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Peoples Bank Announces Senior Leadership Promotions

January 31, 2023

Peoples Bank announced the promotions of several senior executives and the expansion of its leadership team as part of the Bank’s ongoing commitment to customer success and fiscally sustainable growth.
"I am thrilled to announce these leadership promotions and recognize the exceptional work and dedication of these individuals,” said Charles LeCocq, Peoples Bank Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. “Their proven leadership skills and commitment to excellence will undoubtedly continue to make a positive impact on our customers, employees, and the communities we serve."
Lisa Hefter – President and Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Hefter was promoted from Executive Vice President to President and retains her role as Chief Operating Officer. Lisa joined Peoples Bank in 1992. She has been involved in all facets of bank management and has contributed to the company's strong growth during her 30-year tenure. In her current role, Lisa is responsible for directing the administrative and operational activities of the Bank. She is also member of the Peoples Bank and Peoples Bancorp Board of Directors.
Lisa leads the Bank's community relations efforts and focuses her community service activities on advancing financial literacy. An honors graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, Lisa has a bachelor's degree in business administration with a finance emphasis from Central Washington University.
Andy Riddell – Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer
Andy Riddell joined Peoples Bank in 2021, bringing nearly 20 years of experience focused on commercial and industrial industries. In his role as Chief Lending Officer, Andy oversees all commercial and business lending programs across the Bank’s six-county footprint.
Andy is a past Board Member of the Whatcom Business Alliance and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the YMCA of Snohomish County. A graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in business Administration and management from Vanguard University of Southern California.

Amanda Scoby – Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
Amanda Scoby joined Peoples Bank in 2013 and is responsible for overall enterprise risk management, ensuring Peoples Bank has proper oversight and internal controls in place to mitigate risks and vulnerabilities that could impact business performance.
Amanda is a certified public accountant and an honors graduate of Texas A&M, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance. She is a past recipient of the Peoples Bank Integrity Leadership Award.

LaVonne Olsen – Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
LaVonne joined Peoples Bank in 2019 and oversees the Peoples Bank human resources department, including employee recruitment and retention, payroll, benefits, performance management, and training. LaVonne has more than 30 years of human resource experience and holds many distinguished credentials relating to her field.
Active in the community, LaVonne has served as a board member for the Max Higbee Center for almost 15 years and has volunteered for the Special Olympics for over 20 years. A graduate of California State University, Fresno, LaVonne holds a bachelor’s degree in business finance and is currently attending the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
About Peoples Bank
Peoples Bank is a locally owned and operated, independent full-service community bank with $2.8 billion in assets. Headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, Peoples Bank has served the community for over 100 years and operates 25 locations throughout Washington. Reflecting its strong financial management practices, dedicated employees, and long-standing customer relationships, Peoples Bank was awarded a superior five-star rating from BauerFinancial, a leading independent bank rating firm. Learn more about Peoples Bank at Member FDIC.
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5 Star RatingPeoples Bank is rated 5-Stars by Bauer
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