Dedham Savings Promotes Members of Residential Lending Team

Laura Dorfman, Executive Vice President for Residential & Consumer Lending at Dedham Savings, announced several promotions in the Residential Lending Division, including: Peter Hughes, Senior Vice President & Sales Manager; Christopher Gleason, Vice President & Loan Officer; Elizabeth Paolini, Vice President & Loan Officer; and Avolon McDaniel, Assistant Vice President, Loan Production Officer.

Stated Dorfman, “I am so pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these dedicated employees. Dedham Savings has a history of promoting from within the Bank to reward the talents of employees like these and their commitment to our customers and community.”


Peter Hughes joined Dedham Savings in 2020 and has nearly 30 years of residential lending experience. As Senior Vice President & Sales Manager, Hughes assists customers with mortgage financing for primary residences, second and vacation homes, investment/rental properties, as well as loans to build or remodel a home. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Bentley College. 


As Vice President & Loan Officer, Elizabeth Paolini works closely with customers through every step of the home buying, refinancing and construction loan processes. In her 10 years at Dedham Savings, she has held a variety of roles on the residential lending team.  Paolini holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, with a business concentration, from Assumption College. For many years, she has volunteered with Habitat Humanity for their Boston Build Day.  An avid softball player, Paolini lives in Foxboro.


Christopher Gleason joined Dedham Savings in 2022 and has over 20 years of local banking experience. As Vice President & Loan Officer, Gleason is responsible for developing new and referral relationships for the purpose of assisting customers with their loan needs and increasing the Bank’s residential lending portfolio.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Westfield State University.   Gleason lives in Duxbury with his wife Cheryl, and their two children, and volunteers at Duxbury Youth Baseball and Beach Reservation. 


Avolon McDaniel joined Dedham Savings in 2018 and has over 20 years of financial services and residential underwriting experience. As Assistant Vice President, Loan Production Officer, she manages the processing of residential mortgages, home equity lines of credit, and construction to permanent loans. She also oversees the Loan Production team. McDaniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Lesley University. She lives in Dorchester with her husband and daughter.


Incorporated in 1831, Dedham Savings is one of the oldest banks in Massachusetts still doing business under its original charter. The bank delivers technology-driven solutions in a client-centric way to promote the financial success of the individuals, families, businesses, and non-profit organizations in the communities it serves. Dedham Savings manages $2 billion in assets through full-service locations in Dedham, East Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, South Boston, Walpole, and Westwood, Massachusetts.

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