Executive Management Team & Board of Directors

Executive Management Team

SIMONE LAGOMARSINO, President and Chief Executive Officer
Simone Lagomarsino is the president and CEO of the Bank and president and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bancorp, parent company of Heritage Oaks Bank. Lagomarsino came to Heritage Oaks in September 2011, with more than 20 years of experience in executive positions at financial institutions in Southern California. In 2013, Lagomarsino was honored by American Banker magazine as one of the top three community bankers in the United States. She currently serves on the boards of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; the Alzheimer’s Association’s California Central Coast Chapter, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo and serves as council to the Dean of the Business School at CLU. She earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Claremont Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College.

JASON CASTLE, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Jason Castle was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Heritage Oaks Bancorp and Heritage Oaks Bank in August 2015. He will manage the Bank’s finance, treasury and accounting functions. Jason held previous positions with the Bank as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller. Prior to joining Heritage Oaks, he worked in public accounting as a Consulting Manager with Glenn Burdette, certified public accountants, and also with Deloitte and Touche, LLP as a senior accountant. He also had previous experience in accounting and finance functions with other major regional and community banks in California. Jason is on the Board of Directors of Softec Trade Association of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and also works with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Hothouse on their annual Tech Pitch event. Jason is Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University at Bakersfield and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

WILLIAM SCHACK, Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer
Bill Schack joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on June 4, 2013. With his strong background in finance and credit as well as his leadership experience, Bill is an important member of the executive management team. Bill has extensive financial services industry experience. He was previously the chief credit officer at First California Bank since 2009 and was promoted to executive vice president there in 2011. Prior to joining Heritage Oaks Bank, Bill held various credit management positions at financial institutions in Southern California during his twenty year career. Bill received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

T. JOSEPH STRONKS, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Joseph Stronks joined the Bank in October 2007 as Senior Vice President of Central Services and eBanking. In March 2010, Joseph was promoted to Senior Operations Officer and was again promoted in December 2012 earning the title Executive Vice President. In September 2016 he was promoted to Chief Information Officer. As Chief Information Officer, Joseph oversees the Central Operations, Information Technology, and Facilities departments, as well as the organization’s Information Security, Vendor Management, and Business Continuity programs. Joseph has over 25 years of community banking experience. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, has completed his Project Manager Certification through UCSB Extension, is a 2009 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

JOSHUA TUCKER, Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
Joshua Tucker joined the Bank in January 2016 as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. He oversees all of the Bank’s compliance, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and risk management functions. Joshua has over 18 years of legal, compliance and risk management experience. Before joining Heritage Oaks Bank, he served as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, Director of Enterprise Risk Management, and Chief of Administration for Compliance and Operational Risk at U.S. Bancorp/U.S. Bank. He is also licensed to practice law in California. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and his law degree at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. Joshua has served on non-profit boards including the Soap Factory and Key Life Moves in Minneapolis.

ROB OSTERBAUER, Commercial Banking Division Manager, North
Rob Osterbauer joined Heritage Oaks Bank in May 2012 and is currently the Chief Agriculture and Commercial Officer. Rob leads the Bank’s business development and commercial lending efforts in the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo regions. He is also responsible for managing agribusiness banking throughout San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

Prior to joining Heritage Oaks Bank. Rob spent seven years at Rabobank NA, where he most recently managed the bank’s Central Coast agribusiness division. He is a Certified Public Accountant who dedicated six years of his career to public accounting. He has long-term roots on the Central Coast, having received a Business Economics degree from UC Santa Barbara before completing an MBA at Cal Poly, SLO. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs.

BROOKS WISE, Executive Vice President & Commercial Banking Division Manager, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
Brooks Wise joined the Bank in March 2014 when it merged with Mission Community Bank, where he served as president and a member of the board of directors. Brooks has over 30 years of California banking experience in bank management, business development and commercial lending. In his current role Brooks oversees the Bank’s commercial lending team activities in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Brooks received a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, SLO and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. He also serves on several community-based non-profit boards and is a former chairman of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, a former president and current board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley, a former president and current board member of Coastal Business Finance, an SBA Certified Development Corporation, Treasurer of the Santa Maria Police Council and a former president and current board member of the Cal Poly Mustang Athletic Fund.

GREGORY GEHLMANN, Senior Vice President & Chief Bank Counsel
Greg Gehlmann joined Heritage Oaks Bank in November 2014. Prior to joining the Bank, he was an expert witness regarding fiduciary duties of corporate directors and officers and the duties / responsibilities of law firms in advising troubled companies. From 2005 to 2013, he served as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at First Financial Bancorp, Cincinnati, Ohio. Greg also served as Chief Risk Officer of First Financial from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he practiced law for 16 years in Washington, D.C. representing public and private companies, as well as investors, underwriters, directors, officers, and principals regarding corporate governance, corporate securities, banking, and general business and transactional matters. Greg is a member of the Ohio and District of Columbia Bars. He is not licensed in California.

RUSTY WATSON, Senior Vice President & Director of Product Development & Communications Strategy
Rusty Watson joined the Bank in November 2012 and responsible for directing the Bank’s development of new products and services and the marketing, advertising and public relations programs. Rusty has many years of experience in financial services marketing and has worked for several local banks in the tri-counties including Montecito Bank & Trust and Pacific Capital Bancorp/Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. She also served for two years as the national multi-media spokesperson for the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C. Rusty is a native of Ventura and a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the American Bankers Association’s School of Bank Marketing at the University of Colorado. She received her media training with NBC News and Carl Byoir & Associates in New York.



Each of these directors brings a unique perspective and set of qualifications to the Board. Many are natives of the Central Coast and are connected to the local community and the Bank’s market area through their professional pursuits and civic involvement. The Company’s directors have attended many educational programs sponsored by various banker's associations, as well as recurring training sessions with accountants, attorneys and others in order to keep them current and informed on key banking issues and strategies.

Michael MorrisMICHAEL J. MORRIS, Chairman
Mr. Morris joined the Company and the Bank as a director in January of 2001 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Company and the Bank since May 24, 2007. He is an attorney and Chairman of the Board of the law firm Andre, Morris & Buttery. He is a member of the Board of NioCorp, a Canadian mining company and is a former Vice President and member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California. He has served as a member and chairman of various non-profit boards of directors. He has practiced law in California for over 40 years, during which time he has represented a wide array of corporate and municipal clients. The inclusion of Mr. Morris as a director provides the Board of Directors with a unique understanding of a broad range of legal and regulatory matters in its oversight of the Company. Furthermore, his extensive knowledge of local markets and the communities served by the Company gives him unique insights into the Company’s lending challenges and opportunities.


Mr. Simas was appointed to the Hacienda Bank Board in August 1998. With the acquisition of Hacienda Bank in October of 2003, he was appointed to the Company and Bank board in November of 2003. Mr. Simas practices law and is a senior shareholder in the attorney firm of Kirk & Simas. He has worked as an attorney for more than 35 years on small and large business transactions. Many of his cases focus on compensation issues which brings specialized knowledge and experience to the board.


Mr. O’Hare joined the Company and the Bank, as Director in November of 2004. Since 1999, he has served as President and Managing Director of Glenn Burdette. He has worked as a certified public accountant for over 29 years. His professional background during the last three decades includes significant experience in management and leadership, manufacturing, construction, real estate development, banking, health care, hospitality industry and agriculture. He also has extensive training and knowledge of GAAP. His extensive financial experience contributes to the Company as a director.


Ms. Lacey has served as a Director of the Company and of the Bank since January 23, 1997. Ms. Lacey was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and has represented the California Beef Producers on a National level. She has served as a community college Board of Trustees for over 4 years and has been a local school board trustee over 20 years. Ms. Lacey serves on the Community Action Partnership SLO, Cuesta College Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Studios on the Park. She is well known in the community and has received numerous awards honoring her service to education, agriculture, libraries and museums which provides a valuable perspective as a director.


Mr. Lynch joined the Company and Bank in June of 2010. He has served as Vice Chairman of Sovereign Bancorp from 2005-2007 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign’s Mid Atlantic Division from 2002-2007. Lynch also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Bank in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey from 2001-2002. He has been Chairman and CEO at Summit Bank and Prime Bank in Pennsylvania. Lynch joined the Company Board in June 2010. He is a Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners.


Mr. Fugate joined the Company and the Bank, as a director in November of 2003, after the acquisition of Hacienda Bank. Since 1989 he’s been in business as a commercial real estate broker, developer and investor, asset manager and farmer, with real property holdings in coastal California, the San Joaquin Valley, and the greater Phoenix area. Mr. Fugate currently serves as Real Estate Broker and co-owner of Charter Brokerage Company. Among his many attributes is his knowledge in running a small business, investing and managing commercial real estate. In addition, he has served and continues to serve on the boards of several nonprofits and community organizations including the Northern Santa Barbara County Econ Alliance. His leadership abilities and long connection to the local community enhance his ability to serve on the board of directors.


Dr. Behrman was a founding director and Chairman of the Board of Business First National Bank from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Behrman joined the Company and Bank as a director, during the Company's acquisition of Business First National Bank in October 2007. Dr. Behrman is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity disorders. He founded Associated Hand Surgeons and has offices in Santa Barbara and Solvang. For over 20 years he has served various positions such as Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopedics, at Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital and Chairman Department of Orthopedics, at St. Francis Medical Center in Santa Barbara. He has an extensive knowledge of and a connection to the medical community which enhances this market for the Company.


Mr. Pfau was a founding director for Business First National Bank in 2001. With the acquisition of Business First Bank by the Company, he was appointed to the board in October 2007. Mr. Pfau is the founding partner of the law firm Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy LLP, in Santa Barbara. He has served as a member and chairman of various non-profits. His experience and extensive legal experience enhance his ability to contribute to the company as a director.


Howard N. Gould is Vice Chairman of Carpenter and Company, a bank advisory firm and is a general partner of the Carpenter Community BancFunds, a private equity fund that invests exclusively in banks. He was California Commissioner of Financial Institutions under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as State Superintendent of Banks for California under Governor George Deukmejian. From 2002 to 2003, he was Vice Chairman of The Bank of the West which had acquired United California Bank where he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer from 1992 to 2002. Mr. Gould also served as a Vice President at Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. He has been a Director of several banks including Sanwa Bank, United California Bank, Nara Bancorp, and Far East National Bank. He currently serves as Director of Bridge Capital Holdings, Inc., San Jose, California and Pacific Mercantile Bank, Irvine California. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from San Jose State University.


Stephen P. Yost is a Principal of Kestrel Advisors. In 2006, he retired from Comerica Bank after 35 successful years in the banking industry. For 26 years of his banking career, Mr. Yost was associated with First Interstate Bank of California. Beginning in 1983, he was assigned to the Northern California Credit Administration Department in San Francisco, first as Vice President and Manager and then as Senior Vice President from 1989 until the merger with Wells Fargo in 1996. In 1996, he joined Los Angeles-based Mellon Bank, NA as the Senior Credit Officer for the West Coast. In 1998, Mr. Yost joined Imperial Bank as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. From 2004 until his retirement in 2006, he was Executive Vice President and Manager of Special Asset Group for Comerica Bank, Western Region. From March 2010 through February 2014, Mr. Yost served as a Board Member of Mission Community Bank and Bancorp, until Mission Community was merged with Heritage Oaks and he joined the Board of Heritage Oaks Bank in March 2014. Mr. Yost was an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Golden Gate University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Santa Clara.


Don CampbellDONALD CAMPBELL, Director Emeritus
Mr. Campbell joined the Company and Bank as a founding member in 1994 and 1983, respectively, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. He served many years as the owner of a local real estate office and currently owns El Pomar Vineyard Service, which specializes in agricultural appraisals and vineyard management. He has been involved with the Company for over 30 years and holds strong connections in the Community. Over the years, Mr. Campbell has attended numerous seminars and workshops were he has obtained several certifications from banking educators. His leadership abilities and long connection to the local community enhances his ability to serve on the board of directors.

Larry WardLAWRENCE P. WARD, Director Emeritus