Hilina Ajakaiye and Kathleen Bartels have been elected to the Board of Trustees at Centreville Bank, today announced President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Harold M. Horvat.
“We are privileged to have Hilina and Kathleen join our board,” said Horvat. “They bring exceptional skills and unique perspectives and will further expand the way that we’ll analyze Centreville’s operations to ensure that our customers continue to receive the best products and services available.”
Ajakaiye brings more than 15 years of sales, marketing and operations expertise to Centreville Bank. She is the executive vice president at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, responsible for growing Boston’s market share of visitors. Ajakaiye oversees the day-to-day operations across a variety of functions, including human resources, membership development, and finance, among others. She is also the president and founder of the R.I.S.E Women’s Leadership Conference. Ajakaiye serves as board director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Progreso Latino, and as a board trustee for the Woodward School for Girls. She currently serves as co-chair of Destination International’s Committee on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. A native of Ethiopia, Ajakaiye is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds an MBA in International Marketing Management from Northeastern University. Ajakaiye resides in Providence.
Bartels has more than 25 years of experience in architecture. She is a senior principal, AIA, LEED AP at LLB Architects, located in Pawtucket. Recognized as a leading architectural firm throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, LLB focuses on major institutional and civic projects. Bartels, who joined LLB in 1996, became a partner in 2000. She was previously a board member of the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation and currently on a board member at Community Preparatory School, serving two terms as chair of the School’s Buildings and Grounds Committee. Bartels previously served on the board of directors for eight years at the Pawtucket Foundation, which is focused on the revitalization and development of Pawtucket. She is a 2019 Providence Business News Business Women Achievement Honoree. Bartel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She resides in Warren, RI.
About Centreville Bank
Founded in 1828 and headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Centreville Bank is a full-service mutual bank operating through nine branch locations in Coventry, Cranston (two locations), East Greenwich, Narragansett, North Kingstown, West Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, and a loan production office in Providence. In addition, Centreville Bank serves the Eastern Connecticut market with eight offices located in Danielson, Gales Ferry (Ledyard), Griswold, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, and Putnam (two locations). Centreville currently has total assets of $1.9 billion. For more information, please visit www.centrevillebank.com.