Fidelity Bank Makes Multiple Donations

In late August, Fidelity Bank donated $50,000 to Marywood University.

($25,000 from Fidelity Bank and $25,000 from the Fidelity D&D Charitable Foundation.)

Pictured: Dan Santaniello, President & CEO of Fidelity Bank, Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., President of Marywood University, and Dragan Jokic, Assistant Vice President & Retail Branch Manager of the Dunmore branch.

In late July, Fidelity Bank donated $7,500 to Sisters of IHM.

($2,500 from Fidelity Bank and $5,000 from the Fidelity D&D Charitable Foundation)

Pictured: Bob Brown, President of Sisters of IHM, Sister Ann Bubser, Executive Director of Sisters of IHM, Dan Santaniello, President & CEO of Fidelity Bank, and Lori Barrett, Vice President & Senior Trust Officer at Fidelity Bank, and also Treasurer of Sisters of IHM.

In late July, Fidelity Bank donated $2,500 to the Cody Barrasse Memorial Foundation.

Pictured: Dan Santaniello, President & CEO of Fidelity Bank, Lori Barrett, Vice President & Senior Trust Officer at Fidelity Bank and Joseph Barrasse from the Cody Barrasse Memorial Foundation.

Fidelity Bank Rebrands its Wealth Management Division

Fidelity Bank, a leading financial institution known for its commitment to providing top-tier financial services, is thrilled to announce the launch of its newly enhanced Wealth Management division. Alongside extending its wealth management services to the Lehigh Valley region, Fidelity Bank has also rebranded this service offering to better align its image with the comprehensive advice and solutions available.

The Fidelity Bank Wealth Management team, comprised of seasoned financial experts and strategists, works closely together to create personalized wealth plans for their clients. Through their combined expertise, the team delivers a wide range of financial services, including investment management, trust and estate planning, private banking, endowment and foundation planning, as well as brokerage services.

Fidelity Bank’s Director of Wealth Management, Nick Parise, expressed enthusiasm about this new venture. “The launch of our enhanced Wealth Management division underscores Fidelity Bank’s commitment to delivering exceptional financial services to our clients. “We recognize that financial success means different things to different people, and our dedicated team is poised to help our clients turn their financial goals into reality,” shared Parise.

Central to Fidelity Bank Wealth Management’s services is the idea of “wealth care,” a philosophy that ensures clients have the right savings, investments, and financial strategies for a comfortable present and secure future. This is achieved by reviewing a client’s overall financial landscape, pinpointing specific needs and objectives, and implementing strategies to optimize and safeguard their wealth for the long term.

FNCB Bank and Fidelity Bank Balloon Battle Raises Money for Charity

FNCB Bank and Fidelity Bank, two local community banks, along with the city of Dunmore, hosted a “Bankers’ Balloon Battle” to raise funds for charity. The event took place at Dunmore Corners on Thursday, September 7th.  

Bankers from FNCB Bank and Fidelity Bank donated money for the opportunity to participate in the battle. All in good fun, the organizations splashed their “rival” by wielding nearly 3,000 water balloons into the air.

Despite the stormy weather, bankers from both banks made a great showing. Dunmore’s Mayor, Max Conway, served as the emcee of the event. Conway, who was also the judge for the contest, declared a draw – with both banks equally soaked.

The event raised nearly $2,600, all of which was donated to Bread Basket of NEPA, a charity that supports 7 local food pantries. Bread Basket of NEPA serves individuals, families, and Veterans across Lackawanna County with the goal of alleviating hunger in our community.

“We see this contest as a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together,” shared Daniel J. Santaniello, President and CEO of Fidelity Bank.  “Though FNCB Bank is our business competitor, at the end of the day, we all share the like-minded goal of serving our community. This event was a fun and innovative way for us and our friends at FNCB Bank to join forces and help an organization that brings vital services to our area.”

“This idea was born when employees from FNCB Bank and Fidelity Bank volunteered together at another great community event, the St. Joseph’s Center Summer Festival,” said Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank President and CEO. “The two teams wanted to come up with a fun way to take advantage of our friendly rivalry while helping those in need in our community. Based on the smiles on everyone’s faces and the donation to Bread Basket of NEPA, it was a great success.”

Scranton Cultural Center Tom Papa Comedy Tour

        Tom Papa 2023 Comedy Tour   March 10 – 7:30 PM Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre   With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, TV, radio and podcasts as well as on the live stage. He is a regular guest on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast and the late night TV shows.  

On May 12, Tom released his second book, “You’re Doing Great!: And Other Reasons To Stay Alive,” a collection of essays on how people really live in modern America and what’s truly good and wonderful about our lives. On February 4, Netflix premiered Tom’s fourth hour-long stand-up special, “Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great!” A hilarious rebuttal to the current cultural feeling of dread, Tom wants viewers to remember that they are doing great; life isn’t perfect, it never will be, and that’s okay.  

Tom’s new podcast, “Breaking Bread with Tom Papa,” premiered on May 12 and features Tom and his guest for an hour of eating, drinking and enjoying life. Listeners are invited to take a seat at the table as Tom and his guests celebrate the true meaning of breaking bread with insightful, revealing and always funny conversations.  

Tom is host of the daily Netflix radio show, “What A Joke With Papa And Fortune,” on SiriusXM’s Netflix Channel, airing Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 AM – Noon ET. To learn more, visit    

Tickets range from $42.40 – $64.55
VIP option available for $165.55
Prices include fees.  


Tickets can also be purchased at the SCC’s Fidelity Bank Box Office in person or by phone at (570) 344-1111.           Fidelity Bank is proud to support the Scranton Cultural Center and the arts in Northeastern PA!                

Fidelity Bank Promotes Annamarie Rittle

Daniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of AnnaMaria Rittle to Vice President, Regional Retail Sales Manager of the Lehigh Valley Region of Fidelity Bank.

Rittle brings more than 27 years of community banking experience to her new role at Fidelity Bank, where she oversees Branch Administration sales functions. She develops, implements, and achieves annual goals and objectives for the Retail Banking Division, and ensures the department meets all regulatory and operating requirements.

Rittle holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As an active member of the community, she is the treasurer of Easton Business Association and a member of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce Programming Committee. She also volunteers at multiple community events through her affiliation with Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP).

Bryanne Caruso Promoted To Retail Branch Manager at Fidelity Bank

Daniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of Bryanne Caruso to Retail Branch Manager of the Wyoming Branch of Fidelity Bank.

A member of the Fidelity Bank team since 2017, Caruso plays an integral role in the success of the Wyoming Branch, overseeing daily operations to provide exceptional service to Fidelity Bank clients. She participates in outside sales and customer service calls with current and prospective clients, and ensures compliance with operating policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements.

Caruso earned an Associate’s degree in Business Studies from Lackawanna College, Scranton, and she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University. An active member of the community, she is enrolled in Leadership Northeast, Class of 2023.

She resides in Dunmore with her fiancé, Charles Salvo, and her daughter, Emery. When she isn’t working, Caruso enjoys spending time with family and pursuing a variety of interests. Crafting, country music concerts, and watching her daughter play softball are among her favorite activities. She also enjoys outdoor recreation with her fiancé, including kayaking, riding quads, and hunting. With an adventurous spirit, Caruso has been sky diving, snorkeling, and white-water rafting, and she aspires to add ziplining, swimming with sharks, and rock climbing to this list in the future.

Fidelity Bank Announces Banker Promotions

Daniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of 8 Fidelity Bankers. This distinguished group of Bankers exemplifies the vision and core values of Fidelity Bank.

Theresa M. Hinton, Esq., CTFA, has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Serving Fidelity Bank since 2015, Hinton leads the Trust and Fiduciary services area of Fidelity Bank Wealth Management. She oversees account administration, relationship management, regulatory compliance, and business development. She also provides estate planning consultations to clients.

Hinton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from St. Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation in 2019, and her professional affiliations include membership in the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna County Bar Associations.

An active member of the community, Hinton is a board member of the Women’s Resource Center, a member of Lackawanna County Pro Bono’s Elder Law Clinic, and a member of the Estate Planning Council of NEPA. She is the assistant women’s tennis coach at Marywood University.

Hinton resides in Dickson City, with her husband, Attorney Tim Hinton. The couple has four adult children, Sara, John, Emily, and Daniel.

Dena Hughes has been named Bank Officer.  As Business Services Relationship Manager, Hughes provides critical strategic and operational support to increase revenue. She cultivates profitable business relationships and generates fee income by identifying, analyzing, selling, and supporting deposit, treasury management, and workplace banking products and services to clients.

Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Communications from The College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

She serves as Treasurer of the GFWC Pocono Mountain Women’s Club, and as communications co-chairperson of GFWC Pennsylvania.

Hughes resides in Blakeslee with her husband, Stephen Hughes Jr.  She has three stepchildren, Stephen III, Riana, and Angela.

Judy Knowles Comerford has been promoted to Vice President. Comerford has been part of the Fidelity Bank team since 2012, and as Customer Experience Manager, she designs, develops, and delivers client experience training to Fidelity Bankers. She also serves as the Bank’s SAFE Act Officer.  

Comerford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Marywood University, Scranton.

A resident of Clarks Summit, Comerford has five adult children, Caroline, John, Kathleen, Mary, and Michael.

Lauren Luongo has been appointed Assistant Vice President. As Business Relationship Manager, Luongo reviews and structures commercial loans designed to best meet the needs of new and existing clients. In addition to generating new business, she supports the Bank’s retail division through consultations with Bankers and clients.

Luongo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania.

Active in the community, Luongo is treasurer of North Pocono Feeding Families. She resides in Mayfield Township.

Logan Hansman has been promoted to Vice President. Serving as Retail Services Manager, Hansman leads a team of Bankers dedicated to ensuring efficient and effective branch operations through exceptional support, streamlined procedures and policies, and workflows designed to optimize the client and Banker experience.

Hansman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. She resides in Drums with her fiancé, Steve Eisenhart.

Lori Rowker has been named Bank Officer. A member of the Fidelity Bank team since 1984, she is the AAP, Electronic Banking Team Lead. Rowker facilitates Fidelity Bank’s electronic banking functions, providing critical technical and operational support to clients. She holds an Associate’s degree in Information Systems from Lackawanna College, Scranton, and earned her Accredited ACH Professional designation in 2015.

She resides in Dickson City with her husband, Lawrence.  The couple has a son, Thomas, and a granddaughter, Emma, age 8.

Matthew Stroney has been appointed Vice President, Credit Administration Manager. In his role, he assists in the preparation of the Bank’s quarterly and annual financial statements, prepares monthly and quarterly reports related to the Bank’s loan and asset quality, and manages the appraisal process for all real-estate secured commercial loans.

Stroney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. He resides in Dalton.

Susan Lucas has been named Bank Officer. A member of the Fidelity Bank team since 1993, she is the Loan Operations Servicing Supervisor. As Loan Operations Servicing Supervisor, she oversees the daily operations of the Loan Servicing Department, including balancing accounts. 

She resides in Peckville.

Johnson College Receives $5,000 from Fidelity Bank in support of the College’s STEM Outreach Activities

Recently, Johnson College received a $5,000 contribution from Fidelity Bank in support of the College’s STEM outreach activities. Left to right: Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO of Johnson College, Eugene J. Walsh, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer at Fidelity Bank, Daniel J. Santaniello, President and Chief Executive Officer at Fidelity Bank, and Michael J. Pacyna, Jr, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at Fidelity Bank.

Recently, Johnson College received a $5,000 contribution from Fidelity Bank in support of the College’s STEM outreach activities. Through these activities, Johnson College utilizes its experience in providing industry-focused technical education to expand its outreach to elementary, middle, and high school students to encourage the pursuit of STEM-related careers.

The outreach activities raise awareness of the benefits of STEM education and the possibilities of achieving economic independence through employment in a STEM career field.

Fidelity Bank’s contribution to Johnson College is part of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Fidelity Bank Awards Over $1 Million in EITC Contributions

Fidelity Bank recently presented non-profit organizations and educational institutions with Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funds totaling over $1.054 million. Ranging from $1,000 to $141,000 per organization, the amount of financial support the Bank has been able to provide to organizations has nearly doubled since 2019.

“We are pleased to partner with Fidelity Bank through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program,” said Melissa Turlip, Director of Programming, Commonwealth Charitable Management, Inc. “Funds were provided to twelve high schools in northeastern Pennsylvania to support Dual Enrollment programs.  The funds offset the costs for participating students to earn college credits while in high school and are a huge benefit to hundreds of students.”

“As a community bank, Fidelity is proud to invest in the communities we serve,” said Daniel J. Santaniello, president and CEO, Fidelity Bank. “With so many families and school districts facing economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for funding is more important than ever. The local students who benefit from the enriched educational experiences provided by these funds are the future. We wish them great success as they pursue their educational goals and dreams.”

The EITC program provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to scholarship and educational improvement organizations. In keeping with Fidelity Bank’s commitment to support the communities it serves, the program benefits students in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Through partnerships between local businesses, parents, and scholarship organizations, EITC funding gives local students opportunities for better educational outcomes.