Trina Burruss ‘06 received a master’s degree in executive leadership and change while working full time as a bank vice president and raising a family with her husband. Not an easy task. However, every Friday night and Saturday morning, she looked forward to the robust discussion and new ways of viewing business and the world.
In 2017, Trina used what she learned in the program to become the first community development officer for Northwest Bank. This year, Trina was promoted to senior vice president and district manager for Northwest. Her territory includes 100 direct reports and $1 billion in deposits. In this new capacity, Trina is able to combine her passion for retail banking with helping the community.
Trina is also working on a series of diversity initiatives within the bank, to attract top talent and elevate the client experience.
A lot has changed since her time at Daemen, including celebrating 33 years of marriage, becoming a grandmother of four, and becoming an entrepreneur having recently joined her family in opening The Mahogany – an events and gathering space. Trina is proud to say that she is a graduate and that she gained both knowledge and confidence in her leadership ability from Dr. Frederick and other dedicated faculty.