Darlene White

Rockville Bank has appointed Darlene S. White as senior vice president/operations officer.

White is now responsible for providing development and leadership for the overall operational and technological business of Rockville Bank. She will provide support services to all departments of the bank to ensure prompt and efficient customer service in all types of banking.

White brings 30 years of banking experience to her new position. She comes to Rockville Bank from the Polish National Credit Union in Chicopee, Mass., where she was chief operating officer and senior vice president.

White lives in Cromwell with her daughter, Kelly, and son, Ryan.

Rockville Bank is an 18-branch community bank in Connecticut that provides a convenient banking lifestyle for the communities it serves: Coventry, Rockville, Vernon, Ellington, Tolland, Manchester, East Hartford, South Windsor, East Windsor, Suffield, Enfield, Somers, Glastonbury and South Glastonbury. It has four supermarket locations that are open seven days a week.

Gillette on FCBJ List

Susannah Gillette, homebuyer assistance senior loan officer at The Housing Development Fund, a nonprofit bank providing funding for affordable housing and an array of homebuyer assistance programs, was named to the Fairfield County Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. Gillette was honored with 39 other business leaders at the recent awards event that singles out individuals for extraordinary leadership qualities, ongoing commitment to personal and professional development and outstanding accomplishments that have made a significant impact on their organizations and the broader professional image of Fairfield County.

Since joining HDF in 2004, Gillette has administered its SmartMove loan fund, which provides low-interest second mortgages to low- and moderate-income homebuyers in Fairfield County. In less than two years, she has transformed SmartMove into a major lending vehicle for affordable homeownership, increasing the pool of banks that make those funds available from five to seven and growing the fund from $9 million to $12 million. Under Gillette’s direction, the fund has helped more than 120 families achieve the often-difficult dream of homeownership in Fairfield County. HDF hopes to double that number in the near future.

“Susannah is helping HDF to change the face of affordable housing,” said HDF Executive Director Joan Carty. “She took a concept and a commitment and turned them into a reality. She has become a formidable expert on affordable housing financing and continues to design and implement new second-mortgage products that can close the affordability gap for working families. She fully deserves this recognition and we’re very proud of her.”

Gillette is a frequent speaker throughout the region at meetings devoted to the topic of affordable housing. She has addressed the Yale School of Management’s Economic Development Conference, the City of Stamford Housing Summit and the Interfaith Council of Greater Bridgeport’s Discussion on Affordable Housing Solutions to End Poverty.

Gillette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Wesleyan University in Middletown and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Yale School of Management. A New Haven native, Gillette currently resides in the Bronx, N.Y.

R.I. Bank Using ISCheck

Glastonbury-based Open Solutions Inc., a provider of integrated enabling technologies for financial service providers across the United States and Canada, recently announced that The Washington Trust Co., Rhode Island’s largest independent bank, is successfully using ISCheck, OSI’s image-based item processing solution. Washington Trust is one of the first financial institutions in Rhode Island to take advantage of Check 21 services.

“ISCheck is a dependable, cost-effective item processing solution that provides an excellent platform for future growth and supports our item processing plans,” said David Jardin, vice president of retail support services at the Glastonbury firm. “It is a complete Check 21 solution that offers a fully featured product suite, enabling us to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s payment-systems environment.”