September 24, 2019

Stroudsburg, PA (September 24, 2019) — ESSA Bank & Trust announced today it has expanded its Cash Management, Commercial Banking, Information Technology, Marketing and Retail Branch teams in the Lehigh Valley Region.

Cara Butz has been named Cash Management Officer.  She most recently served as Branch Manager of ESSA’s Bethlehem office.  As Cash Management Officer, she will be responsible for developing new relationships and servicing current business cash management clients in the region

Cara serves as Vice Chair for the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, volunteers with the Whitehall Township Industrial and Commercial Development Association and sits on the Finance Committee for the YWCA of Bethlehem.  She resides in Whitehall with her two sons.

Robert W. Lepley has joined ESSA as a Commercial Relationship Manager.  Robert is a graduate of DeSales University and has been working in business banking for over 10 years.  His experience in small business banking, relationship building, and CRE financing will help ESSA expand its commercial banking growth in the Lehigh Valley market.

Robert is an Ambassador for the Lehigh Valley Chamber, an Officer with the Knights of Columbus, member of the President’s Advisory Council with DeSales University, and volunteers with the Business Department at DeSales University.

 Evan Altemose has joined ESSA as a Network Engineer.  Evan is a graduate of Moravian College with a degree in computer science and a minor in Mathematics.  He brings over 7 years of experience in server, storage, and infrastructure technologies to ESSA. 

Luis Romano has joined ESSA as a Network Engineer.  Luis is a graduate of INTEC University, in the Dominican Republic, where he earned a degree in computer science.  Luis brings over 10 years of experience in network infrastructure management and datacenter technologies to ESSA.  He most recently served as Technical Delivery Manager for an information technology consulting firm.

Luis is a volunteer for the Dominican Association of PA, teaching leadership and technology-related topics.  He resides in the Lehigh Valley with his wife and three boys.

Evan and Luis will be based out of the bank’s Lehigh Valley office, reporting to Brian W. Massie, Information and Technology Manager.

Mary Anne Lynch has joined ESSA as Marketing Associate.  Mary Anne earned her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Lehigh University and holds a second Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The State University of New York at Binghamton.  She most recently worked as an Adjunct Professor and Learning Experience Designer at Northampton Community College.  With over twenty years of experience in design and digital marketing, she will be responsible for the bank’s branding, web site, and social media endeavors. 

Mary Anne volunteers for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), founded a local grassroots marketing association, and is an avid gardener and landscaper.

Cindy Rodenbough has joined ESSA as Branch Manager of the Bethlehem office.  Cindy brings over 31 years of branch banking experience to ESSA.  She most recently served as Cluster Market Leader for BB&T.  Cindy will be responsible for leading the Bethlehem team in serving the needs of both business and retail clients in the Bethlehem and surrounding markets. 

Cindy is Vice President and Board member of the Western Pocono Lions Club.  She lives in Nazareth, PA with her husband of 33 years, Barry, and has 2 grown daughters. 


About ESSA Bank & Trust

ESSA Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for its wholly owned subsidiary, ESSA Bank & Trust, which was formed in 1916. Headquartered in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, the company has total assets of $1.8 billion and has 22 community offices throughout the Greater Pocono, Lehigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and suburban Philadelphia areas. ESSA offers a full range of commercial and retail financial services as well as insurance, investment, and trust solutions. ESSA Bancorp Inc. stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market (SM) under the symbol “ESSA.”



Peter A. Gray, Executive Vice President & CBO

ESSA Bank & Trust

Corporate Center

200 Palmer Street

Stroudsburg, PA  18360


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