The Emerging Leaders Network was formed in 2018 to provide NJBankers members under the age of 40 the opportunity to take their career to the next level and become the next generation of leaders. The Emerging Leaders Network offers educational conferences, unique networking opportunities, and community service activities designed specifically for emerging leaders. 

To join the Emerging Leaders Network, please contact Jessica Jakobson at [email protected] or 908-324-4025. 


Group Leaders

Dushyant Abhyankar, SVP, Treasurer, Spencer Savings Bank
Yoherry Azcona
, Assistant Vice President - Human Resources Business Partner, Northfield Bank
Jessica Binkiewicz,
Associate Relationship Manager, TriState Capital Bank
Ryan Blake
MBA, EVP/COO, BCB Community Bank

Patrick Chong, Corporate Controller, OceanFirst Bank
Reed Doerler, 
Marketing Specialist, First Bank
Harris Faqueri, VP/CFO, Somerset Savings Bank, SLA

Almira Halilovic, SVP/Regional Manager, PNC
Rachelle Harriott, Vice President/Branch Manager, Magyar Bank
Heather Hendry, VP, Enterprise Risk Management, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Stephany Kim, Branch Manager & BDO, BCB Community Bank
John Kowal, SVP/Chief Technology Officer, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Dawn Machacek, VP/Chief of Staff, ConnectOne Bank
Nick Martin, Marketing Coordinator/Asst Treasurer/VBM, Manasquan Bank
Sergio Martins, Branch Manager, Haven Savings Bank
Faisal Mohed, SVP, Director of Capital Planning and Stress Testing, Valley Bank
Amber T. Rodriguez,
Commercial Associate I - Business Banking, Bank of America 
Katie Meyers, Internal Communications / Brand Champion, Manasquan Bank
Faisal Mohed,SVP, Director Capital Planning & Stress TestingValley Bank
Chris Rozewski, 
1st Vice President-Director of Data Analytics, Kearny Bank
Sheryl Shara, Digital Banking Manager, Blue Foundry Bank
Drew TerWaarbeek, VP/Area Branch Manager, Lakeland Bank
Allison Winters,  Brand and Communications Officer, Columbia Bank 

Ex-Officio Member
Jessica Jakobson, Vice President of Professional DevelopmentNJBankers

Past Events 
Community Service Day
Grow-A-Row, Pittstown, NJ


Leadership Conference, 
Kean University, Union, NJ

Topgolf Networking Event , Topgolf, Edison NJ


Networking Event, J.J. Bitting Brewing Company, Woodbridge NJ