About Us

David Cohen

David Cohen, President & CEO, Treasurer

David Cohen joined the bank with over 30 years of banking experience in accounting and banking operations. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Volunteerism is an important part of who he is and the work that he does. He enjoys giving back to the community. He has been an active volunteer with the FOA Acadia Roadside Cleanup, Take Pride in Acadia, Hancock County Relay for Life, Island Connections and the American Red Cross Blood Drives. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, kayaking and nature photography.

Rhonda Sawyer

Rhonda Sawyer, Vice President and Senior Loan Officer

Rhonda Sawyer serves on the Board of Directors for Island Connections and is also an active volunteer driver. Rhonda also takes part in FOA Roadside Clean-up and raking leaves off the Carriage Roads in the fall and many other volunteer opportunities.  Rhonda says, “I like participating in community service. I enjoy feeling like I’ve done something worthwhile.” In her spare time she enjoys various outdoor activities and spending time with her family, friends and her dog, making memories.

Dawn Nason

Dawn Nason, Vice President, Compliance and Information Security Officer

Dawn Nason joined the bank with over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. She lives in Blue Hill and has a strong commitment to volunteering in her community. Currently she is a member of the registration team for Relay for Life, a class agent for George Stevens Academy and volunteers at Nichols Day Camp in Sedgwick. In her spare time Dawn enjoys traveling with her family and their Siberian Husky, Teaka.

Theresa Colson

Theresa Colson, AVP, Bank Manager and Assistant Treasurer

Theresa Colson (Terri) joins Bar Harbor Savings and Loan with over 20 years of Banking experience. “I look forward to working at BHSLA, a Bank where the immediate feeling of family and community is overwhelming.” Terri enjoys spending time with family and her two Italian Greyhounds. She also takes pleasure in a multitude of outdoor activities and growing and cultivating gourmet mushrooms.

Ardette Spear

Ardette Spear, Senior Customer Service Representative

Ardette Spear was a long-time member of the board of directors at Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. She continues volunteering for the library at the pop-up book sales. Ardette has volunteered for the FOA Roadside Clean-up, the Mary Parker Race for Island Connections, Bar Harbor Food Pantry’s Serendipity Resale Shop and collects donations for the MDI Pet Food Pantry.

Zoran Manev

Zoran Manev, Internal IT Specialist

Zoran lives in Tremont with his wife Dejana and their son Kristian. “Kristian was born after we moved to Mount Desert Island,” Zoran says. “He is a Mainer.” He and Dejana are grateful for the welcome they have received here. “This is home.” Zoran is pleased to join the growing team at the bank.

Evan Sweeney

Evan Sweeney, Mortgage Assistant

Evan was raised in Bar Harbor and is proud to call it home. He has a long history with Bar Harbor Savings and Loan and is excited for the opportunity to work here. Evan enjoys taking advantage of all Acadia National Park has to offer and you might just catch him on the trail with his trusty dachshund Graham.

Casey Beaman

Casey Beaman, Customer Service Representative

Casey was raised on Mount Desert Island and currently lives in Seal Harbor. He feels living and working on MDI allows for a great sense of community. Casey came to work at Bar Harbor Savings and Loan because of the bank’s long standing foothold in the community. “It’s truly a local bank. I like being a part of a small business that helps individuals and other small businesses.” He loves the outdoors making his proximity to Acadia National Park a great asset. He also enjoys music, you may catch him at any one of the many concert venues around Maine and beyond.

Ray Chalifour

Ray Chalifour, Human Resources & Marketing Specialist

Ray Chalifour comes to the bank with over thirty years of management and consulting experience. He has held positions for several volunteer organizations including United Way and Kiwanis Club. He looks forward to joining the BHSL team, where he says “there’s a sense of collaboration throughout.”