing. “Customer Service. That’s why the bank has been a cornerstone of this community for so long. The staff and management provides consistent and unmatched customer service.”, he said.

Original article posted on hvnn.com

Lighthouse Monument Ribbon Cutting
Lighthouse Monument Ribbon Cutting
Lighthouse Monument Ribbon Cutting

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Karen Burchell

Rondout Savings Bank Promotes Karen Burchell to SVP, Director of Commercial Credit

March 3, 2021

Karen joined Rondout Savings Bank in 2001 as one of three founding members of the Business Banking Department. A lifelong resident of Ulster County, she has a deep understanding of the local community and its surroundings, which enables her to provide trusted guidance to our clients. “Throughout the years, Karen has held various leadership positions and has helped drive the overwhelming success of growing our commercial loans while making sound loan decisions. Karen is a vital member to our team, and her promotion to Senior Vice President, Director of Commercial Credit is well deserved,” states Cheryl Bowers, President and CEO.

Karen values community service and volunteerism. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Ulster County, Inc. and serves on its finance committee. Karen is an active volunteer for the American Heart Association’s Ulster/Dutchess division, Kingston Catholic School, as well as a past Trustee at the Rosendale

Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Union College and is a member of the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking 2021 graduating class. She resides in the hamlet of Rosendale with her husband and son.

Uptown Branch Location

Rondout Savings Bank buys Spectrum Building in Uptown Kingston, NY

March 3, 2021

Rondout Savings Bank has purchased the Spectrum building at 142 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY for the purpose of expanding the Uptown campus that will include the adjoining bank branch at 130 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY according to bank officials.

The bank closed on the property, a privately-owned building belonging to the Whitman family for 40 years, on March 3, 2021.

“We are growing in different departments as a bank, and we feel the growth in Kingston,” said Cheryl Bowers, Rondout’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “When we saw the opportunity for a complete campus in Uptown, we seized it and quickly went ahead with the transaction.”

Bowers said while the new space could be used as a future operations or lending center, the bank intends to brainstorm with a local architect to map out the best use of the space.

Some renovations are planned, particularly updating the Spectrum building facade, and bank leaders also expect to renovate the adjoining branch, so the two buildings complement each other. Bowers expects the work to be complete within a year.

“It’s imminent, but we are going to do it right and make the best use of that space. The Schwenk Drive branch is probably our busiest location,” she said. “We are blessed with so many businesses that bank with us in Uptown.”

Tom Collins of SVN Deegan-Collins Commercial Realty said Spectrum vacated the property on Feb. 1 but gave notice in November that it was moving to the town of Ulster. The property went on the market in late December.

Collins said the 4,200-square-foot facility had been renovated a few times since Time Warner Cable, which later became Spectrum, began leasing the building 11 years ago. He said the interior is largely office space with a central lobby that is “almost set up like a bank.”

“It was probably built in the late ‘60s and had many uses over the years,” Collins said. “Frankly, I’m not sure what it was originally built for, but at one time, it was an insurance company and later, a restaurant.”

Bowers said the acquisition of the building is a demonstration of Rondout’s long-term commitment to the local market.

“We have planted our flag here forever. I could not be prouder at how the area is growing, and we are growing with it. Kingston is vibrant, so this will strategically prepare us as we continue to grow along with our community,” she said.

The 153-year-old Rondout Savings Bank, with more than $383 million in total assets, has five branches in locations such as Kingston, West Hurley and Hyde Park and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking, and business banking.

Rondout is consistently recognized by BauerFinancial with the 5-star Superior Quality Rating awarded to only 10 percent of financial institutions in the nation, distinguishing it as one of the strongest banking institutions in the United States.

Cheryl Bowers, President & CEO shares Rondout Savings Bank’s Experience with the Reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program

January 19, 2021


Cheryl Bowers joins Liz Claman on Fox Business News about how we are working with Pursuit to get our local shops and community thriving again.

Rondout Savings Bank Welcomes New Residential Loan Originator Matthew Treglia

November 23, 2020

Matthew was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, growing up in New Paltz he gained a passion for working with and supporting local  businesses in the community. Rondout Savings Bank being a local community bank shares those same values and he is proud to be a member of this team.

Throughout Matthew’s journey in banking he has held roles in customer service, management and financial advising. He has always prided himself on listening to customers’ needs and delivering a solution that helps them achieve their goals.
Whether it be making home improvements, refinancing your current mortgage, purchasing an investment property, or building your dream home; Rondout Savings Bank offers the right solution to meet your needs.

Matthew graduated from The College at Brockport, State University of New York in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing. He is thrilled to be part of the Rondout Savings Bank team and looks forward to helping you accomplish your homeownership aspirations.

Matthew Treglia, Residential Loan Originator
NMLS #491496
300 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401

Jennifer Fabiano giving the Gift Cards to the winner of our Summer Gift Card Extravaganza contest.

Gift Card Extravaganza Winner!

August 29, 2020

During the month of August we had our Summer Gift Card Extravaganza! Anybody could enter to win 11 $50 gift cards to popular restaurants! Our winner was Lori LeBeouf! She was very excited to enjoy all the local eateries in both Ulster and Dutchess Counties.