Since day one…

During our 15th Anniversary, we want to celebrate these two outstanding team members. 

Let’s begin with Denise Nicolet, SVP & Senior Relationship Manager. Throughout her tenure, Denise has consistently gone the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction.  Denise’s ability to connect with clients on a personal level, anticipate their needs, and provide tailored solutions has earned her not only the admiration of her colleagues but also the loyalty of countless customers. 

“Denise is a true asset to our team,” said Andy Leikin, EVP & Chief Credit Officer.  “Her positivity, professionalism, and attention to detail make Denise a role model for all of us.”

We proudly honor Danielle Hampton, Credit Analyst, for an outstanding 15-year journey of commitment and excellence in customer service.  Since day one, Danielle has been an integral part of our team, embodying our values and exceeding expectations at every turn. 

“Danielle is more than just an employee; she is the heart and soul of our organization,” said Rick Darrow, CEO & President.  “Her passion for serving our customers goes above and beyond, and her dedication to our company’s mission is truly inspiring.”

From the earliest days of Liberty Bank’s inception to present, Denise and Danielle have been a beacon of professionalism and dedication.  Their unwavering commitment to providing exceptional customer service has not only shaped our company culture but has also set a standard of excellence in the industry. 

As Liberty Bank celebrates this milestone, we extend our deepest gratitude to Denise and Danielle for their exemplary service over the past 15 years. We look forward to many more years of collaboration and achievement together.

Paws Fur Gala 2024

Liberty Bank proudly served as a Vader Level Sponsor for the 2024 Paws-Fur-Gala, celebrating another successful year of supporting pets and their people.  PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap advocates for, educates, and provides direct services to nurture the bond of companionship between pets and their owners, promoting the health and well-being of both.  For more information, visit PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap.

Welcome Melissa Johnson to Liberty Bank

Let’s extend a warm welcome to Melissa Johnson, the newest addition to our LB Team!  Melissa is returning to the Kitsap area, her hometown, alongside her husband Justin.  With over 20 years of experience in guiding and surpassing customers’ expectations in the mortgage loan process, Melissa joins us as our Loan Coordinator.

When Melissa isn’t at work, she indulges in outdoor adventures, loses herself in books, and making bean-to-bar chocolate.  “I’m excited to be back in Kitsap County, working for a local bank that has an impact in the community”, says Melissa.

Being raised in Kitsap provides Melissa with a chance to reignite her passion for assisting our community.  “We’re thrilled to have her on board”, said Andy Leikin, EVP & Chief Credit Officer. 

Jewel Box Theatre Gala 2024

Liberty Bank remains steadfast in its support of Poulsbo’s beloved local theater, The Jewel Box.

Not only did Liberty Bank proudly serve as a Spotlight Sponsor, but several of our dedicated staff members generously volunteered their time for the Gala event. Among them were Galina Georgieva, our VP & Relationship Manager; Chelsie Calara, a valued Professional Banker; Kelly Garcia, our VP & Branch Manager; and Lynette Reynolds, another dedicated Professional Banker. Although not pictured, Rhonda Morris, our SVP & Chief Risk Officer, also contributed as a member of the JBT Gala Committee.

The theater achieved a remarkable new fundraising record, a testament to the community’s unwavering support. Liberty Bank recognizes the vital role community involvement plays in sustaining cultural institutions like The Jewel Box, and we are honored to have played a part in this successful event.

Welcome Imelda to the Liberty Bank Team

Help us extend a warm welcome to the latest addition to the Liberty Bank family, Imelda Clark. Imelda has been a proud member of the Kitsap community for 35 years and comes with an abundance of knowledge in the banking industry, expanding over 16 years.  She is also fluent in Tagalog, enabling her to connect with a broader range of clients. In her role as a Professional Banker, she will play a crucial part on the frontline, delivering hands-on, exceptional customer service to our valued clients.

During Imelda’s leisure time, she cherishes moments spent with family and friends.  Additionally, she is passionate about supporting seniors with disabilities overseas by collecting and shipping used canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and reading glasses from the USA to those in need, thus enhancing their quality of life.

“I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to assist Liberty Bank clients with their personal and business banking needs, committed to providing exceptional service and fostering lasting relationships within our community,” said Imelda.

Welcome Lynette to the Liberty Bank Team

We are thrilled to introduce Lynette Reynolds as the newest member of our Bank family. Bringing with her a proven track record in delivering exceptional customer service, Lynette has previously excelled in a call center environment. However, she has expressed a strong desire for more direct, face-to-face interactions with customers. In her capacity as a Professional Banker, Lynette will be actively engaged in crucial customer-facing responsibilities, adding a valuable personal touch to our services.

During her leisure hours, Lynette finds pleasure in the company of her two dogs and a cat, the latter of whom asserts himself as the household ruler. Originally from the “other side of the water,” she relishes exploring the scenic Kitsap Peninsula.

“Working at Liberty Bank feels like a dream come true.  I have spent most of my work life in large corporations where I was just a face in the crowd.  I have finally found a team that cares about people as much, if not more, than I do. I am so fortunate to have found my work family,” said Lynette.

Congratulations to Liberty Bank’s Danielle Hampton, who has been promoted to Credit Analyst II

Liberty Bank is excited to announce the advancement of Danielle Hampton to the position of Commercial Credit Analyst.  This promotion reflects Dani’s exceptional contributions, unwavering dedication, and diligent efforts during her impressive 15-year tenure with the Bank.

In her previous role as Loan Coordinator Lend, Dani consistently showcased exceptional skills, surpassing performance expectations.  Her unwavering commitment to delivering client-centered service to both customers and staff played a pivotal role in our team’s success.  We have full confidence that her skills, experience, and enthusiasm will be significant assets contributing to the ongoing success of the Bank.

Dani has consistently exhibited a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and a readiness to go above and beyond in her responsibilities.  This promotion is a well-deserved acknowledgement of her accomplishments and the value she brings to our organization. 

“I am grateful for this opportunity, and I am appreciative Liberty Bank supports my continued professional growth,” says Danielle Hampton.

Join us in extending congratulations to Dani for her well-earned promotion.  We eagerly anticipate witnessing her continued success and positive impact on our company.

YWCA Adopt a Family Program

Liberty Bank takes great pride in its sponsorship of the YWCA of Kitsap County. This holiday season, the dedicated staff at Liberty Bank went above and beyond by adopting a family through the YWCA. Working together, they successfully fulfilled all the items on the need and want lists for a mother and her five children. This included essentials like a bed, headboard, and linens for the mom. The compassionate staff at Liberty Bank sincerely hopes that this thoughtful act of kindness brings joy to the family during the holiday season. Rhonda Morris, the Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, expressed her gratitude, stating, “The generosity of our staff fills my heart.”

4th Annual Halloween Hunt by the Poulsbo Chamber

Liberty Bank proudly participated in the 4th Annual Halloween Hunt organized by the Poulsbo Chamber on Saturday, October 28th. The event was a tremendous success, filled with the joy of witnessing incredible costumes and interacting with the wonderful members of our community.

A special thank you goes out to our dedicated staff members, Danielle Hampton and Galina Georgieva, and their respective families for volunteering their time and effort to make the day truly enjoyable. Their commitment to community engagement is highly commendable.

Liberty Bank remains committed to actively contributing to community events and fostering strong connections within the Poulsbo community. We look forward to future opportunities to collaborate and support initiatives that enhance the vibrancy of our local environment.

Liberty Bank would like to recognize and congratulate Galina Georgieva!

Congratulations to Galina Georgieva, VP & Relationship Manager at Liberty Bank, on successfully graduating from the Washington Banker’s Association (WBA’s) Virtual Commercial Lending Development Program! We commend her dedication and hard work in completing the program, which covered essential topics such as business development, financial analysis, cash flow, and loan structure.

“This is my second Professional Development Program that I attended with WBA. The program provided me with a solid foundation of skills and resources as I continue to expand my knowledge and experience in this highly competitive area of banking. I always enjoy WBA Classes”, says Galina.

This achievement not only showcases Galina’s commitment to professional growth but also equips her with valuable knowledge and skills that will undoubtedly benefit both her current clients and future prospects. We are proud to have Galina as a member of our team and look forward to seeing the positive impact of her enhanced expertise on our clients and the organization.

“Congratulations on this significant accomplishment. We appreciate your dedication to advancing your skills and knowledge in the field of commercial lending. Wishing you continued success in your career at Liberty Bank,” says Andy Leikin, EVP & Chief Credit Officer.