Our People

Meet Our People

Our officers have a wide range of experience and longevity in our community.

Charter Employee
Walter Healy

Our President is a graduate of Fenwick High School and the University of Notre Dame. He started his banking career in 1988 and has been with Community Bank since its inception. Walter, his wife Maureen, and their five children reside in south Oak Park. They are involved in a variety of civic and community activities, including Walter’s service on the finance committee of Ascension Parish.
Charter Employee
Marty Noll

Marty is the Chairman of the Board for Community Bank. He has been a banker for 40 years and has worked for big banks and for community banks. When Marty started Community Bank he knew it would be successful, but he didn't dream it would be as successful as it has become. His wife, Mary Lou, grew up in Oak Park and they have lived here for the past 35 years. They recently became grandparents.
Charter Employee
Claude L'Heureux

Claude makes mortgages, lots of them. As Senior Vice President, he concentrates his effort solely on real estate. He's been with the Bank since we opened and has originated over $600 million in loans since then. He graduated from Loyola, received his MBA from DePaul, and has worked exclusively in banks in our community. Claude has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as a Chicago Top Mortgage Professional.
Charter Employee
Ruth McLaren

As Senior Vice President, Ruth is responsible for retail banking and loan operations. She also oversees HR, compliance, public relations and marketing, as well as technology for the Bank. She holds a Dominican University undergraduate degree as well as an MBA in Finance. Ruth grew up in Oak Park, married an Oak Park guy, David, and is actively involved in several community organizations. Ruth was named one of America's 50 most influential women in banking by U.S. Banker.
Sam Moraras

Sam is our Controller. That means that he keeps the books and records in balance. He is responsible for all of the Bank’s short term investments, moves money for our customers and makes sure that our bills are paid.
Kris Bahl

Kris is Assistant Vice President and has been with the Bank since 1997. She runs Loan Operations ensuring that all of the loans we make are properly documented. Kris and her family have lived in Oak Park since 1988.
Mary Beth Montroy McIntosh

Mary Beth is Vice President and manager of our River Forest office. She joined the Bank in 2002. A longtime resident of Oak Park and River Forest, Mary Beth has 30 years of banking experience having held several management positions. Mary Beth, her husband, and their family reside in River Forest.

Bob Ellison

Bob is Vice President and oversees the technological development of new bank products and ensures efficient banking operations. Before coming to Community Bank, Bob worked in a similar role for a large regional bank, and we're happy to have his expertise. Bob and his wife are busy at home with their three young children, a pair of them being twins.
Frank Frigo

Frank is Community Bank’s Marketing Officer. He joined the Bank in 2006 after serving in a marketing position at Concordia University Chicago. Frank graduated from DePaul, and has an MBA from Dominican University which he has put to use for us. He coordinates the Bank’s marketing and advertising which keeps him plenty busy.
Teresa Naughton

As Loan Operations Officer, Teresa knows our community well. She grew up in River Forest and received her MBA from Loyola University Chicago. For the past 20 years Teresa and her family have lived in Oak Park, and in her spare time she is heavily involved with local volunteer activities.

Janel Morales

Janel has been with Community Bank for 15 years, and recently became our Vice President of Retail Banking. She is a favorite of our customers, and is in charge of managing the personal banking department at our Oak Park office. Janel is married, and both she and her husband grew up in Oak Park and attended high school at OPRF.

Debbie Filarski

Debbie recently joined Community Bank as Assistant Vice President of Compliance, and brings 22 years of community banking experience. Debbie is a graduate of Western Illinois University and has an MBA from Benedictine University.

Gordon Hellwig

Gordon is our new Vice President of Commercial Lending and joins Community Bank with 21 years of banking experience. In addition to banking, Gordon also has experience as a foreign service officer with tours in Russia, Romania and India. Gordon received his undergraduate degree from Cornell College and his MA from the University of Chicago.  He currently lives in Oak Park with his wife who is a local small business owner.  They have two grown sons. 

Mani Swarnam

We are happy to have Mani join Community Bank as Vice President of Commercial Lending.  Mani was born and raised in India, but moved to the United States and received his MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago.  He's been in banking for 14 years and specializes in C&I lending.  Mani is involved with several trade organizations including the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM) and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC).  Mani lives in Carol Stream and in his freetime enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 year old son, as well as golfing.


Tom Gallagher

Tom recently joined Community Bank as our new Chief Credit Officer.  We are happy to have him onboard as he is a lifelong resident of the community and has over 30 years of banking experience.  In addition to his duties at the Bank, Tom currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, as well as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Oak Park Development Corporation.  Tom lives in Oak Park with his wife.  They have five grown children. 

Tammi LeSage

Tammi brings 10 years of banking experience to her position as Vice President of Commercial Lending for Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest.  Prior to commercial banking, Tammi owned her own retail business, which makes her a perfect fit because she has experience on both sides of the desk and understands what it takes to be an effective Relationship Manager.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, quilting, and spending time with her friends and family.  Tammi currently has two college aged children who live with her when they are not attending school. 

Lorraine Gusé

Lorraine is our Director of Human Resources, and brings over 25 years of local banking experience to Community Bank. She began her career in banking at First Bank of Oak Park, and knows the community well. In fact, Lorraine has also been very active working with local nonprofit organizations such as Thrive, Sarah's Inn, and the OPRF Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. She is now a volunteer for LINK Unlimited, where Lorraine and her husband both serve as sponsors and mentors. In addition to her extensive community involvement, Lorraine currently serves on the Illinois Bankers Association's statewide Human Resources Committee. We are happy to have Lorraine join us at Community Bank.

Adam Manganiello

Adam is our new Operations Officer, but he has been with Community Bank for ten years. He started out as a teller and has worked his way up through the ranks. We are fortunate to have Adam's talents as he deals with the nitty-gritty of our back office operations. Adam grew up in Riverside, graduated from Clarke College located in Iowa, and now lives back in Riverside with his wife.


Tom Manfre

With over 20 years of commercial banking experience, Tom joins us as our Chief Financial Officer. Tom's career has taken him through all areas of bank management including the retail, commercial, operational, and financial areas. His vast experience will benefit the Bank as we look to grow and prosper in the coming future. When he's not busy at the Bank, Tom enjoys cooking, saltwater fishing, football, and scuba diving, as well as spending time with his four children.

30 other people greet customers, handle incoming inquiries and efficiently cash checks and take deposits. Without all of these great employees, all the people above wouldn't look as good as we do.

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