We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Lorentz to our Board of Directors.
A Lakes Region native and resident of Belmont, Carmen currently serves as the Executive Director of Lakes Region Community Developers (LRCD). LRCD helps the Lakes Region thrive by developing healthy homes, creating vibrant community assets and engaging residents. Founded in 1988 as the Laconia Area Community Land Trust, LRCD has developed 365 healthy and affordable rental homes in Ashland, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Tilton and Wolfeboro. In 2017, LRCD expanded their mission to include new types of real estate development and new programming that empowers residents to effect positive change in their communities.
Prior to joining LRCD, Carmen was the Director of the Division of Economic Development at the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development. She was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan in 2014, and was responsible for the division’s first-ever strategic plan, which resulted in new marketing initiatives for the state and new economic development services to local communities and organizations. Prior to serving at the state level, she was Executive Director of the Belknap Economic Development Council.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Carmen to our board,” said Rick Wyman, President. “Given the pace and scope of change in the banking environment, the board of directors play a critical role in the overall success of a community bank. Carmen possesses the financial, business and managerial acumen that will assist in her role as director for MVSB. In addition, she has strong connections within, and knowledge about, the communities that we serve, which will essential to us as we move forward.”
“I’m excited to be a part of Meredith Village Savings Bank,” said Carmen. “I look forward to working with Rick and fellow Board Members to continue to meet the diverse needs of our local communities. MVSB has provided support to local non-profits, businesses, municipalities and families for over 150 years. Because of its unique status as a mutual organization, without owners or stockholders, the Bank is able to make longer term strategic decisions instead of focusing on immediate reward to stockholders who are not connected to the local community.”