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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Rachel Dunger

    June 18, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Rachel Dunger to Branch Manager of the bank’s South Park Village Branch in Port Orchard. Dunger joined Kitsap Bank in 2022 as a Financial Service Specialist for the Southern Region and was later promoted to her most recent role of Assistant Branch Manager at the bank’s Bethel and Lund Branch in Port Orchard. Committed to her community, Dunger volunteers with many local non-profits including South Kitsap Helpline, Central Kitsap Foodbank, Girls on the Run, Holly Ridge Center and the Salvation Army. Dunger is currently pursuing her degree in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management at Olympic College. “Rachel has made significant contributions to the organization. Her strong leadership skills and passion of creating meaningful relationships with her business partners, peers, and clients will serve her well in her new role,” stated Jennifer Ruckman, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Manager.…
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  • Kitsap Bank Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipients

    June 3, 2024
    Each year, Kitsap Bank provides scholarships to students of employees who are graduating high school and going on to attend a college or technical school. This year, the Bank presented six scholarships to 2024 graduates. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are: Student Name School Parent (Kitsap Bank Employee) David Cremeans South Kitsap High School Jamie Cremeans Robin Gitch Central Kitsap High School Brad Gitch Katherine Kowalski South Kitsap High School Carol Kowalski Christopher Politakis Bellarmine Preparatory School Steve Politakis Evan Silcott North Kitsap High School Janet Silcott Nikka Suarez South Kitsap High School Maria…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Ariel McDermott to Assistant Vice President

    May 22, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Ariel McDermott to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the bank’s Kingston Branch. McDermott joined Kitsap Bank in 2015 as a Client Service Specialist; and during her nine years at the bank has advanced her career to her most recent role of Branch Manager. McDermott recently received the 20 Under 40 Achievement Award from the Leadership Kitsap Foundation, which celebrates exceptional business leaders in the Kitsap community. Active in her community, she volunteers for many local non-profits, including Central Kitsap Food Bank and Holly Ridge Center. “As a local community bank, we’re committed to helping keep our local communities vibrant and strong,” commented Tammy Armacost, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Manager. “Ariel shares this commitment, and demonstrates remarkable leadership, inspiring her team to serve their neighbors with the same passion and dedication. She is very…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Ludy Garvin to Assistant Vice President

    May 21, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Ludy Garvin to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the bank’s Main Branch in Port Orchard. Garvin has been in the banking industry for over 30 years. She joined Kitsap Bank in 2020 as a Senior Customer Service Specialist and was later promoted to the position of Branch Manager. Committed to her community, Garvin serves as the Treasurer for the Port Orchard Bay Street Association, and also volunteers with many other organizations in the South Kitsap region. She regularly volunteers at events including Bay Street Clean Up, The Cruz, and the Festival of Chimes and Lights. “Ludy has made significant contributions to the organization. She is a strong leader, and well-deserving of this promotion to Assistant Vice President,” stated Jennifer Ruckman, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Manager. “I am proud of Ludy’s accomplishments and highly confident in her abilities to continue to…
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  • Kitsap Bank Honors Employee of the Quarter

    May 8, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce that Kyle Gordon, Technical Specialist for the bank’s IT Department, has been named Employee of the First Quarter for 2024. While a student at Olympic College, Gordon served as an intern in Kitsap Bank’s Enterprise Security department and later took on the role of parttime Help Desk Assistant. He joined the team full time as a Help Desk Technician in 2020 after graduating Olympic College and was later promoted in 2023 to his current position as Technical Specialist. Gordon was selected for this award by his peers, who praise him for his dependability and attention to detail. They noted that Gordon’s professionalism and positive outlook has made him a pleasure to work with and that he exemplifies Kitsap Bank’s mission and values. “Kyle has proven to be a hardworking, efficient and dedicated team player,” stated James Anderson, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer. “His willingness to go above and beyond…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Kelly Miller

    March 13, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Kelly Miller to Assistant Vice President, Assistant Controller. Miller has been with Kitsap Bank since 2022, previously working in the banking industry for over five years. She holds a Master’s of Science in Biological Sciences from DePaul University and a Master’s of Science in Accountancy from California State University.  “Kelly brings experience, dedication and an acute attention to detail to her role in Kitsap Bank’s Accounting department,” stated Bentley Simpson, Vice President Controller. “She is a valuable team member and we are pleased to recognize her efforts with this well-deserved advancement in her career.”   Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, operating 18 locations throughout Western Washington. With $1.6 billion in assets, the Bank provides a full range of financial services to commercial and individual…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Jessica Connolly

    February 29, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jessica Connolly to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of Kitsap Bank’s Bethel and Lund Branch in Port Orchard. With over ten years of experience in the banking industry, Connolly joined Kitsap Bank in 2022 as the Assistant Branch Manager of the bank’s Southern Region. Connolly is active in the community, logging the most volunteer hours amongst all Kitsap Bank employees in 2023. She serves as the President of the Board for Central Kitsap Food Bank, led her branch’s “From Shred to Fed” shredding event that benefited the South Kitsap Helpline, and dedicates her time volunteering with many other organizations throughout the region. “Jessica has a passion for service and creating meaningful connections with clients, business partners, and peers,” stated Jennifer Ruckman, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Manager. “She inspires her team to serve their neighbors with the…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes April Onofre

    February 28, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of April Onofre to Vice President, Senior Commercial Payments Advisor. Onofre began as a Teller at the Bank’s Silverdale branch in 2002; and during her 22 years, has steadily worked her way up to her current position as Assistant Vice President, Commercial Payments Advisor. Onofre is a graduate of the Washington Bankers Association’s Retail Branch Manager Development program. Committed to her community April serves as a Director with the Greater Kitsap Chamber of Commerce and co-leads the Faith in Workplace Coffee Connects program. “April has made significant contributions to the organization. She is a strong leader who is committed to building meaningful relationships with our clients and the community,” commented Michael Gordon, Senior Vice President Commercial Payments Manager. “She has been a huge asset to the Kitsap Bank team and we are pleased to recognize her for her efforts with this…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes James Anderson

    February 15, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of James Anderson to Vice President, Chief Technology Officer. Anderson joined Kitsap Bank in 2011 as a Network Administrator, and during his tenure at the Bank he has steadily advanced his career to his most recent position as Vice President, Information Technology Manager. Anderson holds numerous professional IT certifications and is a graduate of the Washington Bankers Association’s Executive Development Program. “James has made significant contributions to Kitsap Bank. His extensive technical experience and the ability to recognize needs within the bank; offering technical solutions that enable us all to work together more efficiently, are a few of the reasons he is deserving of this promotion,” stated Jackie McVay, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. “He is a true asset to the IT Department and Kitsap Bank as a whole. We are pleased to recognize him for his efforts with this…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Carrie Heaton

    February 15, 2024
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Carrie Heaton to Vice President, Risk Management & Security Officer. Heaton has been in the banking industry for over 15 years and joined Kitsap Bank in 2019 as a Branch Manager at Kitsap Bank’s Sequim Branch. She has steadily advanced her career, transitioning from Retail to Kitsap Bank’s Risk Management Department and to her current position. Heaton is a graduate of the Washington Bankers Association’s Manager Development Program, and holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Portland State University as well as a Master’s of Science in Integrative Health and Wellness from Creighton University. She has since continued her education by obtaining her Certified Community Bank Security Officer certification through ICBA and the Certified Fraud Examiner certification through ACFE. “Carrie has made significant contributions to the organization and brings a unique skillset to our…
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