Meet the Team
President & Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors
Ms. Lagomarsino serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. She leads the Executive Committee and is a member of Luther Burbank’s board of directors. Prior to joining in 2019, Ms. Lagomarsino served as President and CEO of the Western Bankers Association and as a director of Pacific Premier Bancorp; from 2011 to 2017 she served as CEO of Heritage Oaks Bank and as President and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bancorp; previous to that she held executive positions with City National Bank, Hawthorne Savings, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Ventura County National Bank and Warner Center Bank. In 2013, Ms. Lagomarsino was honored by American Banker as Community Banker of the Year.
In addition to her role at Luther Burbank, Ms. Lagomarsino serves on the boards of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. Ms. Lagomarsino holds an M.B.A in Finance from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Tarantino currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company, a position she has held since 2006. In this role, she oversees all aspects of financial reporting including strategic planning, asset/liability management, taxation and regulatory filings; she is also a member of the Company’s Executive Committee. Ms. Tarantino has over 25 years of experience with Luther Burbank, having joined as Controller in 1992. She previously served as Audit Manager for KPMG LLP, San Francisco specializing in the financial services industry.
In addition to her role at Luther Burbank, Ms. Tarantino has served as an Audit Committee member for the Santa Rosa Council on Aging since 2012. Ms. Tarantino is a California Chartered CPA (inactive) and earned a B.S. in Business Administration – Finance & Accounting with summa cum laude honors from San Francisco State University.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Ms. Prieto serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company and Bank. In her role she is responsible for leading a team of legal, human resources, Bank Secrecy Act, fair and responsible banking and third party risk management professionals; she is also a member of the Company's Executive Committee. Prior to joining the Bank in 2014, Ms. Prieto served as Associate and then Counsel at Buckley LLP from 2009 to 2014, and as a trial attorney in the Enforcement & Compliance Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Ms. Prieto has served in leadership and advisory roles on the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section and the American Association of Bank Directors.
In addition to her role at Luther Burbank, Ms. Prieto serves on the Board of Directors of Long Beach Local, a non-profit that supports sustainable urban agriculture. Ms. Prieto holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Technology Officer
Mr. Medhat serves the Company as Chief Operations and Technology Officer. In this role he is responsible for deposit operations, information technology, project management, marketing and business banking; he is also a member of the Company’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Luther Burbank in 2019, Mr. Medhat served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at CTBC from 2014 to 2019; previous to that as Senior Vice President, Director of Bank Operations at Opus Bank; and in several roles over thirteen years at CapitalSource Bank.
Mr. Medhat holds a M.A. in Educational–Instructional Technology from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Ms. Mahoney serves as the Company's Chief Risk Officer. In her role, she oversees Luther Burbank’s compliance, internal audit, independent loan review and risk management functions, including information security; she is also a member of the Company’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Luther Burbank in 2016, Ms. Mahoney served as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk and Compliance at Opus Bank from 2011 to 2015; previous to that as Director, Risk Advisory Services at KPMG LLP; and as Associate National Bank Examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
A Certified Enterprise Risk Professional, Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager and Certified Internal Auditor, Ms. Mahoney holds a B.S. in Business Administration - Finance from San Diego State University.
Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking
Mr. Fanter serves the Company as Head of Retail Banking. In this role he is responsible for expanding Luther Burbank’s deposit offerings and creating greater access to its products and services, including consumer deposit generation across traditional branch and online banking platforms, as well as business banking activities; he is also a member of the Company's Executive Committee. Prior to joining in 2020, Mr. Fanter served as Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking at Opus Bank from 2019; previous to that as Senior Vice President, Consumer and Business Banking Market Executive at U.S. Bank from 2003-2019. His background also includes positions as Director of Automation Services at Kirchman Corporation; and several roles culminating with Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at GreatBanc, Inc.
In addition to his role at Luther Burbank, Mr. Fanter serves as a faculty member for the Consumer Bankers Association Executive Banking School, Furman University.
John A. Cardamone
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Cardamone serves the Company as Chief Credit Officer. In this role, he oversees Luther Burbank’s credit and special assets activities; he is also a member of the Company’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining in 2014, Mr. Cardamone served as Senior Vice President & Divisional Credit Manager – Commercial Real Estate at Bank of the West from 2008; previous to that as Chief Credit Officer at GreenPoint Mortgage; and Senior Vice President – Global Risk Management at GE Capital’s Mortgage Insurance Unit.
Mr. Cardamone holds an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. in Management from St. Mary’s College and a B.B.A. in Business Statistics from Temple University.