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About Mother Lode Bank


Recognizing the value that a locally owned and operated bank would bring to our community; this group of 23 prominent civic and business leaders came together to take the initial steps to organize a local community bank:

  • Anthony M. Benites
  • William J. Coffill
  • Gary P. Dambacher*
  • Milton M. & Bette M. Dambacher
  • Timothy J. Diestel
  • Arthur N. Donaldson
  • Patrick B. Greenwell
  • Frank M. Helm, Jr.
  • Barry A. Hillman
  • H. Randolph Holder*
  • A. Peter Johnson
  • Peter J. Kerns*


  • Kenneth W. Keagy
  • Joyce E. Kelley
  • Jeffrey J, Kerns
  • Joseph W, Martin, Jr.
  • Barbara Joyce Martin
  • Kate Powell Segerstrom
  • Carroll M. Sinclair
  • Raymond M. Suess, Jr.*
  • Irving J. Symons
  • E. Samuel Wheeler*
  • Michael Q. Jones
  • Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians

Mother Lode Bank received a state charter in March of 2003 and overwhelming support from the entire community as demand exceeded supply during our initial stock sale. The California Department of Financial Institutions and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued their final approvals and Mother Lode Bank opened for business on July 30, 2004.

Our Board of Directors consists of 5 of the original organizers, Mr. Mark Kraft, and our President and CEO, Charles (“Chuck") Milazzo. Under the Board's direction, the bank opened a second full service branch office at the Junction Shopping Center in Sonora during November of 2007.

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